Sustainable Products

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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20 Oct 2016 Design Options for E-Commerce and Subscription Boxes

custom printing, salazar packaging, One of the most commonly asked questions is “what are my options”? The question is typically asked by people who are interested in enhancing the customer experience and making their boxes stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

With Volume Comes Options

It may seem unfair, but the sad fact is that the number of creative options available to you increase as the order size increases. Some of the most attractive design options are basically cost prohibitive on a cost per piece and/or in terms of preproduction costs. There are no hard and fast rules and much also depends on the graphic design, but here is the way it basically breaks down:

Low speed, low volume digital printing – We do NOT offer this type of printing but it is usually the best option for people needing under 100 boxes or even up to as many as 1,000, especially if the graphic design is more complex with many colors. It may require some art or prep charges but no print plates are necessary, making it ideal for onetime runs. Depending on quantity, it may require a one-time cutting die and that cost can vary from a few hundred to much more depending on the box size and how many impressions are being printed at one time.

Flexographic printing – This is the most popular option and we have a very low but firm 1,000 minimum. It has some limitations in terms of graphics, and each color requires a one-time investment in a print plate and possibly a cutting die. Using one of our over 120 popular stock die sizes eliminates the die cost. Compared to Digital, flexo is always going to be substantially lower in cost.

High speed digital printing – Basically the same pros (great graphics, no plates) and cons (higher cost) as low speed digital but at a reduced cost because it runs at higher speeds. Rarely is this a good option for orders under 1,000 boxes.

Laminated sheet or board – It is often called litho labeling and that tends to be misleading because it is not a label in the traditional sense. The print limitations of flexographic printing directly on corrugated are eliminated by printing on a higher quality substrate using an offset process. That means that many colors, great images, glossy finishes or just about anything is possible. The printing is typically done on an 80# paper for a top sheet lamination application or SBS board, usually 10 pt, for an Asitrade type lamination. It can get complicated, but we make it simple and affordable.

Due to board minimums, your minimum will vary from around 3,000 to as much as 8,000, depending on the size of the box being printed. The cost will be higher than standard flexo, but the graphic possibilities are unlimited. The cost of traditional flexo print plates is also avoided, which can really add up on a four or five color design.

Which Printing Process is Best for You?

Our branded packaging advisors are well trained and experienced to help you make that decision. The factors that will be considered include:

  • Order quantity
  • Order frequency (one time or repeating)
  • Graphic design
  • Timetable
  • Cost per box limitations
  • Budget for pre-production costs

By offering a complete menu of printing options, after all factors are considered, we are sure to guide you to the best solution for your specific application. Contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 for a confidential, no cost, and no obligation application review.

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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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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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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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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 630-551-1700 if we can answer your question for you.

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03 Mar 2016 What is Your Minimum for Custom Printed Packaging?

custom printed mailer envelopes and boxes (1)This is the number one question we are asked by potential customers. The easy and short answer for most people is – our MOQ for high quality branded packaging is lower than you think it might be.

The long answer is that it varies greatly, depending on a number of factors including what type of product, the material, the size and the graphic design. For example, our die cut mailer boxes are available in a very low MOQ of 1,000 boxes. However, if your graphic design requires a double white board (inside and outside) and it is a small box, the minimum might be substantially higher.

Here are a few typical examples of our different products and minimums:

Custom printed, branded mailer BOXES

  • Corrugated die cut mailer boxes: 1,000
  • Corrugated RSC style shipping boxes – 500 if larger than one cubic foot (12” X 12” X 12”) or 1,000 MOQ for any size smaller than one cubic foot.

Custom printed, branded mailer ENVELOPES

  • Unpadded paper mailer envelopes – one case (usually 200-300) for a simple 1 or 2 color print, on one or two sides. For full bleed, or wrap around graphic design the MOQ is 5,000 mailer envelopes.
  • Rigid mailer envelopes – 2,500 for a 1-2 colors, one to two sided prints under 25% ink coverage and 5,000 MOQ for full bleed or 3 or more colors.
  • Unpadded poly mailers – 25,000
  • Padded, poly lined mailers – 25,000

Branded Packaging – No Price List Available
When you realize all of the variables you probably understand why there is no published price list. Instead we have a staff of fully trained, experienced “branded packaging advisors” who will guide you through the process and help you select the best packaging product for your specific application.

Do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions on any product you may need and if we do not offer it, we can probably tell you where you can find it.

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18 Feb 2016 NEW: Rigid Mailers in White and Kraft

custom printing with low 2,500 MOQIn our never ending effort to offer our customers better, greener, and more affordable custom printed and branded packaging products, we are thrilled to be adding a new line of rigid mailers in both white and Kraft board.

Seven NEW RIGID MAILER Sizes with More to Come

The new sizes currently range from 6” X 6” to 12-3/4” X 15” and we plan to add several other sizes and designs in the next few weeks.

Each size is available in Kraft TBC or white CCNB paper board. Every mailer features an easy to use, peel and seal adhesive strip for fast, secure closure and an easy to open, tamper evident tear strip.

They are all currently in stock and available for immediate shipment on our Globe Guard ® green packaging store!

Another GREAT Green Packaging Solution FROM Globe Guard®

One of the things we most love about this new product line is how eco-friendly it is. All of these products are:

  • 100% recycled content
  • High post-consumer waste (PCW) content from 35% minimum on white to as much as 98% on Kraft.
  • 100% recyclable just about anywhere including curbside paper recycling programs.

White and Kraft rigid mailers now in stockAlso Available Custom Printed in a Low 2,500 MOQ!

Anyone who knows us knows we are all about branding, and this product line offers one of the lowest minimums anywhere for custom printing on rigid mailers. One or two colors are standard and quickly priced for you. Flood coats and higher color counts are also available upon request.

Standard colors or PMS (Pantone) specific colors are also available, as are screen designs for that unique look you want. If you prefer a window rather than a label, that too is easily accomplished in house with an open or film covered window.

We feel this product line is a perfect fit and compliments all of our other custom printed packaging products that include: RSC style shipping boxes, die cut mailer boxes, unpadded paper mailer envelopes, padded poly (bubble) mailer envelopes, unpadded poly mailers, rigid paperboard boxes, and paperboard folding cartons.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 to discuss your specific application and needs. We are confident we can help you create packaging that communicates and tells your customer the story you want to tell.

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