Industrial Bulk Bag & Packaging Resources

February 20, 2024

Bulk Bag Costs Explained

We’re often asked by our customers to explain the wide variability in pricing from one bag to the next. Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all..

January 31, 2024

Industrial Paper Bags and Shipping Sacks: Key Terms of Sustainable Packaging

Specifically designed for durability and strength, industrial paper bags and shipping sacks are typically constructed with multiple layers or plies..

December 8, 2023

Testing Procedures for UN-Certified Bulk Bags

What Are UN-Certified Bulk Bags? A UN-rated FIBC is a flexible intermediate bulk container or bulk bag designed and approved by the United Nations to..

November 11, 2023

Packaging Portland Cement in Multi-Wall Paper Valve Bags and FIBCs

Portland cement is a primary component of concrete, mortar, stucco, and grout. These cement-based products have been in use for millennia and..

October 18, 2023

5 Basic Types of Valve Bag Filling Machines Explained

In the world of packaging and bulk material handling, valve bag-filling machines play a crucial role in efficiently packaging a wide range of..

August 7, 2023

Why Bulk Container Liners Are the Most Cost-Effective Bulk Packaging

What Is a Bulk Container Liner? A bulk container liner, also known as a "sea bulk liner," serves as a specialized protective packaging system crafted..

July 10, 2023

What Are the 5 Most Common Types of FIBC Bags?

Understanding FIBC Types A flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) is an industrial container made of a flexible fabric designed for storing and..

June 21, 2023

Why You Should Never Use Corrugated Slip Sheets Again

What Is a Slip Sheet? A slip sheet is a thin sheet of heavy-duty paperboard, corrugated fiberboard, or plastic used as a load support device for..

June 13, 2023

10 Reasons Why You Should Buy Your Bulk Packaging From a Distributor and Not a Manufacturer

Bulk packaging distributors are a vital component in the manufacturing supply chain. That said, new customers often dismiss buying bags and shipping..

May 22, 2023

UN-Certified Packaging for Dangerous Goods in FIBCs

Transporting hazardous materials in a safe and legal manner requires the use of UN-certified packaging. FIBCs intended to carry hazardous materials..

May 15, 2023

How Are Multi-Wall Paper Bags Made?

Multi-wall paper bags are used to transport and store dry flowable bulk materials. The paper shipping sack originated over a century ago. Today,..

May 2, 2023

What Top Style Does My Bulk Bag Need?

For many that are new to using an FIBC (also called a bulk bag, tote, or Super Sack™), the 20+ design parameters can be intimidating.

January 31, 2023

Southern Packaging Names New Director of Sales

Doug Smith joins Southern Packaging as new Director of Sales Southern Packaging is pleased to announce that Doug Smith has joined the company and..

January 25, 2023

Southern Packaging Names New VP of Sales & Technical Development

Billy Bellefontaine joins Southern Packaging as new Vice President of Sales and Technical Development Southern Packaging is pleased to announce that..

November 28, 2022

Packaging Refractories, Castables, and Dry Mix Cement in Pasted Valve Bags and FIBCs

What Are Refractories and What Are They Used for? Refractories are ceramic materials designed to withstand extremely high temperatures. In general,..

September 2, 2022

New Stock Paper Valve Bag Inventory Has Arrived

Multi-wall paper bag manufacturers continue to face tremendous challenges in providing reliable, on-time delivery. Lead times remain extended due to..

June 17, 2022

What's going on in the Multi-Wall Paper Bag market? Why are my bags late and how can I prevent running out?

Multi-wall paper bag manufacturers are experiencing challenges unseen in 50 years. Economic and supply chain issues are continuing to wreak havoc on..

May 13, 2022

2022 FIBC Market Update

Even though things have been anything but normal since early 2020, now, more than two years later, COVID-19’s far-reaching impact continues to affect..

January 13, 2022

Emergency Stock PBOM and SOM for Food, Seed, and Feed

As mentioned previously in our post on pasted valve bags, the multi-wall paper bag supply chain has been disrupted to a degree not seen in decades...

November 17, 2021

5 Ways to Protect Sensitive Products from Moisture when using an FIBC Bulk Bag

Dry flowable powders may be susceptible to moisture intrusion when packed in a Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (FIBC or bulk bag).

October 12, 2021

Emergency Stock Paper Valve Bags for Cement, Lime, Sand, and More!

The multi-wall paper bag supply chain has been disrupted to a degree not seen in decades. For veterans of the industrial bag industry, these are some..

September 3, 2021

Why CROHMIQ™ Type D Anti-Static Bulk Bags Offer the Best Static Protection

When handling dangerous bulk powders, or filling and discharging FIBCs where explosive gases or vapors are present, static protection is essential to..

July 30, 2021

2021 FIBC Market Update

For ocean shipping and air travel, 2020 felt like the year the world stopped. 16 months later, ocean liners and airlines are barely keeping up with..

July 23, 2021

Multi-wall Paper Packaging Market Update: Prices Increase in 2021

One of the most overused terms in 2020 was “unprecedented”. Unfortunately, that term may be the most appropriate way to describe current market..

July 9, 2021

Customizing Your FIBC Bulk Bags Through Printing

Many companies search for an option to easily distinguish their bulk bags and make them stand out against other bulk bags that a plant might use...

June 4, 2021

Designing a Custom FIBC

When designing a custom FIBC, a supplier’s job is to ensure the bulk bag meets the functionality and safety requirements of the customer. Bulk bag..

May 28, 2021

Coated or Uncoated? Choosing the Proper FIBC for Your Product.

Coated or uncoated? We get this question a lot. As a leading supplier of FIBC bulk bags, our job is to educate our customers and put them in a..

May 21, 2021

FIBCs: Ideal Packaging Solutions for the Food Industry

Foodborne illness and spoilage are common and costly. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 1 in 6 people in the United..

May 14, 2021

The Polyethylene Valve Bag Guide: The Ideal Bag for Filter Media

While far less common than multi-wall paper bags, millions of polyethylene (aka PE, poly, or plastic) valve bags are filled and transported each..

May 3, 2021

Bulk Bag, FIBC, or Super Sack®? What’s in a Name?

Southern Packaging, LP is one of the largest distributors of industrial containers in the United States serving a dynamic range of local, national,..

April 16, 2021

How are Coronavirus and COVID-19 affecting the FIBC industry?

For over a year, the global pandemic has disrupted our daily lives and affected manufacturers’ supply chains to a degree, never before seen. This has..

March 30, 2021

Navigating Current FIBC Market Conditions to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Over the last 90 days, resin market conditions have led to unprecedented challenges for plastic packaging manufacturers and distributors...

March 23, 2021

5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Bulk Bags from FIBCA Member Companies

What is FIBCA? The Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Association (“FIBCA”) is a global organization representing the FIBC / Bulk Bag industry...

February 17, 2021

Filling and Closing Open Mouth and Pasted Valve Multi-Wall Paper Bags

Bag Packing Basics Nearly any industrial material that’s powdered, flaked, or granular can be packed into a multi-wall paper bag. Specific methods..

February 17, 2021

Bulk Bag Lift Loops Explained – Cross Corner vs. Corner Seam

A Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (aka FIBC, Bulk Bag, Super Sack™, Tote, Jumbo Bag) is a large industrial bag designed to carry immense loads..

February 17, 2021

Baffled Totes for Beans, Seed, and Feed

An FIBC, also known as a bulk bag, tote, or Super Sack™, is a woven polypropylene flexible container designed to store and transport heavy industrial..

February 1, 2021

Rounded Corner Slip Sheets and Layer Pads for Consumer Packaged Goods

What is a slip sheet?

February 1, 2021

Eliminate FIBC Supply Chain Uncertainty With Vendor Managed Inventory

How will the global viral pandemic affect the FIBC industry in 2021? Eliminate supply chain uncertainty with a Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) program

December 21, 2020

We Are Now a Thomas Verified Supplier!

We are pleased to announce that Southern Packaging, LP is now a Thomasnet.com Verified Supplier.

December 4, 2020

What are Stevedore Straps?

Stevedore straps are a lifting component of a Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container (also referred to as an FIBC, bulk bag, or Super Sack™). A..

December 3, 2020

The Truth About Cheap Bulk Bags: Do Your Research Before Buying

Picture this. You are a new bulk packaging procurement manager and have just been tasked with sourcing bulk bags for the upcoming fiscal year. You..

November 30, 2020

Key Terms Every Multi-Wall Valve Bag Buyer Should Know

The following is a list of key terms and phrases commonly used when referencing multi-wall paper valve bags (PVSE bags):

November 25, 2020

The Benefits of AD*STAR® Block Bottom Woven Valve Sacks

What is an AD*STAR Block Bottom Woven Poly Valve Bag? A woven poly “block bottom” or “valve” bag is a common industrial packaging style designed to..

November 24, 2020

8 Reasons Why Poly Woven Block Bottom Valve Bags are Great for Deer Corn

It’s Deer Season, and Southern Packaging is here to support your packaging needs with premium quality poly valve bags for deer corn and wildlife feed.

November 17, 2020

How to Properly Measure and Size a Multi-Wall Pasted Valve Bag

A Pasted Valve Stepped End (“PVSE”) multi-wall paper bag, is a common industrial packaging style designed to package a wide variety of dry flowable..

November 17, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Should Be Packaging Your Deer Corn And Wildlife Feed In High Quality BOPP Open Mouth Bags

BOPP bags offer the superior appearance and performance characteristics you need to market your premium deer corn and wildlife feed products during..

November 17, 2020

FIBC Bulk Bags for the Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) Resin Industry

Polyethylene, Polypropylene, and PVC resins are the building blocks of one of mankind’s most ubiquitous commodities: plastics.

November 17, 2020

Is My Bulk Bag Safe? How to Weigh FIBC Fabric

What are bulk bags made of? A Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container or “FIBC” is manufactured using heavy gauge woven polypropylene (PP) fabric. The..

October 27, 2020

Baffled, Formstable, Q Bag – Why you should be using this type of FIBC

There are 3 basic types of bulk bag constructions: U-Panel, 4-Panel, and Circular/Tubular. Baffles are an internal component that can be added to..

October 27, 2020

Bulk Bags in Steel Mills: Electric Arc Furnace Dust, Refractories, and Steel Additives Packaging

The Mini-Mill Steelmaking Process Steelmakers convert high-grade steel scrap into new prime steel using innovative, high-tech mini-mill technology...

October 20, 2020

9 Sleeve Types in Multi-Wall Paper Pasted Valve Bags

A Pasted Valve Stepped End (“PVSE”) multi-wall paper bag, is a common industrial packaging style designed to package a wide variety of dry flowable..

October 20, 2020

Common Problems and Solutions When Packing Multi-Wall Paper and Poly Valve Bags

A Pasted Valve Stepped End (“PVSE”) bag, is a common industrial packaging style designed to package a wide variety of dry flowable products. Valve..

October 19, 2020

Guide to Low Melt Batch Inclusion Bags

Batch inclusion bags are used to pack a range of dry flowable materials including carbon black, titanium dioxide powder, elastomers (rubber),..

October 19, 2020

Common Misconceptions Regarding Food Grade Bulk Bags

With a variety of FIBC bulk bag vendors, it's important to discuss the common misconceptions regarding FIBC bulk bags and ensure you are receiving..

October 19, 2020

The Dos and Dont's of Safely Handling Bulk Bags

FIBCs or “bulk bags” are commonly recognized and accepted as being the most cost-effective form of packaging based on a cost-to-weight transported..

October 19, 2020

Guidelines for Food Grade FIBCs

Food-grade FIBCs are used for packaging and transporting a wide range of food items including flour, sugar, whey protein, and rice. In order to..

October 7, 2020

Bulk Bag Lead Times Explained

The majority of all FIBCs utilized in United States are imported from other countries. India and China produce over 70% of the FIBCs imported into..

October 6, 2020

Anti-Static Bulk Bags: What FIBCs are Safe for Flammable Powder Transport?

When handling sensitive bulk powders, or filling and discharging where flammable gases or vapors are present, static protection is essential to..

October 6, 2020

How Can I Save Money with 2-PLY Extensible Paper Bags?

This post was updated on July 8, 2022. For decades multi-wall paper bags have been constructed from three or more plies of traditional natural kraft..

October 5, 2020

The Proper Valve Size for Multi-Wall Paper and Poly Pasted Valve Bags

What is a PVSE Multi-Wall Paper and Poly Bag? A Pasted Valve Stepped End (“PVSE”) bag is a common industrial packaging style designed to package a..

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