No distributor wants to use one vendor for one product type and have to turn to another for something only marginally different. For example, everyone knows we stock hundreds of sizes of standard, clear zipper top bags, but they know as the place to go for all reclosables because we have nearly two dozen different subcategories covered, too. How did we know to add slider tops, bubble, tamper evident, heathcare, antistatic, amber and all the rest? Because you told us. Next up: Merchandise Bags.

For years, we have offered a select number of commonly requested sizes of Merchandise Bags. Then, because you asked, we added custom Merchandise Bags with registered print. Most recently, you told us that your customers are looking for Merchandise Bags with 25% Post-Consumer Recycled Material (PCR). Well, here they are – the most commonly requested sizes of Merchandise Bags, with die-cut and patch handles, all with 25% PCR. Need them printed? No problem, Print Designer on now features Merchandise Bags, too.

You told us that your customers like PCR content because, unlike many other sustainability initiatives, there is little debate about its value to the environment. Everyone agrees: when a manufacturer makes a new product from an item that has been used, disposed of and is otherwise destined for a landfill (or to become ocean bound plastic), that is a very good thing. Of course, it also takes less energy and resources to sort and regrind post-consumer plastic than to polymerize new.

Turn to page 64 to check out our new options. Not only are they priced competitively, we have also lowered prices on the rest. Thanks to you, we are becoming a better source for Merchandise Bags. What should we work on next?

Finally, in September, we announced our new partnership with Armor Protective Packaging. Your response has been terrific. Today, we are pleased to add 6 more stock items including new ARMOR Wrap Scrim VCI Paper. It is a reinforced rust prevention paper, triple coated with fiberglass scrim for enhanced durability, low-density polyethylene for moisture resistance and VCI to keep metal surfaces rust-free. If you haven’t already, log on to, or turn to page 44 to check out all of our ARMOR stock products.

On behalf of all of us in Atlanta, Boston, Cedar Rapids, Devens, Dallas and Reno, thank you for your business. Here is to a safe and happy holiday season.

Mark P. Bourgeois
Director of Sales & Customer Experience