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Packaging Design - Cardboard Fittings

by Lisa


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. 

 

 

The Unboxing Experience

by Lisa


The Unboxing Experience

Packaging is becoming a lot more than just a means to keep your products safe during transit. Creating a lasting impression with the unboxing experience, is an important marketing tool and is becoming increasingly popular across many sectors.

The mobile phone market is a good example of this. They have really utilised the power of packaging, and over the years we have seen an increase in design complexity, as well as the overall quality and finish.

Why is the Unboxing Experience so important?

For ecommerce companies, the first physical point of contact you make with your customer is when the package arrives with them.  Therefore, it makes perfect sense to give a good first impression of your brand or product, and a positive lasting impression, through well designed and well-presented packaging.

A co-founder of Innocent Smoothies commented at a business funding show that he believed Packaging is the most important aspect of marketing, particularly for a Fast-Moving Consumer Goods range.  He has been quoted saying “I think realistically, for most FMCG products, the packaging is more important than the product. It is how you get noticed and create desire, inputting what you stand for”.

How does the Unboxing Experience Work?

In a nutshell, it’s all about adding perceived value to your product.  When a customer receives their goods in packaging that gives a sense of quality, they feel its good value for money, it makes people happy and keen to tell their friends, often through social media. 

A study by dotcom distribution revealed that 1 in 10 young adults will share a photo of an online order, if the packaging stood out to them, and you only have to look at YouTube to see the numerous videos showing personal unboxing experiences.

The same study by dotcom, proved that a customer is more likely to make repeat purchases from a provider they deem to have premium packaging.

How can I improve my packaging quality and design?

If you would like to improve your customer's unboxing experience, through quality product packaging and good quality printing, please get in touch with us.

We can guide you on the packaging materials and print process that most suits your individual requirements.

What our BRC accreditation means for our customers

by Admin

  •   November 08, 2017
  •   News

Why our BRC Accreditation is a crucial element of our service 

BRC, which stands for British Retail Consortium, is the number one global market leading GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) scheme. Our BRC Accreditation allows us to store food & non-food grade packaging and stationery items destined for restaurants, food retailers, hotels or any other business that handles food, or where products come in to contact with food.

This accreditation means that we follow strict working guidelines to ensure the supply chain meets industry standards and that our products are manufactured to industry quality standards and are stored in a clean controlled environment. 

Why BRC is important to us ……………..

  • BRC is a mark of good working practice
  • All products manufactured by Packaging Supplies are subjected to vigorous quality checks
  • Every item that is manufactured, stored and distributed by Packaging Supplies has full traceability

Why BRC is important to our customers……………

  • Customer are assured that their goods are manufactured to European Environmental Standards
  • Products are stored in secure and hygienic environment
  • Products are handled and distributed with full traceability

Our customers are safe in the knowledge that they are dealing with a business that reaches high levels of competence, in all critical areas.

View our certificate here

Display Packaging – An effective marketing tool

by Admin

If you want to increase your products aesthetic value, well designed innovative packaging is key.  Good retail display packaging will eliminate the need to package and repackage for retail use.

One of the market drivers for good display packaging are the cost benefits for retailers. The brand and product type should be easily identified by staff, which will reduce the time taken to sort, open and display products.  Because this increases efficiency of labour it will positively improve the overall performance of the retail outlet.  With a good print design, the display packaging will aid brand recognition and help to increase sales.

Brandon Consultants have recently done just that and aided by their packaging manufacture, launched a new packaging design for BirdsEye Inspirations range.

‘Brandon’s design uses mouth-watering images of food on the front of pack, inspired by the editorial style of food photography currently seen in food and lifestyle publications. 

Brandon’s work moves away from the rest of the frozen fish category, strengthens the brand and creates an iconic logotype icon reminiscent of restaurant signage to communicate the premium quality of the product’. (Packaging Europe).

Not only does innovatively printed packaging increase brand visibility and allow customers to locate products quickly, if coupled with high quality packaging it increases the in-store retail experience for consumers. 

When a product is presented attractively, coupled with enhanced brand recognition, good display packaging facilitates the product selection, leading to impulsive purchasing.

We work with many marketing consultants to produce new and exciting packaging for manufacturers, get in touch today for a quotation.

Procurement Challenges – The right printing techniques for your printed box projects

by Admin


Whether you are looking for your printed packaging in corrugated cardboard, folding box board or rigid covered boxes, you will find there is a huge variation of printing techniques available. Not only do you have to find the right material to print on, the volume is also a key factor in finding the right material and printing method for you.

Recent research suggests, one of the biggest challenges buyers face in sourcing packaging is the difficulty in identifying the most effective printing techniques to ask for when looking for a quotation, and this can slow the whole process down.

At Packaging Supplies, we offer printing methods such as flexographic, digital, litho laminating & screen printing, which is not unlike many other packaging suppliers and manufactures.  However, if the correct printing techniques are not used on your packaging it can lead to unnecessary additional costs and quality issues.

How do Packaging Supplies over-come this?

Our well-informed sales team are adept at finding out consumer needs and requirements.  We engage in consultation to enable us to advise packaging buyers on the most suitable printing technique that is available.  Factors that drive which methods we advise, will have taken into consideration things like quantity, budget and the result the buyer is striving to achieve.

Depending on your needs and wishes, we can adapt our services to suit you. We have an external sales team that are well equipped to come to you and meet in person or an internal sales team that can handle your enquiry over email and/or telephone.  We have a large range of portfolio images that we can send you as examples, which can speed up the consultation process on a tight deadline.

As a packaging company, we’ve grown with the needs of our customers over the last 35 years and adjusted to new printed packaging methods when appropriate.

To find out more or to get a quotation on your printed packaging, please get in touch.

Good Luck.

Folding Cartons - Bespoke Presentation Boxes

by Admin

If you are looking for high end, presentation boxes or bespoke boxes, but don’t have the volume or budget for a premium box such as a rigid paper covered box, we offer some great alternatives that will make your products stand out and give the look and feel of quality packaging.


Folding cartons can be manufacture with all manner of design features and the printing options offer even further choice, for all budgets:

Digitally printed folding boxes – great for multiple print variations or smaller runs, we can produce exceptional quality from our digital printers and apply gloss or matt finishes.  The shorter lead times for digitally printed boxes also add to this being a very attractive option.

Litho laminated folding boxes – superior quality and clarity for intricate print design, options include gold or silver foiling, embossing or debossing, gloss or matt finishes.  Litho laminated boxes are suited more to higher runs, this keeps the unit costs down which off-set the tooling costs, and you won’t be disappointed with the end result.


All folding carton boxes, whatever the design will be supplied flat which saves on storage.  They can be easily ‘made up’ with a few simple folds of the board.

Variation in Design - Ideas

Depending on the overall design and function of the box, we can offer variations to the design to make your life easier and speed up your processes.  For example, with a self-locking box and lid, we can supply completely unglued for you to fold and lock into place or we can supply these with a glued side wall option, meaning that only two ends need making up and the whole process is much less time consuming.

To find out more or to get a quotation, just get in touch.

Triangular Postal Tubes

by Admin

The traditional round postal tubes have been the same for years, but now a new kind of triangular postal tube is becoming more popular. 

With all the benefits of the traditional postal tube, the triangular design has many additional benefits and is now the preferred solution for the courier network.  Here are some of the reasons why;
  • Supplied flat packed, so they take up very little storage space
  • Quick and easy to pack and assemble
  • Can be stacked and strapped neatly to a pallet once packed
  • No problems with passing through label readers
  • No rolling around
  • Easily branded with your company logo
Triangular postal tubes are much easier to print on than the traditional round postal tubes. With 3 flat sides the triangular postal tubes can be printed with logo’s and text or even printed entirely with a specific colour or pattern.  We use different printing techniques to achieve different finishes, such as flexo, screen printing or litho laminating.

We can make to varying widths and lengths and the triangular tubes can be made with different features, such as tuck in tabs and/or peel and seal closures.

To find out more and to get a quotation for your exact requirements, please get in touch with us.


Experienced Contract Packing & Fulfillment Services

by Admin

When contract packing is undertaken to the highest standard it should be viewed as an extension of your current business operation. Packme, a division of Packaging Supplies works hard to offer a transparent supply chain, which will reflect the quality, inventory controls and standards that you dictate when you engage our services.


Read on to find out  the benefits you gain from using our services:

1) Greater flexibility: Free up your space, release the pressure and burden on your facilities.  We have the knowledge and the equipment to efficiently handle a wide range of labeling and fulfillment jobs.

2) Experience at meeting customer demand: Regardless of your challenges with packaging, we have a wealth of experience in  meeting specific customer needs and deadlines.    

3) Limiting Costs: Having the ability to select the right packaging processes and materials to match, is the fine line between a “to budget” operation or overspending. 35 years in the packaging industry is a valuable resource that you can tap into.

Get in touch for a quote on your contract packing and fulfillment requirements.


Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary Printed Cartons

by Admin

A London advertising agency asked us to produce a couple of promotional cartons for Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary celebrations.  Ferrari were looking for a chip carton to hold some polenta chips and also mini burger box to take a hamburger. 

These cartons were digitally printed to the highest standard on a 500micron folding box board.  We can supply folding display cartons in both standard and food grade materials and we are BRC certified for the storage of food & non-food grade packaging.  In this case the cartons were to be lined with grease proof paper, which we can also provide in plain or printed with the clients own branding.

This job was produced to a very tight deadline with dates that could not be moved due to the cartons being required at a specific event.  In many cases advertising agencies work with short lead times for their projects. In these cases we will always do everything in our power to meet these deadlines, delivering your boxes on time, every time.

We had the artwork guidelines and the Ferrari logo’s sent to us and for a small additional fee we created a number of  artwork and colour variations for  Ferrari to choose from. 

Within 7 days these promotional printed cartons were designed, die cut, printed, hand glued and delivered in time for the event.  All thanks to the expert knowledge and flexibility of our digital manufacturing unit.


Correx® fluted layer pads

by Admin

Introducing a new range of protective layer pads/ sheets to our online shop, available for next day delivery!

Correx® brand is widely recognised as the leading brand within the corrugated plastic sheet market.  It is an extruded, twin wall, fluted polypropylene material used across a wide range of industries and applications.



The Correx® board is used where durability and resistance to water or chemicals is necessary.  They key benefits of Correx®:

  • It has excellent strength, durability and longevity in comparison to similar materials
  • It is easily cleaned allowing for multipurpose uses, making it perfect for medical / clean rooms
  • It is resistant to moisture, grease, oil and most chemicals
Correx® is suitable for a wide range of applications and industries:
  • It can be easily fabricated to create durable, hard-wearing packaging and handling products
  • It can be used as floor protection, shuttering, hoarding etc. within the construction industry
  • It is commonly used for temporary signage in real estate sales and is used widely for promotions
Not only can you purchase our standard white Correx® sheets online in a range of sizes, by getting in touch with us we can also quote for:
  • Various sheet sizes and thicknesses
  • A range of colours to match your brand or specific application
  • Fabric covered, fire retardent material

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We are certified by BRC Global Standards for the storage of food & non-food grade packaging; the storage of stationery items destined for restaurant groups and the contract packing of singular factored ambient-stable food sachets into retail/wholesaler packs.

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