16 Sep 2014
We 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 www.SalazarPackaging.com web site, and also on the very popular www.GreenPackagingGroup.com 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 http://www.salazarpackaging.com/gallery/ 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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Sep 2014
Amazon 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:
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:
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.
5 Sep 2014
You 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.
29 Aug 2014
Most of our best blog posts are a result of great questions asked by active and potential customers. Our thought has always been, if one person out there is wondering about this, there are likely others with the same question or concern. This is one of those posts about the questions people ask when they see this included in their quote: “printed with standard or GCMI colors”.
What exactly are GCMI colors?
Ironically they are a selection of sixty colors that are offered by the Glass Container Manufacturers Institute. The corrugated industry adopted them long ago and they are the standard colors that are used when printing short runs of boxes. In most cases under 5,000 boxes.
Why is that necessary or important?
I usually compare this to the selection of paint colors you might see at a big box home improvement retail store. There are typically a few dozen pre-mixed colors available that are less expensive and readily available. This compared to the hundred or even thousands of paint colors that can be mixed to order.
By using a premixed standard color, the ink cost is reduced making the box more affordable. Perhaps more important—premixed colors are also more consistent and easier to duplicate for different products and different runs.
When you check out the available colors at this link, you will see all GCMI colors show a PMS or Pantone equivalent. So in essence, they are Pantone/PMS colors, but the menu or palette of colors is limited.
Doesn’t this limit my creative options?
When you check out the available colors, it is true you only see one red but you also see eight different shades of green and 16 different variations of blue. There are several options to select from that satisfy the vast majority of our customer’s needs.
How can I maximize the impact of my color choices?
The answer to this varies a great deal depending on your graphic design. Sometimes a background color, especially white, can create a lot of POP making the colors you select appear sharper. On a different design, we might suggest the use of screens to create different densities of the same ink color to create contrast.
What if I need help with my graphic design?
We can help guide you and are glad to make suggestions at no charge. However, if you need to create a design from scratch, or around your logo, we can recommend one of several good graphic designers we have worked with in the past.
As we remind people, not every good web graphic designer is a good packaging graphic designer. Working with someone that is familiar with the flexographic print process for corrugated can save you money and create a more attractive finished product.
Here is the most important “take with” from this post—custom printing boxes is NOT complicated if you are working with an experienced partner who offers the right resources and knows how to deliver a great product at an affordable cost.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging with your questions. We are glad to help you and who knows, they may lead to another helpful blog post like this one.
21 Aug 2014
We have been offering this product for over two years and it remains one of the most popular products on our green packaging store, www.GlobeGuardProducts.com.
It is a very eco-friendly product and on most applications it protects costly, fragile products as well or better than either foam or bubble packaging.
Custom Packaging Look with a Stock, Off the Shelf Product
Geami GreenWrap Ready Rolls have too many features and benefits to list them all but one of the things our customers like most is the 36 different color combinations that are available in a product that can be ordered at a one case minimum.
You can combine the three different Kraft paper color options with one of the twelve available inner tissue colors to create a look that is your own. Perhaps you want to mimic your company colors (red and black) or maybe have a fall seasonal look (Kraft and orange) or an Easter pastel combination in white and lavender.
All of these color combinations may look custom but they are in stock at an affordable price with no long lead times, and no costly minimums.
Free shipping too!
This product can be shipped anywhere in the continental USA, at no cost when ordered on our green packaging store. You can see the available colors and details here:
Please contact us at Salazar Packaging if you have any questions or would like to see a sample of this unique product.
14 Aug 2014
Determining your REAL stretch film cost
As I mentioned in Part 1, there are two ways of looking at cost: roll cost, and unit cost, which is the most accurate because it takes into consideration yield, number of wraps, etc. So let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work on determining unit cost. First, you are going to need a few tools to measure all the variables. You can actually purchase a kit from Highlight Industries for $100.
If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!
Have the operator attach the tail of the film to the pallet, hold the 10” star wheel against the roll of film (which places an ink mark on the unstretched film every 10 inches) and start the machine. Put on three good ink marks on the unstretched film. After the pallet is wrapped, located the ink marks and measure the distance between them. That number, minus 10 (the star wheel size) x 10 is your percent stretch. If the distance is 28 inches (28-10=18 x10=180% stretch). If you use a marker and put lines on the unstretched film 1” apart, then you will measure, subtract 1 x 100= % stretch. So if the distance is 3”, minus 1”=2×100= 200%. This helps you to know the yield of the film, the gears you have in your machine and whether you are maximizing the potential of the film.
Next, find a flat surface on the side of the load. I try to measure 10” over and 10” down and place the center of the force plate there. The important thing is to always use the same measurement. Hook the fish scale to the plate, cut a small hole in the film and place the tape measure in the hole while pulling the plate out 3” (again just stay consistent). When the film hits the 3” mark, read the scale and note the amount of force being applied on the load. That is the containment force this particular film is giving you. If you have not had complaints about loads shifting in transit, then the force is probably sufficient. This is a good measure to use when testing other films against your current film. There are films today that give higher yield, are thinner with more footage, and give you much lower costs and higher containment.
Stretch film costs results
Finally, cut the film off and weigh it on your digital or spring loaded scale and make a note of the weight of the film you are putting on the load.
Now you are ready to determine your real cost. You will need to know the specs of the film you are using.
For instance, a 20”, 80gauge, 6000 feet/roll: First determine the weight of the roll (20 x 6000 x 12 (inches/foot) x .8mil/ 30,000= 38.4lbs/roll of net poly (without the core).
Now determine cost/pound of film. If you are paying $45/roll / 38.4 lbs/roll; then the cost/lb of film is $1.17/lb. If the cut off film weighs 8 oz., then 8oz/16oz/lb=.5lb. So .5lb x1.17/lb=$0.586/load.
Of course if you know how many loads per year that gives you a base to compare annual savings with other films. That will be covered in a later post, but if you have questions, please contact us at Salazar Packaging.
Editor’s note please feel free to contact Debbie directly with any questions at email@example.com . She will be happy to walk you through the process or answer any questions you may have.
23 Jul 2014
While I have written many times that we can produce a great one color print, especially on a white background, on a Kraft (brown) background a second color can make a print more interesting and provide contrast for an eye catching look.
Lather and Lotions: two colors, well done!
Whether you visit their store site linked above or their very helpful, instructional blog: www.HowDoIMakeSoap.com, you can get all the assistance and supplies you need to make your own soaps and lotions. If you are one of the growing number of people who are very careful about everything you eat, drink and apply to your body, this is a great site to visit.
After considering several different layouts and designs, they decided to go with a simple one color print on Kraft on the inside of one of our stock sizes (8-1/2” X 9” X 4” lock front mailer) and a two color design on Kraft on the outside of their box. You can see how the green and white they chose for the exterior complement each other and still achieve the great, soft, green image they wanted. I think you’ll agree either color without the other would have not been nearly as attractive.
The cost of the second color?
While it is true a second plate is necessary to print a second color, in most cases it costs between $400 and $600, and it is a onetime expense. The additional cost for the second color per box is usually pennies. The third color on any box is expensive (see the first “related post” below) but the second one is a deal at what is usually between five and 10 cents per box. Combined with a good graphic design, that buys a lot of impact for very little additional cost.
Whether you go with a one or two color print, our advice is NEVER be boring. Once you have made the commitment to brand your packaging, dare to be bold, to stand out in an ever increasingly crowded market.
Please contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost application review so we can help you determine the best way to communicate your message and make a lasting, positive impression.
15 Jul 2014
Many people we work with begin their subscription box program or their e-commerce fulfillment by utilizing our stock, unprinted Globe Guard® die cut mailers. They are green, they look great, can be easily branded with labels and are available in small order quantities. That is important when the volume has not grown to the point when even our low 1,000 box minimum for custom printing is feasible.
Every stock mailer box we have is on sale through September 15th, 2014.
We have reduced every stock mailer at www.GlobeGuardProducts.com by a minimum of 10% and maintained our low, one flat rate shipping policy to help our customers at what is typically one of the heaviest shipping periods of the year.
The available sizes vary from our smallest 5” x 4” X 3” for shipping small items such as candles to our largest 14-1/2” X 9-1/2” X 3” ideal for shipping large items and clothing.
Custom Prints and Custom Runs Also Available
If you do not see the size you prefer, please contact us because we may have a cutting die available and can special run it for you in a low 1,000 box minimum. If we are going to run it for you, that means we can make it in Kraft or white and can easily add your custom print for a few cents per box.
Why are custom printed boxes just slightly more expensive than plain/unprinted boxes?
People are often times surprised when they find out that their boxes can be printed one color ink for very little additional cost. The reason for this is that boxes are made and printed, almost simultaneously during the manufacturing process. In other words, adding ink to your box adds almost no additional set up time.
For plain boxes, please visit the corrugated mailers section of our Globe Guard® store to see the sizes and styles that are in stock. For custom printed mailer boxes contact us at Salazar Packaging for a review of your branded packaging requirements.
8 Jul 2014
This has become a favorite shipping container for many of our customers, especially those shipping soft goods like tee shirts, baby clothes and other fabrics and garments. They are typically less expensive than a box, require no tape or time to erect and seal and are available in a variety of stock sizes.
More Options to Fit your Packaging Needs
Not only are these unpadded mailers available in white or Kraft, they are also available flat or gusseted. Gusseted mailers expand creating a three dimensional container able to better accommodate various product thicknesses and order sizes. In addition the available sizes range from the smallest 5” X 10” to our largest 12-1/2” X 4” X 20”. Some custom sizes are also an option (5,000 mailer minimum) if none of the available stock sizes work for you.
Save at least 10% on all Stock Mailer Envelope Sizes
Now through the end of August, every stock, unpadded mailer envelope is on sale at a minimum of 10% off. Please do not hesitate to contact us at Globe Guard Products if you have any questions or would like to see a sample or two.
Also, please remember these same mailers are also available custom printed in an incredibly low one case minimum, making branded packaging possible for even the lowest volume applications. (Please see third related post below)
2 Jul 2014
With resin and stretch film prices continuing to go up, and companies looking to increase profitability, the question becomes “how do I cut my costs in stretch film and still not compromise my loads?” There are a number of things to consider.
“Real” stretch film cost?
Many companies and buyers tend to focus on roll cost which in most cases tells them very little about the actual unit cost to wrap one pallet. We will cover the most accurate way to perform that comparison and cost analysis in part two of this series, but first we have to look at the way film is being used and HOW you are wrapping your load. There are many factors that help determine the efficiency and ultimate cost of the pallet wrapping film being purchased and utilized.
Equipment Impact on Stretch Film Costs
We typically like to begin a review by finding out the capabilities of the pallet wrapping equipment being used, and its condition. For nominal costs, gears can be upgraded to higher stretch; giving you more pallets wrapped per roll. Talk to your machine operator and ask them if they have any problems. They will be happy to tell you! For instance, nicked up metal or rubber rollers can tear the film, causing it to break, so operators will turn down the tension to compensate (resulting in less yield and less secure loads). Operators get “creative” to get the job done and this may be costing you money. This issue is nothing that fine sandpaper on the metal rollers cannot correct. If the rollers are chewed up and slashed, you may need to purchase new rollers. Make note of how many wraps are being put on the top and bottom of your load. This can be found on the panel of your equipment. Many times the operator uses subjective opinion on how many times to wrap, and that may not be what is needed for your application.
Pallet Stretch Wrapping Application
While many think all loads are the same that is rarely the case. When attempting to determine the best film for a specific customer application, we usually start out by finding out the following information:
1) How heavy is your average load? Heavier loads require more force to load from the film; with some films being soft, and others that have resin blends that put considerable force on the load.
2) Is your load nice and square with little in the way of puncture hazards; a bit irregular with 3” variations throughout the load; or is it quite irregular with up to 6” puncture hazards? This has an influence on determining what type of film is needed for your load.
3) Another consideration is whether the loads are shipping out mostly less than truckload, or mostly full truckloads. This is important because you may be over wrapping your pallets for full truck load shipments. After all, where is the load going to go? Full truck loads minimize the shifting that a load can do.
The key is to approach this with an open mind. Just because you’ve always done it this way, does not mean it is the most cost efficient today. With resin technology continuing to evolve, there are better ways to do the same thing for less cost.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about your pallet wrapping needs. For more information, email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Editor’s note: Debbie Nottelmann has literally decades of experience and is considered a packaging industry expert in the area of pallet unitization and stretch film technology. It is our pleasure to have her sharing her wealth of knowledge with our ISP readers.