What Are Dunnage Bags?
Dunnage bags are an essential component of the transportation industry. These bags are used to protect goods during transportation by securing cargo in place, preventing damage and ensuring safe delivery. But what do dunnage air bags actually, and why are they so important during transport? We'll dive into both questions and provide detail to those that may be newer to the industry.
What are Dunnage Bags?
Dunnage bags, also known as dunnage airbags, are inflatable bags made of high-strength polyethylene or polypropylene. These bags are inserted between cargo in containers, trucks, and railcars to prevent movement during transit. They are designed to absorb shock, stabilize the load and distribute the pressure of the goods evenly.
The Importance of Using Dunnage Bags
1. Protects Cargo from Damage
Dunnage airbags are an effective way to protect cargo from damage during transport. When goods are not properly secured, they can shift, bump against each other, or even fall over, causing damage. Dunnage bags provide a cushion between the cargo, preventing it from moving and hitting against the walls of the container or truck, reducing the risk of damage.
2. Increases Safety
Dunnage airbags increase safety by preventing cargo from shifting and causing accidents. Cargo that is not properly secured can shift during transport, leading to accidents, damage to the goods and injuries to the driver and other road users. Dunnage bags help to stabilize the load and reduce the risk of accidents.
3. Saves Time and Money
Using dunnage airbags can save time and money. If goods are damaged during transport, it can lead to delays, additional costs, and loss of revenue. By using dunnage bags, the likelihood of damage is reduced, ensuring timely delivery and preventing additional costs associated with repairs or replacements.
4. Improves Customer Satisfaction
Using dunnage airbags can improve customer satisfaction by ensuring that goods arrive in good condition. Customers expect their goods to arrive in perfect condition, and any damage can lead to dissatisfaction and negative reviews. By using dunnage bags, customers can be assured that their goods will arrive in excellent condition.
5. Environmentally Friendly
Dunnage bags are environmentally friendly. They are made of recyclable materials, and once they have served their purpose, they can be deflated and reused or disposed of responsibly.
Dunnage bags are an essential component of the transportation industry. They provide an effective way to protect goods during transport, increase safety, save time and money, improve customer satisfaction, and are environmentally friendly. If you are in the transportation industry, it is essential to invest in dunnage bags to ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and in perfect condition.
At Superior Packaging Company, not only do we provide quality dunnage bags to protect your cargo, but we also provide industry leading training and customer support to our partners and customers. Work with us today and experience a partnership in securing your cargo during transport.
Dunnage AirBag Cost Savings Correlation
Do Dunnage Bags really save you money? How and Why? There is a correlation between the cost and use of Dunnage Bags and the prevention of damaged cargo. Dunnage Bags are commonly used in shipping to secure cargo during transportation. Generally speaking, they work by filling the gaps between cargo and the walls of the container or trailer and provide extra stabilization. When used properly, Dunnage Bags can help prevent cargo from shifting and colliding with other items during transit, which can reduce the risk of damage.
The correlation between the cost of Dunnage Bags and the prevention of damaged cargo, it is not a straightforward relationship, and other factors should also be considered when trying to reduce the risk of cargo damage. Superior Packaging Company can help eliminate or reduce easily preventable damage. Work with us today and start to see the cost savings!
When we talk about protecting and supporting your cargo during transport, it has a dual meaning: our complete line of load securement products are the ideal solution to protect and support your cargo, but our customer service is ideal to support our customers and partners. There are many companies out there selling the same materials we produce, but do not provide any support or customer service to help you create solutions when they arise, and believe us, they will surface!
Whether you are in need of dunnage airbags - standard size or square bags, or one of our wide selection of corrugated dunnage options or other load securement components, we have them all! We respond quickly to your requests, whether you are a current customer or a potential customer or partner, because we understand and value your time. On top of that, we have decades of experience to share and can provide you with the best solution on the market to protect your cargo!
Load securement stabilization and protection from damage for your products is still our number one goal. This goal has been the main reason we continue to add to our load securement line and provide strapping, rubber mats, anti-slip paper and mats, dessicants, and more! We know how to use the components to maximize your budget and best prevent damage.
Our Portable Airtool is an economically responsible solution and a great alternative to the traditional live air solution. There are many circumstances when live air is simply not an option. In these cases, Superior Packaging Company's Portable Airtool is the ideal solution. A 20 volt Lithium rechargeable battery and the correct chuck is all that is needed to operate portable airtool.
Another key benefit using our Portable Airtool is it can eliminate the need to install air lines and purchase costly air compressors. As the need to better manage supply chains increases, and better management of transport budgets, portable airtools represent an alternative.
For the trucker that has multiple stops throughout their day, our portable airtools help provide drivers the perfect solution to easily deflate dunnage bags during partial unloads and reinstall and inflate bags to continue the proper cargo securement necessary to protect the remainder of their shipments as they travel to the next stop.
Another great solution Superior Packaging created is their Dock/Warehouse kit that includes the portable airtool. This kit is perfect for your current or new warehouse employees. It was designed with the employee in mind, providing the tools they need to inflate our dunnage bags with the added convenience of a heavy duty storage bag. Allows employees to have the tools they need at their fingertips and prevents misplaced or lost tools. It can also add a level of personal accountability for their own tools and a sense of responsibility and pride.
2023 is shaping up to be a great year for all of us at Superior Packaging Company and International Dunnage U.S. S.P.C! We are excited to announce 2 additional distribution centers throughout the U.S. and Canada, stocked and ready to help secure your loads and transport your goods damage free. Last year, we became vertically integrated and now we are continuing to improve our overall customer service.
What do these additional distribution centers mean for you, our current partner or customer, and our future customers? It means we will be able to ship your load securement components in the shortest time possible, so you are able to safely block and brace your cargo during transport to their locations.
In addition, another purpose is to streamline and optimize the distribution process in the last mile, ideally storing the goods for the shortest possible time and distributing them to nearby points to avoid unnecessary travel, and unnecessary costs. Each of our existing and new centers are well-connected to ports, rail, and interstates. As we begin to increase our load securement components in each center, our customers will begin to experience a much shorter turnaround.
The main advantages of distribution centers revolve around optimizing time and costs for companies (2 of our most consistent goals):
All in all, whether it's dunnage air bags, corrugated dunnage, rubber mats, anti-slip paper, inflator tools, strapping, dessicants, or any other load securement component, we have them ready for you our customers to help protect all your cargo. Save time and money when you work with us! Give us a try this year and you'll see a difference.
'Twas Days Before Christmas
'Twas days before Christmas and in the North Pole,
Santa was prepping his sleigh with presents, not coal.
While loading his sleigh, he saw tons of voids,
And wondered how to protect these precious toys.
Some voids were big, while others were small.
All Santa knew was these gifts couldn't fall.
Some voids needed corrugated dunnage that's true,
While others required dunnage air bags through and through.
So what he did in a hurry, or his name's not St. Nick
He called up Tom Franta mighty, mighty quick!
From Tom he was able to get a custom solution
To ensure all voids were filled with a concrete conclusion
He has dessicants, rubber mats, anti-slip paper and pads.
Not to mention, tier sheets, corner posts, and a few more items to add.
But what about the many other load securing components?
No fear, with your single source provider, Tom is your proponent!
Honeycomb, strapping, dunnage bags, and more,
Superior Packaging is definitely your 1 stop store.
If your cargo should travel by rail
Ensure damage free delivery will prevail
Container or truck may be your transport of choice
Safe & secure loads will cause all customers to rejoice
If complete load securement is what you are seeking
Have no fear and please stop your shrieking
If you need to protect your cargo today
Please call International Dunnage SPC for the best way!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
Thank You Veterans
Veterans Day on November 11th honors military veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces. This federal holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which marks World War I. These observances reflect the end of significant hostilities at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany took effect. Initially, the United States observed Armistice Day as well. However, it evolved into the current Veterans Day in 1954.
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day on November 11, 1919. At the time, he said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
“Hunger does not breed reform, it breeds madness.” ~President Woodrow Wilson
The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution on June 4, 1926. The resolution requested that President Calvin Coolidge issue another proclamation to observe November 11th with appropriate ceremonies. A Congressional Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday: “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.'”
U.S. Representative Ed Rees from Emporia, Kansas, presented a bill establishing the holiday through Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also from Kansas, signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954.
Congress amended this act on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and it has been known as Veterans Day since.
Initially, the country observed Veterans Day on November 11th. However, starting in 1971, the Uniform Monday Holiday Act required the federal holiday to be moved. Congress scheduled the observance for the fourth Monday of October. In 1978, Congress moved it back to its original celebration on November 11th. While the legal holiday remains on November 11th, if that date happens to be on a Saturday or Sunday, then organizations that formally observe the holiday will generally be closed on the adjacent Friday or Monday, respectively.
Over the last two plus years, the U.S. economy has fought its way through a steady stream of harmful supply chain disruptions. This variation has challenged production and inventories in every facet of the economy. This is one of the main reasons we fought hard to become fully integrated and less dependent on overseas raw materials. The most recognized and publicized place where this volatility could be most easily observed was the ports, where the dramatic changes in consumer behavior were observed in seemingly mile-high stacks of containers and vessels waiting to be unloaded. Observers hoped that port congestion previously had peaked at the beginning of 2022 and appeared to finally be easing in May and early June, but as we are smack dab in the middle of peak shipping, we are seeing congestion again. So what can we do? Plan, plan, plan - as best you can. We are excited to share pictures of our warehouse shelves. We are stocked and ready to help move your cargo safely across the country to its final destination.
Container freight rates, which soared to record prices at the height of the pandemic, have been falling rapidly, economists and data report. Decreased freight rates mean an increase in transport across the country, and an increase in demand for dunnage materials. Another front impacting transport and shipping is container turnaround times, which have been decreasing as well. This is a positive sign for consumers and those managing inventories within warehouses or direct consumer purchasing locations. As we keep our finger on the pulse of the shipping industry, we have ramped up our production of dunnage bags and corrugated dunnage to keep up with demand, and ensure supply chain issues continue to decrease.
With all of this said, we recommend everyone to check their current inventories as they wrap up 2022 and begin 2023. Plan for your dunnage needs and request a quote today. We have the expertise, the inventory, and cost advantage to safely transport your cargo and products damage free.
At Superior Packaging Company and International Dunnage, we continue to expand and will soon be vertically integrated! What does that mean exactly? Well, for our partners and customers, this is great news! For those considering working with us, now is the best time! This full integration reduces much of the supply chain and inventory situations that have arisen the past couple years. We will also have better control over pricing and ultimately better customer service, which is always a top priority.
In short, Vertical integration is an expansion strategy that involves growth through streamlining operations. This occurs when a company is able to control all stages of production and distribution of the finished product - in this case, dunnage air bags. Companies that choose to integrate vertically do so to strengthen their supply chains, reduce their production costs, capture upstream or downstream profits, or access new distribution channels.
Not only does vertical integration increase capacity, but it also guarantees efficiencies in the production process and cuts down on delays in delivery and transportation, improving supply chain deficits.
Vertical integration helps a company:
These are all win-win for our customers and Superior Packaging! Join a winning partnership and request a quote today!
Happy Labor Day!!!
Happy Labor Day 2022! Today is the day America pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day weekend also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans, and is celebrated with parties, street parades and athletic events.
Labor Day is celebrated in cities and towns across the United States with parades, picnics, barbecues, fireworks displays and other public gatherings. For many Americans, particularly children and young adults, it represents the end of the summer and the start of the back-to-school season.
So why do we celebrate Labor Day? It actually originated during one of American labor history's darker time periods and was created to celebrate workers and their achievements. The manufacturing industry, which Superior Packaging Company has close ties, was integral in the creation of this National Holiday.
In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.
As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay. Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, in which several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Others gave rise to longstanding traditions: On September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.
The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when a watershed moment in American labor history brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view. On May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives.
On June 26, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the Pullman strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.
In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.
Many credit Peter J. McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, while others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday.
Credit: History Channel
As we quickly near September, not only are schools resuming, but the holiday peak shipping season looms near. At Superior Packaging Company we are always striving to be proactive in our materials and supplies, and encourage all our customers and partners to do the same. The holiday shipping season refers to the 4th Quarter (October - December). During this time period, supply chain management can easily get disrupted as many businesses are rushing to keep up with demand, manage their inventory, fulfill huge orders, and that doesn't even touch on other factors, such as freight costs, available modes of transport for goods. We all witnessed the images of hundreds of ships carrying tens of thousands of containers waiting at U.S. ports. So what can you do to help ease your 'pain' during this stressful time period? We have a few solutions below.
At the end of the day, what our customers and partners are saying is truly one of the most important values we hold close. We follow the Golden Rule as it applies to business. Treat others as you would expect to be treated. This translates to several different aspects when it comes to creating a business in the load securement industry. Ranging from the actual products and components themselves to response to questions to transparency - all are important and we treat each with integrity and respect.
One phrase we hear often is, 'Wow, you really reply to our phone calls and emails quicker than most!' Why is this important to us? Well, for one thing, time is money and we respect your time. If you have taken the time to request a quote, leave us a voicemail, or send us an email, we respond in a moment's notice. On the obvious side, we want to gain new partners and customers, and if we don't respond, chances are we might lose your business.
Another comment shared to us by many customers is, 'We really feel like Tom appreciates us more than just a purchase order and a check to deposit. Tom takes the time to genuinely listen to our load securement needs and helps us create the best solution to prevent damage to our cargo during transport. He's even helped find a solution that didn't result in a purchase - now that is a true partnership, and when we need his products - he will be the first person we contact!' Although we strive to be your complete load securement solution, sometimes we can't do it all, and we recognize when we can't. Our years and years of experience has taught us that you need to be innovative to provide the best load securement. That experience has come in handy during the supply chain crisis when we have all had to think outside the box.
Finally, the most common compliment we hear from multiple customers is regarding our innovative ideas. As just referenced, we have really had to become creative as many raw materials are in short supply and manufacturing of certain load securement items has been greatly impacted. 'We called Tom in a panic because our current dunnage bag supplier was unable to meet our needs. He quickly replied and was able to create an even better solution using the corrugated dunnage products produced in house along with dunnage air bags. As we have learned more about all the products Superior Packaging carries, we now go to Tom for everything related to transporting our goods.' Now this is one of our favorite things to hear from our customers and partners! We understand load securement, damage prevention, and transport of goods inside and out and because of our experience we have developed industry leading innovations to improve safety, efficiency, and cost effectiveness.
We thank all of our customers and partners and value you and your business. If you aren't currently working with us and don't have the same types of comments many of our customers have shared with us, request a quote and give us a chance. We are genuine, experienced, and truly partner with all of our customers.
Happy Independence Day!
Let's salute our great nation on its Independence Day! Officially the Fourth of July commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. It is truly a blessing to be born in an independent nation. Let us thank every soul who has made it possible. May we enjoy freedom with responsibility! Warm wishes on 4th of July to you.
As we celebrate the 4th of July this year, many of us may take pause to think about what Freedom truly means to us. As Robert Frost quoted, "Freedom lies in being bold." At International Dunnage US and Superior Packaging, we work to exemplify this ideology every day. We strive to create bold, new innovations to help provide our customers with the best load securement systems available. We hope that you each have a safe and meaningful Independence Day this year and remember to be Bold in all you do.
Have a Safe Memorial Day Weekend
While your Memorial Day weekend might be packed with family fun and summer activities, we also believe it's important to pause the festivities in remembrance of the real meaning and history of Memorial Day. In honor of that sentiment, we've put together a few interesting facts regarding Memorial Day and how it came to be.
Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, began during the American Civil War when citizens placed flowers on the graves of those who had been killed in battle. After World War I, it came to be observed in honor of those who had died in all U.S. wars, and its name changed to Memorial Day.
While Memorial Day has spawned many different traditions within communities, it also spawned several traditions by how the government observes the day as well.
Memorial Day has its own unique flag etiquette. At sunrise, anyone flying a flag should raise the flag briskly to full-staff then slowly lower the flag to half-staff, according to Gettysburg Flag. This is to honor the men and women who have fallen in the line of duty. At noon, the flag should be briskly raised to full-staff. This is to salute all of those who have served.
Another revered tradition of Memorial Day is the President of the United States placing a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. For decades, presidents visited the hallowed site as a way to pay tribute to all of those who died fighting for their country. In addition to laying a wreath, the president, or a dignitary in his place, will deliver an address for the nearby amphitheater.
Another tradition is the national moment of silence. At 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day, Americans are asked to pause for one minute to pay tribute to America's fallen soldiers. This became official after the passage of the The National Moment of Remembrance Act in 2000.
Regardless of whatever your upcoming Memorial Day Weekend activities may be, please be safe and take a moment to reflect on the importance of this holiday.