Polypropylene Sandbags in Hurricane Defense: Distributor Trends and the Pivotal Role of Heavy-Duty Flood Protection

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Polypropylene Sandbags in Hurricane Defense: Distributor Trends and the Pivotal Role of Heavy-Duty Flood Protection


Polypropylene Sandbags in Hurricane Defense: Distributor Trends and the Pivotal Role of Heavy-Duty Flood Protection

The world can be unpredictable. Natural disasters, such as tropical storms, hurricanes, and flash flooding events, can strike with little warning, wreaking havoc on homes and industries. With the escalating threats posed by climate change, these events are predicted to become more frequent and even more devastating.

According to NOAA’s Hurricane Research Division, the hurricane season extends from June through the end of November. The 2023 hurricane season has been more active than in previous years due to increasingly warm ocean waters. This year, the U.S. has seen three hurricanes make landfall, including one striking the Pacific Coast. As we finish out the final month of the 2023 season, it serves as a reminder of the challenges we still face.

In this article, we’ll take a deep dive into supply and warehousing trends, pricing, and building trust with businesses, government entities, and everyday consumers.

Navigating the Surge in Demand: Distributor Insights on Hurricane Protection

It is important to understand both the annual trends of hurricane season and the upswing in the severity of storms, but also the effect this has had on consumers.

Over the past two decades, the U.S. has experienced several major hurricanes, including Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012. Combined these storms destroyed or significantly damaged nearly 900,000 homes and businesses. Following this type of devastation, hurricane preparedness and preventative measures have become standard practice.

A minor flood may seem harmless, but according to FEMA, as little as just one inch of water can result in up to $25,000 in damage. With hurricanes, the stakes are even higher causing businesses and consumers to stock up on storm supplies well in advance. Stores now look to reassure their customer base before the news has the chance to report a storm forming over the Atlantic.

As a distributor, you have the opportunity to be ahead of the curve and build trust between you and the consumer, by providing top-of-the-line supplies in the months leading up to hurricane season.

Maintaining Inventory Readiness: The ‘Rollercoaster’ Forecasting Approach

Guaranteeing that inventory is readily available is another key element in building trust.

One way to ensure inventory is to transition from a dynamic forecasting system to a “rollercoaster” forecasting system. This forecast is updated monthly or quarterly with new data. At the same time, the horizon is pushed out by another month/quarter so that the forecast never reaches an endpoint.

Using this model and working with a trusted logistic provider will ensure that you are prepared with both stock offerings and custom sandbags. Volume pricing is often available when purchasing in advance of the season and taking advantage of freight and quantity price discounts.

By offering your clients custom packaging, municipalities and businesses can modify the sandbag specification to their exact needs, which may also provide additional financial savings.

Other parts of this model to consider include stock offerings that can be shipped to distributors or blind-shipped directly to the end-user in the distributor’s name. Additionally, with logistics handled in-house, distributors can benefit from competitive purchasing power and end-to-end solutions.

Stock Inventory Sizes:
800/850 DENIER; 1600 HRS UV W/ TIEE

Halsted Bags

Trust-Building Dynamics in the Distributor Ecosystem

Sandbags are so much more than just containers filled with sand. They are a symbol of resilience. A sandbag is a promise of security in the battle against the elements.

With this year’s hurricane season coming to a close, we look to 2024 knowing advanced preparedness is paramount. Developing a system of trust is critical to a successful business structure between the distributor and the client.

For distributors, trust must be fostered on both ends. When connecting with manufacturers, prioritizing mutual business development, and understanding a supplier’s capabilities are fundamental to ushering in a strong working relationship.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, your end-users are reliant on a consistent flow of products to maintain supply and their bottom line. This relationship can easily be maintained so long as deliveries remain timely and within budget.

However, when working with customers, distributors have a unique opportunity to build a relationship based on more than just supply and demand. End-users, such as businesses, government entities, and municipalities, are dependent on the flow of goods. By cultivating a relationship based on reliability, not just dependency, you foster trust.

A direct-to-distributor model ensures that when communities need resilience and protection against the forces of nature, they aren’t left wanting. Through a direct-to-distributor model, the manufacturer supports and fosters the growth of distributors by offering competitively priced design options and sourcing the best quality products available.

This end-to-end approach provides access to products that are competitively sourced, resilient, and dependable when it matters most.

Stronger Than the Storm: Your Go-To Sandbag Manufacturer

In a world grappling with unpredictable weather events, it’s imperative to be prepared. As a distributor, your power lies in the ability to meet demands when disaster strikes by fostering strong relationships with reliable vendors. Reliability and quality are paramount in building these connections.

With 147 years of industry experience, we’ve firmly cemented our reputation as a leading provider of high-quality polypropylene sandbags, and we humbly invite you to be the bridge between our brand and your customers, before future disasters strike.

With a vast stock inventory in the millions catering to a variety of needs, be it for hurricane preparedness, flood control, or any number of other needs, we have set ourselves as your go-to sandbag provider.

Interested parties can explore Halsted’s extensive range of heavy-duty sandbags, from the 14×26” high-visibility orange sandbags to the unique 11×39 tube variant. With options for custom designs and special volume pricing, there’s a solution for every need. As hurricane season comes to a close, let’s prepare for what’s to come and unite in our defense against Mother Nature’s wrath. View our stock inventory or request a quote by contacting us.

Largest Wholesaler of FIBC Bulk Bags in North America

FIBC bulk bags

Halsted provides distributors and resellers with one of the largest inventories of FIBCs (Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers) in North America. Our FIBC bulk bags are generically marked (no “Halsted” markings) and priced for resale. We do not solicit or sell to end-users / consumers. 

Why Use FIBC Bulk Bags? 

  • FIBCs / bulk bags can be used for a wide range of industrial products – including debris, chemicals, minerals, food, agricultural products, feed/seed.
  • FIBCs / bulk bags offer the lowest product to package weight ratio of any industrial container. Your customer can ship one metric ton of product in a bag that weighs approximately 5 LBS!
  • FIBCs / bulk bags are recyclable and can be folded down to a fraction of their opened size once empty – a feature that makes disposal/return transport much more economical than rigid containers
  • FIBCs / bulk bags can be transported using a forklift or hoist, using the four corner lifting loops which are attached to the top corners of the bag. This reduces the need for pallets
  • FIBCs / bulk bags are highly customizable – featuring different filling and discharge options, dimensions, weight capacities, etc.

What Types of Bulk Bags (FIBCs) can Halsted Provide? 

Halsted stocks hundreds of thousands of FIBCs in our regional warehouses. These include nearly one hundred different styles and designs, including:

  • Circular or “tubular” style FIBCs
  • U-Panel or U+2 style bulk bags
  • Baffle bags
  • Ventilated bags
  • Open top, duffle top, or spout top options
  • Flat bottom and discharge spout options
  • Concrete washout bulk bags
  • Coated and uncoated bulk bags
  • Bulk bags with inserted polyethylene liners (PE liners)
  • Capacities ranging from 2,200 LBS to 4,000 LBS

Stock bulk bags are sold by the pallet, with a minimum order quantity of fifty bags. Nearly ninety percent of our shipments are drop or “blind” shipments, meaning that we ship in the name of our distributor – directly to their customer. This saves our distributor time, shipping charges, and handling fees. All stock FIBCs include a standard document pouch. Same-day shipping is available on all orders placed before 11 am local time.

Custom Printed Bulk Bags / FIBCs

Many bulk bag users now brand their FIBCs for marketing purposes. Halsted can help with your custom printed FIBCs by printing them at one of our trusted production facilities overseas. We can print up to four colors on all four sides of the bag. On a typical 35” bulk bag panel, the print area can typically span nearly 28 inches – offering customers a sizeable backdrop for their logo or product design.

Need a Custom Bulk Bag? Call Halsted today

If you cannot find the bulk bag that your customer needs in our stock inventory – don’t worry! We can manufacture your custom FIBC at one of our production facilities overseas. In addition to custom sizing, we specialize in several types of custom order bulk bags, including:

  • UN Rated / Certified FIBCs
  • Food Grade bulk bags / FIBCs (BRC & FSSC 22,000 Food Grade Certified)
  • Conductive Type C
  • Static dissipative Type D 
  • Drum bags

Sandbags for Hurricane Protection and Prevention

2020 has been a historically busy hurricane season, as we are now into the Greek alphabet for storm names. Though November typically signals the end of the hurricane season, there are still several systems brewing in the Atlantic that may impact the United States in the coming days and weeks. As of today, Hurricane Eta is threatening Florida’s west coast, with another disturbance being closely watched as it approaches the Gulf next week. 

Prevent Floodwater From Homes and Businesses

Woven polypropylene sandbags are one of the best resources to prevent and protect homes and businesses during emergency flooding situations. Woven polypropylene sandbags can range in size from 14”x26”, 15”x27”, 17”x27”, and 18”x30” and can be filled with 30 – 50 LBS of dry sand or gravel. The bags have attached tie strings for easy closure and are treated with UV Inhibitor (UVI) in order to extend the life of the sandbag outdoors. 

How Are Halsted’s Sandbags Packed?

Empty sandbags are packed 1,000 per bale. A typical bale weighs approximately 80 LBS. We can pack 12,000 – 16,000 empty sandbags on a pallet, which can ship with a standard LTL carrier. For truckload sandbag inquiries, we can fit approximately 500,000 empty polypropylene sandbags into a truck. Halsted does not sell sandbags to the end-user. One hundred percent of our sales are through packaging companies, industrial supply businesses, and retail distributors. If you are a consumer looking to purchase woven polypropylene sandbags, we can refer you to one of our trusted distributors. 

How Much Does a Sandbag Cost?

A woven polypropylene sandbag is a much more economical solution as compared to some of the flood prevention and erosion control products on the market. Sandbag pricing depends on a variety of factors, including the size of the bag, the thickness of the fabric, the amount of UV Inhibitor, and the quantity that is being purchased. Halsted is a wholesale supplier of sandbags, and our products are available to distributors and resellers only. Our wholesale pricing is based on volume and is calculated to enable our distributors to competitively resell our product. Contact us today to discuss your custom sandbag quote.

How To Fill Sandbags 

Depending on the size of the project, a woven polypropylene sandbag can either be filled by hand (with a shovel or scooper) or by machine (with an automated bag filling machine). We work with several distributor partners that sell both filled sandbags and filling equipment. Give us a call today and we can refer you to one of our trusted partners for filled sandbags and sandbag filling equipment. 

3 Ways Sandbags Are Used During Hurricanes

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recently released an outlook calling for a 60% likelihood of an above-average hurricane season. With these big storms expected, consumers will be more ready than ever to stock up on sandbags for use during hurricanes. Let Halsted keep your sandbag inventory full throughout this season.

Halsted Can Help With Sandbags for Hurricanes

Halsted is one of the largest importers of woven propylene sandbags in North America. Our woven polypropylene sandbags are UV treated for extended use and include an attached tie string for easy closure. We stock millions of polypropylene sandbags nationwide for flood prevention and protection, ground and erosion control, emergency management, and highway construction. 

Our sandbags are available in white, black, high-visibility orange, and landscape friendly green. We stock a variety of size options for these bags, including 14×26, 15×27, 17×27, and 18×30. Don’t forget to ask us about our heavy-duty sandbag options to keep the floodwater at bay! 

Here are some of the ways our woven polypropylene sandbags can help in the event of a hurricane. 

1. Used as Levees, Berms, and Barricades

A levee is an embankment, floodwall, or structure along a watercourse. A well-built levee can reduce and even prevent storm water damage altogether. Sandbag wall levees should be used when a very low and relatively short water barrier is required. 

It should be noted that sandbag levees are labor-intensive and have more opportunities for error during construction. However, they do not require heavy equipment and can be constructed by a small group of individuals. Stagger and stairstep the bags of sand along the levee to provide as much water protection as possible. 

2. Redirect Storm Debris Away From Residential Areas

Floods often cause millions of dollars in residential water damage. They are nightmares for homeowners and insurance agencies alike. Sandbag walls can be used for protection to help direct water from the storm and debris flow away from homes and other property. 

To form a wall, place the bags of sand tightly against one another to form the first layer of defense. Stagger the second and subsequent layers of bags, much like the pattern of bricks in a wall. This will optimize the wall, making it as sturdy as possible for your emergency management needs. 

3. Cover Drains to Stop Contaminated Water From Backflow

A backflow of greywater is a legitimate threat during big storms. This happens when too much water builds up in floor wastes and drains. Sandbags should be placed over these drains, which can be found in laundry rooms, showers, and bathrooms. Most standard homes and buildings on a concrete slab can be protected with fewer than 25 bags of sand.  

Call Us Today For Your Sandbag Needs

Halsted is one of the largest wholesalers of woven polypropylene sandbags in North America. Our sandbags are available to resellers and distributors only. Sandbags come in bales of 1,000 bags, with as many as 16,000 sandbags fitting on a single pallet. Halsted offers distributors with price breaks at bale, pallet, and truckload quantities. Contact us today for your sandbags before the hurricanes hit! 

What Are Sandbags Used For During a Hurricane?

Sandbags are one of the best things you can use to protect your structure during a hurricane. These bags help keep backwater and debris away from your structure to prevent flooding. Outside your house, inside your garage, and along the exterior doors are important places to place sandbags. While sandbags will not prevent flooding, they will keep debris, leaves, and backwater away from the main entry points. 

How To Use Sandbags For a Hurricane

The best way to sandbags to increase protection against the elements is to lay them flat. You can lay them down against the main entry points the same way you would lie down bricks. Stagger the sandbags in a tight row to ensure you fill in any gaps. Simply start at one end and lay them in a row, tucking each end of the sandbag under the next one. If you lay them on top of one another, pat each one down flat before you lay the next one on top. You should aim for at least 1 foot high if you’re placing them along the garage floor or entry point.  

Where to Put Sandbags During a Hurricane?

Many people wonder where to put sandbags during a hurricane. If you know a hurricane is on the way, placing sandbags along the entry points of your structure is a good way to prepare. You can build a small wall along your front door, garage door, or back patio. It’s also helpful to place one over toilets or shower drains to prevent backwater from entering your home.

3 Ways Polypropylene Bags Are Used

Polypropylene is a type of thermoplastic polymer with numerous commercial, industrial, agricultural, and retail applications, particularly in the packaging industry. Utilized to make packaging products from reusable shopping bags to sandbags, polypropylene is one of the most utilized plastics in the world. Halsted is here to provide you with 3 uses of polypropylene.

The Benefits of Woven Polypropylene Bags

Polypropylene can be extruded into filaments which are then woven into large tubes or sheets. The resulting fabric is then used to produce durable, breathable, tear-resistant packaging products for industrial applications and more. 

Here are some of the benefits of polypropylene:

  • Very durable; resilient to wear and tear
  • A very high melting point, making it useful in the food industry
  • Chemical resistance to most oils and solvents 
  • Lightweight, flexible, and breathable
  • Resilient to the sun exposure (particularly with added UV Inhibitor) 
  • Resilient to mold, rot, bacteria, and more
  • Can be waterproof with the addition of laminated film

3 Ways Polypropylene Bags are Used

We’ve seen our distributors get very creative with their uses of polypropylene bags. Their flexibility and durability enable consumers to use these bags in a variety of ways. Here are three ways woven polypropylene bags are used:

1. Reusable Shopping Bags

Reusable shopping bags, such as tote bags, are convenient, durable, and great for the environment as a replacement for plastic or paper bags. These shopping bags can also be printed using photographic quality printing. This provides a high level of marketability for companies looking to promote their brand.   

2. Food Storage

Woven polypropylene bags are incredibly common in the food and agriculture industries whether it be in restaurants, farms, warehouses, or grocery stores. More likely than not, the bags that are holding much of the produce at your local grocery store are made from polypropylene. 

Woven polypropylene bags, depending on their size and construction, can often hold more than fifty pounds. This makes for a safe and durable method of transporting food. Additionally, these types of polypropylene bags do not absorb water, which can protect the contents in the event of an emergency. Food will also be protected from sunlight, mold, and other potentially harmful elements.

3. Sandbags

Polypropylene is used to make sandbags, and Halsted is one of the largest wholesalers of sandbags in North America. The durability and resistance to wear and tear make woven polypropylene to go-to material for producing sandbags. As tens of millions of sandbags are utilized in the United States annually, the high durability yet low-cost combination will always make these types of woven polypropylene sandbags a necessity for flood prevention and erosion control. Halsted sandbags include extra UV protection and a convenient tie-string for easy closure. 

We’ve Got Woven Polypropylene Bags

If you are a distributor in need of woven polypropylene bags, please get in touch with the team here at Halsted. We offer a wide range of styles and sizes for you to choose from. If we don’t stock the size you’re looking for, we can utilize one of our many manufacturing facilities around the globe to produce your custom bag. We understand that your company isn’t limited to these uses of polypropylene bags, so we can always help!

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