We have recently worked with St Marks Meals who are in
partnership with Foodbank MK, to produce a very special food delivery box for
children and their families.
St Marks Meals started life in 2015 working with schools and
children’s centres throughout Milton Keynes, to provide lunches during the
school holidays to children and their families that struggle to eat during half
term. With 1 in 4 children living in
poverty across the county, their new mission is to work directly with schools
to not only provide food boxes during the holidays, but also to children that
need it every day.
Packaging Supplies were able to keep costs low
for St Marks by printing one of our standard sized takeaway food boxes. This meant that set up costs were kept to a
minimum because there was no need for a new cutting tool to be made. The boxes were then branded with the Meals MK
You can get your quote for custom printed boxes here https://www.pack-supplies.co.uk/contact/
Jewellery Maker, who are one of the UK’s largest sellers of
handmade jewellery supplies through TV advertising, approached Packaging
Supplies to provide a packaging solution that needed to meet a particular set
of criteria. The packaging had to be
suitable for shipping their online orders, promoting their brand and providing
detailed customer information.
The client only wanted small to medium volume at the time
and a budget which we had to meet. This
is how we did it:
First, we have a fantastic, broad range of standard postal
box sizes, supplied in either Brown Kraft or White Kraft which we hold in
stock. We found two of our sizes fitted
their requirements perfectly. Using boxes
from our existing die cut range, meant no tooling costs were necessary, and the
unit costs were competitive even on the relatively low numbers required.
Combined, this meant costs were saved instantly.
The second challenge we had to overcome was based around the
number of product and therefore print variations Jewellery Maker required for
each size of box. By offering custom made, digitally printed over sleeves were
able to supply 4-5 different print variations for each size of postal box, at
no extra cost and with no additional print origination costs. This also enabled greater flexibility for
Jewellery Makers’ future orders. On the next production run, they could alter
the individual print run quantities in accordance with their exact requirements
and keep the production costs the same without any extra origination required. If a packaging supplier is limited to just
one print method such as lithographic, you may not have such flexibility, which
in turn could lead to higher unit and set up costs each time the order is run.
Next our client needed printed booklets, this was relatively
straight forward and therefore we produced full colour digitally printed A5
booklets for them, with 16 different print variations to encompass the range of
items they were promoting.
Rather than approaching different suppliers for each element
of their packaging and printing, Jewellery Maker were able to get a smoother
service and continuity on colour and quality by using just Packaging
Supplies. This coupled with the cost
savings we were able to apply through our flexible and wide-ranging solutions,
meant we were the perfect partnership.
Whatever your packaging requirements are, please get in
touch for a comprehensive packaging solution from the one stop packaging
Gift set packaging for Murdock London
Towards the end of 2018 we worked closely with Murdock
London, to produce a brand-new range of gift set packaging.
Murdock looked back at their brand heritage, which was built
on barbering in Victorian London. They
decided that Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol expressed that period and the
Christmas season perfectly and so their 2018 winter gift packaging celebrated
the spirit of the British Christmas with a respectful nod to Dickens’s most
brilliant works, characters and quotes.
The Murdock gift collections were carefully curated to be
useful and thoughtful, keenly priced to suit every gift givers pocket.
The gift box range consisted of seven “drawer” style boxes,
all with identical printed bases but with the inserts and printed over sleeves
changing for each pack. The gift
packaging was finished in a premium high-gloss and the sleeves had a large
clear window to showcase each product range.
A folding box board was used, which worked well in this case
as an alternative to a paper over board wrapped rigid box. Folding box board offers good flexibility
when it comes to design and being supplied flat, it saves dramatically on
storage and transportation costs.
These packs just had to be folded along the scores and
slotted into place and we were happy to produce video tutorials for our
client’s fulfilment house showing how each tray and insert worked.
What is Folding Box
Folding box or carton board is a paperboard substrate which
is made up of multiple layers of chemical and mechanical pulp. It’s a low-density material with good
rigidity, it has a great surface for printing, and it can be structurally
designed into a range of shapes and configurations.
What are Folding
Cartons used for?
Folding cartons are mainly used for lighter weight products,
this includes frozen and chilled foods, confectionary, pharmaceuticals as well
as health or beauty products. They are
used to produce a huge variety of presentation boxes, cartons and sleeves.
Printed box options
The printing options for folding box board are extremely
varied, we can quote on lithographic direct print, screen printing or digital
printing. All of which can be used to
give high quality, eye catching results.
Many special effects can be added such as embossing/debossing, foil
blocking, laminating, UV coating or spot varnish. Get in touch for a quotation
We produced this study corrugated pack, designed to be used
as a sales tool, to promote Kellogg’s new Joyböl range of smoothie bowls.
With the “deskfasting” habit already representing 12% of
breakfast occasions and the target audience of urban millennials set to be
worth 75% of all packaged food by 2025, Kellogg is on the right track to take
advantage of both the trend and the long-term predicted behaviours of busy on
the go consumers.
The bold and eye-catching colours used in the branding of
the Joyböl were screen printed both inside
and out, onto this made to measure, corrugated box and divider set to produce a
good quality yet visually appealing pack.
So why was Screen Printing the perfect partner for this job?
Our client was looking for a relatively low production run
to trial, but they didn’t want to compromise on the print quality, it was
important to reflect the brands vibrant colour scheme through its
packaging. Because silk screen printing
is a slower production process to say litho printing, it was a more efficient
process to use than some of the other methods at our disposal and therefore
offered the best price to achieve the desired quality. A box like this can also be digitally printed
for excellent results but on this occasion, the blank size was too large for
that to be an option.
As you can see from the image, silk screen
printing was the perfect partner for producing the high- quality imagery and
accurate colours required for this particular job. Did you know you can also
silk screen print 4 colours process with or without specials?
For the best finish when screen printing onto
corrugated, a clay coated board will be used, this will allow for a smoother
more even surface to print to. Our team can guide you to the correct
combinations of material and print.
The Brief: Our customer wanted a single solution to enable them to send out all of their beverages, with zero breakages. We were asked to come up with a design solution for a fitting that could securely hold several beer bottles, of differing sizes, or cans in place. This fitting, along with an outer shipping box had to withstand being sent via courier network and effectively protect all of the contents.
The end goals would enable the company to grow their online presence with great customer reviews, whilst finding a solution that was also cost-effective.
The Twist: This one fitting needed to hold different sizes of bottles or cans, holding in place each one, regardless of its size.
The Solution: Our design team came up with a concept, whereby part of the fitting can be folded over and used for smaller bottles or left standing for larger ones. This one cardboard fitting can hold 330ml, 500ml or 600ml bottles or cans.
The fitting itself is supplied flat, for ease of storage and then made up just before use. The cardboard fitting folds into itself to make a sturdy platform structure, ready for bottles or cans to be inserted into the pre-cut apertures.
The Boxes: We also supply a range of custom sized double walled cardboard boxes specifically for these fittings. The boxes can be branded or supplied plain. The shipping boxes can hold a different number of fittings so that individual orders can be fulfilled. Either 1 fitting of 6 bottles, 2 fittings of 12 bottles or 4 fittings with a total of 24 bottles.
This innovative design is great for wholesalers, niche breweries and any online business selling drinks. All of our cardboard boxes are also supplied flat to save on storage.
The Result: Our customer now gets better protection for their goods. Minimal breakages mean reduced costs and more importantly happy customers. With happy customers the business is now able to grow their online presence via positive customer reviews.
Get in touch: Whatever packaging challenge you are facing, why not get in touch with Packaging Supplies. Just send us your brief and we’ll do the rest. We have a knowledgeable design team and a speedy sampling service to ensure you get the packaging your products need.
Companies that are seeking the same success
as Coke cola and Nutella; The desire of creating the must have Christmas
The sky is the limit with digital printing;
brands are utilizing it for marketing campaigns based around personalized
packaging. This once deemed near impossible feature is now a genuine
possibility, “that’s value creation, and it’s all unlocked via digital printing
technology” Said Dion Weisler, chief executive of HP Inc., the personal computer
and printing company.
Digital printing was first developed in the
90s; it is only very recently it has become economically viable due to the improvements
on price and quality. Recent campaigns are hoping to tap into the success that
Coca Cola experienced in 2011 using HP Printers.
This has recently been seen by Mondelez ,
the maker of Oreos. Their most recent personalized packaging can be seen in the
picture at the top of the page. This achieved a huge success on their web site,
“Once people arrived at the Oreo website, the purchase conversion was three
times higher than the industry average”. The project is now running in China.
It is China were campaigns like this have
really exploded, with 25% of Chinese Consumers saying they are willing to pay
more for personalised packaging. The Custom and personalised packaging market
is a prime example of new techniques that are being used to engage with the
At the moment, consumers are willing to pay
more for their personalised products. However, the more of this type of product
that are seen in the market place the less special they become.
Among the most effective users has been
Kraft Heinz. The cream of tomato soup costs 50p in a UK Shop, but customers are
happy to pay between £2 to £3 to get a Get well soon version.
To find out more about Digital printing and
see what options are available to your brand? Speak to one of our friendly team
today on 01491 83400 or contact us now
Flexo (Flexography) the content for the
print is placed on a plate made out of rubber, in the packaging industry this
is referred to as a print stereo. The
stereo is ink and subsequently transferred to the printing surface. This
process can be used to print on paper as well as plastic, metals, cellophane
and other materials.
This versatile and adaptable printing
technology is ideal for large-scale reproduction of images or text onto
corrugated boxes. Flexo is an ideal cost effective alternative to more
expensive lithographic and gravure printing.
What our expertise includes:
Producing in food grade
environments (BRC IOP)
Help with artwork, origination
and high quality print knowledge to help make sure the correct print option is
selected for your specific requests
8 Colours on a UV Printing
Litho printing (lithography) is a match
made in heaven for high quality volume printing. The image is made of a polymer
coating and applied to an aluminum plate. This style of print is beneficial
when fine detail is required, hence popular with product with fine details. Or
those products that are to gain more attention on the shelves, also providing
point of sale displays
What our expertise includes:
35 years of experience,
selecting the right material if it be corrugated or carton board
Point of sale displays, printed
sleeves and all other folding box boards
Assistance in artwork design
and packaging layout
Our team is your team
Mock up samples where required
In the past this has been the most
expensive form of printing. However with technology and machines advancing it
is giving screen-printing a run for its money. Due to no stereo costs it is becoming
increasingly popular for short run or one of products.
Due to no start up cost and being very quick
and effect printing process, the real advantages can be seen in the speeds of
which goods can be put to the market. Which is why marketing companies are
reaping the rewards of this style of printing.
You only have to look at the success of
Coca Cola, Marmite & Nuttella; personalized labeling campaigns. Custom
packaging, like this has been made possible by digital printing. A campaign like
this is possible now for small company’s, not just multinational cooperation’s
What our expertise includes:
Printing using four colour
process colours (CMYK)
Mock up work for point of sale
Maybe you want to choose
another print option above, digital print can help you have a fully printed mock
up to show investors or partners.
Get it right the first time
with digital print.
Please enquiry online now or speak to one of our well trained & Friendly staff now on 01491 834000
According to the Confederation of paper
industries (CPI), the environmental impact of food waste is 10 times as
significant as packaging and well designed packaging is the best possible means
to minimize the possibility of food getting spoilt or damaged.
On top of this it is imperative to select an
experienced packaging supplier. Through our expertise and experience with a
wide range of industries, we can advise on packaging that will help maximize safe
storage and reduce transport costs. As consumers push for sustainable business
practices to be at the forefront, the service, advice and knowledge that we offer
is welcomed with open arms.
Finally the corrugated industry is
constantly developing with the aid of new technology to reduce its own impact
on the environment. This is shown by the gradual reduction in average board
weights over the last 10 years.
Average corrugated board weights at the
start of 2015 was 464gsm, a reduction of 12% compared to 2005
There is more to just thinking inside the
box, our knowledge is hard earned. Let us pass it on; our reps are specially
trained in all aspects, logistics, transport and individual packaging requirements.
Don’t hesitate to arrange for one of our representatives to evaluate your
operation and requirements.
engagement with quality packaging
Packaging is often an afterthought; it is
viewed as something that is only necessary to deliver an item. It really makes
a difference when the packaging is a pleasure to open. It can really create a
It is this impression that drives the
feeling you have towards the item within the package. This is why we are seeing
companies that are requiring us to create a packaging experience on their
adding unpacking experience
The rise of e-commerce has created a new
marketing channel that is under-utilized by most companies. Don’t fall into
When a product is brought online there are
very few touching points that you have with the customer to make a lasting
impression. The touching points are much easier to perform face to face which
can make the difference to you standing out from your competitors.
Many companies cut corners and cost on
packaging, what is an important point is that if you are an e-commerce company the
packaging is the next most important item behind the product. This is the
chance to really make an impression and enforce your brand.
A recent study by Dotcom distribution has
shown that a customer is more likely to make repeat purchases from a provider
they deem to have premium packaging.
This same study also revealed that one in
ten young adults would share a photo of an online order if the packaging stood
out to them.
It is this exposure that brands can gain
that is so valuable.
All companies strive to create engagement
and discussion with their customers.
to make your company Unique
Print on the inside on the box,
shows a much greater attention to detail.
Stickers and Labels: Print is
not always necessary, stickers or labels can be a cost effective solution.
Tape: Printed tape can be used;
this will reinforce your brand and at the same time provide tamper protection.
Promotional Products: Companies
are putting vouchers or sweets with the purchased item.
Packaging that makes it easy for the customer to return an item if it is the
wrong size or is not what was required. This can be a viewed as a very positive
and easy option for the customer.
Contact us at Packaging Supplies to talk about how to improve your packaging
World Book day at Packaging Supplies Ltd (Wallingford)
A bit of fun in the office for world book
Our favourite book has to be the FEFCO box
Style guide, which we use throughout the sales team.
Meaning our favourite character has to be
How did we do?
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