23 Jan 2015
These paper mailer envelopes are one of our most popular products for e-commerce because they are ecofriendly and a great packaging solution for everything from apparel to paperback books. Most of our tee shirt and clothing shippers use our mailer envelopes to reduce container, void fill, and shipping cost, compared to RSC and die cut mailer boxes. Now through February 28th, we are pleased to offer this product line at a minimum of 10% off our regular low prices.
What Makes Unpadded Paper Mailer a Green Packaging Solution?
Whether you monitor waste by weight or by volume, our mailers are light weight, can be compacted easily and can be recycled anywhere paper waste is gathered. They are 100% recyclable and most (the Kraft ones) are even made of 100% recycled content including 90% post-consumer waste (PCW). They are a much greener alternative to plastic mailer bags and envelopes and nearly as water resistant.
Our mailers are available in natural Kraft (brown) or white. Different mailer envelope sizes are also available in flat or gusseted which expand into a three dimensional envelope to better accommodate varying product thicknesses or weights.
All of them feature the “peel and seal” strip for fast closure that eliminates the need for additional tape. They are also packed in cases for easy, compact storage, ideal for office or home based businesses.
Custom Printing in Small Volume Quantities
One of the things people love most about this product line is the fact that it can be custom printed in a very low one case quantity. You do not have to order thousands to have them branded and the typical art/plate cost is $125 or less. It is a very economical way to get into branded packaging, even for start-up companies.
Samples Available Upon Request
If you are not sure they are right for you, simply let us know what size(s) you are considering and we will be glad to send you samples for your review. We will also be glad to answer any questions you may have if you contact us at Globe Guard Products or call us at 815-609-3600.
15 Jan 2015
We regret to inform you that the manufacturer of GreenWrap Ready Rolls has announced that they will no longer be available in the wide variety of colors that we have all enjoyed. Certainly one of the most colorful, green packaging items in the industry, the product simply did not sell enough to support the inventory required and the new dimensional weight (DIM) shipping rates made it impossible to ship it effectively.
Remaining Inventory Still Available
Please check out our green packaging store because available colors will be listed as long as inventory remains. Keep in mind the number of available rolls varies and is subject to prior sale. Assume there is stock remaining when you enter your order but we will notify you if the color you want has sold out.
Up to February 12, 2015, there may be some LIMITED opportunities for special, larger orders if the paper combination you want is available. For example, let’s say you want 10 cases of lavender tissue on white Kraft. If there is sufficient remaining stock of both paper and liner on hand, the manufacturer will make the ten cases for you.
This will be handled literally on a case by case basis and is an option, only if stock remains.
Ready Rolls will continue to be available in a standard 20” wide roll that is 150’ long and only in a brown paper with white interleaf tissue. In addition the “expand on demand” product – ExBox, will also continue to be available in brown and white and white on white color combinations.
Please do not hesitate to contact us or call us at 815-609-3600 if you have any questions. The situation and available inventory are changing daily so please let us know what your needs are and we will try to help you.
12 Jan 2015
A quick stroll through our new photo gallery section at our Salazar Packaging web site quickly shows the great variety of looks and designs we have helped our customers create. The minimalists typically prefer very little ink and the use of soft, subtle colors. Others believe in creating a memorable design by using lots of ink in bright or dark colors. Neither approach is wrong, as long as it is consistent with your products and brand.
Here is a closer look at some more recent boxes we’ve done that have created great looking boxes by using our semi-custom box sizes and adding their own bold graphic designs.
Wellpod – you can never go wrong with basic black, especially for a cosmetic or beauty product. The problem is that black or any solid dark color can prove difficult to print using a flexographic process on corrugated board. Wellpod trusted us with the packaging for their new beauty product line and the results were terrific using our standard 9x6x2 top lock mailer shipping box. Their site is worth waiting for and will be ready for business soon at www.wellpodbeauty.com
Bush & Leavenworth – they describe themselves as a clothing brand designed for creative people and they are quite consistent down to their shipping boxes. They took our basic 13x13x3 box and created a great looking mailer box with minimal copy outside and great graphics inside – all in a beautiful dark brown. Check out their site which is equally unique and eye catching – www.bushleavenworth.com
Joe’s Brew Club – If you are a coffee lover you will undoubtedly enjoy their product, site, and new box. They took our stock 8x9x4 box, and by using screens, created a very attractive three color look using only one color, minimizing ink and print plate cost. Please visit their site at www.joesbreclub.com
Skosh Box – This new DEKA box program delivers full size Japanese snacks to their subscribers. They also used our very popular 9x6x2 box but probably created the brightest design we have ever printed. You think the bright yellow exterior is bold until you open the box and realize the inside turquoise is even bolder. You can learn more about their program at www.skoshbox.com
What is semi-custom packaging?
Essentially it is using a box size that we already have a cutting die for to save time and money. We have over forty available sizes so we can usually satisfy almost every dimensional need, avoiding an additional one week delay for cutting die manufacturing, not to mention the typical $600 to $800 cost.
The minimum run is only 1,000 boxes and we can usually ship a first time order within two weeks of receiving final, approved art.
Not quite ready for custom printed packaging?
Take a look at the stock die cut mailers sizes available on our green packaging store at www.GlobeGuardProducts.com. These mailers are available in one bundle minimum quantities (usually 25 or 50 boxes) and can be easily branded using labels you can print on an as needed basis. It also makes the transition to custom printed boxes much easier, later when you are ready.
Contact us at www.SalazarPackaging.com or call us at 815-609-3600 for a confidential, no cost, and no obligation review of your needs.
19 Dec 2014
Shipping perishable foods and pharmaceuticals can be incredibly challenging especially from an environmental perspective. It seems the only products that are readily available are either laminated multilayer configurations or EPS (Styrofoam) that are either not reusable, not biodegradable, or not recyclable.
A Truly Biodegradable, Insulated Shipping Container
Our Globe Guard® Cooler Boxes are made of two basic components that are not laminated together and can be easily separated for recycling or reuse. The two components are:
Stock Size Pre-Assembled Cooler Boxes
For our initial launch we have four popular sizes in stock as shown on our Globe Guard Products, green packaging store, ready for immediate shipment. They are available in a low one case minimum and the cooler boxes per case vary from 2 to 4, depending on the size. All four sizes have 1-1/2” thick foam but other foam thicknesses are available on a custom order basis. These STOCK sizes are:
8” x 8” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 5” X 5” X 5”
10” x 10” x 10” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 7” X 7” X 7”
12” x 12” x 12” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 9” X 9”
12” x 10” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 7” X 5”
Standard Size Unassembled Cooler Boxes
These sizes are not in stock but will ship within two weeks of order. They also include 1-1/2” thick inserts and can be quoted with other thicknesses as well. The minimum for this standard size group is 200 cooler boxes per order, or 100 per size. Even though assembly is available and optional, we find that most customers buying in this quantity prefer unassembled cooler boxes to reduce shipping and storage costs. These STANDARD sizes are:
9” x 9” x 9” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 6” X 6” X 6”
11” x 11” x 11” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 8” X 8” X 8”
14” x 14” x 14” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 11” X 11” X 11”
16” x 16” x 16” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 13” X 13” X 13”
8” x 6” x 5” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 5” X 3” X 2”
10” x 8” x 6” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 7” X 5” X 3”
12” x 12” x 10” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 9” X 9” X 7”
14” x 10” x 8” RSC box size with a usable cavity ID of 11” X 7” X 5”
These are truly custom, made to order RSC cooler boxes and can be just about any size you want them to be, assembled or unassembled, typically shipped within three weeks, even for custom printed, branded boxes.
The minimum is 500 cooler boxes for an unprinted box, and 1,000 for one that is custom printed. They are available in Kraft or white, in any board thickness you need as well as any foam insert thickness your application requires
We can even create a die cut mailer cooler for you, if a presentation style box will serve you better than a standard RSC style shipping box. (see “related” post below)
What is your temperature controlled packaging challenge?
We understand almost every customer and application are different so we are eager to learn about yours. Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us 815-609-3600 to discuss your specific needs.
12 Dec 2014
Our office is filled with dog lovers so we were all very excited to work with Pet Gift Box on their new box design. Check out their neat web site www.PetGiftBox.com
The program owner had some great ideas and we were eager to help bring them to fruition. You can see from the photos on his site as well as by the ones included in this post, he ships an ecofriendly Globe Guard® custom printed box and includes a personalized label with the pet’s name on it. It is those little touches as well as the quality products he encloses that make this box a great deal and a perfect gift for that pet lover on your holiday shopping list.
First Step – determine the correct and best size
I admit this is a challenge, especially for a new box and product that changes monthly. However, they selected one of our very popular stock box sizes 12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” high. Using a “semi-custom” size enabled them to save money by not having to buy their own $800 or so cutting die, and it also saved time.
Once the box size was decided on, as well as the board grade and color, we provided a die line for use in their art layout. When they asked for help with the graphic design, we were able to recommend a talented, experienced graphic designer from our short list of people we recommend. Remember, today most graphic designers are well versed in web design, but not all have any packaging experience.
Pet Gift Box chose a natural Kraft (brown) box and a standard blue for great contrast and a sharp look.
Customer review and approval is an absolute requirement to make sure they are thrilled with the end result and there are no unpleasant surprises. Within a few days of signature we had their print plates made and their first order of custom boxes shipped about one week later.
This may sound easy, and honestly, it really is when you have the right partner to guide you through the process. Please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600 for a no cost, no obligation review of your new box design, or perhaps your redesign of an existing subscription box. If your volume has grown to 300 to 400 subscribers per month, this a great time to eliminate costly labels with beautifully printed boxes for your subscription program.
5 Dec 2014
No duplicate gifts! Is there anything more frustrating than to give a gift to someone on your shopping list, only to find out they already have one, or two or maybe even three? If you are still looking for the perfect gift for that person, there is a new site online where I can almost guarantee you will find something for them that they don’t already own.
Check out www.LocalColorCollection.com to see a wide variety of attractive and unique gifts ranging from coasters to flour sack towels, all featuring eye catching citrus crate label art which originated in Florida. Local Color Collection has reproduced this art on high quality products that are sure to please and not be found anywhere else.
Semi-Custom Packaging is the Answer
How do you select packaging for a new product line without historical order or size data to work from? For LCL the best option was to select three sizes from our long list of available cutting dies for mailer boxes. This not only saved time, they also saved money by not having to buy custom size cutting dies until they are clearer about their future requirements in terms of size, volume and construction.
This enabled them to purchase printing plates for each of the three different sizes, with printing inside and out. The outside is a very attractive white on Kraft for a natural look and the inside is their logo scattered in a random print, green on a white background. The end result is a sharp looking shipping box that is almost as memorable as the product inside.
For that unique gift, check out the cool site for Local Color Collection and for a company that can help you create great looking branded packaging, at the lowest possible cost and as quickly as possible, please contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 815-609-3600.
25 Nov 2014
For 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, www.BlueJeanBox.com 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.
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.
20 Nov 2014
Subscription 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.
6 Nov 2014
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 www.FMSC.org. 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.
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.
The “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.
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!
31 Oct 2014
We 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 www.Shakestir.com 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.