If you enjoyed popping those air bubbles that came along with many home delivered packages, there is some bad news for you. The original manufacturer of the Bubble Wrap, which was created in 1960, Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE), has launched a new version of the packaging material, iBubble Wrap, that doesn’t pop. iBubble Wrap ships as flat plastic sheets that can later be inflated with a custom air pump sold by the company. According to the company, the new bubble wrap will help it control the shipping cost of the packaging material and save warehouse space for its customers, with the former bubble wrap coming on giant rolls. Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE) is hopeful that this new version of Bubble Wrap has the potential to rejuvenate the brand, which has lost its market share amid increasing competition. The packaging material manufacturer hasn’t been able to cash in on the boom in the e-commerce sector primarily because it’s unable to ship the packaging material to far-flung clients because of its size. Market experts welcomed the new product, although they are skeptical about the cost of the air pump ($5,500), which is needed to inflate the rolls. Whereas the previous bubble wrap had singular pockets of air that could easily and satisfyingly be popped by hand, the new rolls make use of long strips of air that run along the entire length of wrap, and are virtually impossible to pop by hand.
The launch of iBubble Wrap could turn things around for Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE) in the upcoming months. The shares of the packaging material company have grown by 20.88% year-to-date and its shares have received a positive outlook from Smart Money. According to the 13Fs filed by hedge funds as of the end of the first quarter, 48 hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held positions in Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE), with holdings totaling $2.54 billion in value, which is higher than the previous quarter investments of $1.99 billion.
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In addition to positive hedge fund sentiment, insiders are optimistic about the growth potential of Sealed Air Corp. William Marino, Director at Sealed Air Corp., boosted his stake in the company by purchasing 3,213 shares in June.
With all of this in mind, let’s go over the latest hedgie action surrounding Sealed Air Corp (NYSE:SEE).