Blue Jean BoxFor people who want designer jeans and accessories but don’t have time to shop or prefer to avoid the hassle of a crowded mall or overpriced specialty shops, is the place for you. Check out their neat web site and the great looking products that are only a mouse click away for you.

Unique E-commerce Packaging Requirements

The nice people at Blue Jean Box wanted a green, ecofriendly shipping container so it is not unexpected that they would select Globe Guard® boxes with our 100% recycled content, 100% recyclable corrugated board. Even when we upgraded their board to 200# test, we were able to keep the overall construction as green as possible.

Since their products and orders tend to be larger, they also required a custom size box that is 24”x16”x4”. The onetime cutting die cost was relatively insignificant when they determined the larger size box would enable them to avoid shipping multiple boxes to the same location while keeping the clothing unwrinkled by shipping them in overstuffed boxes.

Box closed with handleInside Only, Custom Printing

Blue Jean Box is the latest customer in a growing trend to print the inside of a die cut mailer, instead of or in addition to printing the outside. As I have said many times, the outside of any box being shipped tends to arrive looking dirty and beat up. By printing on the inside, especially on the inside lid as the Blue Jean Box people did, they are sure their message will not conflict with tape, labels or road grime.

Carrying Handle Optional

Since a box that large and potentially heavy can prove difficult to carry, we designed the container with an optional and removable plastic handle. (See photos) Easily and quickly inserting the handle into die cut slots make the box easy to lift and carry like a small suitcase.

Semi-custom versus Fully Custom Shipping Containers

Our semi-custom program uses stock size cutting dies and predetermined board weights to create low volume packaging (usually 1,000 to 5,000 boxes) without the delay and cost of custom tooling.

However, when you go fully custom like Blue Jean Box, you are able to select the exact size you need, the board weight that your product requires, and chooses from a long list of available options that will make your packaging perfect for your application and customers.

If you have any questions regarding shipping clothing or any soft goods, please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation, and confidential discussion of your needs.

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Inside Sub Comm Interview

megaphoneSubscription box owners have some tremendous resources and typically they are very eager to share information, and even suppliers with one another. That is at least part of the reason we have become so well known within that market, as one company who we have made boxes for recommends us to another.

One of the best resources I have just recently become aware of is Inside Sub Comm (the business of subscription commerce) where they feature interviews with a wide variety of different subscription box program owners and companies who serve those owners.

We were pleased to have been recently selected for a supplier interview and if you are interested in learning more about Inside Sub Comm or reading our interview, please click on this link.

If you have any questions about designing or re-designing your own packaging for any form of e-commerce, please contact Salazar Packaging, or if you prefer, call us at 815-609-3600. We will be glad to confidentially discuss your specific application.

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14-About-Us-Page-Revamp_wider_r8_c1We try to make gratitude a year round attitude but like everyone else, we tend to focus on it a little more as the holiday season approaches.

Last weekend, we had the opportunity and privilege to volunteer at a great organization named Feed My Starving Children. I cannot do justice describing the marvelous work they do so I urge you to check out their web site at There are millions of children starving or malnourished around the world and FMSC, works to provide specially formulated food “Manna Packs” to over 70 different countries to help feed the kids in desperate need.

Volunteer Help

In addition to obvious cash donations which BTW, $.92 of every dollar received is spent on their food programs, they also do something rather unique by encouraging volunteers help to do the packing. People, regardless of age or experience, are quickly taught how to fill and seal the food bags, which are then packed into boxes for distribution to the children in need.

Harmony carefully filling with Lenora supervisingThe “shift” is only two hours long, but it is most gratifying to be able to contribute in such a unique way. My wife/partner Lenora and our seven year old grand-daughter also volunteered and I can tell you we not only had a great deal of fun (the rock music playing in the packing area helped) the atmosphere was so inspiring, especially for our little one who can’t wait to do it again.

Give Thanks

We have much to be grateful for and as year-end and Thanksgiving approach, we hope you will consider supporting this wonderful organization. I am told we are not supposed to give because of the way it makes us feel, but I can tell you it feels great!

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Shakestir boxWe have been working with e-commerce and subscription based companies for over five years and are thrilled have helped create many great looking boxes for a wide variety of product and programs. This includes everything from DIY jewelry, cold pressed juices, socks, kid’s crafts, candy, underwear, shaving gear, and every imaginable type of snack food.

We have done so many subscription boxes that it is now very unusual for us to do a “first” for a box in a market that is new to us. However, we recently experienced one of those rare occasions with a neat new company named Shakestir, and their extraordinary cocktail in a box delivery program.

Most people can cook, but very few are chefs. That is not too dissimilar from people who mix drinks and the talented people who go far beyond “gin and tonic” and create wonderful concoctions using a variety of liquors, ingredients, and garnishes. The hassle has always been coming up with the perfect ingredients and knowing how to blend them.

Shakestir takes all that effort out of the process and for now, only if you live in the NYC area, will deliver your cocktail kit to your door, COMPLETE with everything you will need (including fruit and garnishes) to help you prepare a delicious cocktail created by a professional leading mixologist, using only top shelf liquor and ingredients.

Unique Subscription Program – Very Unique Packaging

The tall die cut mailer is relatively basic, though the printing inside and out makes a great presentation. The biggest hurdle to overcome is the variety of bottle sizes and shapes that this box would have to accommodate so we created a two cavity, wraparound scored sheet, designed to isolate and protect each ingredient bottle. In addition we had to create a divider that could separate heavy bottled goods from potentially delicate fruit or garnishes.

Each subscriber box each month is likely to be different, so the package design had to be flexible and versatile. Of course it also has to be eco-friendly and attractive.

Check out and if you live in the NYC area and would like to give it a try, please feel free to use promo code DENNISISP at check out for a 10% discount.

If you would like to discuss your subscription box program with a company that is experienced and understands e-commerce and subscription commerce, please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600.

customer or season specific messageIf you are one of the many subscription box or e-commerce companies using die cut custom mailers to ship your product, you may have encountered a need for a way to prevent an item from getting lost within the box. It is relatively easy for paper work, a gift card, an invoice, or perhaps a business card or thank you note to get mixed up with the items being shipped, the loose fill, or other ancillary packaging.

The perfect way and place to get the customer’s attention

We have always said that die cut mailers, compared to standard RSC shipping boxes are more of a presentation box than just a shipping container. A die cut mailer opens up, with a hinged lid, similar to the way a cigar box opens. There is a reason why that inside lid of a cigar box is always highly decorated – because it is so obvious for the consumer to see. That makes the inside lid of any die cut mailer an ideal place to print copy and it is also the perfect location to apply an adhesive pouch – where it cannot be missed and is certain to get the consumer’s attention.

Can't miss it insert on inside mailer lidAdhesive Pouches and Packets

They are not shown on our store YET, but we have a variety of clear, unprinted stock sizes that are readily available by the case. The sizes range from the very popular business card size, to an 8-1/2” X 14” legal size. There are also a variety of vertical (example – 4-1/4” X 11”) and horizontal (example 5-1/2” X 8-1/2”) pockets and even a half round designed to hold a CD or audio disc. All have a convenient peel and seal strip for easy application to your mailer box.

For those who want a can’t-miss custom message or color, we also offer custom printed adhesive pouches with a minimum starting at 5,000. Spot or full litho graphics can be printed up to seven colors. The possibilities are almost unlimited when added to or used in place of inside printed mailers.

stock business card size pouchPlease contact Salazar Packaging or Globe Guard Products if you have any questions or interest. We are very excited about this new product line and we can assure you that you will be hearing more about them in the days ahead.

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How to Reduce Shipping Weight and Cost

Corrugated Board FlutesAs a result of dramatically increased shipping rates and costs, many shippers today are looking for ways to reduce the overall package weight in an effort to reduce the shipping cost. Being over or under a particular weight (for example, one pound) can make a shipping cost difference of over two dollars per package. That is huge if you are shipping thousands of boxes per month.

After working with dozens of companies to accomplish lower shipping rates, we offer these possible solutions:

Using the best shipping container for your product

Here I often use clothing as an example because I don’t understand why anyone would want to use a box if they don’t have to. The fact is that most clothing and soft goods can ship in paper or plastic mailer envelopes, eliminating the box as well as the void fill or other ancillary packaging that may be required. Keep in mind, void fill not only adds purchase, inbound shipping and storage cost, but also adds weight.

E-flute board for clean, retail look, NOT weight reductionRight sizing can lead to big packaging cost and weight reductions

This may be the most obvious advice I provide but you would be surprised at how many shippers are using boxes that are too large because that size is a “stock” size for their supplier, or because they occasionally get a larger order that requires the larger shipping box. For example, our 7x7x2 die cut corrugated mailer box weighs 3.1 ounces. Our smaller 5x5x2 mailer weighs 2.1 ounces. Using a smaller, size appropriate corrugated box also results in inbound shipping cost and storage savings.

Weight reduction by using thinner board

If you would like to use a smaller flute board to make your boxes to make them look more retail and less industrial, that is a great idea, but in most cases it does NOT reduce the weight of the box.

We have been involved in many cost analysis and in almost all cases, there is no significant weight reduction. In some cases there could actually be an increase in weight when you go from C flute to B flute or even from B flute to E or F flute corrugated board. As the photo shows, even though the overall board thickness is reduced because flutes are smaller and thinner, there are more of them, resulting in approximately the same weight.

However, we have been able to deliver significant weight savings by modifying the construction of the board and using either thinner paper inside or outside or even a lighter medium. This can get rather complicated but suffice to say that we know how to accomplish the objective without compromising the container’s integrity or the graphics that are printed on it. Keep in mind that for some “non-standard” paper and board combinations, minimums may apply, but if you are shipping more than a few thousand boxes per month, you likely qualify for the lighter board combinations.

Weight reduction by container design

We have done much work in this area reducing the overall board usage (square inches minus scrap) significantly by using an Eco Mailer Box design or Indestructo design but neither of those are guaranteed to reduce the weight of the finished box. Front lock versus top tuck, dust flaps versus no dust flaps, can all impact shipping weight if it is done properly. (See related posts at the end of this post)

Remember that the container being used still has to keep the product safe as it ships from point A to point B and that probably none of these options are a stand-alone solution. No two shipping and packing applications are identical so we will review the overall application to determine the best way to reduce the desired weight. In many cases, substantial weight reductions are best made possible by using a combination of box manufacturing techniques.

Contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation review of your needs.

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Gift look, two color exteriorWe have helped many companies create boxes for their E-commerce or subscription programs and one of the things we most appreciate is the uniqueness of their graphic design.

Some prefer the understated elegance of a minimalist design while others choose a graphic design that explodes with color and complexity. The Bride Box is one of the latter with a design that typifies the WOW factor.

The celebration begins with the box!

Check out and you will see a great gift idea for that newly engaged lady you know. Each month she receives, gifts, samples, and information that is sure to be appreciated and useful as she prepares for the biggest day of her life.

It was important for the nice people at The Bride Box that the box being shipped to the new subscriber celebrates the event, consistent with the excitement and happiness the bride-to-be is experiencing. Congratulations to them on a job well done!

Beautiful two color interiorProducing a great looking mailer box.

I will admit the first time we saw the graphic design concept (check out that interior print) we knew it would be challenging. However, we were sure with a few tweaks we would be able to deliver the look the customer was striving for. The team effort, including our graphic artist, our plate maker, and our printer made sure every detail was covered so the end result would be perfect.

If you are looking for that great gift idea for a bride-to-be, please visit The Bride Box web site to learn more about their program. If you want to create a great looking box for your subscription or e-commerce business, please contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a free and confidential review of your needs.

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gallery-bannerWe are always very proud of the customers we work with and the packaging products and custom printed boxes we help them design. We freely share photos of our branded packaging work on our blog, our web site, and also on the very popular web site.

It was time we collect the many photos of our work and presented them in one easy to find, easy to navigate web page and we did at There you will see a large sampling of the variety of work we have done, including:

Colorful Subscription Boxes

We have printed well over forty different subscription boxes for products ranging from snacks to shaving gear. While some prefer a minimalist approach to graphic design, others create boxes that explode with color and are not shy about complex graphics.

Semi-Custom printed shipping containers

In our gallery we show some of the most popular sizes we have cutting dies for enabling new customers to use our available dies to save time and money. I am sure you will notice how many different looks you can create with the same box style and size, making it ideal for your customers and market.

Inside Printing

Many companies will not bother promoting or featuring inside box capabilities but we encourage it. Sure it adds cost but not as much as you might think and it is sure to impress your customers.

Mailer Envelopes

One of our most popular products thanks to a low one case minimum for custom printing. They are available Kraft or white, flat or gusseted, making them a great low cost shipping option for tee shirts and other clothing.

Internal Packaging

We are able to save customers time and money by combining stock size or custom boxes and customized inserts that can be made to fit their specific product or application. The types of materials used include molded pulp, molded foam, die cut corrugated, as well as partitions and dividers. A properly designed insert can reduce packing time, eliminate layers of packaging or loose void fill and reduce shipping damage and replacement costs.

What you see on our new gallery page is just a small sampling of our work. If you have an idea or concept you want to discuss, please contact us at Salazar Packaging. We are certain to be able to guide you to a branded box you will be proud of at the lowest possible cost.

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great looking shippable boxesAmazon is one of many excellent companies that will do everything from storing to picking and packing your customers’ orders for you. They are so much better equipped to handle fluctuations in orders and in general, handling the operational side of the business. Most people (including us) are in business because of our sales and marketing skills, not because we understand inventory management or logistics. We have become firm believers in letting the experts do what they do best.

Shipping your packaging within their box?

Whether you are an e-commerce company or have created a successful subscription box program, the product you are shipping and how it is packaged will determine if Amazon and others will:

  1. Ship your box or container within one of their boxes (secondary packaging)
  2. Ship your product directly to your customer in the container you provide (primary packaging)

Depending on what your fulfillment operation charges you for packaging, this could be a good or not so good deal for you. However, if you are a regular reader of this blog, you will understand why option #1 above deprives you of a great branding and presentation opportunity. Do you want the first thing your customer sees to be your logo or that famous, all too familiar “smile”?

Additional benefits to you when using “shippable packaging”

Aside from promoting your brand, you also control the customer experience. You determine what type of impression you want to make on YOUR customer.

Green minded customers are usually quick to point out layers of unnecessary and redundant packaging. Shipping a box within a box also adds costs for everyone involved in the process.

In the era of “dimensional weight” shipping, using as small container as possible reduces outbound shipping cost. Keep in mind that you are also paying for inbound shipping costs as well as storage costs for any packaging you buy or use.

Custom printed and branded “shippable” packaging is what we do

If your current packaging requires some attention, we are more than qualified to help you make that change:

  • Quickly – usually 2 to 3 weeks
  • Economically – many of our customers are surprised at how affordable custom printed packaging can be.
  • Effectively – damaged product can be avoided or eliminated
  • Environmentally Friendly – most of our containers are 100% recycled content and 100% recyclable

Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation review of your specific packaging needs.

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close out with textYou may already know that we are getting out of the stock RSC shipping box business and are offering our remaining inventory at 40% off for this month only. On October 1st, all remaining stock will be liquidated so if you have been waiting for the best prices EVER on Globe Guard boxes, this is it!

Globe Guard® RSC boxes Are Still Available on a Custom Run Basis

Keep in mind we can still custom run any RSC style box you may need in any size, standard or FOL, printed or unprinted (minimums vary) but we are simply no longer stocking any sizes.  Don’t let the term “custom run” scare you because it only means we will run them specifically for you. The pricing we can afford to give you because we do not have to make boxes and store them will probably be a pleasant surprise to you.

Remember that for only slightly more, we can custom print and brand your boxes while we run them. In most cases, the labels currently being used to accomplish branding are more expensive that the custom printing cost. Imagine getting custom printed and branded boxes for less than you are currently paying for plain/unprinted boxes plus the addition of one or more labels?

For custom printing, the only other additional cost is a onetime investment in print plates and we can show you how to minimize that expense as well.

Best Box Prices on the Internet

Our Globe Guard® clearance prices can’t be beat but inventory is moving quickly. We are down to only 19 different sizes still available so please check availability and order them today.

Please contact Globe Guard Products if you have any questions on remaining RSC stock or would like to discuss a custom run, either unprinted or custom printed.

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Have you seen the new Globe Guard Reusable Box Sealer