Author: Dennis Salazar

11 Aug 2016 Madison Reed Avoids Packaging Waste by Re-Purposing

A box without a purposeIf you are a regular reader of our blog you probably know we recently had the opportunity to help Madison Reed redesign their primary color kit shipper. (See first related post below) The end result was a smaller, greener shipper that has been a hit with customers.

However, Madison Reed had a large quantity of their previous, larger shipper still on the shelf. Wanting to avoid turning them into packaging waste, and consistent with their company philosophy, they opted for a greener solution and decided to re-purpose the replaced box.

Color Kit Plus Box

They asked us if we could figure out how to use the left over boxes, perhaps to ship out a larger two bottle, color kit version that was currently being shipped in an unbranded, generic box. They were not willing to sacrifice their presentation or standards so we accepted the challenge and figured out how to display the products being shipped within the dimensions of the replaced mailer box.

The custom insert that gives it purposeThe end result is terrific and the die cut insert we created holds every component securely and visible to the consumer. Check out their blog post link on the same project.

Madison Reed + Salazar Packaging = Eco-friendly Packaging    

Packaging that is good for the environment goes far beyond exotic materials and minimalist designs. It is about being creative and most of all about being considerate. The easy thing would have been to throw the old boxes away or perhaps recycled them before they had a chance to serve out their purpose. With a little design help, these boxes will serve Madison Reed’s customers well and their product will be delivered in a nice, attractive, branded box. Thank you Madison Reed!What it looks like fully loaded for the customer

If you want to discuss your shipping container or internal packaging design, whether it is a new application or perhaps a re-design opportunity, please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700.

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02 Aug 2016 Twelve New Photos Added to Salazar Packaging Gallery

Custom branded envelopes and boxesCustomers and potential customers really enjoy the volume of information we provide to help them learn more about subscription program or e-commerce packaging and the variety of different styles, types and formats we offer. Our blogs at Salazar Packaging and www.GreenPackaging.com are loaded with money saving advice and information. The objective is always to help our friends make informed decisions on whatever it is they want to accomplish in packaging.

Salazar Packaging Gallery

Since its inception a few years ago, our gallery has been a favorite for visitors to see what is possible in packaging when you add a little ink. They also understand why we are known coast to coast as the company that creates “packaging that communicates”.

There you will also see photos that show some of the most common packaging product options available, to help you decide between:

  • RSC or FOL boxes versus die cut mailers
  • Corrugated boxes versus mailer envelopes
  • Plastic versus paper, mailer envelopes
  • Branding tape versus branding packaging containers

 

Packaging Photo Gallery Covering New Areas

As always our work is a direct result of the customers and markets we serve. Some of the new additions are:

  • Packaging for textiles and clothing
  • Right sizing applications to reduce waste and costs
  • Pantone (PMS) colors now available in a lower 3,000 MOQ
  • Unusual die cuts with handles for tote and carry applications
  • No cost color change options
  • Packaging for gifts being shipped via UPS, FedEx and USPS

 

We hope you enjoy these new additions to our site and welcome any questions. Please feel free to contact Salazar Packaging via email or call us at 630-551-1700.

We are grateful to the customers shown in our gallery and the many others who trusted us to create their branded packaging.

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27 Jul 2016 Now Geami’s Green Box Ex-Box® is Even Better and ON SALE!

New, improved Ex BoxOne of the most popular products on our store is the Geami Ex-Box that expands as needed, saving precious space and minimizing inbound shipping cost. We are very glad to announce that once again, the product has been improved and easier for customers to use it.

Perhaps the Greenest, Most Protective Packaging Ever!

It is so convenient to use that sometimes we forget to mention all its other attributes including that it protects even the most fragile products being shipped without oversizing boxes and filling it with foam wraps, bubble wraps or messy foam peanuts that NO ONE cares for. Ex Box material is 100% reusable, recyclable and will biodegrade quickly under almost any disposal conditions.

New and Improved Geami Ex Box

Essentially the unwind system on the Ex Box has been modified to make it easier to use, saving time and eliminating waste. The paper is a little wider at 20” (previously 18”) making the new box dimensions: 24” X 19-1/2” X 8.5”, previously: 20-1/2” X 12” X 7-1/2”. This increased the weight from past 18 pounds to the new, larger system at 25 pounds.

It is still relatively compact, occupies little space (compared to non-expanding product options) and one Ex Box is still the equivalent of FIVE of the old, bulky, pre-expanded Green Wrap product that so many people came to know and love.

Save $15 per Case through September 30, 2016

The brown on white version of the new and improved Ex Box is already in stock and available on our Globe Guard Green Packaging store at this link. A white over white version is expected in a few weeks and will be added as soon as it is available.

All Ex Box products are on sale through the end of September, 2016 at the lowest price ever of $60 from the normal list price of $75 per case.

Please let us know if you have any questions about this or any of our other ecofriendly, stock or custom printed packaging products for e-commerce and subscription boxes.

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24 Jun 2016 Eleven New Stayflats®, Rigid Mailers Added to Globe Guard ® Green Packaging Store

Up to six colors custom printThere are times when a box is not necessary and a traditional mailer envelope is not enough. For those applications, nothing beats a good rigid mailer that provides protection at a minimal price with no additional packaging needed, such as protective stiffener paperboard or corrugated sheets.

We are very happy to announce the addition of six new sizes of rigid mailers to our store site, www.GlobeGuardProducts.com. These new sizes include:

New Rigid Mailer STOCK Sizes Available in Kraft and White –

13” X 18”

17” X 21”

18” X 24”

20 X 27”

New Rigid Mailer STOCK Sizes Available in White only –  

5-1/8” X 5-1/8”

9” X 6”

22” X 27”

Kraft and white Stayflats(R) rigid mailer envelopesTwenty-Three Sizes and Color Combinations Now Available

The 11 sizes above are added to the 13 Stayflats® already available on our store bringing the total up to 11 Kraft and 13 white sizes.

If none of those are the correct size for you and your product, please talk to us. Other (non-listed) sizes are available and if the application is large volume, custom sizes are also available.

All Sizes Are Also Available Custom Printed

The company that is a national leader in “Packaging That Communicates” is also able to custom print any of these stock sizes or a custom size if that is what you need. The minimum for a basic one or two standard color print with less than 25% ink coverage is only 2,500, but if you need a flood coat or PMS specific color the MOQ only increases to 5,000.

Tell us what you have in mind or show us your graphic design and one of our experienced people will be glad to show you how to achieve the best look at minimal cost.

Keep in mind this is one product type in a wide selection of branded boxes and mailer envelopes including bubble lined and unpadded, poly mailers, and unpadded paper mailers as well as die cut mailer and RSC style shipping boxes.

Give us a call at 630-551-1700 or contact us at Salazar Packaging to discuss your specific unprinted or custom branded packaging needs.

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17 Jun 2016 Buyers Guide to Partitions, Dividers, and Die Cut Inserts for  E-commerce and Subscription Boxes

24 pack with partitionsAt first glance, adding packaging may appear to be adding cost, but in most cases, utilizing internal packaging in the box you ship out can dramatically reduce your overall costs. Beyond increasing profitability there are many good reasons to utilize partitions, dividers, and die cut inserts. They include:

  • Protecting products during shipment and preventing “product to product” or label damage
  • Reducing labor cost and increasing productivity by eliminating time consuming loose void fill or protective wrap (bubble, foam, etc.)
  • Enhancing the customer experience by creating a better presentation

There are three basic types or categories we are focusing on in this blog post:

Partitions

Whether they are made of corrugated or paperboard, these are typically vertical in design and can be made in just about any configuration you may need. Examples:  2×2 = 4 cell, 4×3 = 12 cells, etc.

Even though they are most commonly used in the bottled beverage industry to separate glass bottles, the photo showing coffee “K-cups” demonstrates how they can bring order to a box and product that might otherwise be difficult to arrange and present to your customer.

They are easily made to any size WITHOUT any type of tooling or cutting die required. The minimum for most partitions is 1,000, but that MOQ can vary depending on size and material type.

Partition tip: Pay the few cents more to have your partitions pre-assembled. The automatic equipment used at the plant adds minimal cost and saves you hours of costly labor and time when you are trying to meet a box deadline.

50-50 longitudinal  scored pad insert divider  - CopyDividers

The best way to describe a divider is an open top, horizontal partition. These are used whenever product visibility is important. Products can be separated for protection and elimination of damage while they are neatly arranged for the customer’s view delivering that retail experience in an e-commerce package.

Dividers can also be made of paperboard or corrugated, in either white or standard brown. For most, the MOQ is 1,000 and they usually do not require design time and can be produced quickly.

Divider tip – avoid the temptation to add cut outs, holes, slots, etc. so you can avoid custom tooling or cutting dies. If you apply the KISS principle, you keep the cost minimal while maximizing the benefits.

Die Cut Inserts

To create separation and protection with maximum visual impact, especially for unusual shapes and sizes, a custom die cut insert is the way to go. They do require a custom cutting die and may require design time, but typically the result is well worth the onetime costs. Packaging time can be greatly reduced with a product layout that is visually appealing.

Two cavity die cut insertMost inserts are made of corrugated board, in many cases E-flute gives a more attractive, less “industrial” look. They are also available in white or standard Kraft (brown) with a minimum 1,000 per configuration. Keep in mind the cutting die required for each configuration will likely cost hundreds of dollars. In addition, other than the simplest designs will require some time to create but we can usually give you an idea of what it will take over the phone.

In some situations an insert design MAY be able to hold different product combinations or counts. Talk to us about all of your products and we may be able to help you create a versatile, flexible insert or at the very least create different (multiple) inserts that fit in one universal shipping box.

Die cut insert tip: Complete the professional look of your die cut mailer by adding color and/or custom printed copy. The inserts are already being die cut so adding ink is surprisingly affordable.

Additional Internal Packaging Options

We offer one of the widest variety of internal packaging products in the industry. Other options include molded pulp, molded plastic trays, as well as various formulations of molded and die cut foam.

What is the best option for you? There are a number of factors including the product being shipped, the volume, your budget, and the look you are trying to achieve. If in doubt, call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us at Salazar Packaging for a no cost, no obligation review of your needs.

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23 May 2016 ALL Subscription and E-commerce Unprinted, Stock Corrugated Mailer Boxes on Sale!

Unprinted, eco-freindly corrugated mailer boxesFor the very first time, EVERY unprinted mailer box in stock is on sale for a minimum of 15% to 20% below our low standard list prices until the end of June, 2016. We have a variety of sizes available for just about any subscription box or e-commerce program.

best priceLow Minimum Purchase, Reasonable Shipping Cost 

Every box is available in either a low 25 or 50 boxes per bundle quantity making them ideal for subscription start-ups and e-commerce needs. Most sizes ship anywhere on the USA mainland for a low $10 per bundle but never any higher than $25 per bundle for larger, heavier boxes.  Check out our www.GlobeGuardProducts.com web site for details.

Size Options

More are coming soon, but for now all twenty-one stock sizes are on sale. The sizes range from the two smallest – 5” X 4” X 3” and 5-3/4” X 5-3/4” X 1-7/8” ideal for jewelry, personal care products and even e-juice, to the two largest 12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” AND 14-1/2” x 9-1/2” x 3” that are very popular for snacks and clothing applications. Even our two newest sizes are on sale – 11” X 12” X 2” which is a more decorative E-flute box that is ideal for dress shirts, ladies tops, tee shirts, and baby apparel to our 6” X 6” X 2” that has become a favorite for cosmetics as well as razors and blades.

There is a size for everyone and keep in mind we have cutting dies for over fifty other sizes that are not stock, so if you need a specific size let us know and we can run it for you printed or unprinted in a low 1,000 MOQ.

Custom printed subscription boxes made easyBranding is More Affordable Thank You Think  

Keep in mind all of our stock and non-stock boxes can be easily custom printed at minimal additional cost with a 1,000 MINIMUM run. One or two colors, inside and/or outside print, white or Kraft (brown) board are available. We have printed hundreds of subscription and e-commerce boxes so we know how to make the process easy, inexpensive, and fast with the first time order of any new box, usually shipping within two weeks. Even low volume users can accomplish branding as you can see in the first ‘related post” below.

Please contact us at Globe Guard Products or call us at 630-551-1700 to discuss your plain or printed packaging needs. Keep in mind this sale ends on June 30, 2016 and is limited to inventory on hand. Let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to see a sample or two.

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09 May 2016 Geami Ex-Box on Sale Through May 31, 2016!

white on Kraft demoLast year when Geami dropped their selection of colorful, pre-expanded “Ready Rolls”, many loyal customers were disappointed. They loved the wide variety of available stock colors they could buy one roll at a time, but no one loved the shipping cost. Each box was bulky with low weight but large cubic inches making it very expensive to ship.

Ex-Box Solves Many Problems at Minimal Cost.

Gone is the selection of colors and the only two available colors are white tissue on Kraft paper and white tissue on white paper. However, because this material does not expand until it is used, it is compact and each “Expander” box is the equivalent of FIVE pre-expanded Ready Rolls.

This makes the Ex-Box easy to use (see video), comparatively inexpensive to buy, tremendously less expensive to ship, and it can be stored just about anywhere, making it the ideal protective and decorative packaging solution for a limited space situation. You can’t say the same for most loose fill or cushioning products such as bubble, peanuts or almost any type foam.

white on white ExBoxGeami Ex-Box on Sale! 

We have both colors of Ex Box in stock, on our store and available on sale through the end of May, 2016. When you try it you will understand why it remains a favorite for many large e-commerce retailers shipping fragile products via UPS, USPS and FedEx.

Check out the www.GlobeGuardProducts.com green packaging store and see the wide variety of effective, environmentally friendly packaging solutions we offer. As always, contact us through Globe Guard web site or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions.

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26 Apr 2016 Keap BK – Creates Simple Yet Elegant Packaging for their new Candle Line

Inside random repeat printThere are many candle companies out there but few make the products and presentation you will find at www.keapbk.com. Just like there are many packaging companies but few create the high quality, attractive, yet affordable custom printed packaging we do. So perhaps the collaboration between Keap BK and Salazar Packaging was inevitable and the end result, beautiful.

Keap BK – A Very Unique Candle Company

A visit to their web site shows how they have eliminated layers in the retail supply chain and how they can afford to sell high quality candles at very reasonable prices. In addition you will learn how they are a Certified B Corp and how they are committed to donating $1.00 for every candle they sell to Solar Aid, to help people around the world who are not connected to the power grid.

One of the things that first caught our attention was the pure, clean design of their product and company. So it did not surprise us when they decided to go with a minimalist exterior print on natural Kraft board and a very attractive, classy random repeat print inside. The package is eco-consistent and more importantly, consistent with the approach to market.

4 pack, 2 pack and single unit shippersGood Product Protection = Positive Customer Experience

Most people will appreciate the graphic design of the Keaps BK boxes, but few will notice the die cut insert and foam pieces that cushion and protect the glass candle jars during shipment. Nothing can ruin a customer experience like finding the product they have been excitedly waiting for has broken in shipment. Good interior/protective packaging typically goes unnoticed, unless of course it fails to do its job.

USPS, UPS and FedEx shipping can be brutal on any product, more so on any form of glass or fragile product. Keeping the product safe is indeed a challenge but one we understand and overcome on a regular basis.

If you are looking for a great looking candle, please check out Keap BK. If you need packaging that is equally beautiful, inside and out, contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700. One of our branded packaging advisors will be sure to help you create the package you want at the lowest possible cost.

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14 Apr 2016 All Rigid, Stayflats® Mailers on Sale!

Internet saleWe are pleased to offer this new, hot product on sale through May 31, 2016. All sizes are in stock and available in either white or natural Kraft. They all feature the peel and seal closure as well as the easy open perforation.

Also available custom printed and branded!White and Kraft rigid mailers now in stock

With a minimum as low as 2,500 (1 or 2 color designs), any of our rigid mailers can be easily and quickly branded with your logo or graphic design. Even three and four color designs or flood coats, the minimum is only a very low 5,000 mailers.

Branding is affordable and made easy by Salazar Packaging, the company known for “Packaging that communicates™.

Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 for a free review of your packaging needs. Samples are also available for most products.SAM_0631

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07 Apr 2016 Crate Joy’s “Subscription School” Interview with Salazar Packaging

great looking shippable boxesFrom the inception of our company in 2007, we have strived to be a leading resource to anyone interested in launching or improving a subscription box or other e-commerce platform, by providing the best packaging products and advice. So it is very natural that we would work with great companies like Cratejoy who have many of the same goals and serve the same market.

Recently I was asked to answer a few questions by an old friend Jesse Richardson, who runs Cratejoy’s highly acclaimed “Subscription School” program. Jesse and I first crossed paths many years ago when he was a co-founder and principal of Conscious Box, one of the pioneers and first great success stores in the subscription box space. With our combined experience, what resulted was a pretty in depth Q and A session, covering a lot of details that should prove valuable to anyone interested in packaging for e-commerce and specifically, subscription programs.

Check out this interview at:   http://subscriptionschool.com/guide/creating-custom-packaging-for-subscription-boxes-an-interview-with-salazar-packaging/

We are confident you will find it worth reading and if you have any follow up questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700. You may also find the blog posts below helpful.

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