There are 4 new plastic containers available from suppliers on Lumi. With these new additions, there are now 10 containers to choose from in the Bottles and Jars category.

Proofs no longer required on reorders

With our latest update, you no longer need to upload new proofs on reorders, as long as the order is placed with the same facility location as the initial order.

Here’s how it works:

• When a customer reorders an item with a valid quote, you’ll receive the order with the initial proof already attached.

• When you click to accept the order, you’re agreeing to move forward with the production, and an invoice will automatically be sent to the customer.

Poly foam inserts are now available from suppliers on Lumi, in various materials.

  • Diecut Poly Foam Inserts: Foam blocks, custom cut to nest your products inside a box. Available in various materials including PE, PU, XLPE, and EVA.
  • Eggcrate Foam Inserts: Convoluted foam sheets with a spongey feel, commonly used for vibration dampening.

A few new molded plastic options are available from suppliers on Lumi. Clamshell containers and Blister Packs are designed for shelf display, while Thermoformed Plastic Inserts are slipped into boxes for retail or ecommerce.

  • Thermoformed Plastic Inserts: Plastic trays, custom molded for specific products.
  • Clamshell Containers: A hinged plastic container, often with a printed card inside for branding and product details.
  • Blister Packs: Custom molded, plastic display packaging with a backing often made from paperboard or plastic.

Squeeze tubes are now available from suppliers on Lumi, in aluminum or plastic. Ideal for packaging creams, gels, or pastes.

Molded Pulp Inserts are rigid with a papery feel. Molded inserts can be used like trays, or doubled up to encapsulate your product from both sides.

To make these inserts, wet pulp is dried onto molds using high heat to harden it into a rigid shape. Molded pulp inserts can be made using wet press or dry press. Wet press tends to create a smoother surface, while dry press creates a more textured surface. The material selection also plays a role in the final texture. Talk to suppliers about your desired texture, and they can help you find the right material and process.

A new product collection to start sourcing on Lumi: Bottles and Jars.

Most of the bottles and jars currently available in the catalog are made from glass. When it comes to sustainability, glass has a lot to offer. It's endlessly recyclable and easily reusable — especially with refill systems. Glass can be clear, or opaque for light-sensitive products. To customize glass containers, you can use direct printing, or opt for printed labels. Get to know the new collection:

  • Glass Bottles: Clear with a narrow neck, best for holding liquids.
  • Glass Jars: Clear with a wide neck for easily filling with liquids or solids.
  • Glass Vials: Tubes with round or flat bases.
  • Metal Tins: They're not made of glass, but metal tins are also new to the catalog. Like glass, metal is endlessly recyclable and easily reused.

To top your glass containers, choose from various caps and pumps:

There are more collateral options available from manufacturers on Lumi. With three new additions to the Collateral category, there are now over a dozen options to bring your messaging to life.

  • Posters: Large, printed sheets, designed for display. Sell them solo or include them as bonus content in your shipments.
  • Letterhead: Branded sheets, sized for printing in standard printers. Use letterhead for cohesive marketing material or correspondences.
  • Business Cards: Thick cards with extensive customization options. These are wallet-sized marketing opportunities for anything from events to unboxings.

Sample galleries on supplier pages

With the launch of sample galleries, now suppliers can showcase photos of their work. From a supplier's page, customers can click through the Sample Gallery to see photos of actual products produced at that facility.

Suppliers can add new photos to the sample gallery by updating their profile through the Profile Manager.

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Reply to messages via email

Whether you're a buyer or supplier, now you can reply to messages directly from your email inbox 🎉

When you receive an email notification about a message in Lumi, now you can reply directly to that email notification. Your reply will be sent to collaborators on that quote or order, and will also be visible in Lumi.

Email responses work with attachments too! This makes it easier than ever to keep conversations moving while you're on the go, from your phone or any other device that you use for email.

Each notification also includes a link back to the conversation in Lumi, so you can quickly access all the documents and history.

As your team grows and changes, Lumi remains your source of truth across manufacturing projects. All messages — whether they're sent via email or in the platform — are available in Lumi, not siloed in inboxes.

Small fixes and updates for customers

  • Retracting an order submission: After an order is submitted, but before it’s accepted or rejected, you can retract the submission by clicking Retract on the submitted order page. Retracting the order will move it back into a Draft status, making it editable. The order will not be reviewed until it is resubmitted.
  • Preventing zero quantity on split shipments: Placing big packaging orders can be stressful. To prevent oversight, you will receive an error if they enter “0” as a quantity for part of a split shipment.
  • Marking orders delivered: Now, buyers have the ability to mark orders as delivered, which will close out the order. Here's how to mark orders delivered.

Small fixes and updates for suppliers

  • Documents are accessible in quotes: Now you can find item documents (dielines, proofs, and more) on the quote page in addition to the opportunities page for each item.
  • Packing document consolidation: Now, when you’re fulfilling an order, you only have to upload one document. We’ve consolidated BOL and Packing List into one field.
  • Accepting orders: For clarity, we’ve renamed the “Acknowledge" button on orders. Now to accept an order, click “Accept.”