Packaging Sampling


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Helping You with Your Packaging Design Choices

Samples have an important role to play in the purchasing decision and are essential when producing a new box or making changes to the materials used for its construction. As part of our production and quality control processes, when an order is placed with us, plain samples are always issued free of charge. For certain digitally printed carton board packs, we can even supply a fully digitally printed sample free of charge.

Samples are essential and allow customers to check that the material quality, pack size and style are all suitable for their requirements. Any adjustments and improvements can then be made accordingly.

Foam samples will also be produced — free of charge — when an order is placed. Alternatively — for a refundable, small charge — we can provide the foam samples before customers commit to an order.

The Importance of Packaging Sampling

Often one of the biggest challenges with any new packaging project is the question of how well the package will protect its contents when going through the post, courier system or delivery in your vehicles.

We recommend following our simple testing guide below:

  • Check the box design and function will work for you and your product
  • Check that your product fits in the pack correctly and that the box can be closed
  • Consider how quickly your product can be packed — and how will this affect your operational costs
  • Pack your product(s) and post or courier it to yourself to properly transit test the packaging

Printed Samples

Here at packaging supplies we work with a lot of marketing companies, who when planning a project, like to have a fully printed sample to show their clients, this is so that the feel and look of the finished packaging can be ascertained and reviewed. These samples can also then be used for website photography, or pack shots before the live product launch.

There are several ways to produce a printed sample, the most cost effective involves utilizing digital print. If you were looking to have a full colour printed litho laminated box, we could produce a digitally printed sample to avoid the need for expensive wet proofing . Providing a sample using this method will give a great representation of how the final litho printed packaging will look saving you time and money. We can of course also supply wet proofs for any of our printing methods, but the relevant charge will apply.

For Flexographic printed corrugated boxes we usually find that an electronic artwork proof along with a plain box sample is sufficient for the approval process. We can also supply free colour swatches when specific colours are required to be matched. The approval of colour swatches takes an extra day, but we recognize the importance of this because our client’s expectation of the reproduction of their brand colours is very important.


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for over 36 years

In the late 1970’s two friends and colleagues, Tim Allen and Stewart Middleton, saw a gap in the market for a different type of packaging company. At the time other businesses were selling custom made boxes and stocked packaging consumables, but Tim & Stewart wanted to offer more than that. They wanted to give their clients additional services such as warehouse storage and the ability to ‘call off’ their packaging as and when it was required…

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