Sustainable Products

13 Jan 2011 The Globe Guard “Light Rate” Box is Better Than Free

[caption id="attachment_2285" align="alignright" width="297" caption="Globe Guard Light Rate Box"]Globe Guard Light Rate Box[/caption] Recently, we’ve had several opportunities to help customers disprove the old adage that “the best things in life are free.” The fact is that for many shippers a free item may NOT be a good deal, for example when it is a USPS flat rate shipping box. The USPS Flat Rate Deal The USPS flat rate program is a marvelous idea, and they do a beautiful job of promoting it. Is there anyone who doesn’t love the TV commercial with the clown doll and the frightened family that is eager to return it? However, what is truly scary is how much that free box can actually wind up costing depending on the weight of the item being shipped. Their program is fairly simple: “If it fits, it ships anywhere in the country for one low flat rate.” The rate for their smallest 8-1/2” long x 5-3/16” wide x 1-9/16″ high box (actual inside dimensions) has recently increased from $4.95 per box to $5.20 per box. That's still a heck of a deal for many customers considering they can ship unlimited weight via USPS priority mail, which is typically a three day service. And don’t forget, the box is free.
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29 Oct 2010 We Sell Boxes!

We Sell Boxes DisplayIt is a common sign we see almost everywhere, just like this one almost directly across the street from our office. They are usually in windows or in front of storage facilities, quick copy centers, pack and ship operations, office supply retailers, moving truck rental operations and even home improvement centers. A Google search of “boxes” produces more than ninety million results ranging from people selling boxes from their home to national companies selling millions of dollars of boxes, each and every day. Everyone has the ability to sell boxes because quite frankly it does not take a lot of expertise or knowledge if you use the “Here is the box and here is our price” approach. Selling Boxes versus Selling Packaging We reached a milestone this year. My wife and partner and I now have a combined fifty years of packaging experience. That experience is not limited just to corrugated shipping boxes; it also includes complimentary and ancillary packaging products such as case sealing tapes, protective packaging, void fill and unitizing, as well as alternatives to traditional corrugated shipping containers. We also know how to combine different products for optimum results and the lowest possible cost.
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27 Oct 2010 Die Cut versus RSC Style Corrugated Shipping Boxes

RSC on left, die cut design on rightIt is not at all uncommon for an application or product to be able to ship out in either a die cut mailer box or a Regular Slotted Container (RSC) style shipping container. Both are quite effective and can be as eco friendly as the corrugated board that is used to make them. In some cases, the choice comes down to customer preference, but there are definitely some distinct advantages to each design. The Advantages of an RSC style shipping box design: 1.    In most cases, unless an RSC is extremely small, it does not require tooling such as a cutting die. 2.    Usually an RSC is less expensive because it consumes less board. 3.    It is easier to erect compared to some complicated die cut designs.
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14 Oct 2010 Minimizing the Unexpected Costs of Green Die Cut Boxes

Stock and custom die cut mailer boxesWe enjoy creating eco friendly printed, die cut containers, but they are not exempt from many of the same potential costs and problems of non-green die cut designs and solutions. During a recent phone conversation with a potential new client, I could hear the disappointment in my contact’s voice when I informed him he would probably have to invest several thousands of dollars in printing plates and cutting dies even before his first box was cut or printed. This situation was unique and extreme because we were talking about an oversized, 12” tall, stackable display tray that would be palletized for a large retailer. The two-color copy the customer wanted printed on each panel of course added some cost, but not as much as you might expect. As I have said many times, ink is cheap, but set up time and plates are not. This unfortunately also holds true for cutting dies for new package designs, whether the container being designed is a counter top display, tuck mailer, tray or special shipping box.
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31 Aug 2010 Small Boxes are Big Problem for Large Retailers

[caption id="attachment_1768" align="alignnone" width="325" caption="Small Size Changes Make a Big Difference"][/caption] We have spent a great deal of time suggesting the idea of “right sizing”, which is essentially only using as large of a shipping container as is truly needed for any product being shipped. Minimizing the size of a shipping box is green and economical because it also minimizes everything that goes along with it such as the necessary void fill and tape used to seal the box. Disturbing Trend – Minimum Allowable Box Size Two months ago we found out about a major electronics retailer who instituted an 8” cube minimum box size. Keep in mind that an 8” cube box is actually EIGHT times larger and eight times the waste compared to a 4” cube box. Then, just a week ago a large ladies accessory retailer notified their suppliers and vendors that they too had adopted a new “minimum allowable inbound shipping container.” It appears this policy is designed to eliminate product loss because smaller boxes have a tendency of becoming lost or damaged in a high volume receiving environment at many large retail operations. This policy is not very positive in terms of packaging sustainability but perhaps it is necessary and important. Greener Options In the spirit of “you can’t fight city hall,” perhaps the best we can do is offer some suggestions to minimize the negative green aspects of this change, as well as minimizing the cost.
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27 Jul 2010 Green Packaging Group.com – A B2B Resource to Cut Through the Green Clutter Online

[caption id="attachment_1647" align="alignnone" width="425" caption="New! B2B Green Packaging Directory"][/caption] Most will agree that there is an incredible proliferation of green products and suppliers on the internet and this is especially true in the area of green, eco-friendly packaging products. Sorting through the results on any key word product search is overwhelming because you have located thousands of potential suppliers but are they: • Truly green? • Cost Competitive? • The best product option? • Available with any form of knowledgeable support? Find what you need while saving time and money! With the help of a few, exceptional sustainability focused packaging companies; we are very pleased to announce the launch of a new website at www.greenpackaginggroup.com Our partners and charter members in this new venture are Nashville Wraps, the leader in sustainable packaging for the gift and retail packaging market, Eco Bags, one of the oldest and greenest packaging companies in America, and Distant Village, a pioneer and leading supplier of socially responsible, eco friendly handmade, custom packaging. Add these companies and products to the custom packaging products of Salazar Packaging and the stock green packaging products offered by Globe Guard Products, and you have the widest variety of green products and solutions available through one internet site. What you will find at www.greenpackaginggroup.com What this site offers you as an eco minded professional buyer is: • An easy to use product index to help you locate and connect with affordable and authentic green packaging suppliers able to help you accomplish your packaging sustainability goals. • The start of a reference library of information in blog form, to guide you to the best product or process choice for your specific application. Each blog post is written by industry leaders able to provide you valuable “what to use and how to use it” advice for any business environment.
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16 Jul 2010 Packaging Equipment Activity – A Reason to be Optimistic

[caption id="attachment_1616" align="alignnone" width="375" caption="Shrink Wrap Sealer and Tunnel"][/caption] We are so focused on sustainable packaging and that is obviously what we are best known for, but we also happen to be one of the most experienced packaging equipment suppliers in the industry. Our products include shrink wrapping systems, pallet wrapping equipment, bagging and bundling systems, case closure equipment and a wide variety of conveyors, feeders, placers and other production enhancing hardware. The Economic Indicator We Look At I am glad to report we are having an excellent equipment month. We have multiple orders from multiple customers in different industries and that is extremely encouraging considering the spotty equipment sales we’ve experienced for almost two years. This is also significant because July is historically not a good month for equipment orders. If you believe (and I have for over 35 years) that equipment sales always precede and drive material sales, this is one of the most encouraging economic signs we have seen in a while. We have been doing this too long to become giddy over one single good month of equipment sales but here are a few more positive signs to consider:
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17 Jun 2010 Globe Guard Reusable Boxes Are Ideal for Reusable or Reprintable Banners, Posters and Signs

[caption id="attachment_1530" align="alignnone" width="360" caption="The Globe Guard Reusable Box"][/caption] [caption id="attachment_1532" align="alignright" width="150" caption="Ideal for Banners"][/caption]Even in the day of electronic media, we are still constantly bombarded by printed promotional messages because they work. Our attention is caught by the window sign introducing a new product, a poster announcing a sale, or a banner proclaiming a grand opening of a new location. What all of these have in common is that they are temporary and unfortunately, usually discarded after their brief use. That is a tremendous waste of resources, including ink and substrate such as paper, plastic or even canvas. The Good Green News What is most encouraging is the fact that retail operations and printers are beginning to see this unnecessary waste and avoidable expense. The focus is shifting to “washable” inks and reusable substrates so that the same sign, banner or poster material can be used over and over with no deterioration of image quality. Neat stuff! Especially if your retail marketing plan includes a quarterly “Going Out of Business Sale” and you like a new look for each “Once in a Lifetime” event. How the Globe Guard Reusable Box Can Help Reclaiming and reusing that banner or sign is not difficult if you have a store or two. But what if your sale or promotion includes 2,300 retail locations scattered around the country? Think about all of the waste and cost that creates, as well as the potential confusion if they were returned to a reclaim or reverse logistics facility?
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