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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.

Congratulations to the 2017 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards Winners

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During a sold-out gala at the Sheraton Center in Toronto, on September 20th, 2017, Canada Post hosted the sixth annual Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards. Category finalists and e-commerce industry leaders gathered to meet, recognize and celebrate the companies and start-ups that are moving e-commerce forward in Canada. Canada Post awards category winners received beautiful award statues, exclusive prize packages including shipping services, direct marketing offerings and marketing services, as well as valuable industry-wide exposure.

The 2017 Canada Post awards winners are:

This year’s Canada Post awards recipients were chosen by a panel of relevant and influential industry experts hailing from notable organizations including Google Canada, Facebook Canada, Deloitte Canada, CIBC World Markets Inc., and the Retail Council of Canada.

Crownhill Packaging is honored to have been able to sponsor the Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Small Award. Finalists in this category are smaller retailers that provide their customers an omni-channel experience in both their physical locations and online offerings. They differentiate their business and its intent by using cutting-edge technology and customer-based tactics to best service their clientele. This year’s winner for the Best Omni-Channel Retailer, Small Award was Rent frock Repeat, a retailer that enables women to rent high-end designer fashion for single events. Their online storefront provides online access to personal stylists as well as detailed measurements of both dresses and models.

We’d like to congratulate the winners at this year’s Canada Post awards. The strides forward made by each of these e-commerce businesses has greatly benefited us all. We continually look forward to seeing the accomplishments everyone will undoubtedly make in the future.

Crownhill Packaging Sponsors 2017 Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards

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Crownhill Packaging is proud to once again be a sponsor of the Canada Post E-Commerce Innovation Awards™. Created in 2012, the awards celebrate Canadian companies whose online efforts are innovative, disruptive, committed and daring.

As part of the 2017 Canada Post Awards, Crownhill Packaging is also specifically sponsoring the Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Small. This award recognizes a small retailer who best uses their online and brick-and-mortar presence to create an involving end-to-end customer experience that sets them apart from their competitors. As one of North America’s largest full-service packaging suppliers, Crownhill Packaging appreciates the dedication and effort it takes to ensure clients and customers have the experience and service they deserve.

This year’s full list of Canada Post Awards finalists are:

Best Omni-Channel Retailer Award – Large

  • Hudson’s Bay
  • Simons
  • Best Buy Canada
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
  • FGL Sports – SportChek

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

  • Poppy Barley
  • JACEK Chocolate Couture
  • Chocolats Favoris
  • Rent frock Repeat

Pure Play of the Year Award – Large

  • Charmed Aroma
  • Jennybird
  • Manitobah Mukluks
  • Jewlr
  • Article

Pure Play of the Year Award – Small

  • Cook It
  • Elate Cosmetics
  • Golf Avenue
  • Uniqfind

Best Marketing & Brand Engagement Award

  • Poppy Barley
  • Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC)
  • Best Buy Canada
  • Big Al’s
  • OatBox

Most Disruptive Start-Up Award

  • Cognitive Systems Corp. – Aura
  • Tom & Sawyer
  • The Packaging Company
  • Invictus Gloves
  • SuckGate WaveSurf

Social Impact Award

  • London Drugs
  • Fresh City
  • Textbooks for Change
  • Peace Collective
  • Manitobah Mukluks
  • Eve Kit

As a sponsor of the 2017 Canada Post E-Commerce Innovation Awards™, we are continually impressed by the efforts on display in the online retail world. We look forward to congratulating and celebrating this year’s winners when they’re announced at the awards gala on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

We wish nothing but good luck and success to all this year’s Canada Post Awards nominees!

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!

Congratulations to Solutions Inc. and their Fritz™ Water Vest

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Crownhill Packaging is honored to partner with and be a corporate sponsor to Solutions Inc., a non-profit organization that utilizes current packaging technologies to create products that improve the quality of life for people around the world.

As a sponsor of Team Fritz, we are proud to announce that the Fritz™ Water Vest (developed by Solutions Inc. founder Dr. Fritz Yambrach, PhD) is the recipient of the Diamond Award at the 2017 Dupont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

Such an award (the highest given in the competition) is a testament to the organization’s hard work and dedication. In developing such an innovative and important packaging solution for at-risk populations, they’ve proven that packaging technology is both important and beneficial for everyone who lives on this planet.

Now in its 29th Year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the packaging industry’s longest running, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration in packaging design, materials, technology and processes. Over 150 entries from 24 countries were submitted into the globally-recognized competition, with the Fritz Water Vest being awarded their
highest honor.

The Fritz Water Vest is an engineered flexible package that enables people in developing countries to carry up to 20lbs of water easily and safely. Honoring the packaging industry’s commitment to sustainability, personalization and solving global challenges, the independent panel of packaging expert judges felt that the Fritz Water Vest best exemplifies all those categories.

Congratulations to the entire Solutions Inc. team, including Fritz Yambrach, PhD, Eric Steigelman, Michael Robinson, Sal Pellingra and Mike Licata. Thanks to all the other partners who have helped with development, manufacturing and support, including Bonfire Wines LLC, Heritage Packaging, Ampac Packaging and The Packaging Company.

2017 DuPont Awards Fritz Water Vest

Supporting Fort McMurray and the Alberta Fires Response

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On May 3rd, 2016, a wildfire swept through the communities of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. It prompted the largest wildfire evacuation in Canada’s history, forcing more than 80,000 people from their homes. Once evacuated, they had no idea of where they were going, when they’d return, or even if their homes would survive the fires. Though many found family or friends to stay with, others were left with nowhere to go.

Thanks to the power of technology and the incredible determination of people across Canada, the Canadian Red Cross coordinated the Alberta Fires Response, the largest domestic disaster response in their history. Tens of thousands of individuals and families displaced by the fires found the help they needed, including food, water and shelter provided by complete strangers who opened their doors to them.

Here at Crownhill Packaging, we’re dedicated to improving life where we can. It’s why we’ve worked hard to achieve manufacturing certifications that ensure we’re doing all we can to maintain the health of our environment. Though we were thousands of kilometers away, it was important for us to find a way to help with the relief efforts. Contributing to the Canadian Red Cross enabled us to do that.

The effects of the disaster have been tragic, but it’s been amazing to see our country come together in a time of need. As those affected endured one of the most difficult experiences of their lives, the work done by the Canadian Red Cross and its countless volunteers and supporters has helped to ease the strain and make us all proud.

Recently, we received a certificate from the Canadian Red Cross recognizing our contribution to the Alberta Fires Response and Fort McMurray relief efforts. It was an unexpected but wonderful reminder that we’re all connected in this country, and across the planet. Crownhill Packaging is thankful that we could assist our fellow Canadians when they needed help most.

Though it will take time for everyone to fully recover, we’re glad to know the Canadian Red Cross and its supporters are committed to helping everyone affected. It’s been heartening for us at Crownhill Packaging to hear the stories of families who have made it through together and are now surviving, healthy and strong.

Crownhill Packaging and the Alberta Fires Response

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