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Hughes Sustainable Packaging Buyers Guide

Sustainability is no longer an added luxury–it is a necessity for packaging right now and for the foreseeable future. Companies of all sizes are stepping up committing to greener practices, and consumers are doing the same. When it comes to buying packaging products, it can be a challenge to know what to purchase. There are…

5 Packaging Considerations for Your Startup Business

Starting a new business causes enough headaches and packaging doesn’t have to be one of them. Whether for e-commerce or for integrating a “ship-from-store” model, there are endless decisions to be made, items to be purchased, and papers to be signed. Here are five packaging considerations for your new business. Should you automate? It is…

Quick Guide to Eco-friendly Packaging Terms

A topic that continues to make headlines is packaging that supports eco-friendly, planet-saving, sustainable initiatives. Fortune 500 companies are teaming up to prove exponential change is the key to saving our planet. But there’s a lot of jargon that goes unexplained in these conversations. This is the Hughes guide to understanding the key terms that…

Get a Head Start on Your Holiday Packaging

It’s that time of the year again where temperatures drop and online orders skyrocket. This year more than ever, online shoppers have access to daily deals and the convenience of shopping at home, so foot traffic at mass in-store sales (like Black Friday) is predicted to significantly decrease. Shoppers no longer need to wait around…

The Current State of Food Waste & How Packaging is Helping

The US Department of Agriculture estimates that we waste approximately 30-40% of our food supply. Much of the food that goes to waste could have fed the growing population of hungry people and people in poverty. When we look at the bigger picture, we’re wasting more than just food. Food that goes to waste also…

Fact or Fiction in Industrial Packaging

In today’s world we are forced to sort through conflicting information when it comes to just about any subject. A simple Google search can bring up the contradictory information for many of the most important topics. There are several reoccurring themes right now that dominate the global packaging conversation. Even in this realm, there is…

Cleaning Up the Oceans With Sustainable Packaging

It’s no secret these days that plastic and packaging materials often end up in our world’s oceans. We’ve all seen the news reports or the snippets of documentaries with packaging and other garbage polluting Earth’s oceans.  There are many efforts with individuals contributing to reducing the amount of waste that goes into the oceans, but what…

How is Unboxing Impacting Businesses?

Boosting Customer Retention Through Packaging Social media has been a prominent force in our communication channels for a few decades. It’s how employers check up on their candidates and staff. It’s how couples meet and relationships start. It’s a driving force in raising investment funds for many mainstream companies. And it’s an extremely powerful marketing…

Corrugated Box Flute Types

Architects over thousands of years have known that an arch with a proper curve is the strongest (and best) way to span any given space. The arch continues to feature prominently in bridge designs as its semicircular structure distributes compression through its entire form, diverting weight onto its two abutments. Similarly, when corrugated boxes were…

4 Ways Distribution Centers Can Reduce Packaging Waste

According to the U.S. EPA, residential, commercial and institutional users generate more than 75 million tons of container and packaging waste each year. Yet only about half of that waste is properly recycled, which means about 37 million tons of packaging waste ends up in a landfill. At Hughes, we’re committed to educating our customers…