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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You can learn more about Crownhill’s foam options and capabilities by visiting: //www.crownhillpackaging.com/packing-foam/
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We’ve been lucky this year, with St. Patricks day falling on Sunday, which means a full weekend of celebrations. On St. Patrick’s Day every year, people around the world come together to celebrate Irish culture, wear tons of green, and of course, throw a massive party. In preparation for this grand celebration, gallons of beer is brewed, packaged and shipped to bars, retailers, and even directly to consumers.
Our society has radically changed since the first North
American St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 1737; however, the importance of
getting beer from brewer to consumer safely has timeless significance. Barrels
have changed to metal kegs, horse-drawn carriages have been replaced by
18-wheel trucks, and an exclusively bottled product during the first
celebration has evolved to being increasingly purchased in cans. As cans become
a more popular option (offering the advantage of durability, price, and safer
handling) beverage suppliers need to find new and exciting ways to communicate
Shrink wrapping and shrink bundling is used to hold beer for
good reason, as it offers strong holding power, is recyclable, and is easy to
remove both from a retailer and consumer standpoint. Everything seems to turn
green on this great Sunday, especially promotions and packaging. What
noticeably isn’t, for the most part, is the shrink wrap that most beer offered
in North America is packaged in. The clear shrink option provides consumers a
chance to see your product, but for most consumers buying full cases, they are
very familiar with your products aesthetics. For those being introduced to your
brand, they tend to buy in smaller quantities where the shrink is already
Branded packaging offers the chance to add additional
content that won’t fit on the can, due to the inherent limitations of its
cylindrical shape. Also, branded packaging provides an opportunity to inform
customers of time-sensitive news without cluttering your product.
For those seeking a more economical option, colored shrink
wrap is readily available and can be used to help your product ride the hype
that comes with holidays, such as Independence Day (red, white & blue),
Christmas (green, red or white), and Halloween (black or orange).
The durability of canned beer in shrink-wrapped cases is
only as good as how its transported. Custom packaging solutions ensure that
your skid can bear the weight of your load and that the products on the pallet
are safely supported. We create a system where your skid, stretch wrap, and
product packaging all work in harmony.
products can remain perfect through their journey, by conducting ISTA lab
testing that simulates the many conditions a product will face. By utilizing
Crownhill’s custom packaging solutions, you can be assured your product arrives
safely and appeals to consumers either on display or when they receive it at
We’re looking forward to enjoying our St. Patrick’s Day
Sunday and hope you do too. Please enjoy your delicious brews safely and
responsibly, remembering the care that went into getting them to you.
The globalized business world is a machine with lots of moving parts. Typically, we think of these moving parts as gears and cogs, represented by multinational corporations and the strategic decisions of their management. While these do have major effects, it is not what truly powers the modern business world. What powers this mighty machine hasn’t changed since the beginning of time: it’s the efforts of every single worker around the globe. An employee’s contributions to fueling the machine are often forgotten, but not here at Crownhill.
We know that our operations are as strong as the gifted individuals who make up our team, and we have been able to capture top talent across our offices in Waukegan, Brampton and Collingwood. These individuals make the most of their time and the resources provided to them, to deliver stellar results, and utilize their charisma to make our workplace a great place to come to.
Many tasks require a great amount of collaboration between
many individuals to work smoothly, and we have many members of our staff
working hard to ensure they happen daily. To fulfill our daily just-in-time
inventory deliveries, each purchaser orders the right inventory, logistics coordinators
make sure the transportation is available, our warehouse personnel commit to
the laborious task of loading specific inventory onto this transportation, our
drivers ensuring goods are delivered safely and on time, and many other staff
members work behind the scenes enable this scenario to play out.
Not only do we have this teamwork in a single office, we
have team members in the United States and Canada working together every day,
sharing knowledge and utilizing their unique expertise to solve issues that
span the continent. These people use their unique cultural perspectives to
tackle problems from multiple sides and use diversity as a strength.
We also want to thank the employees of our many suppliers and purchasers whose efforts allow the packaging industry to thrive. We owe our gratitude to the employees of these suppliers that enable the manufacturing and creation of goods, that fuel our operations, and enable us to offer so many different solutions. We are also very grateful to the employees of our valued purchasers, who have supported us in our 32 years of business, we continuously look forward to collaborating with the dedicated members of your management teams conquering your packaging challenges together. It’s these phenomenal employees that help protect the products that have enabled global increases in quality of life.
We not only want to thank employees for the valuable work they do every day, but also the professional advancement and personal growth that goes above and beyond. We are constantly seeing employees finding more efficient ways of working, eager to learn skills to be better in their role, and seeking out new opportunities for Crownhill to be more successful. Crownhill knows that personal growth and employee morale has huge ramifications for organizations, and we pride ourselves on creating a positive work environment that encourages this. The personal development of our employees increases cohesion, fosters creativity, and allows for a greater productivity to occur. The actions of our employees to grow professionally and personally, creates big changes, and we want to recognize them for this.
The world is changing in a big way for employees across many organizations. As automation is embraced, many employees are seeing doors close and feeling fear towards the future, but this future is to embraced rather than resisted. So many new opportunities are opening in this new age of intelligent robotics, these tools are merely enabling greater productivity for individual workers, new avenues for business success, and employees to reach a potential that was never available to them before.
Once again, we want to recognize the incredible value each employee a part of our supply chain brings. We look forward to seeing the barriers these employees will break, and new heights they will reach in the near future.
Payless Shoe Company has filed for bankruptcy and plans to liquidate its North American operations. While it’s easy to blame the failure of Payless on the emergence of e-commerce, and its effect on traditional retailer, that factor is only part of the equation. Many historic brands like recent Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Winner, Best Buy Canada, have proven that the internet is a land of opportunity rather than threats. A driving factor behind the downfall of Payless, is its refusal to adapt its business model when its point of difference, being the primary retailer for low cost shoes, was voided by this becoming common place in large retailers like Walmart, Winners, and Costco.
major factor that is easy to overlook was the hundreds of millions of dollars’
worth of debt Payless took on to keep itself running and continue serving over
2000 stores around North America. This led to a massive increase in expenses
due to the servicing of this debt (the principal + interest costs). The best
way to avoid the added cost of servicing debt it to avoid taking on debt in the
first place. While the temptation to gain a great deal of immediate capital is
tempting, this capital needs to be invested wisely and cannot be used to merely
keep a brand afloat or continuing with the same business plans of the past.
This failure of Payless, shows the importance of streamlining operations and
finding innovative ways of reducing capital costs before getting into financial trouble.
Packaging understands this importance of preventing debt in the first place.
There will always be a cost of protecting your products while ensuring they
keep their appeal shown, but by working with a company who works with you as
partner, and makes cost savings a high priority, you can ensure that your
packaging needs are working efficiently. Crownhill achieves these cost savings
by providing design solutions, reducing goods lost to damage, lowering material
costs, improving inventory control, and streamlining processes.
There are many costs associated with transporting products that are of concern to retailers, the largest being dimensional (DIM) weight charges. These are minimum shipping costs that are calculated both by a package’s weight and the dimensions of the package itself. Crownhill helps reduce these DIM weight charges by finding the perfect balance of keeping a product protected and keeping the shipping package to a minimal size. By using lightweight materials and utilizing alternate packaging solutions such as bubble mailers, Crownhill ensures your packaging and shipping costs stay as low as possible.
retailing continues to grow, ensure that your brand learns lessons from the
failure of previous brands, and trusts the right suppliers for its supply chain