General News

February 21, 2017

Long-Time Pak West Sales Reps Continue to Evolve

Richard Velarde and Chris Smith, sales reps for Pak West for over 30 years…yes, you read it right, OVER 30 YEARS…have seen the evolution of the company, selling, and packaging in that time. Richard started in the warehouse and Chris in Customer Service at a …

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Daifuku Automated Guided Vehicle
January 31, 2017

Automatic Guided Vehicles Become More Mainstream with Smaller Models

More and more manufacturing plants, especially food and beverage, are seeing the benefits of adding automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) to their operations to reduce staffing, damage, and costs (depending on production volume) and to increase efficiency, flexibility, and organization within the plant.  In a recent …

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Cartons
December 13, 2016

DIM and DIMMER

Back on January 1, 2015, the largest parcel shipping companies like FedEx and UPS implemented Dimensional Weight Pricing for ground parcels less than three cubic feet. The billable weight was whichever weight was greater between actual weight and dimensional weight. Dimensional Weight Pricing calculates the …

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Food Fraud
October 25, 2016

Are you eating what you think you are?

Last week, the former president of the now-defunct Castle Cheese Co. was sentenced to three years’ probation and a $5,000 fine for mislabeling Parmesan and Romano cheese, therefore “conspiring to introduce misbranded and adulterated cheese into interstate commerce.” The maximum penalty could have been one …

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October 4, 2016

The Faces Behind The Service

If you’re a Pak West customer or a prospect with questions, you’ve probably spoken with one of Pak West’s hardworking customer service reps! “The Customer Service Department is the first point of contact for emails and phone calls, and we know how important that first …

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August 16, 2016

Tips for Buying A Case Labeler

Last year, Pak West’s Packaging Equipment Specialist Mike Mercado went out with a customer to look at labelers at an equipment manufacturer for the customer’s clamshell processing.  During the visit, the customer happened to see a case labeler and was given a demo.  The customer …

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July 19, 2016

New Bundler Increases Production 50%

Chicken of the Sea, the century old California seafood canning company, decided two years ago that it needed to add a bundling machine that could shrink wrap multiple cans for the particular pack styles required by their various customers. They had been outsourcing the task. …

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June 28, 2016

Loading and Unloading Made Easier

Recently, a video of an airport worker “unloading” boxes for the cargo hold of a plane elicited the amusing response by a Pak West sales rep that he hoped those cartons weren’t for his customer! The worker, as you can see below from a screenshot from …

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UPR
April 19, 2016

The Bit At The Bottom

It’s said that as a nation, Americans generate more consumer waste than any other country in the world.  We’re told to reduce, reuse, and recycle to make a greener and more sustainable planet. Consumer waste not only contributes to our landfills but uses valuable resources …

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corrugated
March 15, 2016

Testing Proves Corrugation Process Destroys Bacteria

Last year, the blog post “Study Shows Cleanliness of Corrugated Containers” reported that corrugated containers provided for food packaging meet acceptable sanitation criteria at the point of use.  The single use approach of the corrugated containers and the recycling process reduced bacterial loading.  The study …

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