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28 Feb 2017 Sustainability and E-commerce Packaging

e-commerce, sustainable packaging, Salazar Packaging, Sustainability and E-commerce Packaging

The impact e-commerce is having on the environment is a very hot topic and it should be as we all witness the shift from big box/ brick and mortar retail to internet shopping. Highly respected Packaging Digest and Environmental Leader both recently wrote about an excellent white paper published last month by Bob Lilienfeld of Ameripen and Kyla Fisher, founder of Three Peaks Sustainability. (Link below)

http://ameripen.org.s192845.gridserver.com/wp-content/uploads/White-Paper-Optimizing-Packaging-for-an-E-Commerce-World-FINAL-1-18-17.pdf

Whether you are new to e-commerce and just getting started or even if you have been at it for years, it is a white paper definitely worth reading.

After helping to create and launch hundreds of successful e-commerce boxes we offer the following suggestions from a practical rather than technical perspective:

With growth comes responsibility

We have had the pleasure of watching some of our clients grow from shippers of a few hundred orders per month to tens of thousands. It stands to reason that the more product you ship, the more packaging you use that ultimately ends up in the waste stream. For that reason, we will always suggest to do it right the first time or as early as possible in the design process.

Understandably, brand owners are usually very focused on how their e-commerce packaging is going to look. Concerns often include graphics, colors, textures, sheen, etc. What we usually suggest is backing up to less exciting, but we believe to be equally important packaging purpose/function and structural design.

1.Understand the application

It may seem hard to believe but many of the people who decide they want a custom shipping container really don’t have a firm grip on what they are trying to accomplish or a complete understanding of the packaging requirements. For example, is it designed to be returnable? Also, how fragile the product being shipped is and/or how much it weighs can be critical. Balancing protection and presentation can be a huge challenge, especially if sustainability is important to you and your brand and you want to avoid redundant or over packaging.

2. Know the materials being used

All corrugated and packaging papers are not created equally and can vary greatly in terms of recycled content. Also important is disposal and how easily the material being used can be reused or recycled.

Keep in mind that the material should help you satisfy your sustainability objectives as well as the application requirements, and may also be impacted by the graphic design you have in mind. For example, coatings and laminates may add gloss to a print job but have an adverse effect on the recyclability of the material being used. Conversely, if a great finish is desired, the board specs can play a major role in the final appearance.

3. Seek expert advice

Avoid self-diagnosis of your packaging needs and do not hesitate to ask for the assistance of companies who do this day in and day out. Keep an open mind because your design partner may have something to offer that is better and less expensive than what you originally envisoned.

The person who created your logo for your web site might be an incredibly talented graphic designer but in most cases they lack packaging and structural design experience. Graphic designers rightly are focused on how packaging is going to look. A good structural designer is also focused on how it will ship, how it will store, how it will be assembled, how long it will take to pack and seal, shipping weight, and even the prepress cost such as required cutting dies.

Remember that the easiest and most effective way to reduce your costs and make your packaging as sustainable as possible is to simply use less of it. A good structural designer can prove invaluable in that effort.

To discuss the branding or rebranding of your subscription box or e-commerce packaging, please contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 for a no cost, no obligation review of your project.

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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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06 Feb 2017 How to Select a Packaging Supplier for your E-Commerce or Subscription Box Application

e-commerce, custom printing, Salazar PackagingIn case you have not noticed, (we certainly have) there are a lot of people dabbling in packaging for e-commerce, and specifically branded packaging. As part of an extensive New Year market analysis we reviewed many of our competitors and compared our list of products and services to theirs.

What we found are a lot of good companies who do just a few things well and that is probably a wise approach for them, especially if they are relatively new to the industry. At our company, our principals have over sixty years of combined experience, our company is on the verge of celebrating our tenth anniversary and we are proud to say we are one of the pioneers in ecofriendly, custom printed e-commerce packaging. We are considered a market innovator, enhancing consumers unboxing experience before it became trendy or the WOW factor was labeled as such.

A Checklist to Help you Make a Good, Long-term Choice

Here are the specifics we suggest you compare and consider when searching for a new supplier to satisfy your e-commerce packaging needs:

  • Does the potential supplier offer a selection of green, eco-friendly packaging options?
  • Does the company offer a variety of branded packaging solutions such as mailer envelopes, and other styles/types of custom boxes such as rigid wall and folding paperboard?.
  • In corrugated, do they have a variety of design options such as FOL, RSC, die cuts or book folds?
  • Does the company have a variety of printing process options such as digital, flexographic or offset?
  • Can they help guide you in terms of graphic design to maximize the impact and minimize prepress (plate/art) charges?
  • Do they have the ability to create custom designs and sizes?
  • Can they create custom internal packaging solutions for protection and presentation such as molded pulp, foam, die cut corrugated, etc?
  • Have they helped create hundreds of successful, attractive e-commerce boxes? (Please see our web site gallery for examples)

All of the Above?

Few companies can claim a positive answer to all of the questions listed above but without hesitation we can. In this age when there are so many “specialists” focused on one thing, a broader and more experienced perspective can save you valuable time and money.

Will branded RSC boxes or mailer envelopes cost less to implement? How can you reduce your labor or shipping cost? What is the best way to cushion and protect your product? How can you best print your five color logo? Is digital the best print option for my graphic design?

Putting ink on a box is easy. Printing a great looking box is considerably more difficult and developing a perfect packaging solution or strategy is not something that everyone is equipped to do.

For “packaging that communicates” please feel free to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700* for a no cost, no obligation review of your specific needs.

*Please note our new number    

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27 Jan 2017 Akamai Selects Salazar Packaging For New Line of Natural Personal Care Products.

Akamai box exterior, Salazar Packaging, custom printing, e-commerce, subscription packagingAkamai Selects Salazar Packaging For New Line of Natural Personal Care Products.

Akamai is a Hawaiian word meaning wise or intelligent and it perfectly describes this new company’s approach to some of the most personal care products you and I use. You can learn a lot more about this unique company and product line at their website: www.akamaibasics.com

The Akamai Approach to Packaging

The words “wise” and “intelligent” also apply to their packaging which we were selected to make for them. The photos included in this post show a basic one color on Kraft exterior and an eye catching one color print inside.

The graphics are simple, yet effective, and they prove once again that you do not have to use a variety of colors or a lot of ink coverage to create a positive unboxing experience for your customers.

branding, custom printing, Salazar PackagingInside Print Makes a Big Difference

Subscription box and E-commerce companies have learned that an outside print is good. This Akamai box would still be a nice box even if the inside print was eliminated. However, we remind people that outside print is often dominated by the shipping label, especially on a small box like this.

The inside of the box will always arrive clean and is a great place to reinforce your brand and deliver the message you want. Anything from a simple thank you or a sales pitch for additional products can be easily and inexpensively added to the inside of any shipping box. Keep in mind if you are not ready for inside print, it can be added at a future date. (See first related post below).

If you want to try some great new personal care products, check out our friends at Akami. If you want help to create a great looking, inexpensive package for your product line, please contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700.

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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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29 Nov 2016 Unico Nutrition’s Packaging Is Designed for Double Duty Use, Inside and Outside

reverse print | Unico Nutrition | Salazar PackagingThe goal of branding is to always create a great impression. Unfortunately, that positive message is short lived since the packaging used for e-commerce typically ends up in a recycle bin.

Unico Nutrition creates unique dual purpose graphic design

Unico Nutrition makes excellent natural sport supplements for women. They are also a very clever, unique company that decided to give their e-commerce packaging a second life by designing it so it can be unassembled, colored, and reformed inside out for use long after the product it contained is received and consumed.

We all know e-commerce boxes take a beating during shipment and typically arrive looking dirty, banged up, and covered with tape and labels. However, the inside of the box is usually clean and pristine, so being able to turn the good/clean face out is the key to an extended box life and repurposing the packaging.

The brand lives on!

Whether a dual side use and print is for coloring or decorating or simply for a unique storage box that is more likely to be kept or used – the branding continues to impress and be noticed. After all, isn’t that the primary goal of all good branding and custom printing efforts?

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have an idea you want to discuss. As usual, the minimum is a low 1,000 boxes and will require the purchase of print plates inside and outside, but that onetime expense can clearly make your marketing and branding efforts that much more effective.

You can call us at 630-551-1700 or contact Salazar Packaging via email so one of our trained and experienced branded packaging advisors can help you get the maximum wow factor for the lowest possible cost.

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31 Oct 2016 Genial Day Selects Salazar Packaging and Corrugated Board for New Eivi Packaging

custom-print-on-triple-white-board, packaging, custom printingThose of us who have been in packaging for a few decades know that the rules were pretty firm: you use paperboard for custom printed retail packaging and corrugated board for shipping applications. Period.

However, that strict line has become fuzzy over time, thanks to improved ink and substrates in corrugated packaging, but more importantly, a demand by the market for dual purpose packaging. That is packaging that has great graphics for retail display AND can also serve as a shipper for e-commerce applications.

Genial Day – Great New Product for Women

They were looking for dual purpose packaging and after considering a paperboard folding carton, saw some of the great looking corrugated boxes we have created on our website gallery.

After reviewing their application and graphics requirements, we were pleased to tell them we could direct print using a lower cost flexographic print process and help them avoid a much more costly litho label process. (See first “options” related blog post below).

triple-white-boardKeep in mind not all graphics are able to be printed using a flexographic print process but because we are used to printing high quality, challenging designs, it was a good fit for us. For a little cleaner look we also suggested triple white board that eliminated the brown fluting visible on the cut box edges. The end result is a great looking, custom printed box at the lowest possible cost.

Check out the Genial Day web site and Kickstarter video.

Paperboard is an Available Option

Please understand, we are not anti-paperboard. We makes boxes, cartons and trays in paperboard as well as corrugated. The key however, is to use the correct substrate for each application.  Since we offer both board options, we never have to force an application into a material that is not right for the customer or the product being packaged.

What is the right product and process for you? A free and brief consultation with one of our branded packaging advisors is sure to get you on the right path. Do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700. We look forward to helping you with your project.

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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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