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18 May 2017 The Unboxing Experience – Beyond Esthetics for E-commerce and Subscription Packaging

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The Unboxing Experience – Beyond Esthetics for E-commerce and Subscription Packaging

Much has been said and written about the importance of the unboxing experience. What the digital customer sees and feels when they receive and open your shipping container plays a critical role in the overall experience and shapes the seller/buyer relationship going forward.

Appearance is obviously important, but we consider that a given. Everything from ink colors, graphic design, and the perfect tissue paper makes an impression, and as we say communicates something about you, your company, and your product. We believe however, that adjectives such as pretty, classy, upscale, eye catching are all great, but there is a lot more going on than what meets the eye.

While we believe an unboxing experience has to look great, it also has to be effective. If it is not, all of the costly esthetic efforts end up being a waste of precious time and money. In addition to being attractive…

An effective unboxing experience has to be secure

All of the ribbon and bows in the world cannot make up for a damaged product. First and foremost the product being shipped has to arrive safely and in one piece.

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An effective unboxing experience has to present the product well

The product should not be buried in packaging materials and it should not be floating around loose within the container due to poor insert or interior packaging design.

An effective unboxing experience has to be product accessible

As a designer of many “frustration free” designs, we know the consumer does not want to wrestle with or utilize tools to extract their product from your packaging.

 An effective unboxing experience has to be green

Consumers are becoming more and more sensitive to the amount of packaging arriving at their homes. The boxes for all of those books, shoes, clothes, and “meals by mail” they are buying has to go somewhere. The want minimal, high recycled content and easily recyclable packaging.

The Unboxing Experience Design Challenge

The real dilemma for most shippers is how do you accomplish all of these objectives (and others) at the same time? For example, how do you balance product protection versus shipping weight? Which is more important – presentation and accessibility or security? Are your customers focused on the WOW experience or the environment? And of course you need to deliver all of this in one neat, attractive package.

This is why it is wise to utilize a resource that has the experience of making millions of boxes and working with hundreds of companies like yours over the course of the last ten years. It all begins with an application review that includes a discussion about your customers, your products and even your competition. The better we know you and your goals, the easier it us for us to help you make an informed decision.

Sure we make and print some beautiful boxes and you can see many examples in our gallery but we also make effective boxes designed to not ruin the unboxing experience. Contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 for a no cost, no obligation review of your packaging process and results.

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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!

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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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16 Jan 2017 Balancing Protection and Presentation on E-commerce and Subscription Boxes

e-commerce, shipping, subscription, mailers, shipping inserts, corrugated mailersThe worst possible customer experience is for an eagerly awaited product to arrive damaged or broken. In addition to having a very disappointed customer, you also have to deal with product replacement, which can make a profitable order very unprofitable, very quickly.

At the same time, most clients want high product visibility and a great experience for their customers when their package is opened. No one is eager to unwrap yards of foam or bubble cushioning material, wads of packing paper, or to sift through a box of foam packing peanuts or other loose fill cushioning product.

More Than a Pretty Shipping Box

We have learned that a great graphic design and print job is quickly overlooked when the glass jar of salsa being shipped, shatters. That is not the type of presentation anyone had in mind.

We are very proud of the printing work we do and a tour through our photo gallery will show great colors, creative designs, and boxes obviously designed to impress. However, properly protecting the product being shipped should always be a key consideration when the true, overall cost of a damaged shipment is factored in. We are especially careful with fragile products or anything in a glass container including sauces, candles, e-juice, and even liquor.

eco-friendly shipping, food shipping, e-commerceE-commerce packaging Solutions That Help Protect Without Sacrificing Appearance   

Few organizations deliver the WOW factor as often or as consistently as we do, but unlike companies who only print boxes, we create total packaging solutions that are customer and product specific. We fully understand what happens when a package is dropped and effect that impact and shock has on the packaging and product being shipped.

When it comes to internal/protective packaging, there are no “standard” or one size fits all answers, so we have gathered some of the best protective and green packaging products available, and more importantly, our experienced people know how to use them to help you deliver a great looking package at the lowest possible cost.

Here are a few examples of the type of protective, cushioning products we offer:

Die Cut Corrugated Designs – Typically a custom cutting die is required but these are by far the most popular because they have a low 1,000 MOQ, are relatively low cost, and extremely eco-friendly. Customers appreciate the high recycled content and the fact that they are easily recycled and re-pulped.

Corrugated and Paperboard dividers and partitions – Usually they do not require any type of tooling or cutting die. They are not designed to provide any cushioning but sometimes all that is really needed is product isolation and/or separation.

Die cut or molded foams – We have a dozen foam formulations available ranging from very soft and cushioning to very rigid and strong. Different foams for different applications makes this the most versatile option available.

Inflatable packaging products – If the volume is higher, 400 to 500 shipments per day, it is possible the best solution for you is an inflatable packaging system able to make pillows or even bubble on demand.

Molded Pulp – Usually the minimum and the necessary mold/tooling costs are higher but for some applications there is no greener or less labor intensive solution. Usually molded pulp is a great solution for the same size and shape product being shipped in volume. Example – cell phones.

No cost, no obligation application review

What is the best product and packaging process for you? As you may have gathered, there are a number of potential options and many factors we consider when helping you develop the appropriate packaging strategy.

The best way to find out is to contact us at Salazar Packaging via email or call us at 630-551-1700 for a confidential and free analysis of your requirements and objectives.

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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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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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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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07 Dec 2015 Save Big Money by NOT Buying Stock Size RSC Shipping Boxes!

unprinted-custom-size-stock-boxesWe often meet people who buy stock boxes over the internet, from an office supply company, or even a local moving and storage operation. These RSC style STOCK boxes are typically available in Kraft 32 ECT board and available in the most common and popular standard sizes.

Have you outgrown your stock box supplier?

Buying a standard size box in small quantities is indeed the right thing to do when you are first getting started and perhaps buying as few as twenty-five or fifty boxes at one time. However, as your usage increases and you begin purchasing hundreds of boxes, you may be paying a great deal more than necessary for the convenience and small order capability you no longer need.

To put it plainly, if you are buying hundreds of boxes at one time, you no longer have to buy off the shelf and a short, custom run can be a much better deal for you.

Made to order RSC boxes!

Why would you want to go through the “trouble” of custom boxes? Here are a few great reasons:

  • You can decide on the board grade being used. If you need something a little different than standard 32 ECT or 200# test board most stock box makers use, your boxes can be made using a heavier (or lighter) board.
  • Most stock boxes are Kraft (brown) but you can also order white if that is your preference.
  • You can have the EXACT size you need. Perhaps 12x12x12 is a good fit for you but what if the true correct size is really 11” X 10-1/2” X 9-1/2”? You can get the size you need without any tooling costs.
  • Right sizing a box saves money on the box as well as inbound (to you) and outbound (to your customer) shipping costs.
  • Right sizing can also prevent damage and eliminate expensive filler or cushioning material.
  • Adding branding will only add a few cents of cost in most cases. Boxes with your logo and brand are affordable and only require a small one time investment in print plates.

 

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The custom box minimum is lower than you think

If the box you need is smaller than one cubic foot (12”x12”x12”) the MOQ is 1,000 boxes. If it is larger, the MOQ is 500. Obviously the key cost factor is set up time so the price per box is greatly reduced as your order quantity increases. People ordering thousands of stock, unprinted boxes can easily afford a custom size and a custom brand and in most cases their cost per box is actually reduced.

Is a custom box run in your best interest? Is a mailer envelope or a die cut mailer box a better shipping container for your product and customers? We can help you determine that with quick, no cost, no obligation, application review.

You can contact us through our Globe Guard Products web site or call us at 630-551-1700

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03 Nov 2015 Earth Turns Finds Value in Globe Guard® Custom Printed RSC Boxes

Earth Turns 2 colors on Kraft RSC boxEarth Turns is one of our oldest and dearest customers in the natural products and supplement space. They continue succeeding and growing in a market that has seen many others come and go.

What Makes Them Successful?

The people at www.EarthTurns.com know once a potential customer finds you on the internet, the second challenge is to keep them. So in addition to great prices and selection, they provide customers with outstanding customer service.

Their packaging is consistent with their approach and products and is kept simple, eco-friendly and easy to recycle.

Why RSC boxes?

Most of the e-commerce people we work with utilize die cut mailers but Earth Turns chooses RSC boxes because they are:

  • Lower in cost to purchase, ship (inbound) and store because they occupy less space.
  • They may be lower in cost to ship out bound as well (lower shipping weight), depending on what they are being compared to.
  • They are easier and faster to assemble.
  • They are 100% recycled content and can easily be recycled with paper waste by the consumer
  • If custom printed, print plates are generally less expensive

RSC insulated cooler boxes also availableAre custom printed RSC boxes right for you?

They may be the best product solution for you but a good answer requires at least a minimal review of your specific application. There are many factors to be considered including annual usage, what you are shipping, how you ship it and even product weight.

We can quickly help guide you to mailer boxes, RSC boxes or any one of a handful of different mailer envelope options we have to offer. There is no cost or obligation to speak to one of our experienced packaging experts so email us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700.

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04 Aug 2015 Skosh Box – Delivering the WOW Factor

one color on white, in and outMost of the people who contact us are not interested in purchasing shipping boxes, they are in search of unique marketing tools that connect them to their customer. In other words, they want their subscription or e-commerce boxes to stand out and create a memorable, positive experience. Whether they refer to it as increasing the WOW factor or enhancing the customer experience, the common goal is the same – to reinforce and promote the brand.

Economics, Graphic Design or Color?

Some people think they have to choose between these options because they do not realize that the cost difference between a basic one color on Kraft box and one that explodes with color is minimal. As discussed in detail in the “related post” link below, one of the greatest bargains in corrugated packaging is the second color.

There is very littlel difference in plate cost for less than 25% ink coverage compared to a flood coat design and there is virtually no difference in the box cost. Bright colors do not cost more than pastels so essentially – anything is possible.

www.SkoshBox.com Great subscription box and not shy about color!

9-6-2 mailer box with printing inside and outOne of our most daring customers when it comes to color and design are our good friends at Skoshbox. They could pack their delicious treats from Japan in a brown box that would simply not be them. See the photos in this post and be amazed at their creativity and the boldness of the colors they select and how they use them, inside AND outside!

Our congratulations to Skoshbox for maximizing the benefit of custom printing their shipping containers!

We will gladly review your concept or design and help you determine how to achieve that maximum WOW factor and the minimum cost. Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700.

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05 Feb 2015 Choosing the Best Semi-Custom Box Size

different semi-custom printed versions of 9-6-2 mailersThe Common and Uncommon Box Sizes of Semi-Custom Branded Packaging

A quick visit through our green packaging store or our gallery will show you some of the most popular sizes we have for subscription and e-commerce applications. The available sizes include but are not limited to our:

5-13/16” X 5-3/4” X 1-15/16” – ideal for jewelry and other small items

7” X 7-1/8” X 2-1/4” a great size for pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and even E-juice packaging for shipping

9” X 6-1/2” X 2-3/4” – a very popular size for subscription boxes of all types

12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” – our new large capacity lock front, die cut mailer that is ideal for shipping anything from full size snack foods to pet toys.

All of these sizes and more are all available to our customers who use our stock dies to make their custom printed boxes, saving time and money in the process.

Custom printed 11-8-1 mailerAn Uncommon and Unusual Example of a Semi-Custom Size and Design

One of the most unique designs we have is what we refer to as our label mailer that is 11-1/8” X 8-5/8” X 1” and what makes it unique is that it can open horizontally like a low profile jewelry box or vertically like a book. We originally created it for a shipper of expensive label stock but since then this box has been used to ship anything from tee shirts to award plaques. It is very well designed and virtually crush proof making it safe for brochures, documents and valuable specialty papers.

Our Next Stock Size Could Be Yours.

We are always looking for a new stock size to add to our cutting die and perhaps our stock mailer box inventory. Even if your needs are unique, let us know because if it has the potential to be used by other customers and if we do not already have a very similar size, we might be interested in adding it to our available list, making it free to you. When in doubt, or if you are curious if we can make the size you need, please call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us at SalazarPackaging.com

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