Butterfly effect: how will cancelled holidays and bad wind in the Suez Canal affect prices of cosmetics?
More than ever before, the last year truly proved the fact that we live in a global village. Every country, almost every business owner, and finally every man, depend on other people and random events. We always knew it in theory, but now we have found it to our cost.
The last year’s pandemic outbreak caused, among other things, supply chain disruptions. In consequence, many companies decided to find subcontractors within the range of 2,000 kilometers. This solution seemed sensible and was meant to secure the production and its stability.
Unfortunately, the Suez Canal blockage has proved that deliveries between Europe and other continents have not decreased. Now it’s May and we know that these few days of obstruction will bring about negative consequences which will include higher transportation fees, which will then increase retail prices.
Why is it so bad since everything is once again “flowing”? We need to consider some factors. First of all, these few days of blockage built up huge queues in ports for loading and sailing off. Secondly, there has already been a problem with containers. Low export from Europe to China, Japan or India and high demand for commodities from these countries to Europe, result in the fact that there is an insufficient number of empty containers. Hence, there were problems with smooth transportation already before the blockage. When many ships had been directed to routes around Africa, their containers dropped out of the regular circulation.
Before these container ships reach Europe, before they are unloaded and before we return to the normal rhythm, three or four months will have to pass.
Higher tolls imposed by the countries that own the sea routes, as well as ports and transportation companies, will impact retail prices of the transported goods. Unfortunately, it will be the consumers who will personally suffer from the fact that Egypt wants to make up for blockage-related losses or that the ports in faraway countries are so busy that they can enhance their prices however they want.
After the Suez Canal obstruction the Internet was flooded with memes that made fun of desperate people who faced delayed deliveries from AliExpress.
However, it is less funny to think about ships from Asia, Africa or Arab countries which carried virtually everything: raw materials, components for machines, cars or packaging, pharmaceutical or personal care products. It concerns not only China, but also other Asian countries – for instance India or Thailand, which are among the top textile exporters. Even though Australia is a faraway continent, it is also economically important for Europe.
No one suspected that such situation is possible. Today it is difficult to speculate what and where in the world could happen. How should we know if next time some type of higher power won’t clog American ports? Now we know that it is impossible to be an autonomous country or even a self-sufficient continent.
Another factor which might put a strain on the cosmetics industry is the reduced number of flights. What does that have to do with the price of plastic? Let us explain.
Limited travelling abroad negatively impacts not only the mental state of isolated people, but also the overall situation of tourism and aviation industries, as well as plastics manufacturers.
Plastics production is mostly based on oil-refining leftovers. During the fuel production crude oil is divided into fractions with different boiling points. One of them is heavy petroleum, the so-called naphtha, which is not used in the petrochemical processes. However, it is a key element in the production of plastics.
For long months now, gas tanks have been bursting at the seams. They are full of air and standard fuels which are not as demanded as before 2020. Aviation companies and gas stations order much less fuel than normally. When the liquid fuel production was limited or even completely shut down, we witnessed a historical precedent.
The simple result of this equation is shortage of naphtha and constricted production of plastics. It would be then sensible to resort to recycled granulates. As far as the price of the virgin material depends only on the refineries, the cost of the regranulate is affected by many factors. The first step is the selective waste collection which is up to all consumers. It is a proper moment to say it out loud that the prices of final products depend on our approach to home recycling. If there are still some people who think throwing away waste is the most mundane chore, now they can attach more value to it, even that financial one.
We also have to consider next “stops”, such as city or borough sort plants, recycling stations, as well as manufacturers who know how to properly use recyclates in new products.
Waste cost and quality, as well as the question whether it requires additional selection, later transport between different points (despite fuel surplus gas prices have not dropped), profitability of the whole process (increasing electricity prices are also relevant), human factor, and recently the question of the production rate which might be endangered by the infections – all these chain links force us to acknowledge that the regranulate is not a cheaper option than the virgin material.
If one didn’t consider the current macro- and microeconomic situation, common sense would tell us to look for other solutions. However, other solutions, such as intercontinental import, got stuck in the ports.
Another paradox is the fact that the lifting of restrictions in most European countries will not improve the economy. It will increase the demand for goods from Asia, which means more congestions…
It would be sensible to resort to air transport. Since passenger traffic is reduced, then maybe cargo would fix and rejuvenate refineries and air industry. Not really, because aviation and airport service charges are “unshrinkable”, so it is better to stay on the ground than to fly for peanuts.
Polpak Packaging’s three steps ahead
It wouldn’t be in our nature not to brag about what we did in order to be able to share summary articles instead of nervously looking for new subcontractors.
The last year proved that even a short period of a few months is enough to empty our storages. Demand for closures (mainly for disinfectants) was so huge that we were completely swamped. For some time we had to extend lead times, which we felt really uncomfortable with. We drew a lesson from the pandemic crisis and when the dust settled, we took care of our storages. We are not saying that we don’t care about the global situation and we are not conjuring reality by asking the Ohio butterfly to flap its wings the right way, but we know that we need to secure our deliveries in order to complete our customers’ orders.
It is the second year of the unknown and many surprises, so we try our best to be ready and secure areas which we can control. Such strategy safeguards our own financial liquidity, but also our customers’ production continuity.
Paradoxically, unexpected events taught us to stay calm, focused and flexible. If we want to develop, we need to determine our own directions of change, however sometimes it is the change that forces us to choose a new approach. Freezing in place at the moment of the unknown is the worst solution which would endanger our own company, as well as our business partners.
We have always known that our closures contribute to the success of many cosmetic and detergent companies. We will give our all not to disappoint the trust of our partners.
Trend research focuses not only on the preferences of younger age groups who are growing up to enter the market as consumers, but also analyzes the behavior of those already present on it.
The ‘Silver tsunami’ is the beautiful name for the 55+ age group, which for some time now has been a colorful sociological and market phenomenon.
Modesty is our second name, just after reliability!
Today, our reliability has been appreciated, so we have to overcome modesty and loudly as well as proudly say:
We are one of the “Forbes’ Diamonds 2022” winners!
Our trade fair autumn is slowly coming to an end, so you will have an opportunity to meet us one more time in the final of that tour, during WarsawPack in Nadarzyn (23 – 25 November).
That stand will feature our both departments – the production of packaging lines and ours, i.e. closures for packaging and cosmetic packaging.
Until recently the list of packaging functions seemed to be complete. The packaging and its closure were supposed to tightly secure the product against a leakage, dispense it in the most comfortable and secure way, as well as fulfill marketing functions.
We offer different thickness and width of the polyolefin heat shrink film and what comes with it is a wide range of its possible uses. Polyolefin is one of the most environmentally friendly plastics as it is a polymer made up of carbon and hydrogen which makes for an ideal material recovery. Some claim that the aesthetic and end result are what matters the most.
We are really pleased that we had an opportunity to see our regular clients in a good shape and, first of all, in good health.
It was a great pleasure to us that the stand was visited by representatives of companies we hadn’t had a chance to cooperate with.
Does every element need to distinctly emphasize the brand, or is it worth unifying the packaging and, sticking to minimalism, focus on the identification expressed by the printed inscription on the label?
We are happy that after the two-tear break caused by the pandemics we can participate in trade fairs again.
We are really looking forward to meeting our Clients and potential Clients, as direct conversations at our stand are really important to us. Although recently we have often seen each other online, we believe that getting back to classic face-to-face meeting is crucial. Casual conversations at the stand are not only an oppo
The Quality Control Department is one of the most important places in our company. Thanks to the processes, examinations and tests that take place there, our clients get efficient, failure-free, pretty and clean products.
What must happen, however, for them to be deemed such?
Recently, we have been forced to again raise the prices of our products.
We feel obliged to explain the reason for these changes.
In the recent two years, so from the moment of the pandemic outbreak, the costs of transport of a container on intercontinental routes have increased eight times.
Mist sprayers, as a majority of elements of packaging have to play several roles. They should mostly be functional and adjusted to the medium.
Lately there have been wide discussions that if we don’t save our planet, our next generations won’t be able to use its resources. Climate change is a fact and nobody can argue with it, but we still talk about the methods to care for the Earth without further harm.
The very first product that comes to our minds when we think of a trigger sprayer is of course a window cleaner. It is used in households, offices and other public service places. Lately, the store shelves have been stocked with more and more different products closed in trigger sprayers.
Purchase decision are made by consumers as young as 3 or 4 years old! They are the main target groups of the online or TV ads played during the cartoons. Kids are also more susceptible to the store displays or creative points of sale.
Nowadays customers become more and more eco-conscious. People read and analyse the product composition and are aware of the materials used for packaging. Many shopping choices are made based on their eco-friendliness.
More than ever before, the last year truly proved the fact that we live in a global village. Every country, almost every business owner, and finally every man, depend on other people and random events. We always knew it in theory, but now we have found it to our cost.
Hair obsession, which is a conscious hair care, has recently become more and more popular and gained many female followers.
Plastic recycling has been widely discussed for a long time now, but the topic has not been exhausted yet and there is a lot more to cover
Polpak Sp. z o.o. joined the elite circle of companies awarded with the Business Gazelle title!
Does the outbreak of the pandemic relieve the businesses from the eco-responsibilities?
In the first part of our eco-design series we covered its main principles and explained why it is important to stick to it through all stages of the product development. We already know how to choose a bottle. Now we will discuss the remaining packaging elements along with their eco-versions.
Eco-design is yet another newly coined term that has recently entered our dictionaries. Its etymology is self-explanatory, but what does it really mean? What requirements have to be met in order to call a product’s design “eco”?
Yellow and grey have been crowned the colours of 2021. The choice is not random: it reflects the lifestyle and mood prevailing in the current situation.
We are closing 2020 with record sales – in the second part of December we hit 100 million sold products!
In the first part we discussed some of the problems our traders have to deal with on a daily basis. We put it forward to share the knowledge and show you that some solutions must make not only for the visual effect, but firstly for the better functionality of the packaging with the specific medium and bottle.
From time to time we lift the veil of secrecy surrounding our company’s internal affairs. We write about our cool team of well-tuned members who love their jobs. This year we shared a few honest thoughts on our business branch which suffered many turmoils and swirls.
The history of the breakthrough inventions shows that scientists from different places researched a phenomenon or worked on a specific project at the same time, and then announced their revolutionary findings virtually simultaneously.
Since the Polpak Packaging department now also offers polyolefin shrink film (also called shrink wrap), we are able to not only deliver perfect packaging closures and complete cosmetic packaging, but also become the next chain in securing our Customers’ products.
The ever-growing amount of plastic contributes to its ever-worsening opinion.
Most of our world contains polymer elements and most of the eco-media coverage presents it in a negative light.
We, on the other hand, try to write not only about its phenomenon and versatility, but also the fact that if we take proper actions, we can prevent it from flooding the world.
Primum non nocere – first, do no harm!
Multithreading of eco-behaviours is incredibly elaborate. Attempts to create a perfect system that would reduce the amount of produced waste and simultaneously save water and minimise the carbon footprint, must be based on knowledge and, paradoxically, intuition, but first of all on common sense.
As cosmetic packaging and closures supplier we are a part of Polpak Sp. z o.o. Depending on different industry branches, the company is known for various products and services.
Coronavirus has frustrated our plans for this year. It has paralysed delivery times and forced organisers to cancel planned trade fairs.
Paradoxically, it has also strengthened our company’s values! Preaching nice and smooth slogans at calm times doesn’t require much effort.
Aluminium products are much appreciated in the packaging, food, cosmetic and industrial branches. This metal is light and easily processed, whereas products made from aluminium are relatively durable and practical.
What is it all about?
Why is one hard and transparent whereas another matt and flexible?
Why will we sleep very well on one while another will be bulletproof?
Less is more
All business branches and almost all people are in one way or another affected by the outbreak of the pandemic. Market analysts, psychologists and other experts prepare studies or speculations as to what and how has changed, how bad it is and how worse it is going to get.
Although at first glance the above motto may be a little baffling and one could wonder: 'What does that have to do with the price of tea in China?', there exists a deep connection between production and recycling.
Reduction of waste has long been a hot topic, discussed not only by the environmental organizations, but also politicians all over the world. The issue covers already existing waste, waste that is being introduced to the market, as well as future waste generation. Laws, directives and restrictions shed light on the problem and force entrepreneurs to take preventive measures in order to reduce to minimum the landfill sites that are scattered al
Over the centuries of the human existence on Earth, people’s needs have steadily increased. In ancient times, a fireplace, own cave, a piece of leather as clothing and hunting for wild animals was enough to survive. However, increased appetite, the desire for comfort and the need for an easier life were an impulse for ongoing improvements.
The very first and important stage of the recycling process is sorting waste at home. But what happens later?
Where does the waste end up and how does a PET bottle transform into a fleece sweatshirt?
The “zero waste” philosophy has recently gained great popularity. More and more followers try to live by its rules. We don’t fall behind either – we’ve already written about its multidimensionality and the fact that “zero waste” is not only about groceries and not wasting food, to which it is very often reduced. If it’s called a “philosophy”, it should apply to wider aspects of life and general lifestyle.
We often bring up the subject of ecology, sustainability, as well as care and respect for our planet. When we started introducing products made from plastic to the market, we took upon the responsibility to inform our customers and end-consumers how to deal with the packaging after use, once our products become waste.
May these Easter holidays fill your hearts with hope, faith and joy.
We wish you good health, peace and optimistic views on the future.
All the best,
Polpak Packaging Team
Aluminium can be processed an infinite number of times!
Aluminium is lightweight, which means it’s cheaper to transport!
Aluminium is solid and elegant, boosting edgy or vintage look!
Have a look at our 10 to 350 ml jars!
Starting on Monday, March 16th, we are joining the #StayHome campaign.
We are switching to remote working mode.
We will meet on 24-25 June at EXPO XXI centre in Warsaw!
We should always plan our holiday trips ahead. Not only our destination, but also items that we want to take with us!
In 2018 the Polish Ministry of Environment launched the electronic database on waste. The aim of the register is to control waste introduced to the market, its circulation and disposal.
POLPAK Sp. z o.o.
The new year is associated with new resolutions, plans and dreams that we wish to fulfil with a new beginning. Sadly, according to the statistics most of these exciting promises go up in flames already mid-January.
Even though December is the last month of the year, devoted to important summary of the past twelve months, it is also a promising beginning of the upcoming year. During this time international analytic companies publish the results of their research and set new trends for 2020.
According to the Internet wisdom “simple solutions are the simplest”. We truly believe it and our offer reflects it. We care for our customers, hence instead of complicating their decision-making process, we try to simplify it. Sometimes less is more and a narrow selection of the finest products is the key to success. Our long experience and sales analysis show that three types of bottle caps for white co
Light as a feather!
What comes to our minds when we think of chocolate mousse, meringue or Marshmallows? Lightness and treat for the palate. But foamy texture is not only desired in the kitchen – we also love it in cosmetics.
Meet the airless packaging and its magic!
No air, full functionality!
Not long ago we described essential functions of a packaging. It should mainly protect the cosmetic product, provide easy application, be appealing to the eye and eco-friendly.
The annual factory closedown is close by!
Special order products with longer lead times!
The turn of September and October was a very intense time since we visited the industry trade fairs in the country and abroad.
Autumn is for us the beginning of a new season that we’ve been diligently preparing for for a few months now. We’ve observed the market and analysed orders made by our customers. Therefore, we’ve decided to add 9 new products to our standard, permanent distribution.
Our favourite subject is of course… packaging.
It’s our passion, job, reality and entertainment.
From dusk till dawn our Polpak team members dose, pack, send packaging and receive new inventory. We send e-mails, make phone calls and gossip about one thing only.
Total look, also known as mono look, is a timeless elegance. It applies not only to clothing or interior design elements in mono-colours, but also to cosmetic packaging. Monochromatic designs are chic and tasteful, no matter the trends or passing fads.
Dressing tables full of multicoloured bottles, dispensers, sprayers or jars may be charming, but to truly bring out elegance, they should match the interior.
The beginning of the year brought new recycling rules – what used to be three different recycling receptacles have now become six.
According to a survey conducted by Kantar TNS on behalf of the ProKarton Foundation, Poles are paying less attention to sorting waste.
For many of us summer is the most beautiful season. High temperatures, long days and sunny mornings power us up and boost us with energy for action. Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, charges our batteries for the rest of the year.
Every year in June we join the CosmeticBusiness trade fair in Munich and present our products to the industry members from the Western Europe.
We are living in a time when information appears in an instant and it circles the world even faster. We are flooded by news coming from each and every direction, some of which is so-called 'fake news', i.e. untrue information, the purpose of which is to be sensational, cause outrage, controversy or generate traffic to the website on which it was published. It is up to us to separate truth from falsehood, because official refutation either does
Let‘s meet us on CosmeticBusiness - International trade fair of cosmetics supplying industry in Munich, Germany.
This spring trade fair in Warsaw is an opportunity every year to meet our regular customers, to get to know new companies and to establish interesting business contacts. It gives us an opportunity to present our new products and the entire spectrum of ways in which they can be modified, something that is of vital importance to us!
Let’s meet at the trade show in Warsaw!
On 2nd and 3rd April, the Warsaw exhibition and trade centre EXPO XXI is hosting another annual Packaging Innovations event. Our team will be waiting for you in the Green Hall at stand A11.
Another spring is around the corner, and we are all taking off our heavy clothes to be able to enjoy the sun, which is getting warmer every day.
Does all packaging have the chance of a second life?
We look forward to seeing at our stand!
So little is needed to reveal beauty.
We would like to thank all our Clients and Partners for their trust and we sincerely wish you a happy Christmas with your family.
In response to the countless discussions and books that address the present condition of our natural environment, all kinds of measures and solutions that address the problem are proposed, some of which do not even require much effort and can be implemented by just about anyone.
Minimalist lifestyle: what does zero waste mean?
IMPORTANT! Longer order fulfilment times
Thank you for coming to the fairs.
The pollution of our oceans, seas, rivers and forests is a topic that each of us encounters daily. Despite how much the issue is discussed, the countless conversations and conferences on it, it is still difficult to deal with it effectively. So, it is worth stressing how crucial it is that absolutely every single inhabitant of our planet is committed to tackling it. The every day choices and decisions of each individual not only have specific
Autumn is always a busy time in the packaging business, with numerous industry events to attend. This year is no different. Those interested in cosmetics packaging products and closures are in for a treat with a number of important events, where they will be able to see the latest and the most innovative developments in the field
A major part of it is plastic and unfortunately a lot of it is still stored in landfills. Recycling and ecology are recently one of the main topics discussed internationally, primarily because of the fact that waste production is a growing issue. How does that all relate to packaging products? Has the present situation been caused by plastics as such, or is the consumers' missing awareness to blame?
Packaging products suitable for pharmacy shelves
Protection, safety, hygiene of application – these are the essential features of a good packaging product
“Fine feathers make fine birds”, or fashion and trends in packaging design.
Thank you for coming to Cosmetic Business!
Have you checked out the new products in our permanent range yet?
Polpak Packaging invites you to CosmeticBusiness 2018!
Impress your customer with… your packaging!
Thank you for participating in Packaging Innovations fair!
Airless packaging solutions for special assignments.
Happy Easter !
We would like to invite you to the Packaging Innovations International Trade Show.
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We are expanding the range of products available on stock.
How to measure the dip tube length with a ruler – quickly and simply.
Refresh the image of your product!
Polpak Packaging for Christmas!
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Big possibilities of a small packaging closure.
A little bit of 'know-how' - What kind of tube should be used in packaging?
Interesting application of closures and packaging in food industry.
Already in the second half of October new products will appear in regular distribution in Polpak Packaging. This time we are offering you two new models of trigger sprayers and one model of foam sprayer.
15 September – Day of Packaging
Danish Beauty Award 2017 - packaging and cosmetics nominated for an award!!!
Made for each other – how to choose the packaging for a cosmetic product?
Natural, ecological and innovative cosmetics – current trend in cosmetic industry.
Make cleaning a pleasure!
Thank you for visiting Polpak Packaging at the Cosmetic Business fair!
New products from Polpak Packaging on Cosmetic Business fair 2017!
Cosmetic Business 2017 - Invitation
Spring releases in Polpak Packaging offer!
Invitation to Packaging Innovations fair 2017