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.”

Metallic mailers are now available from manufacturers on Lumi. Printed or unprinted, these reflective shippers really shine.

  • Metallic Mailers: Metallic mailers are lightweight, just like poly mailers, but with a bit more rigidity, giving them a slight crinkly feel as they bend. These mailers are made from a metallized film — a plastic film coated in metal. The mirror-like finish stands out from standard poly mailers, even without printing.
  • Metallic Bubble Mailers: Shiny mailers with the built-in protection of bubble wrap. The metallized film is fused with bubble wrap, making the material more rigid and the silhouette of the bubbles visible from the exterior.

Expandable Poly Mailers are also available. These add extra dimension to standard poly mailers with the addition of a bottom gusset or side gussets to add depth for bulkier products and soft goods.

Say hello to seven new additions to the Inner Bag category. A great inner bag has the power to protect your products from manufacturing to distribution, help your fulfillment team stay organized, and even elevate your unboxing.

This new cohort introduces a variety of closures and opacities so you can find the best combination for your use case. No there are 16 inner bag options to explore and order from manufacturers in Lumi.

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.

New ASTM compliant options for cannabis and pharmaceuticals

With new suppliers on Lumi, our catalog has expanded to include child packaging that complies with ASTM D3475. We're excited to make these items available to brands with products requiring this additional layer of regulated protection. There are 3 different form factors with options in paper and plastic.

Paper-based options are made from renewable materials, they're easily curbside recyclable and have options for recycled content. Laminated pouches offer the benefit of volume reduction and weight reduction.