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07 Apr 2017 Buyers Guide for Rigid Boxes for E-Commerce and Subscription Applications

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesBuyers Guide for Rigid Boxes for E-Commerce and Subscription Applications

They are known by many names including rigid wall boxes, set up boxes, two piece boxes, and even telescoping boxes. They are made of paperboard, not corrugated board, and have been used in the candy, greeting card, and board game industries for decades.

They are gaining in popularity for subscription applications as companies work to deliver value to their customers while creating a permanent or long-term brand presence. These are not shipping boxes, which in most cases are quickly discarded soon after they arrive. Rigid boxes tend to be kept and reused or repurposed. This makes them a greener option but it also means your brand lives on and the box serves as a constant reminder of the company that sent it.

With Appreciation to Birchbox and Others 

This type of subscription box has been made popular by companies like Birchbox who understand the value of packaging that is more than a disposable shipping container. This type of packaging makes a great first impression and in many cases provides a series of collectible containers the customer values, encouraging repeat orders and extending subscription life.

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesRigid boxes are also a graphic designer’s dream because unlike direct print flexographic printing (typically used on corrugated), this is a laminating process where sheets of interior and/or exterior paper can be printed any way you want, as many colors as you want, on a wide variety of papers including linens or foils, as well as spot or flood coat coatings. They can also be die cut, creating openings for product display.

Advantages of Rigid Boxes

Compared to other types of boxes they can be made to any size you want without expensive tooling. As mentioned above, the graphics flexibility is incredible and there are few limits to what can be produced.  Rigid boxes offer the ability to vary board color, and wrap exterior as well as lining interior which creates a truly custom look.

The minimum is relatively low at 1,000 though pricing due to setup costs becomes much more attractive in larger quantities of 5,000 or more. You can combine different (same size) copies for larger quantity, bulk pricing. When working with a company like ours, you can create the shipping containers to protect the rigid box in shipping.

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesFactors that Influence Cost of Rigid Boxes

As stated above, order quantity is always a major factor and of course box size also impacts the cost of any box we create. Other factors also include:

  1. Base/bottom and/or top/lid wrapped (exterior) or lined (interior). Anything is possible but it does add cost.
  2. The amount of overlap of the top/lid over the base/bottom. It can overlap 100% or anything less. Keep in mind not totally overlapping the base will likely mean you will have to wrap the exposed base.
  3. Board color of any unlined or unwrapped surface. Natural chip paperboard is the least expensive. White is also available at an upcharge, as well as other colors like black, though they may have a higher minimum.

Disadvantages of Rigid Boxes

They are such an impressive marketing tool that we can only come up with two negatives you should be aware of:

  1. They are not inexpensive and your product price point has to justify the cost of the rigid box as well as the shipping container. People will often ask why/how other companies like Birchbox can afford to use them and I remind them large shippers like them are buying much larger quantities, thereby substantially reducing their cost per unit.
  2. Most boxes and cartons ship flat minimizing the space they require to store and ship. Rigid wall boxes do not collapse, increasing those costs.

Salazar Packaging continues to be a one stop shop for all forms of e-commerce and subscription box packaging. There are few companies in the country with our experience in shipping containers as well as interior/protective packaging solutions.

Please call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us via email at Salazar Packaging to discuss your specific needs. Let us show you how we create effective “packaging that communicates” at a much lower cost than you think possible.

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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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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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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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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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02 Aug 2016 Twelve New Photos Added to Salazar Packaging Gallery

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

Salazar Packaging Gallery

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

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

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

 

Packaging Photo Gallery Covering New Areas

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

best priceLow Minimum Purchase, Reasonable Shipping Cost 

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

Size Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ex-Box Solves Many Problems at Minimal Cost.

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

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

white on white ExBoxGeami Ex-Box on Sale! 

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

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

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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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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.

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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 630-551-1700.

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