[5 Benefits] of Shrink Wrap Product Packaging

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Shrink wrap packaging is used in a wide range of industries with food production as one of the prominent users. It uses soft plastic sheets to cover the product using heat and other machinery. The plastic wraps tightly on the product regardless of its shape in order to extend shelf-life and maintain the quality. These advantages of shrink wrapping make it an in-demand solution for businesses.

True enough, here are some of the benefits that packaging companies in Los Angeles love about this method of wrapping.

Product quality

When the plastic material wraps tightly on the product, it creates an almost vacuum-like condition that maintains the freshness of the goods. It prevents high levels of oxygen from being stuck inside which is the leading cause of rotting among perishable items. And when products are fresh for a long time, less effort and resources will be needed for its replacement and production. It’s one of the reasons why shrink wrap packaging is best used for food, pharmaceuticals, and other ingested products.

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Utilized storage

Excessive storage is added expenses on logistics. Instead of using boxes and clamshells, shrink wraps are excellent alternatives if a business wants to save money from freight costs and storage. This is without sacrificing the quality of their products. Also, multiple products can be wrapped together like soda bottles, spray cans, and cup noodles. Aside from saving space, the packaged products will also weigh lighter so businesses can save more from distribution costs.

Low cost

Start-ups who are a bit cash-strapped in terms of production will benefit from using shrink wrap packaging. The plastic material used in this process is cheaper than purchasing carton boxes and hard plastic encasements. Another thing is that production is faster with shrink wrapping which directly translates to utilized manpower. This method of packaging will directly reduce the cost of production, distribution, and the end cost of the goods.

Durable and versatile

Although it doesn’t look as thick as other packaging, shrink wraps hold well on the product. If done well, the packaging will not wither or puncture easily even if stacked in several layers. The good thing about shrink wrapping is it’s easy to detect whether a distributor tampered with the product. Any sign of punctures or tears on the packaging will become obvious. It’s an added security to the quality of the product.

Shrink packaging is very versatile that it can be used across a variety of products. It’s an excellent choice for general merchandisers who are dealing with a wide range of goods.

Added aesthetics

Since the packaging is clear, buyers have the chance to check the quality of the product. This is very effective for perishable items like vegetables and fruits. Customers are more likely to purchase a product that they can scrutinize closely instead of counterparts packed in boxes and opaque materials.

Businesses will also enjoy the benefit of marketing since the plastic material can be printed without affecting the visibility of the item.

Shrink wrapping will likely benefit your business too like how it works well on packaging companies in Los Angeles.

Packaging Experts Praise Amazon’s New Incentive Program

Packaging Experts Praise Amazon’s New Incentive Program

Amazon has recently announced a new, innovative program called the “Amazon Incentive Program”. Basically, this program is geared towards certified Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP) on certain products sold by Amazon.

This news has been met with positive responses by packaging pundits and analysts.

Here are some quotes by experts in the field regarding the Amazon Incentive Program:

Brian Wagner, co-founder and principal, PTIS LLC: “We have worked with clients to develop holistic ecommerce and omni-channel packaging strategies. This fast-growing channel is driving and will drive packaging, automation and supply chain innovation, to cut waste and improve margins for all across the entire value chain. We also provide consulting advice, design and opportunities for Amazon FFP and SIOC [Ships in Own Container].

Some thoughts on the new incentive program:

  • Consumers will love it and should help to centralize waste for collection, so that is good.
  • Amazon’s timing seems a bit aggressive, so we assume it will be phased in.
  • Directives like the Walmart Scorecard and item level RFID [radio frequency identification] set a bad precedence, and didn’t work. However, mandating concentrated liquid laundry detergent made a truly positive impact. Amazon’s directive is consumer and cost driven.
  • This will likely be the ‘kickstart’ that many companies needed to truly design packaging for the ecommerce channel. Many have been using the exact same package format they use in retail and simply let Amazon rebox the product.
  • This could really have a dramatic change on package design—elimination of windows and cut outs, for example. Do you put the nice graphics on the inside of the box instead to delight the consumer upon opening?
  • This could have a dramatic effect on Amazon’s shipping costs—no longer shipping a box in another box.
  • There will be lots of pressure to get certified FFP based on the timing—labs will be busy!
  • Timing could be tough—many packages have been designed for retail, but not the rigors of single-unit direct-to-consumer shipping. Impacts could be pretty large based on which categories are selected by Amazon.
  • This is just the start. I can see this (Amazon’s ecommerce pack) becoming a standard package format in every company’s product portfolio as Amazon expands this to other categories. If you’re not impacted today, I’d take the time to start thinking about how you would achieve FFP certification and protect your product for direct-to-consumer shipping (which is likely for products and SKUs [stock-keeping units] over a certain size).
  • Packages that are easier for consumers will generate positive reviews, and will ultimately lead to more package recycling.
  • Be sure to use How2Recycle labeling to communicate to the consumer!”

Matt Dingee, co-founder and COO OnPoint2020: “The Amazon news is a big step and I think will be a pivotal moment for brands and packaging in ecommerce. Although it has flashbacks to Walmart, I think it will have a more powerful outcome for two reasons.

First, the mindset will change for brands to truly meet FFP compliance. Brands that take this to heart will necessarily engage experts and packaging ideas from all over to meet the Amazon guidelines. During this process, brands will discover that there are many sustainability and business benefits beyond compliance. As a result, brand mindset toward packaging design for ecommerce (Amazon) will be elevated.

Second, FFP is primarily of direct benefit to the consumer. So the outcome is not actually serving Amazon or some subjective metric, but the consumer directly. The brand now has an opportunity to improve packaging and product design for a customer ecommerce experience!”

David Luttenberger, global packaging director, Mintel: “You drew a parallel between WalMart’s Scorecard and Amazon’s FFP certification program. I believe what Amazon is doing is very different and is being received by vendors in a totally positive light. Amazon is incentivizing CPG [consumer packaged goods] vendors and training them to create more environmentally responsible packaging, which in and of itself will save them money and create supply chain efficiencies. At the same time, it’s enabling them to retain proprietary branding while creating a more cost- and logistics-efficient system in which to sell and profitably compete.

Mintel is now qualified as an APASS certified consultant, having gone through the training at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters. It’s eye-opening to see the ISTA6 testing protocols Amazon has developed and to witness real testing in person. Amazon tests packages and products to the worst-case scenario, the outcome of which is two-fold. First, it ensures that a consumer will receive products and packages that are undamaged and which reflect the equity of the brand. That is critical to a successful ecommerce experience for the consumer. Second, it will significantly reduce costs to Amazon for damaged and returned goods, which in turn will help it keep its overall costs of fulfillment and distribution as low as possible.

Finally, it’s interesting—and totally believable once you experience it first-hand—but Amazon considers itself to be a sustainability company, not an ecommerce retailer or logistics/distribution company. Everything it does reflects that mindset, and its package testing protocol is just one facet of a multi-faceted plan to prove that day by day, package by package.”

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

Packaging Market Forecasts from 2018 To 2023

Packaging Market Forecasts from 2018 To 2023

The economy is rapidly evolving and changing at such a pace that it’s somewhat difficult to predict where we’re headed in the long-term. With that being said, the next five years are easier to examine. The global industrial packaging market has been valued at $65.072 billion as of 2017 and is projected to grow at a rate of 3.95% (or $82.079 billion) by 2023. The diversity and complexity of products, advancements in modern technologies, and research and development investments are the major drivers in the market.

Research and Markets has recently published a forecast/press release with numbers and figures that relate to the 2018-2023 economy.

By Type

“On the basis of type, sacks account for a significant market share expected to grow at the highest rate over the forecasted period. Plastic and synthetic sacks are preferred over the traditional jute sacks due to their tough properties. On the basis of packaging materials, plastic is expected to show a significant growth over the forecasted period due to its high utilization in Food & Beverages and Chemical industries. Region wise, Asia Pacific, Europe, and North America hold a significant market share in the global industrial packaging market.

By Material

The plastic material segment is expected to show the highest growth rate over the forecast period followed by the paperboard material segment. Plastic can be molded into a wide range of packaging solutions which are fit for packaging of all types of products with their utility being the highest in Food & Beverages industry and Chemical industry. The utility of paperboard packaging solutions is limited to the food industry.

By Industry

Industrial packaging has been a vital part of every industry globally. The application of packaging solutions in an industry increases with the growth of that industry. The demand for improved packaging solutions is increasing in every industry. The companies try to use the best of all the solutions available in the market which can provide them with benefits such as protected storage, handling and convenient transporting of their products from manufacturing units to the distributors. Increasing production by the companies to fulfill the growing demands of their customers will lead to an increase in the demand for packaging solutions.

By Geography

Asia-Pacific accounts for the largest share in the global industrial packaging market followed by Europe and North America. Asia-Pacific is expected to show the highest growth rate over the forecast period due to increasing exports by the emerging economies like India, Japan, and China. Increasing industrialization in this region will increase the demand for industrial packaging solutions. Strict rules by the governing bodies in this region have made it mandatory for the companies to follow standard packaging guidelines for their products to prevent any kind of contamination and emission which can otherwise cause environmental and health hazards. Europe and North America have a large number of companies which produce large volumes of products every year. An increase in production by these companies will lead to an increase in demand for efficient packaging solutions.

Research Methodology

This research study examines the current market trends related to the demand, supply, and sales, in addition to the recent developments. Major drivers, restraints, and opportunities have been covered to provide an exhaustive picture of the market. The analysis presents in-depth information regarding the development, trends, and industry policies and regulations implemented in each of the geographical regions. Further, the overall regulatory framework of the market has been exhaustively covered to offer stakeholders a better understanding of the key factors affecting the overall market environment.

Market intelligence is presented in the form of analysis, charts, and graphics to help the clients in gaining faster and efficient understanding of the global industrial packaging market.

Major industry players profiled as part of the report are Ball Corporation, Crown Holdings, Inc., International Paper, WestRock Company, and Mondi Limited among others.”

This press release was originally published by ResearchandMarkets.com.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

How to Choose the [Best Clamshell Packaging] for Your Small Business

Clamshell Packaging

Clamshell blister packaging is everywhere. If you’ve purchased anything in a store, you will have seen it before. It’s the rigid plastic container that contours and encases the product perfectly. Such a thing allows the product to be seen without sacrificing the seal and protection. According to the Freedonia Group, the clamshell packaging is the leading packaging in the market, consisting of about 65% in total.

Unlike carton boxes, the clamshell packaging is more economical and appealing to the consumers. In case you’re looking to use the services from packaging companies in Los Angeles, you should know how to choose the best clamshell packaging. Here are some points to ponder:

The cost

There’s no specific price for this type of packaging. It will vary on the size, shape, and volume as well as the supplier’s rates. The other listed factors here will affect the price. Be smart enough to distinguish if the price equates the quality of the packaging.

Shape and size

The bigger the packaging is, the more plastic material needed. It’s essential that you determine the required size and shape for the product you intend to package. In case the shape is difficult to nest together, the shipping cost could become higher. Nevertheless, achieving the exact shape and size of the clamshell blister packaging is best for your business.


The more you buy the bigger discounts you can bargain with the supplier. If you have products you need to sell, it’s best to order the packaging in bulk so you can save more money. Still, this depends on your financial ability as a small business.

Stock vs. custom

A custom clamshell packaging is the best option if you want a form-fitting container. However, you will need to purchase a separate custom tool that can cost as much as $5,000. Bear in mind that this type has an MOQ of 30k units. Stock clamshell packaging, on the other hand, won’t need any tooling and you can order units for as low as 20 pieces.

Supplier’s expertise

It’s advisable to seek the expertise of suppliers about the best option for your packaging. Most likely, they can offer help in the insertion of the marketing material and the product itself on the clamshell packages you purchased. If you’re lucky, some packaging services in Los Angeles may have a connection with a printing service that can provide your marketing material as well.

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Type of product

Products like food and medical goods will require compliance with different safety regulations. It is always best to ask your supplier about which of the clamshell packages they offer meet such standards. Meanwhile, non-perishable items like toys and headphones would not require any special clearance.

Barcode printing

If you’re running a POS sale system where you have the ability to generate barcodes, you can have the code printed right on the inserted marketing material. You can request this to the printing service so you no longer have to paste a separate sticker to the clamshell blister packaging.

Expert States That The Packing Industry Is Embracing Demands For Sustainability

Expert States That The Packing Industry Is Embracing Demands For Sustainability

The following is an excerpt written by Philip Chadwick. It relates to recent trends in the packaging and warehousing industries, and their renewed efforts to produce products and items that are sustainable.

“Feedback from our experts on judging day for the UK Packaging Awards 2018 wasn’t too surprising. Entries for the quality awards seemed to pick up on the sustainability trend and while judges remarked that some efforts “weren’t quite there yet” it seems only a matter of time that the packs required to meet the challenges set out in the UK Plastics Pact will account for the majority.

This year’s judging day felt different. It’s as if the debate over plastics has energized the sector. Whether it’s finding plastic replacements or reducing the material’s use, the challenge has been picked up by technologists and designers. This approach has focused minds in the food sector. The dilemma that’s still facing the market is food waste and packaging’s role in reducing it.

As the Packaging Federation’s Dick Searle notes, ‘if global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest carbon emitter in the world’. And it just happens that plastic is a material that technologists love – it’s durable and has properties that can extend shelf life.

Of course, no one wants to solve one environmental problem only to create a bigger one. The balancing act for retailers and brands is a tricky one. It will be interesting to see how next year’s entries fare; are the plastic replacements for food ready and are they meeting the requirements to extend shelf life?

Developments in the disposable coffee cup saga are also moving, albeit slowly. Our Analysis examines DS Smith’s cup recycling plant in Kemsley. It’s currently waiting patiently for cups to recycle and hopes that the recycling and collection market will soon be fully established. For DS Smith, perhaps it’s a case of ‘if they build it, they will come.’”

As the 21st century progresses, the technologies involved in packaging and warehousing goods will only continue to advance, and within 100 years, who knows what typical warehouses will even look like. One thing is for certain, Build Rehabilitation is at the forefront of warehousing and packaging technologies.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

Robots In Manufacturing

Robots In Manufacturing

Although there will not be a time in the near future when robots will make human labor obsolete, the number of robots in the workplace is only going to increase. At the time of this blog’s posting, there are 74 robots per 10,000 employees working today. The United States has roughly 189 robots per 10,000 employees working. As it currently stands, the United States ranks seventh overall on the planet for the most automation/country with the most amount of robots in the workplace.

According to the World Robot Statistics, “the number of industrial robots deployed worldwide will increase to around 2.6 million units by 2019. That’s about one million units more than in the record-breaking year of 2015. Broken down according to sectors, around 70 percent of industrial robots are currently at work in the automotive, electrical/electronics and metal and machinery industry segments. In 2015, the strongest growth in the number of operational units recorded here was registered in the electronics industry, which boasted a rise of 18 percent. The metal industry posted an increase of 16 percent, with the automotive sector growing by 10 percent.”

Additionally, they found that “The USA is currently the fourth largest single market for industrial robots in the world. Within the NAFTA area (the USA, Canada, and Mexico), the total number of newly installed industrial robots rose by 17 percent to a new record of some 36,000 units (2015). The leader of the pack was the USA, accounting for three-quarters of all units sold. 5 percent growth was recorded. With a comparatively much smaller amount of units, the demand in Canada increased by 49 percent (5,466 units), while that in Mexico grew by 119 percent (3,474 units). With a stable economic situation, it may be expected that North America will see an average annual growth of 5 to 10 percent in sales of robots from 2016 to 2019.”

Although the American workplace has seen an uptake in robots/more automation in the workforce, over 70% of Americans polled expressed wariness about this. The McKinsey Global Institute found that 73 million American jobs could be stake (or lost to automation) by the year 2030 – if these numbers keep pace. So these fears are well warranted.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs. Build does not have any robots but it does have 200 disabled humans anxiously waiting to help you with all your packaging needs.

[Best practices] for retail clamshells and blister packs

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The unfortunate reality is that there still remains an abundance of new brand developers that do not put too much emphasis on packaging solutions at the beginning only to regret such a decision in the end. This is particularly true for packages that are designed to showcase the product in a retail setting.

So you won’t have to face the same regrets that many developers have experienced throughout the years, here are some of the best practices for retail clamshells and blister packs that you might want to follow:

Consider Industry best practices Experts in retail clamshells in Los Angeles recommend tailoring the product size to the available space of the shelf in which it will be displayed on a regular basis. You may be tempted to outdo the competition by making your own products appear bigger than them but this may not always work in your favor. There are necessary costs for assembly, shipping, and the like that you need to consider too.

Know what the pilfer-resistance requirements are

For blister packaging companies in Los Angeles, they always make sure that the package is pilfer-resistant enough to a point that the contents of the package are impermeable to outside tampering but at the same time won’t give consumers a nightmare experience once they try to open it. How pilfer proof your package should be will depend mainly on the way in which it will be merchandised. You might also want to determine what the on-shelf, POP, and other display requirements are just to be sure.

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Consult your suppliers and consumers

There are so many factors that will simply be beyond your control that’s why it’s important that you consult the key groups in your industry so you won’t have to assume things all the time. First, you might want to reach out to your suppliers directly so you can avoid last minute surprises. You might also want to interact with consumers through various means. Integrating blister packs with small pockets, for instance, can offer exclusive cross-promotional opportunities.

Understand consumer tendencies

Clamshells are notorious for giving consumers a tough time in opening them. To counter this kind of issue with the packaging, there are retail clamshells in Los Angeles that rely on integrating directions and informative labels designed to help make things easier for consumer once they begin un-packaging their orders.

In the end, however, consumer taste and preferences are pretty much subjective. There are those who tend to correlate bulkier packaging for quality and there are those who see a poorly designed packaging as cheap. For this reason, it’s important to understand consumer biases so you can better present your packaging.

Level up your packaging

It’s always best to keep yourself acquainted with the latest trends and technologies in packaging so you can level up your products. Plastic printing, for instance, has become so advanced and efficient that it is now one of the best ways to entice consumers to avail for higher-end options. You can even market relatively inexpensive goods as luxurious products through elaborate and decorative packaging like what successful blister packaging Los Angeles companies have done throughout the years.

[The Benefits] of Kitting in Product Fulfillment

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Online retailers are always finding new ways to enhance speed and reduce costs. A new option that’s available to minimize costs in product fulfillment is called kitting. It’s a concept that offers minimized prices for a combo.

Product fulfillment companies, like Build Industries, use this model in the shape of kitting services, where they put a group of individual products into one package and send it to customers. Kitting is an efficient way to save and earn a lot of money. Below are some other benefits of kitting.


By combining a lot of different products in one box, you can minimize the cost per unit. Let your supply chain companies know about this so they can recommend which products to combine and can also send you overstock or let you involve in pick-and-pack fulfillment to minimize costs.

Once you begin to learn more about your customers and what they want, you can make your kits more attractive. This will ensure that you’ll always save when selling your top products, marketing items from suppliers and have the most purchases and feedback from customers.

Faster Assembly

Kitting in bulk creates a more streamlined operation each time an order gets placed. This means a faster assembly of kitted products if you manage your own order fulfillment. As each kit is counted as one stock keeping unit (SKU), you save money on pick/pack costs.

Less Shipping Mistakes

Shipping materials in a kit minimize the probabilities for error with order fulfillment. It also lets your fulfillment house print the shipping labels in advance. This gets rid of the need to weigh and label single items.

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Enhanced Packaging

Kitting can help you save on postal costs as your packaging becomes more cost-effective and efficient. Instead of packing single items into a standard-sized box, you can create a custom box for top-seller kits to minimize the weight and size of the package. This won’t only delight your company but your customers as well.

Improves The Manufacturing Process

For manufacturers, the major benefit of kitting is that it minimizes material handling and manufacturing time. Kitting offers all the materials you need for production so you can start your business without delay. It also minimizes the number of deliveries and the storage space required for assembly lines.

Creates More Space

By moving kitting services and inventory to a professional warehouse, you can create more floor space for manufacturing. You can use the free space for more important things like creating more assembly lines for production.

Why Choose Build Industries?

Need kitting solutions for your product fulfillment issues? Build Industries has the services and experience to make your product fulfillment operations more successful. We are a nonprofit contract packager offering contract packaging services in Los Angeles to different manufacturers who need kitting, packaging, and assembly services.

We offer flexible contract packaging services customized to your special business needs. Contact Building Industries by calling 1-818-898-0020 today!

Product Development And Digital Manufacturing

Product Development And Digital Manufacturing

The digital world is real, it’s growing, and it impacts businesses right now. Digital manufacturers help business owners of all backgrounds and sizes maintain efficiency and flexibility.

250 years ago, the world experienced a massive change when the Industrial Revolution began. The world, at that point, could be described as a place where artisans exchanged their handcrafted, unique products to a small number of customers. When the Industrial Revolution happened, that paradigm was flipped on its head, and the era of mass production of the same item, in shape and dimension, began to become the norm. The Industrial Revolution changed and molded the current world we live in, and the digital world is doing the same thing.

Less than 20 years into this new millennium, that paradigm might be changing again — towards something of a hybrid between the old way (before the Industrial Revolution, i.e., more customization), and the current model of mass production. Essentially, this new school of thought wants to use the current mass production capabilities that we have, but it also likes greater personalization that artisanship can offer. One flaw that the mass-produced model has is that it can create a system of blandness, in that, every product that’s produced can look and feel exactly the same, and for some people, that’s not a good thing. Historically, novel products that served a niche market have had higher prices because they were believed to not be marketable enough to the general population, but that is all changing now.

Build Rehabilitation is looking to expand its relationships with digital manufacturers, and in the coming years, we plan on offering more customizable products for smaller clients.  We are in the process of growing our digital manufacturing base, and we are currently working with clients who offer niche product customization.

When it comes to physical goods, there will always be a need for physical warehousing and manufacturing, and the key going forward will be to integrate both physical and digital manufacturing into a synergetic, successful relationship.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

United States Industrial Space Tightest In Two Decades

United States Industrial Space Tightest In Two Decades

The warehouse availability rate (including properties that are vacant) has fallen for the 32nd consecutive quarter. The availability for industrial space, which includes space that is either vacant or will become vacant in the near future, is now at its lowest level since this data first starting being tracked in 1988.

As consumers continue to do more and more of their shopping online, storage space to house those goods and fulfill those orders are declining. For American retailers, exporters, and manufactures, warehouse space is at its lowest availability since the year 2000.

Economists with CBRE Group have recently released a report stating that new warehouse space is being taken up almost as immediately as its put on the market. In the second quarter of this year, industrial space demand went above the 49 million square feet that were put on the market from that exact same time. Additionally, industrial real estate availability fell to 7.2% — the lowest measure since 2000, CBRE economists have stated.

According to the senior managing economist for CBRE, Tim Savage, the market is “remarkably balance,” and he has stated that industrial real estate developers are able to keep up with this demand by creating very simplistic industrial space.

What this tangibly means is that a number of new warehouse businesses are springing up across the nation. The problem though is that most of these newer businesses don’t know what they’re doing, and most of them will disappear not long after they’ve been established, leaving their clients in a very unfortunate situation.

Build Rehabilitation, which is located in Los Angeles, offers specialized packaging services to a variety of different businesses in the cosmetics industry. With 200 disabled workers and 50,000 square feet available, we have space and the manpower required to service all of our clients and their custom packaging needs.

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