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New to Military Packaging? 4 Fundamental Tips for Selecting the Right Military Packaging House

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Mar 22, 2018

Do you have a new military packaging job on your hands? Are you lost attempting to interpret the details of MIL-STD-2073? Have you been searching for the best partner to lead you through the process and help you get paid quickly?

Being a military packaging newcomer can be overwhelming, especially when trying to decipher unfamiliar military codes and government contracts on your own. Without knowledge and guidance, it is all too easy to end up down a long and costly path. A path where your product is held up for an unexpected number of months, a path where your package fails and your company is tagged by the government, or even a path where you ultimately don’t get paid for your goods.

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3 Services Your Military Packager Must Offer

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Mar 15, 2018

There are plenty of packaging companies that claim to be military experts. But how many of them are really qualified to meet your needs and help you maximize your military opportunity?

If you’re struggling with that question, you’re not alone. That’s the question many companies face after they become a military contractor. You probably have a packaging process in place, either through an in-house solution or via an outside contractor.

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Categories: Military Packaging

3 Tips to Ensure Quality in Your Military Packaging

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Feb 8, 2018

The dreaded quality assurance inspection. Any company that has worked as a military contractor knows the importance of the QA inspection. It’s the final hurdle you have to clear before your product is accepted by the military and your invoice is processed. In other words, it’s the last thing standing between you and cash flow.

The military conducts the quality assurance inspection within seven business days after you package your shipments. A military quality assurance representative (QAR) visits your facility to make sure your packaging is compliant with MIL-STD-2073, the military’s packaging guidelines. If you pass the inspection, your shipment is cleared for transport to its destination. If the QAR finds issues, you’ll have to resolve those problems before you can move forward.

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Categories: Military Packaging

Avoid These 3 Mistakes With Your Military Packaging

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Jan 25, 2018

As you likely know from experience, it’s not easy to win a military supply contract. There’s no shortage of companies that would love to do business with the military, as military contract often leads to consistent business and a steady cash flow.

However, winning the military contract is only half the battle. You also have to fulfill the military’s expectations and retain the contract. That’s not always easy. The military often has high standards and expectations. They can also easily turn to one of your competitors if they feel you aren’t meeting your contractual obligations.

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Categories: Military Packaging

3 Questions to Ask Military Packaging Companies

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Jan 18, 2018

Looking to hire a packaging company to help you fulfill your new military contract? If so, you may want to think back on what the process was like when you were bidding as a potential military vendor. The military buying office probably wanted information on your products, your processes, your capabilities, and much more. How many questions did you have to answer about your business? How much data and information did you have to provide?

It might be helpful to adopt the military’s mindset in your search for a packaging partner. There are many packaging companies out there, and most say that they can help with military contracts. However, that doesn’t mean that every military packaging company is right for your needs and objectives.

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Categories: Military Packaging

3 Signs You Need Military Packaging Support

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Jan 11, 2018

The good news is you won a military contract. The bad news is you have to fulfill that contract. Military contracts can be a blessing and a curse for manufacturers. On one hand, they bring a steady stream of demand and cash flow. That can be a boon for nearly any business.

On the other hand, the military might be the toughest customer you ever have. They have strict, specific quality standards. Their invoicing and contracting processes can be difficult to navigate. They may often be slow to get you the information you need, but then demand a fast turnaround time.

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Categories: Contract Packaging, Military Packaging

3 Tips to Comply with Military Packaging Requirements

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Jan 4, 2018

Your business depends on the quality of your product. To protect your product quality, you probably have a rigorous packaging process in place. Perhaps you and your team have developed the right types of containers, dunnage, protective materials, and other types of packaging to minimize risk and potential damage.

If you’ve recently won a military contract, however, you may find that your new customer has different ideas on how your products should be packaged. All military vendors must put their shipments through a quality assurance process. A military quality assurance representative (QAR) inspects your product and your packaging before the shipment is sent to its destination.

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Categories: Military Packaging

What Makes a Company an Expert in Military Packaging?

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Everyone’s an expert, or at least that’s the way it might seem if you’re looking for a new vendor or service provider. Experience and knowledge are valuable commodities, so it’s not surprising that most companies want to position themselves as experts. The truth, though, is that real expertise can be hard to find.

That’s especially true in the world of military packaging. If you’re looking for a military packaging partner, you’ll likely find plenty of companies that position themselves as experts. However, having the capability to package military goods isn’t the same as being an expert.

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Categories: Military Packaging

How to Choose a Military Packaging Company

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Are you looking for a packaging company to help you with your first big military contract? Or are you a long-time military supplier who is looking to make a change in your packaging process? The good news is there are numerous military packaging companies out there who can help you. The bad news is that not all of them are right for your specific needs.

It’s difficult to predict whether a packaging company will provide the service and solutions you need to meet your objectives. However, you can ask pointed questions to learn more about a potential partner’s background and experience. With some research and due diligence, you can sort through your options to find the right military packaging company for your needs.

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Categories: Military Packaging

You Landed a Military Supply Contract. Now What?

Posted by Bill Morgan on Thu, Dec 14, 2017

For many companies, a new military contract is a milestone event. Your first military contract can potentially revolutionize your business. It can generate ongoing, consistent business and cash flow. And more importantly, it gets you in the door with federal government, increasing the likelihood that you’ll win future business.

Of course, to fully leverage this opportunity, you have to meet the military’s strict contractor guidelines. There are a plenty of contractors ready and willing to take your place. If you aren’t meeting quality or delivery standards, you could be replaced.

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Categories: Military Packaging

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