NFC Bags and COVID-19

Like all of you, we have been closely following the ever-changing COVID-19 situation. I want to share an update on what NFC Bags is doing to keep our customers and our people safe while continuing to deliver around the world.

As your trusted packaging partner, we are still operating, producing and shipping packaging to support much needed demand for all of our customers including medical and food producers. Our manufacturing and distribution center is following CDC guidelines for cleanliness and transmission prevention and is currently operating at full capacity. The NFC Bags customer service team is fully operational and available to help at any time.  

Many people are asking the same question: is it safe to receive and handle a shipment? The WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other shipping containers is low

NFC Bags FAQ

A comprehensive FAQ&A can be found on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.

Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we have received regarding NFC Bags’ products.

We are very fortunate that NFC Bags can be operational while we do our part to support our customers and help contain this outbreak. Thank you for trusting us with your business. We are all in this together. Please take care of yourselves and your families. Let’s stay safe and stay hopeful. 

Frequently asked Q&A

1. Where are NFC’s items produced?

NFC Bags manufactures 85% of our products right here in the United States. Some of our products we source from vendor partners in China, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Taiwan and Vietnam.

2. Can I catch Coronavirus from a case of product?

No. Coronaviruses are thought to mainly spread from person to person via respiratory droplets, researchers say. The virus does not live long on surfaces. Many people are asking the same question: is it safe to receive and handle a shipment? The WHO and CDC have stated that the likelihood of catching the COVID-19 virus by touching cardboard or other another shipping container is low.

3. Will this affect the stock levels of your items?

We do not believe so. Having a well-established network of suppliers provides a greater certainty in supply, both in our own Raw materials for domestic production as well as allowed us to increase our stock levels on third part products, just in case.

4. Will this impact NFC Bags pricing on imported items?

We do not believe so. Our well-established network of suppliers provides an extra measure of cost protection. We will continue to monitor the situation.

5. Will this affect the quality of your production?

No. Our production staff is tested and experienced, while our vendor partners are well vetted for quality and are well prepared to ensure consistency in product aesthetics and performance.

Finding Waldo

By now we all know Where’s Waldo?, created by English illustrator Martin Handford. Popular with kids, the books typically contain two-page spreads with illustrations containing all kinds of people, places and things. The goal for the reader was to find Waldo, clad in his now iconic red-and-white striped shirt, donning round glasses – and always cleverly hidden somewhere among the chaos of the picture.

A finished poly product is far less chaotic than trying to find Waldo. But once in a while, some hard to find black speck material does appear on poly products. In short, if you see black specs, it is simply a small area that is “cooked” too much during the blown film process. In short……burnt. This doesn’t happen all that much and even if it does, it’s important to know two very important things:

  1. It is not a contaminate.
  2. It does not, in any way, affect the integrity of the bags.

Some companies maintain strict guidance with their poly manufacturers about black specks, asking for a specific minimum amount of black speck per square inch, or requiring that any black speck be less than a certain diameter. Some companies even provide graphical charts to their manufacturer with examples of what is acceptable and what is not. There are no mandated guidance or laws in place about black specks, but you can take great comfort in knowing that NFC Bag manufacturing experience goes back 40 years.

The most important thing to know? It happens. It doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Regardless of size and/or scope of black speck in your poly product, they are not contaminates, the quality of the bag is not affected and, as with all NFC Bag orders, you have the option to return any product you are not satisfied with and NFC Bag‘s flexible, friendly and best-in-class return policies will always apply