Salazar News

27 Mar 2017 Salazar Packaging Celebrates 10Th Anniversary

Salazar Packaging Celebrates 10 Years

I could share a lot of history about our unique company we started ten years ago in the dining room of our home, but I realize it does not really matter to anyone but those of us who have lived it.

What is important is that thanks to a lot of good friends, manufacturing partners, and most of all to our many customers, we survived a tough and difficult economy by providing exceptional quality, and service and creating a company that is by all accounts, different.

Transparency is Key

We learned early when people order custom packaging from us, they are actually trusting us with their brand, their company, and in some cases their future. To earn that trust, we have created a company that is wide open in terms of what we do and how we do it.

Our web sites and especially our blogs are industry leaders in terms of information sharing. The goal is always helping our customers make informed decisions about their packaging and delivering the best, greenest, and most attractive packaging possible at the lowest potential cost. We believe in providing options so that a customer will never be surprised or experience regrets because of their lack of packaging experience.

Experience Matters

We had a distinct advantage when we started our company; my wife Lenora and I had over thirty years of combined experience in the packaging industry. With a firm grip on materials and applications, we also had the contacts within the industry to identify the best of the best in terms of manufacturing partners. We understood that it was not practical or possible to try to do everything well so we carefully chose our in–house capabilities and were even more selective when determining the people we could count on to supplement our efforts with specialized technical and productivity know how in many locations around the nation.

The first ten years have been amazing and we have gained a long list of customer friends and helped create some of the industry’s best looking boxes.

We also no longer operate out of our dining room. Perhaps the best one word description of how we feel is perfectly communicated by the painting below that now adorns the lobby our new customer service center. All we can say is thank you!

Salazar Packaging, eco-friendly packaging, green products

Please call us at 630-551-1700 or email us at Salazar Packaging to discuss your packaging objective, and how can help you accomplish it.

 

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17 Mar 2017 Salazar Packaging Named Best by Fit Small Business.com

Fit Small Business.com Names Salazar Packaging as “Best Custom Box Solution for High Volume & Multi-box Shippers”

Salazar Packaging, best packaging, best e-commerce packagingThis business resource just published an article titled: Where to Buy Custom Boxes – The Ultimate Buyer’s Guide. We were very pleased to have been named the best in our class which is essentially custom packaging for subscription and e-commerce.

Please take a moment to read their very informative comparison and if you are looking for a new packaging supplier, I might also suggest the first post listed below in the “related posts” section. We believe we compare very well to the many companies who now choose to dabble in e-commerce packaging while we have been one of the original innovators in that market helping hundreds of large and small companies create a great unboxing experience for their e-commerce customers.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us at 630-551-1700 or email us at Salazar Packaging. One of our “branded packaging advisors” will be glad to help you so you can see why and how we make “packaging that communicates”.

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15 Feb 2017 ALL Unpadded Stock Paper Mailer Envelopes on Sale PLUS Free Plates for Custom Prints!

Stock Unpadded Paper Mailer EnvelopesOne of our customers’ favorite alternatives to a shipping box is our unpadded, paper mailer envelopes.   This product has proven to be a winner, especially when shipping clothing and apparel.  A few of the reasons these have worked so well are:

  • They are relatively low cost
  • Custom printing is easy, with a low one-case minimum
  • They are easily stored and take up very little space
  • They can reduce outbound shipping costs compared to mailer and RSC boxes
  • They are available white or brown (kraft)
  • Wide selection of sizes including flat and gusseted
  • They are considered a green packaging product with 50% recycled content and they are also 100% recyclable with any paper waste

Stock Mailer Unprinted Envelopes on Sale through April 30, 2017

Every size, white or Kraft, UNPRINTED gusseted or flat, is on sale through the end of April with a savings of at least 10% on every SKU. You can see the complete selection on our Globe Guard Products green packaging store web site.


Free print plates for five or more cases until 4-30-2017Custom Printing Also Discounted and FREE PRINT PLATES!

We have already mentioned the low one case minimum for custom printing, but another first time hurdle can be the cost of print plates. They are typically priced low (compared to plates for boxes) and are a onetime expense, but that initial cost can add up, especially if you need more than one size mailer. Until April 30th, all print plates are free for orders for five or more cases, PER SIZE.

Most print plates cost between $75 and $125 dollars per color and per size so the potential savings is substantial and there is no better time to make the move to custom printed mailer envelopes. Even “low cost” labels can cost more per envelope, require labor and will never look as good as finished, branded mailer envelopes.

Please contact us at 815-609-3600 if you have any questions or email us at Salazar Packaging. With a full selection of mailer and shipping options, we are sure to provide you with the best solution for your specific needs.  Keep in mind the sale on unprinted mailers ends on 4/30/17 as does the free plates for the purchase of five or more cases.

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24 Jan 2017 Salazar Packaging and Globe Guard Products have a new home!

Salazar Packaging, new location, change of addressWe are very pleased to announce that thanks to our terrific branded packaging and ecofriendly packaging customers, we have completed our move to a bigger and better facility.

More to come on our new location but for now, please change your records to reflect our new phone number and address.

New phone number: 630-551-1700

New Fax number: 630-551-1701

New Address: 434 Treasure Drive, Oswego, IL 60543

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30 Dec 2016 Paperboard Folding Cartons Are Now Available and On Sale!

Paperboard cartons, custom printing, branding, eco-friendly shippingWe recently added this popular product to our store and the response has been terrific. So we are pleased to announce that all twenty of the new stock sizes are on sale until February 28th, 2017.

White and Kraft are both Eco-Friendly!

Both colors are 100% recyclable, biodegradable and can be re-pulped into new board and packaging.

White boxes are 100% recycled content including 35% post-consumer waste.

Kraft cartons are 100% recycled content including 90% post-consumer waste.

paperboard folding carton, white paperboard, kraft paperboard, recycledCustom sizes available with low 2,500 MOQ

If none of the twenty sizes shown on our store are what you need, please contact us and ask. Chances are, the size you need is available but has not been added to the store, yet.

If not, we can create any size and design you need for a low minimum of 2,500 cartons. Your unique size may require a onetime purchase of a cutting die, but the fit will be perfect for your product and application. .

Custom Printing is always an available option at Salazar Packaging

Almost every product we offer is available custom printed and branded, and this applies to our paperboard cartons too! The minimum is a very low 2,500 cartons and the initial art/plate charges are minimal.

Contact us today for a no charge consultation with one of our branded packaging experts. We are committed to helping you determine what packaging product is best for you and your application. Call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us via email at Salazar Packaging.

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05 Dec 2016 Owl Crate Jr. Delivers the WOW factor to an Even Younger Children’s Book Market

Owlcrate, flexographic printing, custom printing, e-commerce, subscription packagingWhoever said the digital media explosion would result in the ultimate demise of printed paper books obviously did not realize the only thing that is really changing is the way books are purchased and delivered. I admit I have been surprised by the number of subscription book boxes that we have helped launch successfully. Books for different demographics, different ages, and different genres are all unique and growing in popularity.

Owl Crate Now Serves 8-12 year old readers   

One of our favorite book selling customers is Owl Crate and we have been grateful to produce their standard black on Kraft “young adult” printed boxes. When they decided to launch a program aimed at 8-12 year olds, they wisely decided that their new box not only had to be different dimensionally, it should also have a little more “pop” in graphics while still maintaining their brand identity.

Owl Crate Jr.e-commerce, custom printed shipping boxes, subscription packaing is born

As I have often written, we are not graphic artists, but after printing hundreds and hundreds of boxes, we certainly know what works and what will not. We also know how to get the most for your money, minimizing box and pre-press costs like cutting dies and print plates.

Surprisingly, this experienced, knowledgeable graphics guidance we offer is free to you and your graphic artist. BTW if you don’t have one, we can refer you to one that understands the advantages and limitations of a good graphic design for flexographic corrugated printing.

We worked with our friends at Owl Crate and helped them come up with a great, flexographic printable design that is one color flood coat over white board inside and blue and white ink over Kraft board on the outside. The end result is a beautiful, eye catching print with only three print plates.

If you need a holiday gift idea for that young book worm on your gift list, check out their holiday offering at: http://owlcrate.com/ocjr. If you want to talk to someone about creating a wonderful customer experience with your e-commerce packaging, contact us via email at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700.

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18 Nov 2016 New and Improved Green Packaging Group web site is live

Green Packaging Group, eco-friendly shipping suppliesIn a never ending effort to provide our environmentally minded customers the best selection of green products, we are pleased to announce the redesign of our www.GreenPackagingGroup.com web site.

Salazar Packaging and Globe Guard Products, in conjunction with our terrific partner -Nashville Wraps, have invested in a design that is mobile friendly, easier to navigate and is the perfect launching pad for some exciting new packaging products we both have planned for 2017.

Eight Product Categories and a More Responsive Search Box

The product categories now include boxes, bags, and envelopes as well as paper products, wraps, and cushioning/protective packaging. Hover over the packaging of interest and you will be automatically transported to the appropriate page, on the appropriate web site.

To find product details and any related blog posts, type in the name of the item you are interested in and our library instantly provides you with the information you need. No more hours of frustrating solution hunting.

GPG Blog, Globe Guard Products, Nashville WrapsGreen Packaging Group Blog

One feature that has remained is our highly acclaimed blog where we regularly present great, green ideas and where we announce new green packaging products first. Check out a few blog posts and you will see the quality of information is excellent, helping you to solve your biggest packaging challenges.

Branding Made Easy

Nearly every product shown on our GPG web site is also available custom size and custom printed. Everything from custom printed tissue paper (Nashville Wraps) to custom printed corrugated mailers (Salazar Packaging) are available with helpful hints and advice by industry leaders.

You are invited to check out our new Green Packaging Group web site. We think you will be glad you did! Please email us with any questions or call us at 630-551-1700.

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13 Sep 2016 Corrugated Box Increase Coming!

rising-corrugated-box-pricesIt has been over three years since the corrugated industry has had an increase so it should not be a total surprise, and I don’t want to be guilty of sounding a false or premature alarm, but it presently looks like an increase is inevitable and imminent.

This is NOT a Formal Increase Announcement…Yet.

All domestic corrugated sheet manufacturers have been announcing increases of between 8 and 10% and it is beginning to trickle down to the companies that make corrugated boxes from that higher priced board. Some stock box suppliers have already announced a 10% increase but we are not there yet. It is our intention to resist and delay any increase as long as possible and not put through an increase that hopefully might be rescinded in part or in whole.

So we are all in a wait-and-see mode and keep in mind, I could be wrong. Please see the bottom related post below where in May 2013 I warned of an increase that was later rolled back. However, now I think an increase is really overdue and the mills are going to get something.

No one likes to see rising prices but I am equally concerned about what this can do to lead times as we head into the busiest time of the packaging year. Any increase, especially a large one can and will cause extended lead times.

Our Advice to All Friends and Customers

Not knowing exactly when an increase on boxes is going to be announced and enforced, my suggestion is to not wait to place any year end or holiday order you may be contemplating. If you wait until the increase becomes fact, it will probably already be too late and the normal lead time could jump quickly from a fairly predictable one to two weeks to as much as four weeks or even more. There will be a big buy-in to avoid any increase and that will make the production line a long one.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions. We may not have all the answers regarding this industry wide increase but I can assure you we will do everything possible to minimize the negative impact on you and your business.

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22 Aug 2016 Salazar Packaging Highlighted in Washington Post Article

twp-masthead-415x57Thanks to much hard work and our unique business model, we have been fortunate to receive a lot of press since we launched our business in early 2007. Once again we were fortunate to have been interviewed SalazarMobileLogoand included in a great article about e-commerce packaging that appeared last week in the Washington Post. Here is the Washington Post link.

Evolution or Revolution?

I am not going to say we revolutionized the world of e-commerce branded packaging but we have most certainly brought it into the 21st century by utilizing the internet and our tremendous experience in the packaging industry to make custom printed packaging  “customer friendly” and affordable for just about any company of any size.  Branded packaging is no longer just for large volume packaging buyers but for anyone who wants to print as few as 1,000 boxes or even just a few hundred mailer envelopes.

For the seller, branded packaging requires a lot more time and effort, compared to what is required selling plain, unprinted stock products. In order to make this feasible, we had to create a more efficient process that engages the customer. In other words, we had to take an industry process that was previously overly complex (sometimes intentionally) and simplify it.

The Modern Packaging Buyer  

We also recognized that the typical packaging buyer had changed and that they wanted to be educated, not “sold”. They appreciate openness and transparency, and companies like ours sharing previously guarded information with them so they are able to make an informed decision. When asked, we provide recommendations but most often we assist customers in determining what is best for them, now and later, by sharing our decades of packaging experience.

We added a highly acclaimed gallery to our web site and openly displayed some of our best work. We also created the largest blog post library in the industry, covering just about every branding related topic for e-commerce and subscription boxes. If a customer has a need for more information on white board versus natural Kraft board, Pantone colors, interior protective inserts, or screen printing – we have a blog post for that. We love customers who want to learn and will provide them of all the information they need to be able to make a great decision on their branded packaging.

With Gratitude

We are very grateful to the Washington Post and every customer who has told someone else about the great experience they had working with us. We are thrilled when they show off their boxes to their customers or share via the internet. That is how we have become the company who makes “packaging that communicates” with only one goal – to help you create the best branded packaging possible, at the lowest possible price.

 

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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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