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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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http://salazarpackaging.com/select-packaging-supplier-e-commerce-subscription-box-application/

http://salazarpackaging.com/sustainability-e-commerce-packaging/

http://salazarpackaging.com/balancing-protection-presentation-e-commerce-subscription-boxes/

http://greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/salazar-packaging-globe-guard-products-moved/

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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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http://salazarpackaging.com/e-commerce-boxes-that-sparkle-and-shine/

http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/custom-printed-die-cut-corrugated-mailer-boxes-in-five-easy-steps/

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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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http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/custom-printed-packaging-options-for-shipping-apparel/

http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/shipping-clothing-dilemma-branding-custom-printed-boxes-custom-printed-mailer-envelopes/

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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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http://www.greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/flexo-friendly-art-design-for-subscription-and-e-commerce-boxes/

http://salazarpackaging.com/drives-e-commerce-subscription-box-redesign-rebranding/ *

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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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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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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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http://greenpackaginggroup.com/industry-experts/e-commerce-subscription-boxes-make-great-impression-unique-inside-prints/

http://salazarpackaging.com/short-or-single-run-packaging-solution-think-digital-printing/

 

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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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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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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 630-551-1700. You may also find the blog posts below helpful.

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