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Most factories, mines and warehouses now use automated equipment to move and handle their bulk materials. This is why bulk bags are a mainstay of shipping and logistics; they are flexible, durable and incredibly strong for their weight. Custom Bulk Bags is a leading manufacturer and supplier of bulk bags in South Africa and our products have a minimum safety factor rating of 5:1.

The autonomous systems used at these facilities are ever-evolving, so bulk bags also need to keep up with the latest technological trends. The future of logistics will be fast-paced and high-tech, so the bulk bags that we use today will need to change slightly. Bulk bag manufacturers need to keep these developments in mind to make shipping and storage easier for the robots of the future.

Scan codes for easier tracking

Custom Bulk Bags can print scan or QR codes and other important information onto the fabric of the bulk bags to allow machinery to process and sort the materials more efficiently. In addition, colour-coded labels can be printed on the fabric to show automated loaders where to grab, lift and handle the bulk bags.

These scan and QR codes contain massive amounts of information, including product descriptions, specifications, images and links to websites about the company or the materials being stored. Scan codes have been around for a few years now and are just the start of the future of automated warehousing and processing.

Logistics during harsh weather

Almost every region in the world is experiencing shifting weather patterns. Some regions are facing droughts while others are experiencing freak storms and rising sea levels. Logistics solutions need to be adaptable and durable to withstand any event of severe weather. Bulk bags, being made from woven polypropylene, are the ideal products for storing various materials.

These containers provide flexibility and durability in all weather conditions, making it easier to move bulk quantities of produce in outdoor warehouses and shipping yards. The weather of the future is likely to be more extreme and unpredictable, so it’s important to invest in packaging solutions that give you tried-and-tested results is harsh sunlight and severe rain.

Future design changes

The basic design of a bulk bag has been pretty standard since they were first invented. If something works perfectly, why change it? However, many of the attachments and optional extras that can be ordered with bulk bags have come out of necessity with modern handling equipment.

As automated machinery becomes more efficient, the basic design of a bulk bag may need to adapt too. This means that bulk bags of the future are likely to retain their core components, such as woven recyclable fabric, filling spouts and bottom discharge attachments, but the form may vary in order to keep up to date with new machinery. This will all be in the interest of safety, speed and accuracy.

Custom Bulk Bags is able to manufacture up to 3.5-million products per year. Our bulk bags are highly customisable, so it’s important to speak to one of our consultants before placing an order. We will be able to assist you in tailoring your bags to meet your exact requirements. For more information about our bulk bags, please contact us today. 


Custom Bulk Bags is a leading South African manufacturer of woven polypropylene bags for various industries, such as mining, chemicals and food. We are able to produce over 3.5-million bulk bags per year, keeping our customers in stock at all times. Our bags adhere to the highest levels of quality as a result of our stringent in-house testing and quality control programmes.

Custom Bulk Bags holds ISO 9001 certification and we currently have a number of UN-certified designs. We are a Level 3 B-BBEE manufacturer and supplier and fall under the ownership structure of Deneb Investments Limited. For more information on our products, contact Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and industry insights.