CS Packaging Blog

Packaging and Shipping Supplies to Budget For in 2019

Posted by Bob Janik on Jan 24, 2019 3:59:55 PM

The key to the overall success of any business is the quality of their products. Ideally, products don't just meet a need -- but they're quality designed and made, long-lasting and easy to use.

And while much attention is placed on product development and quality control during the design, engineering and manufacturing processes, there's an important end-of-line task that also cannot be downplayed.

We're talking about packaging and shipping the product. Yes, a great product is ideal, but it does the end user no good if it's broken, damaged or not working when the consumer goes to use it.

The right packaging and shipping products can help safely get a product from Point A to Point B, whether that Point B is a retail store or consumers themselves.

It's why it's so essential to budget for these costs on an annual basis, as not having the right solutions in your warehouse is going to do more to harm your business than it will do to help it. 

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Topics: Protective Packaging, Product Safety, Industrial Packaging, Custom Supplies, Brand Packaging, Product Packaging, Shipping, Types of Packaging

Custom Shipping Carton FAQs

Posted by Bob Janik on Oct 17, 2018 4:32:50 PM

As a product manufacturer or shipping agent, you know how important it is to have high-quality shipping cartons.

You intuitively know that you want your product to arrive in great condition, and realize that shoddy packaging leads to a lot of returns.

But, you still might have some questions about custom shipping cartons, so we’re here to answer them.

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Topics: Product Safety, Product Packaging, Shipping, Types of Packaging, Packing Materials

Retention & Suspension Packaging: What it is and Why You Need it

Posted by Bob Janik on Oct 1, 2018 10:31:57 AM

 

If you’re unfamiliar with retention and suspension packaging and the increasingly important role it plays in e-commerce packaging, allow us to explain:

Let’s say you ordered some sort of expensive electronic product online, like a laptop.

You’re obviously excited for it to arrive at your home, and you may have even thought about the perceived risk that you took in ordering it online rather than at the store.

The risk we’re talking about? Shipping.

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Topics: Protective Packaging, Product Safety, Industrial Packaging, Custom Supplies, Product Packaging, Shipping, Types of Packaging

How Much Should I Budget for Custom Printed Boxes?

Posted by Bob Janik on Sep 13, 2018 4:48:41 PM

The first thing to understand about custom e-commerce and subscription boxes is that they don’t come with standard pricing.

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Topics: Shipping, Types of Packaging, Brand Packaging, Unboxing

Custom Floor & Counter Top Displays: Standing Out (+ Budgeting for It)

Posted by Bob Janik on Aug 31, 2018 3:03:57 PM

Image courtesy of ODM Group.

In business, the "elevator pitch" is crucial - a story, anecdote, or explanation of a product that can be delivered in the time it takes an elevator to reach its destination.

In the B2C sphere, your packaging and presentation become that elevator pitch -- and the harder they are to see, enjoy, or understand, the harder you'll have to work to sell your products.

You need to design and budget for custom floor and counter top displays that not only capture the eye, but the imagination of your customers as well. So how can you make that happen?

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Topics: Custom Supplies, Brand Packaging, Product Packaging, Types of Packaging, Packing Materials

What Types of Protective Packaging Does My Product Need?

Posted by Bob Janik on Aug 13, 2018 2:48:01 PM

 

Packages often live hard lives. They are jostled about by machines and conveyor belts. People toss them on trucks, or stack them to unreasonable heights without worrying about crushing what is inside.

If it is your precious product inside that package, you might have a big problem on your hands.

So, whose fault is it when a product arrives broken or damaged? Some responsibility lies in the transportation process, but most fault can be traced directly to poor product packaging -- meaning, it’s actually your fault.

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Topics: Protective Packaging, Industrial Packaging, Custom Supplies, Product Packaging, Shipping, Types of Packaging

Custom Shipping Packaging Supplies You aren't Using (But Should Be!)

Posted by Bob Janik on Jul 9, 2018 12:31:52 PM

“It’s what is inside that really counts.” Although we often say this about people, some manufacturers and distributors think the same way about product packaging. They pore over every product detail, and then ship it out in whatever box that is available, without any thought to protection or presentation. Ignoring custom shipping packaging, however, can have a negative impact on your brand and your bottom line.

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Topics: Protective Packaging, Product Safety, Custom Supplies, Brand Packaging, Shipping, Types of Packaging

Stock Vs. Custom Packaging Boxes

Posted by Bob Janik on Jun 15, 2018 1:42:52 PM

Sometimes the question of how to package a product comes out as an afterthought. The product is produced and ready to go out to customers, and somebody finally says, “So how are we going to ship this?”

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Topics: Protective Packaging, Product Safety, Custom Supplies, Types of Packaging

Sustainable Packaging solutions: Save Sea Turtles

Posted by Bob Janik on Jun 15, 2016 9:00:17 AM

Nothing beats the sound of the pop of a can before you start drinking your favorite beverage. Plus, we can all agree that there's nothing more satisfying than enjoying the cold beverage inside the can on a hot day. 

But have you ever thought about what damage those plastic rings holding your 6-pack together are doing to the environment? 

The truth is -- it's less than pleasant. The good news is, with new packaging technology, we can lessen our damage to the environment. 

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Topics: Types of Packaging, Product Safety, Product Packaging, Sustainable Packaging, Green Packaging

10 steps to ensuring compliance with shipping regulations

Posted by Bob Janik on Nov 15, 2014 8:00:17 AM

 

product packaging materials

When choosing product packaging materials, there is more to consider than just what looks good.

The reality is, there are all sorts of inspections, regulations, and compliance requirements to consider before you ship your product. Failure to follow these with your packaging can mean money and time wasted, and a bad reputation for your business.

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Topics: Packing Materials, Types of Packaging