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Advanced Supplier Filters on Quote Requests

These new filters will reduce the time you spend sifting through quotes, and help you find the best-fit faster:

  • Prevent specific suppliers from viewing your request if, for example, you've worked with them in the past or if you're requoting with them currently.
  • Set a maximum supplier distance from your delivery location to optimize your shipping costs and transit time.
  • Narrow in on suppliers in specific countries or states to optimize your shipping costs and transit time.

Your quote request will only go out to specific suppliers you select and suppliers that meet all your advanced filter criteria. You'll find these new Advanced Filters in the Suppliers section of quote requests.

💡 Tip: As you add more filters, the supplier count in the top right of the quote request page will change.

A home compostable, 100% plastic-free alternative for plastic film

The perks of plastic are that it's low-weight, low-volume, and water-resistant, with a low unit cost. But plastic takes a serious hit when it comes to recovery, because most of it ends up in landfills. That's where alternative plastics come in, but they can be tricky. Many still contain plastic and can only be composted in the high-heat environment of an industrial facility.

That's why we're excited about a new addition to Lumi Materials: PHA film. PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is a compostable plastic that’s entirely bio-based, derived from bacterial fermentation. Unlike PLA, PHA does not contain any fossil fuel derivatives, making it renewable and plastic-free. It's even home compostable, and will break down in a few months.

On Lumi, PHA is available as an alternative option for plastic film products including compostable poly mailers and inner bags. It offers the benefits of poly — water resistance, low weight, and low volume — but with a more sustainable end-of-life. The look and feel is comparable to the poly you're used to — smooth and malleable with a little stretch. It's shelf stable, as it's resistant to UV rays, heat, and moisture.

PHA can not be recycled, and composting is the ideal end-of-life phase. While municipal composting is not yet widely available, the reality is that even in a landfill, these bags will break down much faster than traditional plastic (which takes decades to degrade into microplastics). Brands looking to use PHA may want to consider adequate messaging for proper disposal, or a takeback program to better ensure best-case disposal by composting in bulk with an industrial facility.

Right now, there is one supplier offering PHA film on Lumi — BIOLO. BIOLO is one of the only PHA film suppliers in the US and the first PHA supplier on Lumi. They extrude, convert, manufacture, and print bags made with Danimer Scientific's polyhydroxyalkanoate PHA based resin, Nodax® which is derived from canola plants. Their PHA bags are certified by TUV OK Compost for home composting, up to 2mil. Cover photo via BIOLO.

Are you thinking about switching to plastic-free packaging? Then you know the options out there can be limited. That's why we are so excited to share three new sustainable, paper-based products that are now available directly from manufacturers on Lumi:

  • Glassine Bags are a new alternative to Inner Poly Bags, a paper-based alternative for protecting garments from dust and moisture.
  • Honeycomb Sleeves are a unique padding solution that can protect glass and ceramic products in transit.
  • Spiral Paper Filler replaces foam peanuts as an easy to use, and easy to clean up, void fill option.

All three products have the benefits of paper-based products, being curbside recyclable, compostable, renewable, and made from responsibly-sourced paper. In addition, they are available from US-based manufacturer Seaman Paper which helps reduce the transit time and ocean freight costs from overseas production.

New supplier options in China

Previously, Chinese suppliers were only available to Lumi Managed customers. Now, anyone with a Lumi subscription plan can send quote requests, get pricing, place orders, and send messages directly with hundreds vetted factories in the US and China. Factories in China are a good option for many plastic and fabric items. They're also an efficient choice if your packaging is shipped to a co-packer in China. Browse suppliers in China →

Poly mailers and fabric bags

With high-quality rotogravure capabilities and more affordable tooling, Chinese factories are a great fit for products such as poly mailers, compostable poly mailers, and standup pouches. Inner bags span a range of materials, from clear plastic and frosted plastic to various fabrics.

Boxes, cartons, and collateral

Sourcing paper items overseas can be an opportunity to optimize your supply chain if you're already receiving finished or kitted goods from China.

New suppliers on Lumi

Great news! More suppliers have joined Lumi, opening up more options for product categories that you can order:

To find the suppliers manufacturing these products, use the Products filter in the supplier directory to search for the product you're looking for. Need a hand with your first quote request? Use this guide to get started.

Quote comparison improvements

Thanks to all your feedback on the new Quote Comparison features, we've been hard at work on a set of improvements that are now available in Lumi:

  • Clearer layout of the cost breakdown for quotes
  • Quotes that don't include freight estimates are called out more clearly
  • Duties and tariffs included on every price break
  • More information added to pages for rejected, declined, and expired quotes
  • Summary information is now displayed when selecting a quote
  • Specifications moved to a separate tab on the quote page
  • Faster page loading
  • Mobile layout fixes
  • Small visual bug fixes

COVID-19 Status Tracker

Stay up to date on COVID-19 impacts with improvements to the Network Status tracker. You can now see a map displaying uptime across factory locations in the United States, as well as trends across the US and China. 

Compare quotes with new marketplace features

The latest update to Lumi includes a set of features we're particularly excited about: an all-new way to manage your quoting process and choose the best option for every packaging component you need.

With this release, we’re giving your team the tools to better understand costs, compare across manufacturers, and respond directly in the Lumi interface. You can read more about this release on our blog.

  • Compare quotes across manufacturers
  • See all the quotes you received across products in a single view
  • Filter and sort by quote, product group, lead time and status
  • See the detailed cost break down for every quote
  • View landed unit prices, savings, and first-order versus reorder costs
  • Respond to quotes through the platform and give feedback to manufacturers

We've created some resources so you can learn more about how costs are broken up, how to use filters, and accepting and rejecting quotes.

Standardized quality control

Today we’re announcing the Standardized Quality release — a set of features that raises the bar for quality standards across every factory in the Lumi Network. This release gives you the tools to identify and report quality issues.

Your reports contribute directly to our quality monitoring systems, which helps improve manufacturer selection tools and overall reliability for all members of the Lumi platform! We're really excited about it and have written more in depth on the blog.

What's new:

Plus, our guide on how to run a quality inspection using the Acceptable Quality Limit (AQL) procedure