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Congratulations to the impressive Winners of the 2018 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards

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Photo of Director of Strategy and Operations, Marc Hyman, presenting the award for Best Omni-Channel Retailer- Large to Best Buy Canada

Canada Post created another masterpiece Gala this year at the Fairmont Royal York. The world of commerce operating in the digital sphere has continued to grow in 2018 and Crownhill Packaging is happy to be part of the Canada Post E-commerce Awards. This award shows appreciation to the movers and shakers in their respective industry, who are making the strategic decisions that matter. Canada Post has gathered experts from the Public, Social Networking, Technological, Accounting, and Academic sectors to judge the winners this year. These winners are awarded up to $150,000 worth of credits that can be used through Canada Post’s marketing services, to improve their already stellar E-commerce strategies.

Crownhill Packaging is pleased to present the Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large’ to ‘Best Buy Canada’. Best Buy entered Canada during the era before the E-commerce explosion, but has quickly adapted to the digital world of commerce, creating an extensive online catalogue and focusing its marketing efforts on supporting digital promotions especially on Cyber Monday. By keeping its eyes peeled for online trends and utilizing the data available from its massive social media following the company has been able to gain great brand resonance among businesses and consumers alike.

The sponsorship of this award is dear to Crownhill Packaging, as we have had the pleasure of assisting many omni-channel retailers varying from startups to multinational corporations in providing full service packaging solutions. From corrugate shipping containers to custom foam and bubble cushioning, Crownhill has been able to protect products of all shapes and sizes, from the manufacturing centers to living rooms across Canada and United States.

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large (Sponsored by Crownhill Packaging)
Best Buy Canada

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Small
Livestock

Most Disruptive Start-Up Award
LOCH

Best Marketing & Brand Engagement Award
Big Al’s

Pure Play of the Year Award – Large
Jewlr

Pure Play of the Year Award – Small
KANEVAS

Social Impact Award
London Drugs

Canada Post E-commerce Innovator’s Award
Nespresso

Photo of this year’s winners. Courtesy of Canada Post.

Thank you to Canada Post for hosting a great Gala and for putting in the great time and effort it takes recognize these exceptional organizations. Congratulations to all winners, all of us at Crownhill can’t wait to see how these companies innovate in the coming year.

Crownhill Packaging Sponsors 2018 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards

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The Canada Post E-commerce Awards have become a staple of Crownhill Packaging’s sponsorship efforts and we are proud to once again be a part of them in 2018.

Our sponsorship of the awards show enables a celebration of a year of organizations large and small, pioneering big ideas in the realm of e-commerce. From startups creating shockwaves throughout entire industries, to established players adapting to new realities and facing the challenges that come with them head on. These ideas come with great risks, and affect not only the companies that commit to them, but provide a valuable learning experience for many others that can apply what’s being done to their own strategic plans.
This year Crownhill Packaging is honored to be the sponsor of the ‘Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award- Large’ that recognizes corporate leaders who are committing to innovation in the e-commerce realm, utilizing their digital presence to support their brick-and-mortar stores and vice versa. Over the last year many large, historic retailers have suffered due to their resistance to the changing nature of retail itself, but these retailers have embraced change and used it to strengthen their brand position. This ability to adapt, and cohesion between the business of clicks and bricks, is a value Crownhill Packaging holds dear to its corporate identity. Crownhill has a continuing commitment to improving its digital presence, and utilizing technology in new and exciting ways.

These are the Categories and their respective Finalists for 2018.

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large (Sponsored by Crownhill Packaging)

  • Best Buy Canada
  • FGL Sports Ltd.
  • Indigo Books & Music
  • Mark’s
  • Staples Canada

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Small

  • Big Al’s
  • Dunbar Cycles
  • iDrinkCoffee.com
  • Livestock
  • Ricardo Media

Pure Play of the Year Award – Large

  •  Jewlr
  • Manitobah Mukluks
  • Marché Goodfood
  • TSC – Today’s Shopping Choice• Well.ca

Pure Play of the Year Award – Small

  • Canadian Down & Feather
  • Momzelle
  • MUR Lifestyle
  • Parts Avatar
  • Kanevas

Best Marketing and Brand Experience Award

  • Big Al’s
  • Carnivore Club
  • Oatbox
  • TSC – Today’s Shopping Choice
  • Well.ca

Most Disruptive Start-Up Award

  • Desk Nibbles
  • Fun-In-The-Box
  • Kanevas
  • Loch
  • Mme L’Ovary

Social Impact Award

  • Aux P’tits Cadeaux Inc.
  •  Kotn
  •  London Drugs
  •  Manitobah Mukluks
  •  Running Room Canada

This year has a phenomenal amount of strategic talent from across over a dozen industries, being judged by professionals who are leaders in their respective field, from across the country.We’re looking forward to the Canada Post Awards Gala on September 20th where the winners will be announced at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

Best of luck to all nominees, and thank you for your efforts to make Canada a great place to do business.

Vice President Ken Wong Elevated to Chairman of the Board of the Packaging Distributors of America.

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It is with great honor to announce that Ken Wong has recently added to his list of accomplishments by becoming Chairman of the Board for the Packaging Distributors of America! Ken has been a key figure within the Packaging Distributors of America (PDA) for several years and continues to show a strong commitment to the success of the organization.

Ken possess a Bachelor of Science Degree in Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has gained wealth of invaluable knowledge over his 30-year career in packaging. He has a great number of prior industry accomplishments, most notably receiving the Packaging Distributors of America Presidents Award in 2017.

The PDA has been an integral part of Crownhill’s business and we are proud to be part of their distribution network. It has allowed us to form strong bonds with other like-minded organizations, inspired new business ideas, and enabled us to serve our customers better.  

We talked with Ken about receiving this appointment.

Q. How do you feel about being named Chairman of the Board?

“It’s a tremendous privilege to be able to serve in this capacity. Packaging is an industry that affects all sectors of the economy and I’ve been passionate about the difference it makes for many, many years now.  We’re now at the most exciting time for packaging! With the rise of marketing and e-commerce, packaging is going way beyond getting a product from point A-B, it’s now about how your product is packaged when it arrives and the effect of this on consumers. I’m very grateful that I can influence the industry during this exciting time.”

Q. What are some of the current issues surrounding the PDA?

“Communicating the value that the PDA provides is still a major issue and is something I want to tackle in my tenure. The digital sphere is an area we’ve made great strides in, but we know there’s still a lot of potential we’re yet to tap into. I hope to make the most of the resources and talent available, to help both our customers and packaging distributors around North America see our value.

Q. Where do you see your tenure as chairman taking the PDA?

 “I want to continue to expand the knowledge base of the PDA network. We’ve built something amazing over the past 12 years, creating a solid network of companies throughout North America, that each bring something unique to the table. I want to continue expanding the knowledge base of the PDA. We’ve built something amazing over the past 12 years, creating a solid network of companies throughout North America that each brings something unique to the table. With so many opportunities for growth, I want to focus on improving member collaboration and knowledge sharing.”

Ken balances his responsibilities to the PDA with being a strong leader and visionary for Crownhill Packaging and we are grateful to have him as Vice President.  We are looking forward to the future contributions Ken will provide to the Packaging Distributors of America and the guidance he will provide to member organizations across North America.

Crownhill Awarded Knoll ‘Supplier Recognition for Operational Excellence’

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Knoll is a global supplier of home and office furnishings, combining forward thinking with consumer understanding to create elegant furniture that look good, while keeping people comfortable.  The company has established itself as a thought leader in the industry, providing research into ergonomics, and working with a variety of designs and styles. This innovating thinking has enabled it to ride economic waves and thrive for over 75 years.

The company knows that its suppliers provide a key contribution to its global success. This year Knoll has shown its appreciation to Crownhill by granting the ‘Supplier Recognition for Operational Excellence’ award at its Supplier Awards show located in the historic Logan Hotel in the heart of Downtown Philadelphia. Crownhill provides exceptional service to Knoll by making frequent deliveries, providing innovative solutions, and providing the company with ways to reduce their costs. This exceptional service has been due to the hard work and efforts of many people around Crownhill, including Director of Sales Mike Cancilla, as well as the Crownhill Customer Service and Shipping Departments.

Vice President Rodney Taylor was on hand in Philadelphia to receive the award.

Knoll has been working with Crownhill Packaging for almost 20 years moving from strictly supplying stretch film, to now providing the sheet foam and corrugate needs of the company as well. Crownhill is one the North America’s largest full-service packaging suppliers which has enabled the company to keep up with Knoll’s heavy demand for packaging products across Canada and the United States. These global operations have also enabled close relationships between the two parties Head Offices in both Southern Ontario, Canada and the North-Eastern United States.

Crownhill wants to send its sincere thanks to Knoll for granting us this award, and we are looking forward to many years of supplier excellence to come.

Legalization of Cannabis Coming to Canada & Crownhill to Offer Dispensary Bags

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The Government of Canada has announced the end of cannabis prohibition effective July 2018. The legalization of medicinal cannabis in over 20 US States, and legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada, as well as a growing number of US States have been leading factors behind Crownhill’s product line expansion into dispensary bags. Dispensary bags are plastic pouches of a variety of sizes, that are smell-resistant and made of FDA certified food-grade material that offer a variety of packaging uses.

These bags are perfect at storing the many items that could be harmful to children, especially items that could be attractive to their senses. In addition to the bags themselves being child resistant, they are both smell resistant and the packaging is completely opaque, offering no hints to the contents within. This prevents curious eyes (and noses) from being intrigued by the contents of these bags, and keeps the most cherished family members safe.

For perishable products, the food-grade materials extend their shelf life, while the solid packaging prevents harmful UV rays from penetrating through the packaging, and the bag keeping all scents within. This makes them ideal for items that will not be used immediately, or whose smell can interfere with the goods/environment that surrounds them.

The exceptional part of this product line is its versatility, pouches of a variety of sizes can utilize short run custom packing with low order minimums, opening the door to new branding options for established products.

Tamper evident dispensary bags show signs of any handling that can compromise the contents within, important for any product, especially products that can have severe health consequences if contaminated or altered between manufacture and consumption.  

Dispensary pouches attributes of being child resistant, tamper resistant, and easy to customize gives them a wide variety of uses and we’re excited to see how their availability changes the landscape of business and consumer packaging.

Vice President Ken Wong awarded 2017 PDA President’s Award

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Crownhill Packaging, one of the largest full service packaging distributors in North America, is proud to be a member of the Packaging Distributors of America (PDA). As the only member with locations in both Canada and the USA, it remains an honor to be part of such a vital and integral organization.

During the week of June 19th, 2017, PDA held its AGM (annual general meeting) at the Ritz Carlton Reynolds in Lake Oconnee, Georgia. Its organization members and suppliers use this opportunity to build new business relationships and to celebrate the successes of the past year—both individually and as the PDA.

We’re delighted to share that our Vice President, Ken Wong, was presented with the 2017 PDA President’s Award. Receiving such an award reflects his commitment to supporting the values of the Packaging Distributors of America and furthering its mission. His leadership, insight and dedication continues to benefit the PDA, its members and Crownhill Packaging itself.

Ken Wong PDA Award 2017“Packaging Distributors of America is honored to give the 2017 President’s Award to Ken Wong. This award is for that special individual that goes above what is expected and gives of themselves selflessly in order for others to succeed. Our gratitude and thanks for Ken being part of PDA.”
George Strobel, President of PDA

Congratulations from everyone here at Crownhill Packaging, Ken!

Crownhill Packaging achieves ISTA Certification

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently achieved Certified Testing Laboratory accreditation from the world renowned International Safe Transit Association. This ISTA certification demonstrates our strong commitment to transport packaging professionalism, and signals that as a Certified Testing Laboratory, we’re properly equipped to conduct ISTA package performance testing.

ISTA’s mandate is to enhance the effectiveness of package design and testing. Protocols, tools and educational programs are designed to be compliant with ISTA performance and environmental values. This way, factors such as costs, damages and resources can be controlled more accurately during the distribution of packaged products.

As one of the largest packaging material neutral solutions providers in North America, the ISTA certification allows us to perform validated packaged-product performance tests. Any organization involved in the distribution and shipping of packaged goods from point-to-point can avail themselves of our Certified Testing Laboratory abilities. Pre-shipment laboratory testing, along with a proper ISTA review of test results, is one of the few methodically-accepted and proven scientific processes for ensuring shipping and packaging confidence in today’s volatile transport environment.

Crownhill Packaging is committed to providing industry-best knowledge and techniques for our clients and their transport packaging needs. Packaging solutions start here.

Crownhill Packaging has achieved ISTA Certification

Crownhill Packaging awarded 2016 Member of the Year PDA Award

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As one of the largest full service packaging distributors in North America, we’re proud to be a member of the Packaging Distributors of America (PDA). Being able to contribute to such a vital and integral packaging organization is both a wonderful opportunity and great pleasure for us. Receiving a PDA award for that contribution is a wholly unexpected event.

Given to members for outstanding achievement in advancing the values and mission of PDA, we were delighted and surprised to be named its recipient. As the only member with locations in both the USA and Canada, we’re committed to providing fellow members, suppliers and clients with the courtesy and expertise Crownhill Packaging brings to the packaging and distribution worlds.

During the week of June 6th, 2016, the PDA held its AGM (annual general meeting) for organization members. Members and suppliers are able to take advantage of this opportunity to meet, build new business relationships and celebrate the successes, endeavors and innovations of the past year. With a community-first approach, PDA and its members strive for product diversity, knowledge and education, and ingenuity in packaging.

Thanks so much to PDA and all its members and suppliers for believing us deserving of such a great honor. We’ll continue to represent our fellow members well and work to advance us all.

Crownhill Packaging receives 2016 PDA Award