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Cigarette Packaging Update | Folding Carton | Retail Packaging | Packaging Supplies blog

by Adam


The time of cigarette packaging as we know it will change forever, the new tobacco directive will mean warning text, photos and information will cover 65% of the back and front of the cigarette packs. Companies have 12 months to sell all over stock and 4 years to sell all menthol cigarettes, which have been banned all together.

“This was a devastating defeat for big tobacco,” said Deborah Arnott, chief executive of Action on Smoking and Health, whose evidence submitted to the court was also shared with MPs before they debated the introduction of the regulation. “First Australia, now the UK and France, have gone ahead with removing all branding, except the name in a standard-size font. Coming up fast behind are Ireland, Hungary, Norway, Canada and New Zealand, with others soon to follow. Before too long, glitzy, brightly coloured and highly branded tobacco packs will be a relic of the past, which children born today will never see.”*

The reason for this blog is to introduce folding carton board as a packaging material perfect for gift packaging or retail packaging. The cigarette packaging is the most famous and iconic use of folding cartons within packaging.


What is Folding Carton Packaging?

The major end users of folding cartons or folding boxboard are within the frozen, chilled, food, confectioners, pharmaceuticals and health & beauty industries. This is always changing as other industries are seeing the importance of creating unique packaging that stands out. Folding carton packaging is made out of paperboard which is cut, folded, laminated and can be printed.


Benefits from the use Paper Board

“75% of consumer decision are made at point of sale in less than ten seconds”

-http://www.ppcnet.org/Our-Industry/Paperboard


All around presentation!!

* Stand out

* Structure and features; The structure of the material allows curved shapes

* Print versatility: Inside and Out

* Special Effects: Foil blocking, acetate windows

This is the packaging material to stand out from the crowd, let us help you with your custom box requirements.

Reference:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/may/22/big-tobacco-final-fight-cigarette-branding-uk

-http://www.ppcnet.org/Our-Industry/Paperboard


Shelf Ready Packaging | Custom Boxes | Packaging Supplies

by Adam



The shelf in which produce sit in the supermarkets and other retail outlets is constantly evolving.  Retail and shelf ready packaging have become part and parcel of the shopper experience over a large and varied range of industries.

We live in an era of the marketer; everything from strapping to tape has become branded in the packaging world. Why shouldn’t the boxes supplied to stores also offer promotion and generate sales. When you’re walking around a supermarket, brands are looking for any in store touching points they can get! This is why this style of packaging and marketing departments harmonies so well.

 

What is Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) or Retail Ready Packaging (RRP)?

The primary purpose of SRP is to ensure that products which are packed in SRP are quickly and easily placed on the supermarket or shop shelf without the need for any unpacking and re-stacking.

Shelf ready packaging comes in many forms and covers all types of packaging specifically designed for retail.


Secondary purpose of shelf ready or retail packaging is to collate and protect your products.  To qualify as SRP the packaging should be: 

·      Easy to identify

·      Easy to open

·      Easy to dispose of

·      Easy to shelf

·      Easy to shop

 

These elements of SRP or RRP will help to successfully move your products through the supply chain.



Effect of Good Retail Packaging in store include

 

·      Good merchandising

·      Branding and increased consumer communication

·      Less risk on new ranges or products

·      Product selection made easier

·      Faster store replenishment, some leading supermarket won’t accept non RRP for this reason


Effect on Supply Chain (remember 90% of packaging costs are hidden)

·      Sophisticated design enables better design, less damages and refunded items

·      Streamlined process

·      Maximum amount of product per pallet, less lorries and better for the environment

·      Less storage space needed

 

The Corrugated industry is continuously evolving and through clever design and experience we enable companies to drastically save money and lower their carbon footprint.

Please write an enquiry or call one of our friendly, well trained staff at 01491 834000


PS Print Shop | Custom Boxes | Custom Packaging | Packaging Supplies blog

by Adam



Flexographic printing: 

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

·      HD Flexo

·      8 Colours on a UV Printing offset press 

Lithographic printin:

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 

Digital Printing:

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 displays (POS)

·      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






Custom Packing Tape

by Admin


Custom Packing Tape makes a big impact at a low cost.  Using custom printed tape with your own company logo and message is a great way to advertise your company and re-enforce your brand.

As well as securing your cardboard boxes, custom packing tape doubles up as way to not only enforce brand recognition with your customers but also as way a way to make your packages tamper resistant!

Ordering your custom printed tape from Packaging Supplies, is quick and simple.  You can choose between a high quality polypropylene or vinyl packaging tape.  Just select the number of rolls you require and one of our team will be in touch to explain how and where to send your logo or artwork too.

Go on – start making an impact today, ordering your custom printed tape couldn’t be easier!  Prices start from as little as £1.35 per roll!

Guide to Packaging Tape | Packaging Supplies blog

by Adam



Light Use - If you need to apply tape to polythene, non- recycled or pure Kraft outer paper packaging then there is the opportunity to potentially save money. You can go basic which is exactly what this tape is. What needs to be made clear is that many of the cheaper tapes are not of the required quality to stick to recycled materials, which many outer papers of boxes are made of.

 

Packaging Supplies top tip: Try and monitor how much tape you are using, you could be applying more tape because of fear of securing your parcel or pack properly, this can be uneconomical. A change to a better grade could give you an immediate cost saving.


 

General Tape - Polypropylene

 

General tape is the product that is used in most Businesses due to it being able to be applied to most surfaces. This tape is only fractionally more expensive than the above solution. If this product is used in the correct manner it can result in using less tape and therefore result in a cost saving.

 

Heavy Use - Vinyl

 

This would be recommended when boxes are of a heavy quality. We like to class a heavy quality as a box required to carry a weight of about 15kg and above. The added advantage of this quality tape is that it has a much better and consistent performance over a wide temperature range, whether this is while the tape is being applied or when the packed product is being stored.

 

Cross Weave – Is an extremely strong and durable tape. It is cross weaved with two directional glass fibres. It can be used as a high security seal or an alternative to Polypropylene Strapping.

 

Low noise Tape – If your operation is a big and noisy packing environment, you need to think about your employees in their day to day workplace.  For a small addition cost this tape can make for a happier workforce.

 

Fragile & Printed Tape – When sending items that are breakable, printed ‘fragile tape’ could be for you, all standard sizes available in this style.



We also stock Caution and Handle with care Tape from stock.

 

 

Custom Printed Tape – Create your own branded Tape, you can add your 1 or 2 Colour logo. This is a very simple cost effective way for branding, an option that will make your marketing department very happy. This is becoming a very popular product, along with raising brand awareness it is a very good tamper proof deterrent.




UK Packaging Supplier increases bulk discounts and lowers prices of cardboard boxes

by Adam



Whether you have a trade account or are a first time buyer, that doesn’t matter at Packaging supplies! We have re-priced our stock packaging materials so there are benefits and solutions for every customer, whether you are a one-off ebay seller or purchase packaging on a regular basis.

Why have we done this?

After extensive market research of our large and varied customer base, we believe that each of our customers or buyers is different. What they like as a level of service is very different. Some like going on our easy to use website, with our next day delivery and ordering through this channel. Others require the more personal touch of a friendly voice on other end of the phone or even an external rep.

We think it is important to leave this decision up to you, that way we can create a partnership that clicks.

Standard Boxes – Large Range available, find the one that is best suited for you:

Single wall boxes

Double wall boxes

Tri wall boxes 

Die cut boxes – Get the benefits of a die cut box with no forme charges attached:

Postal boxes

Carry boxes

Bakers trays


Also all the usual Packaging Materials that go along with this such as tape, bubble, strapping, stretch wrap and bubble wrap.






See the changes for yourself! Shop now or call us on 01491 834 000


The Corrugated Box Industry is helping to drive the carbon footprint lower for retailers

by Adam




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.

Unpoppable Bubble Wrap available now!

by Adam




Sealed Air unpoppable Bubble Wrap IB protective packaging solution. This is now available worldwide.

This is aimed at the e commerce and supply chain sector; the new product will allow companies to create the protective packaging on site, according to their needs and desires.

A large cost for both suppliers and end consumers of bubble wrap is the shipping cost attached to supplying this item. However this new design eliminates this problem.

Sealed Air believes that this reduces the number of trucks required to supply a customer operation by nearly 97%. In fact one truck load of uninflated bubble, using two man hours is the same as 36 truck loads of standard bubble already inflated and 72 man hours 

This is a specialist product that we can supply; don’t hesitate to get in touch to understand this concept in more detail. 

For all other packaging supplies at good prices, don’t hesitate to browse our shop or contact us now!

Cardboard Display Trays

by Admin



Popular with our food manufactures, we have introduced a new size of cardboard display tray

All of our cardboard bakery trays are strong and durable and suitable for food such as bread, cakes, crisps or other snack items.

Our counter display tray is in a strong white cardboard, the tray can be packed and moved around easily by use of the carry handles to the side.  The front panel is perforated so that it can easily be removed to display the product.

Our standard range of brown stackable cardboard trays, are still available to buy online.

Stock Boxes - more sizes available online

by Admin


With more sizes than ever, take a look at our online shop for your Cardboard Packing Boxes.  Lots of box sizes available in both single and double wall as well as our Postal Box range.

Need any Packing Tape to seal your boxes?  We have a well-stocked range of popular packing tape available to buy online.

Ensure your products reach their destination safely with additional Product Protection.  We have a varied choice of voidfill products, bubble wrap and more. 



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