Tuesday, March 04, 2008

 

Size does matter

Buy Bulk concentrate Global, Sell individual diluted local

Because of the constraints of space and cost put on the NL economy due to the economic Embargo called marine Atlantic it occurred to me that a good place to start to develop and enhance our local economy would be with bulk concentrate products that could be diluted and repackaged for sale locally.

Now this will never go global because the same isn't true for shipping global but for our small market it could be very profitable.

One of the draw backs I foresee would be finding an appropriate package or container that wouldn't take up as much space empty other wise shipping the container empty would be just as restrictive. Either that or find a local company that make packaging and containers. Probably highly unlikely for the same reason shipping full or empty will cost the same and take up the same space.

So I was thinking of some think like those tetra boxes, plastic bags, cardboard boxes. But I couldn't think of any kind of container that would replace the all purpose plastic container?

Some of the products that could be imported in bulk concentrate and diluted and repackaged could be things like Windshield wash, Juice, etc. The ones that first come to mind are liquid bulk concentrate but there are other material bulk items that could be included if someone were to investigate the matter and materials what would best suit this type of venture.

The biggest issue is finding packaging locally or packaging that can be shipped in compacted.

There is also the option of re-usable packaging or buying in bulk but these marketing strategies have been around forever and haven't been able to compete within the global market of slick packaging and expensive marketing. IE; Pop shop, bulk food stores etc. So the only real option to create local markets from bulk concentrate is to either find a packaging that can be imported collapsed or develop a packaging industry locally to put the bulk concentrate into once diluted. R&D once again will be the great equalizer along with the support and entrepreneurial spirit.

Size does matter when it comes to a global market and shipping.


Hoctaler box of wine type of packaging.

3. Bag N’ Box System

Bag-in-box packaging offers substantial benefits over traditional rigid containers such as bottles, cans, pails, drums, or tanks. All the boxes are easily customizable on costumer’s request.
Bag in box packaging

* Lower cost versus rigid, reusable containers.
* Disposable, it eliminates cleaning and transportation costs
* Packaging material source reduction
* Collapsible, take up less warehouse, truck and landfill space
* Cleaner and safer to use because your product remains sealed inside until the bag is empty.

Capacity from 3L up to 1000L


Nestable Styrofoam take out type containers that would get imported.

Then there is the old standby of the milk carton gable top package.
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