Another Superior Score

AIB Certificate

AIB Certificate

So just what is an AIB Audit and why should I care?

Our customers in the food industry already know the answer to this question but this is a question sometimes asked by others.

AIB International performs a variety of audit services – in our case it is a Good Manufacturing Practices Audit.  AIB establishes Consolidated Standards for Inspection.  They send a highly trained auditor to inspect our facilities, our management practices, our quality control practices and other operational policies and practices.  Scoring well on the AIB audit is one way that we demonstrate that we are producing a quality product in a plant that is operated in a safe and efficient manner.

Our last AIB audit was April 2, 2013.  Our score of 965/1000 is a superior score.  And we are working hard to get even closer to the goal of a perfect score in 2014.  To learn more about AIB and the Good Manufacturing Practices program, check out this link:

https://www.aibonline.org/auditservices/GMPs.html

The Price of Boxes

Why Did the Price of My Boxes Go Up?  And What Can I Do About It?

file-boxThe primary factor in establishing the price of a box is the price of the paper used to manufacture the box.  There was a time when there were many manufacturers of the paper but consolidation in the mill and pulp industries has allowed paper manufacturers to take inefficient mills off-line.  This reduces the supply of paper.   After 2+ years of no price increases during a period of economic recession, paper manufacturers have balanced the supply of paper with the demand for paper and have decided that demand exceeds supply by enough that they can raise the price of paper – our raw material.

But that doesn’t mean you have to just accept that it “costs what it costs.”  Our account managers and designers have years of experience.  Use that experience to your advantage!  Invite them to evaluate your packaging purchases and packaging designs.  There may be a way that we can redesign your packaging so that your overall cost increase is minimized.  Also, consider things like just in time delivery, decreased waste and on-time rate when you are looking at the total cost of packaging.  Ask your account manager for help – we want to be your partner in this process.

A Green Product

corrugated-recyclesWhen you select corrugated as your packaging material, you help to reduce the burden on our limited landfill space. Corrugated is 100% recyclable and is biodegradable.  About 78.3% of all corrugated packaging is recycled. (source:  source: AF&PA—www.afandpa.org). But this only tells part of the story.  At Container Service Corp., we take being a green supplier a step further by inviting Bureau Veritas to annually audit our purchasing and manufacturing processes.  We have Chain of Custody certification from both the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the Forest Service Council.

Certifications are nice.  They establish credibility and help us verify our claims.  But they are not the whole story when it comes to being a Green company.  Good design matters, too.  We can help you design your packaging in ways that maximize the effectiveness of the package while it minimizes the amount of material used.  Sometimes, you need to decrease the recycled content of the paper in a box in order to increase the strength of the paper, allowing you to reduce the total amount of paper being used.  Our designers know how to factor all of the variables as they design your packaging.  For more information, contact your account manager or email us at info@containerservicecorp.com.