Crownhill Recognized at the Packaging Distributors of America Annual Meeting

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From May 19th to 22nd the Crownhill Packaging team attended the 2019 Packaging Distributors of America Annual Meeting, at the scenic Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.

The 2019 Annual Meeting was a productive event that provided an abundance of networking opportunities, a chance for members to catch up on the latest in packaging news and best practices. Members and suppliers also had collaborative individual meetings as part of the 3-day agenda.

The event ended with an awards ceremony that recognized individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the PDA organization.

This year Crownhill Packaging’s E-Commerce Business Manager, Olivia Pietersen received the prestigious 2019 PDA Presidents Award. This award demonstrates Olivia’s commitment to the PDA and her efforts towards improving the organization’s digital presence.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners:

•    Member of The Year: Pacific Packaging

•    Supplier of The Year: Tach-It

•    Champion of The Year: Jack Andersen, Flexpak

•    Presidents Award: Olivia Pietersen, Crownhill Packaging

We also want to extend our thanks to PDA President, George Strobel as well as the PDA members and suppliers who made this annual meeting a fantastic experience.

Crownhill Awarded Tach-It® Top Dog Award

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Crownhill Packaging and Tach-It have a solid partnership and this year Tach-It decided to formally recognize Crownhill by awarding them with the PDA Top Dog Award. The award was given on May 21st during the Packaging Distributors of America’s Annual Meeting held at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain in Arizona and represents exceptional growth of Tach-It distribution in the North American market.

Crownhill has been able to successfully bring to market Tach-It equipment due to our extensive knowledge on their product line, account managers who listen intently and gain a full understanding of the needs of their customers, and an organizational culture of thinking outside the box to find optimal solutions.

It’s been a big year so far for Crownhill and Tach-It, not only have we already used their equipment as a solution for many customers, Crownhill also became the first organization in Canada to obtain Tach-It credentials. In May, our maintenance team obtained the Certified Tach-It Technician credential that upgraded our ability to provide technical support and maintenance to the Tach-It equipment we sell. 

The relationship between Crownhill & Tach-It has been building over several years, with both organizations appreciating the others cooperative approach to solving supply chain issues. Tach-It stands out due to its adaptability, creating entry-level automation equipment to effectively solve customer issues as they arise, at a price point affordable to organizations of all sizes. 

We would like to thank the Tach-It team for this recognition, it is truly an honor. We also want to send our appreciation to our employees for helping us achieve this prestigious award.

Crownhill joins the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier Network (APASS)

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We are honored and excited to be part of the APASS network developed by Amazon to  support Amazon vendors and sellers in certifying their products under Amazon’s Frustration Free Packaging Programs guidelines.

Our APASS certification gives us the ability to help your organization’s ASINs (Amazon Standard Identification Number) meet the guidelines set out under Amazon’s Frustration-Free Packaging Program within the framework of 3 certification tiers. Specifically Tier 1 – Frustration Free Packaging (FFP), Tier 2 – Ships-in-own-Container (SIOC) and Tier 3 – Prep-free Packaging (PFP).

These guidelines are being enacted on August 1st, 2019 and require all items with outer dimensions larger than 18x14x8 inches or weighing 20 pounds or more be certified as Ready to Ship. We have the expertise to determine which of the three tiers (Frustration-Free Packaging, Ships in Own Container, Prep-Free Packaging) specific products fit into, and provide you with the best packaging solutions to fulfill your orders through the E-commerce marketplace.

The purpose of these new guidelines is to reduce the number of times that a damaged or defective product is delivered.

Along with being a Registered ISO9001:2015 organization and long-standing market leading packaging materials provider, Crownhill Packaging is also a Certified ISTA (International Safe Transit Association) Lab with the resources and technical expertise assist in designing, testing and validating optimal packaging for products involved in supply chain distribution.

July 31st, 2019 is the final day to register your ASINs for the one-time early adopter credit of $1.00/unit. If you’re an Amazon vendor and or need any assistance with Amazon’s new regulations, send us an email at

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Crownhill Upgrades its Tach-It® Product Line Expertise

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On May 8th Crownhill’s resident Tach-It experts, Account Manager, Tom Cools-Lartigue, and Maintenance and Equipment Service Manager, Jaidev Purohit, went to the Tach-It headquarters in New Jersey to get a deeper understanding of the Tach-It product line. Crownhill Packaging has had a close relationship with Tach-It being one of their primary partners in Canada and being an authorized dealer in the United States. We truly value their entry-level automation machines and view them as an innovative solution for businesses with packaging & labelling issues.

During their training, both Tom and Jaidev gained insights about the newest Tach-It equipment. Tom received an abundance of knowledge about the companies 2019 line of products and their capabilities, while Jaidev received product education that will upgrade Crownhill’s ability to provide technical support regarding all the Tach-It products. This training keeps our employee’s skills up-to-date and ensures we’re finding the best solution for all packaging inquires.

“When you have a partner like Crownhill who invests in product knowledge and supplier relations, you’re able to brainstorm new ideas, and the relationship becomes very beneficial. I really think this was a very worthwhile trip and will bring very positive results.”

–    Tach-It President, Steven Clements

During the trip, Jaidev became a Certified Tach-It Technician, giving him the ability to service a wide variety of their equipment. This achievement provides Crownhill Packaging with the distinction of being the only company in Canada to have Tach-It certification credentials.

Crownhill brings to market Tach-It equipment to provide solutions for a wide variety of applications including in the areas of tape application, labelling systems, bag sealing and shipping room tools. Our customers have been amazed at what these relatively simple machines can do, and we see an increase in the demand for Tach-It products every year.

Thanks to Steven Clements and the Tach-It team for their hospitality and valuable education on their diverse product line. For any inquiries related to Tach-It products, email us at

Happy Earth Day from Crownhill Packaging

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While packaging has gotten a bad rap about its effect on the environment, today we’re going to explore how packaging is changing and helping to create a greener future. There are many ways to help save our planet including reducing energy use, minimizing waste creation, preventing the use of harmful chemicals and pollutants, and using recyclable/sustainable/compostable materials; all of which have a dramatic effect on helping the environmental status of planet earth. Crownhill is making efforts in all these areas to help ensure consumers get their products at the best cost, with the clearest conscience.

Our packaging solutions focus on efficiencies that eliminate packaging waste, and the waste caused by defective products. Defective products create unnecessary waste, and can also damage or contaminate other products, leading to a considerable destruction of resources. For this reason, as well as human and environmental dangers that stem from product damage, we test our packaging solutions before delivering them. We also pay particular attention to packaging for hazardous products using solutions that not only abide by packaging regulations but also exceed them, ensuring that these dangerous products are superbly protected.

Crownhill doesn’t just work with any supplier; we feel that we have a responsibility to choose suppliers whose long-term goals of sustainability and waste reduction, match with ours. Our selected suppliers find many ways to help the environment including offering printing options using vegetable-based inks, that are water recyclable, preventing the harm that lead-based inks do to the environment both in manufacturing and disposal. Also, many of our suppliers are committed to continuous improvement to achieve lean manufacturing that minimizes waste while keeping high productivity.

We recognize the efficiencies that both recycling and using recycled products bring to not only our business but the world. Our use of recycled corrugate, the option of multi-use dunnage bags for closed circuit transport, and recycling of all scrap created in the process of customization have a direct impact on saving forests and reduce the energy used to produce new packaging materials.

We at Crownhill understand the current perception of packaging, and we see the issues daily of misinformed packaging decisions that cause excess packaging to be used. We work with many brands to find the perfect packaging option that protects their products in the best way, utilizing the latest in packaging technology to practice source reduction (using less packaging to provide equal or better protection for a product). Technology is always evolving and recent innovations that will help packaging sustainability in the future, include the Ideonella Sakaiensis (Nella) bacteria that breaks down plastic to its base materials, ready to be reformed, the Stixfresh food sticker that enables fruit to gain a shelf life of up to two weeks more, and Bio4Pack’s compostable packaging for fresh meat. We at Crownhill are paying close attention to these and other sustainable packaging technologies to find the best way for our customers to utilize them.

There is also a significant amount of companies looking to switch their packaging to more sustainable options, but don’t know where to start. Crownhill is devoted to helping these companies find packaging that fits their commitment to sustainability, without causing a significant increase in costs. We have multiple suppliers that focus on sustainability and combined with our packaging expertise, gives us the ability to utilize a variety of sustainable materials to help keep your entire product line aligned with your values. 

Crownhill is committed to waste reduction, reusable packaging, and using recycled/recyclable options. Happy Earth Day, lets create a greener future together.

Everything to Get Your Products to the Coasts and Beyond in Honor of Maritime Day

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The shipping industry has been the single greatest enabler of global business operations, allowing products to move across the world affordably. Massive infrastructure projects like the Suez and Panama Canals, as well as the lock systems in major rivers like the Rhine and St. Lawrence, have been created to facilitate sea trade.  On Maritime Day, we want to pay tribute to these great achievements.

The United States and Canada use their maritime ports to export billions of dollars worth of products ranging from advanced military vehicles, to the East Coast’s famous lobsters, and thousands of other items. Unlike the relatively steady conditions of roads and rail, sea conditions can be very rough and many items that aren’t adequately prepared, suffering significant damage throughout the trip.

For North American products taking this trip, they must be packaged in a way that complies with the American Association of Railroads (AAR). This organization sets guidelines on packaging requirements for products traveling by rail and overseas, helping to ensure the safety of products and personel. Failure to comply with these standards can have a significant impact on a company, with high fines being levied, in addition to the costs associated with removing & repackaging products. The time it takes for the repackaging process can cause delays for urgent products, compromising your company’s reputation among customers.

Abiding by the AAR is a good business practice that avoids unnecessary risks. Crownhill Packaging works with a variety of suppliers that ensures your packaging, pallet strapping, pallet wrap, and all other packaging solutions are AAR compliant. Our lab is certified by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA). By using atmospheric preconditioning, vibration, and shock (including drop, horizontal impact, and inclined impact), our lab ensures that products can withstand these long journeys and the unique conditions that accompany them.

The AAR is suggesting the use of dunnage bags, and there have been talks about making them mandatory for both rail and sea transport. The use of dunnage bags helps fill the space between skids, preventing damage from packed skids connecting with each other. However, there need to be special considerations placed on their use, especially when being used to fill space in between a container/trailer wall and your skid. Dunnage bags are made to be positioned between smooth surfaces, as rough surfaces have the potential to pop them mid-transport. However, adding a honeycomb barrier between a wall and the skid enables added protection and significantly reduces this risk.

The massive use of maritime ports has created a significant demand for products that create and maintain their infrastructure. Each day thousands of parts & products find the port as their final destination; for these products being stored (even temporarily) in maritime environments, the salty air and humidity can accelerate corrosion and cause severe damage. To help ensure corrosion or loss doesn’t happen to items, VCI bags and films should be used to protect them. Ensuring a VCI protection solution is sealed around a product is essential, as any opening can compromise the integrity of the whole item. By using VCI protection products are placed an enviroment that is isolated from the external threats.

We look forward to helping ensure your products safely make it across lakes, rivers, and oceans to service your valued customers. For all your inquiries regarding packaging products bound for ports and beyond, don’t hesitate to contact

Crownhill Attends Foam Expo North America

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Crownhill prides itself on staying up to date with current trends, and attending trade shows gives us an opportunity to research and identify industry shifts in a functional environment. Foam Expo North America was held in Novi, Michigan, on March 26th to the 29th, where Crownhill Vice President, Rodney Taylor, and Director of Sales, Mike Cancilla attended to gain industry insight. Foam’s versatility makes it a key part of our product line, and being part of the world’s largest trade show for the technical foam industry is an opportunity we couldn’t afford to miss.

Foam offers many advantages in packaging; it’s high strength, nonabrasive and cost-effective. Crownhill utilizes foam to protect a wide variety of objects, with a particular focus on fragile products, delicate items and objects with sharp points/edges.

Over the three-day conference, our team gained valuable information, met with many suppliers and purchasers, and learned from some of the top names in the technical foam industry. We conversed with well-known suppliers including Intertape Polymer Group, Pregis, and Sealed Air, creating and strengthening relationships. We were also able to gain a wealth of knowledge about sustainable foam options including reusable, biodegradable, and curbside recyclable foam that will allow us to both serve our customers and communities better.

B2B Matchmaker Meetings were a new feature this year that allowed exhibitioners and attendees to pre-book meetings with each other to take place in dedicated areas. We were able to access this by using the ‘Smarter Shows’ app, that put everything going on at our fingertips and enabled us to effectively organize our time. The app allowed us to be able to have time for formal meetings, informal networking, exploring the tradeshow, and attending guest speakers.

The Tradeshow gave us the ability to see live product demonstrations from MacTac on their clean acrylic adhesives, Rubberlite on HyPUR-cel polyurethane foams, and Avery Dennison on Pressure-Sensitive Tape Construction. These demonstrations allowed us to gain an applied understanding of these new advancements in foam technology that we could take home and apply to our custom packaging solutions.

Foam Expo helped Crownhill discover both new foam options and additional uses for our existing product line. We’re looking forward to next year’s Foam Expo and can’t wait to see how the technical foam industry evolves by then.

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Crownhill Packaging Attends PX Summit

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Last week was an exciting week for Crownhill, with us publishing content about our PAC Award & Spring Packaging Trends, as well as our Pinnacle Award Press release being featured by the Digital Journal. We also attended the Packaging Experience Summit on March 19th and 20th in Seattle, Washington. Our Vice President Ken Wong, Director of Strategy & Operations Marc Hyman, and E-Commerce Business Manager Olivia Pietersen flew to the Pacific Northwest, to attend the summit at the Hotel Interurban.

The event gave us an opportunity to explore how new technology is improving the packaging industry and how digitization is impacting our traditional ways of conducting business. At this conference we gained new custom packaging insights by learning from professionals in a variety of related industries. It allowed us to explore the unique packaging capabilities of the West Coast and inspired new ideas. It also assisted our team in keeping up to date on the best ways to serve our clientele, by giving us an inside look on how our services can evolve to best participate in the future of packaging.

One of the most interesting parts of the experience was the opportunity to network with suppliers, distributors, and customers — many of whom not only shared valuable lessons with us but also helped make our time a memorable one. We’re looking forward to staying in touch with these contacts and letting these fledgling relationships blossom. 

This year had a remarkable lineup of speakers, including HP Inc. Global Brands Innovation Manager, Doris Brown McNally, Pregis Vice President of Marketing, Dache Davidson, and Georgia-Pacific, LLC. Vice President of National Graphics, Ted Samotis. These experts spoke about pressing packaging topics such as The Supply Chain Benefits of Digital Print Production Packaging Damage and Its Impact on Consumer Sentiment. The lessons from these speakers are something the team will take home and share with the rest of Crownhill to help our business stay ahead of the competition.

In addition, the summit provided us the opportunity to hear from PX Summit Organizer, President of The BoxMaker, Richard Brown who gave a phenomenal welcome address, that detailed how digital print is enabling brands to create one-on-one conversations with their consumers through packaging. He also gave a tour of The BoxMaker’s extraordinary plant where we saw the capabilities of new machinery, efficiencies created from an organized plant, and how the manufacturer is using people and processes to stay competitive.

Thank you to everyone at The BoxMaker, and the PX Summit team — we’re looking forward to what next year’s event brings.

Celebrating the First Day of Spring with Recent Packaging Trends

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Spring is here, and many people are enjoying the simple things, vibrant colors emerging, nature coming back stronger than ever, it seems like a world painted in pastel. These themes are more than just applicable to spring; rather they seem to imitate the packaging trends of 2019.

Spring is about the simple things, picking fresh herbs, smelling the scent of growth in the air, feeling the sun on your skin. Minimalism (the art of keeping what has value, and removing what is distracting) has become a niche in living space and consumption but is expanding to the mainstream when it comes to packaging. This doesn’t mean plain packaging by any means, instead consumers are looking for fresh, uncluttered designs, that communicate everything they need to know efficiently. Brands can keep minimal text while utilizing color and gradients to express everything else. Gradients help products attract attention, allowing a brand to communicate multiple brand values while maintaining minimal text. Just like how spring is the perfect temperature where you’re not overheating or freezing, gradients can create a warm sensation for consumers.

After the cold harshness of winter, we are experiencing a grand relief. Spring brings a time of hope, where we reminisce on the enjoyment we experienced last spring. Now is the time to sit out on the dock with loved ones and talk about the good times of the past while creating new ones.  Nostalgia is also affecting packaging with vintage characters and pop culture references that create a real connection with target markets.

With spring we don’t just remember better days, we’re also seeing them become more pleasant. As the rains wash away the snow and slush, everything looks cleaner and more blissful. This look extends to packaging with pastel-based color schemes. Pastels adds a rich elegance to products of all shapes & sizes and can make a striking imprint on the minds of consumers.

Great example of the simple elegance thats trending this year

These consumers are no longer opting for the artificial fireplaces or staying cozy indoors. Spring is a time to be in nature with real campfires and walking freely outside. Nature is full of natural resources, and many of these can be refined into packaging materials including algae, hemp, and many other plants & organisms. As many people seek to live more harmoniously, using the abundance of packaging materials that are biodegradable means your brand can capture their lifestyle in its bags. 

We keep this harmony with nature going day and night. When the sun goes down, spring is a time we can still stay outside admiring the contrast of bright stars across a dark night. Just like this simple contrast, black and white designs are emerging as a trend for more serious brands. We see remarkable works of art in black and grey themes in gothic art and modern tattooing, and these influences are spreading to mainstream packaging. While gradients allow colors to blend, black and white are contrasting, creating emphasis and space where it’s needed.

Spring is a time for cleanup and renewal, and Crownhill Packaging can utilize these trends to help revitalize your packaging design. Our packaging designers, consultants, and sales team are excited to support your brand’s winter emergence. Welcome to spring! 

Crownhill Awarded PAC Worldwide Pinnacle Award

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The PAC Worldwide Pinnacle award is given out to only one organization annually, and Crownhill Packaging received the distinction on March 11th, 2019. This award is given to a PAC partner that understands the extent of PAC’s product line and uses them to help their customers, as well as a partner that has their values aligned with PAC’s vision for the future of packaging. 

PAC Worldwide is a global supplier of innovative poly bubble mailer technology that works with Crownhill’s operations throughout North America. They have been a key part of our operations for the past 15 years, and in that time the relationship has become very tight, due to a constant effort by both sides to strengthen their supplier and customer connections.

“We’re honored to receive this award. We’ve been working with PAC for many years, and are constantly communicating back and forth with them. Crownhill is in the business of being a vital part of many companies supply chain, and we are continually telling customers how important their supply chain is. I feel this award provides that validity that we are practicing what we preach and shows our commitment to our logistics network.”
– Ken Wong, Vice President of Crownhill Packaging.

Crownhill provides PAC mailers to almost every industry that ships through e-commerce. The fact that they’re recyclable, cost-efficient, and user-friendly makes them the perfect option to protect an assortment of offerings in a company’s product line.

The Crownhill Packaging team receiving the PAC Worldwide Pinnacle award on March 11th.

PAC mailers have gone beyond the e-commerce world, and Crownhill has provided them as an option both for retailers who frequently transfer product between retail locations at special request and for delivery companies that need mailing solutions for consumers sending products to each other.

Our relationship with PAC has thrived due to being like-minded innovators, who commit to providing the best packaging solutions for our customers. We’re honored to receive this Pinnacle Award from PAC Worldwide, and we’re looking forward to many years of growth together.