Inside Sustainable and Branded Packaging

Industry News and Perspectives

20 Jul 2016 ALL stock Cooler Boxes on Closeout!

RSC insulated cooler boxes also available (1)There is no doubt that our foam lined boxes are the greenest temperature controlled packaging solution available anywhere! Unlike other available insulating products, our foam is 100% biodegradable and because it is corn based, if it is not reused or recycled, it will breakdown quickly and harmlessly in any landfill scenario.

However, we determined that it did not make a good “stock” product for our Globe Guard green packaging store. To put it simply, whatever size we had available in stock, it was rarely the correct size needed so it defeated the purpose of a stock program.

Cooler Boxes are Made to Order

Going forward, all of our cooler boxes will be made to any size you need and details will follow, but basically the minimums will be:

  • 200 minimum for any unprinted standard RSC box size
  • 500 for any unprinted custom size RSC box size
  • 1,000 for any custom printed, standard or custom RSC box size

The inserts will still be available in 1”, 1-1/2” or 2” thicknesses and they can be assembled for convenience or ship unassembled for shipping and storage efficiency.

Stock Cooler Boxes Priced to Sellcustom cooler boxes

Our remaining inventory of stock boxes is as follows:

  • 10” x 10” x 10” box size, with 1-1/2” thick foam = inside usable pack area of 7” x 7” x 7”, packed 4 coolers per case, only 6 cases (24 coolers) remaining.

Close out price – $ 24.00 per case ($6.00 per cooler) plus actual shipping cost.

  • 12” x 10” x 8” box size, with 1-1/2” foam – inside pack area of 9” x 7” x 5”, packed 3 coolers per case, only 23 cases (69 coolers) remaining.

Close out price – $24.00 per case ($8.00 per cooler) plus actual shipping cost

  • 12” x 12” x 12” – box size, with 1-1/2” foam – inside pack area of 9” x 9” x 9”, packed 2 coolers per case, only 11 cases (22 coolers) remaining.

Close out price – $18.00 per case ($9.00 per cooler) plus actual shipping cost

Please remember ALL products listed above are subject to prior sale and will not be back ordered at these close out prices. (as of 7/20/16)

Even though these products are shown on our store and more product detail is available there, if you are interested in making a purchase, we suggest you call us at 815-609-3600 rather than try to place your order on line so we can give you up to the minute available inventory. That will also enable us to determine actual shipping cost for your order, shipping to your specific address.

You can call us at the number above with any questions or contact us through our Globe Guard Products web site.

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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 815-609-3600 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 815-609-3600 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 815-609-3600 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 815-609-3600 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 815-609-3600. 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 815-609-3600 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 815-609-3600. You may also find the blog posts below helpful.

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25 Mar 2016 What Are Your Most Popular Custom Printed Box Sizes and other FAQ’s

ThinkingWe are fortunate to receive many inquiries and referrals from potential new branded packaging customers and many similar questions are asked.

What size box do I need?

We usually explain it is difficult for us to size a box for a customer order we are not familiar with or a product we have never seen, but if all they are looking for is a guideline, this will probably satisfy the need:

5” X 4” X 3” – very popular size for jewelry and small personal care products

6” X 6” X 2” – used by many cosmetic and nutraceutical shippers

7” X 7” X 2” – a favorite of the razor and blade companies, as well as sample subscription boxes

8-1/2” X 5-3/16” X 1-9/16” – it is the same size as the smallest “flat rate” USPS box and can save tons on postage for light weight products such as men’s ties or socks

8-1/2” X 9” X 4” – one of our more square and higher profile sizes used for candles and larger snack samples

9” X 6-1/2” X 2-3/4” – perhaps the single most frequently used size for just about any type of product including e-juice (vape) and cosmetics

Hundreds of color options9-1/2” X 6-1/2” x 4-1/2” – A favorite size for smaller item subscription boxes as well as kid’s boxes

10” x 8-1/2” x 4” – an increasingly popular size for a wide variety of larger products.

11” x 12” x 2” – one of our first E-flute boxes, ideal for high end tee shirts and smaller clothing items

12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 2” and 12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” – same box size but two different heights to accommodate clothing or varying height subscription boxes

Are any of your boxes available unprinted?

Coincidentally, ALL of the most popular sizes above also happen to be stock sizes on our Globe Guard Products green packaging store and can be purchased in unprinted Kraft (brown) in one bundle quantities.  We can even make them in white for you if that is your preference, with a low 1,000 box minimum.

Can you make inserts and dividers for your boxes?

Yes, almost any type you may need including molded foam, molded pulp, and die cut corrugated. There are no stock inserts, so all are custom made to fit your product and box so the MOQ is 1,000. This minimum applies whether the box we are fitting is one of our stock sizes, or a custom size.

How many colors can you print?

Even though we can direct print up to three colors using a flexographic print process, we help most customers minimize box and print plate costs by using the board color as a second color or screens to create multiple densities of the same color.

If your design is more complex, depending on order quantity, you may be better off using a litho label or even a digital print option. Our experienced and trained people who do this EVERY day, can guide you to the best print process for your needs.

Can you print a Pantone PMS color?

In most situations over 1,000 and under 5,000 boxes we recommend using standard GCMI colors (see related post below) because that will result in the lowest cost and the best color consistency. For larger runs over 5,000 boxes we can and do match any PMS color.

How much is shipping?

Bundle pricing for shipping is shown on each item on our Globe Guard store but for 1,000 MOQ orders it is not quite that easy. This is understandably a major concern for most box buyers but our response is always the same: we will gladly estimate shipping costs as soon as we know what we are shipping and where we are shipping it. Beyond zip code, are we shipping to a commercial address with a truck height loading dock or an office/residential address requiring a lift gate delivery?

Can you print my logo on a box or envelope?

Some incredibly talented graphic artists sit at their Mac and create beautiful, amazing designs that are totally unprintable using a flexographic process, directly printed on corrugated. There are limitations (see “Flexo Friendly Art related post below) but we have never charged anyone for looking at theirs and giving them an answer.

These are a few of our most frequently asked questions but please do not hesitate to contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 if we can answer your question for you.

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17 Mar 2016 Madison Reed Selects Salazar Packaging for New Custom Printed, E-Commerce Box

SAM_0709Madison Reed takes great pride in the innovative hair color products they make. Their mission is to make personal care more personal by providing exceptional service and building authentic relationships. Coincidentally, that is identical to our approach to e-commerce packaging.

Madison Reed had a great looking package; (solid purple display box), but they wanted something more compact, lighter and consistent with their healthy and environmental values.

Since 2007, we have been talking about the importance of being “eco consistent” and making sure the packaging does not contradict the green message our customers are trying to convey to their customers. We make “packaging that communicates”™ and have challenged our customers and clients to analyze what their packaging is saying about them, their company and their products. Madison Reed came to us with this challenge in mind and decided to contact Salazar Packaging to help guide them through the process.

SAM_0711E-Commerce Application Review Process

The Design team at Madison Reed was very clear on what they wanted to accomplish, but were also receptive to input. We suggested a corrugated insert made of one material and delivering a 100% recyclable experience. The insert we incorporated into the design is built in and one piece making it easier to order, stock and use. It also enabled us to reduce the overall box size and weight.

Each product component being shipped is visible, attractively displayed and held securely to avoid damage. Madison Reed is so committed to complete customer satisfaction that the design we created underwent some of the most intense and vigorous testing we have ever seen. We were confident going in and the design performed like a champ, keeping each component safe, secure and looking great.

A Clear Path to Fast, Beautiful Results

A change like this does not have to be time consuming and our first meeting with Madison Reed was the Monday after Thanksgiving. Even with the holidays, and the prolonged testing they required, the new package was being shipped by the end of February. People are often amazed at our ability to deliver a new design within a few short weeks because we are wired to do this quickly and perfectly each and every time.

If you want to check out a fantastic hair color company, visit www.MadisonReed.com. If you want to see what we can do for you and your brand, please visit Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600.

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