Bubble rolls are one of the most popular forms of packaging protection.
Let’s face it, the name itself just sounds fun and those tiny little air filled pockets are just so satisfying to pop.
They don’t leave as big of a mess as peanuts and they have heavier cushioning over kraft paper.
Overall bubble is a very durable solution.
Here are a few things you need to know when using bubble rolls.
1. Bubbles come in three sizes.
2. Size is based on air fill.
The size of the bubble cell is actually determined by how much inflation is used to fill the cell.
For example, the 5/16 and the ½ are actually both the same diameter but the ½ is filled with air till capacity and the 5/16 is only filled to 5/16th of an inch full of inflated air.
3. When to use what.
Bigger bubble makes for a tighter and more protective pack which is better for more fragile items.
Smaller bubble is usually used to prevent movement in shipping as well as extra padding on regular items but unless you are using a substantial amount for each product, small bubble is not meant to protect delicate items rather to give it extra security on many hard non breakable items.
Many non breakable items are still packed with small bubble or bubble bags or padded mailers to insure security and not to damage the item itself.
For example if you're shipping a book usually 3/16 Bubble mailers or bubble bags will do the job as the items aren't breakable but still need to be protected from shipping damages.
If you are shipping fragile items, ceramics or electronics you would use a ½ inch bubble (Make sure to use a few feet to insure a tight pack see here )
3/16 = Basic standard
5/16 =is kind of in-between.
½ = Heavy duty
4. How to buy it
Bubble is usually sold by the foot and measured using the width and length of the roll.
For example in the 3/16 category one of the most commons rolls is a 12x175
So you're getting a 175 feet of bubble that is 12 inches wide.
All of our rolls are perforated every 12 inches, so for this kind of rolls you have a perfect square foot on each tear.
Keep in mind if you have a roll that is 12x500 its the same amount of actual bubble as a 24x250.
There are many different variations depending on what your needs are and how your shipping is set up, click here for our full list.
We hope this helps always feel to give us a call with any questions and anyone on our team will be happy to help
We all know how difficult it can be working out of a home office.
Here are a few tips to get you through the new 9-5.
1. Get dressed
I know this may seem trivial or silly but studies have shown that in many instances what you wear can affect your productivity. So don’t forget to get dressed in the morning. Now I am not saying you need to be all “business formal” when sitting in your spare bedroom office, but there should be an element of “work clothes”. Each to their own of course as some are more productive in a more casual attire, but the idea is to have that morning change and clothes for work as if you were going into the office.
2. Work space
We mentioned the spare bedroom office. You might be lucky to have a set up like this, but when you make that move to the house with little warning many can be working out of their living room! No matter if you are on the battlegrounds of your two year old and their spaghetti or if you have a closed office, keep the space clean.
Clean work spaces can really affect productivity and especially designating one area for your work. It can even be a corner in a room as long as this is the place you go to get work done.
“You are what you eat it”, “Food creates the mood”, how many times have you heard something like that?
Well that’s because it is true. What you eat will affect you.
You might be used to snacking a lot when you are home because generally it’s at the end of the day or on a day off. In general, downing a bag of thinly sliced fried potatoes might not have any downsides to it (besides the obvious health ones) but now that you are all home all day it is still important to eat properly. For some it might be easier having your kitchen at your disposal, this also gives you an option to constantly eat or be snacking. It can sure be an upgrade from your tupperware lunch or coffee shop sandwich.
Just make sure you watch what you eat and how often. You might even want to prepare your meal or snacks in advance.
4. Time management
Like any good workday, it’s all in the timing. Keeping to your meeting & commitments creates a structure. Sticking to a structure and schedule might be much harder now but it is even more important. Sticking to a stricter schedule can give you more motivation to finalize tasks.Small goals can help you conquer longer stretches and don’t forget to take a break and get some air so you can come back refocused!
There are many different types of tape you can use for your packaging and projects.
The trick is to know the right one to use.
It can be quite confusing with so many different options and so many similar options.
Here is a quick breakdown on two very common but very different tapes.
PVC VS PPC
Both PPC and PVC are pressure sensitive adhesive tapes, they differ in the materials they are made of.
PP stands for Polypropylene
PVC stands for Polyvinyl chloride
PP-Polypropylene is a chemical compound of “thermoplastic polymer” (“Plastic” in English) and is used for many plastic products and packaging.
This is the actual material of the tape not to be confused with the sticky adhesive.
The adhesive is usually an acrylic substance.which comes from thermoplastic resins.
This is what most acrylic tapes are made of, and one of the most popular packaging tapes.
It does the job well and is very affordable.
PVC-Polyvinyl chloride is the polymerization product of vinyl chloride. It is a very flexible and diverse form of plastic and very strong because of its elastic properties.
It's great for heavier loads.
The sticky adhesive for this form of tape is usually a solvent or natural rubber.
Between the material and adhesion for PVC tape it makes for great tape on heavier loads and keeping things closed for longer periods of times plus it reacts to temperature changes better and is very good for storage boxes.
We all see them at some point,
Those beautiful little boxes waiting at the doorstep, covered in colors and designs of all sorts.
These are subscription boxes. They can arrive monthly or quarterly filled with all sorts of goodies.
Subscription boxes are now a booming industry of their own.
Bigger companies are turning to subscription boxes as well as small start ups. They all have the same goal, create more customers and grow brand loyalty.
Think about it, getting a box at your door that is customized just for you is an extremely prominent form of customer service which creates a strong trust with your company. It can also be another way to feature new products or elements that you only offer exclusively to subscribers.
Today's consumer wants “the whole package” they might be too busy to shop for individual items and they are putting their trust in their subscription.
Another motivation for subscribing can simply be the suspense of getting a box full of surprises! When you want to treat yourself, getting that box is always something to look forward to.
Usually you will subscribe for a box that relates to your lifestyle or hobbies & topics you are interested in.
Many subscription box companies will even assess your style and taste before sending any goods or products.
These boxes also give companies a chance to prove themselves to their customer as well as push their brand even further by adding in gimmicks, branded stickers or giving the customer a positive unboxing experience.
All and all, it’s a very rewarding step for a company to take as they start their own box subscription options.
Many companies have turned to subscription boxes as a main source of selling or simply as an exclusive order or subscription.
What will you sign up for?
3 ways to improve your business in 2020.
It's a new year and a new you...blah blah blah.
Everyone’s been all about resolutions and setting new goals.
Lets get practical for a minute. If you want to improve your business this upcoming year take advantage of our three methods that can help enhance your business and save you on costs!
1. Wholesale accounts.
This is great if you order in large quantities or frequently. We will set you up with a wholesale account, which essentially can give you case quantity discounts or shipping discounts on smaller orders. It might also make sense to bulk up your order and order once every few weeks instead of every week (pending your storage space of course). We also create an online profile in which you can log in on your own, see orders, place orders and see your preferred items. This insures you can place orders with ease. Click here to sign up!
2. Branding supplies.
Whether it's boxes, poly bags or tape, branding your packaging is a great way to take your business to the next level and make a statement as a brand.
If you are doing a small run of boxes or thousands, we can work with you to create the perfect look, send us your artwork and we can get started. Click here to start.
To read more pointers on the importance of branding, click here.
3. Use Freight shipping.
This is a pretty simple way to save.
If you have big orders ship them via freight. Many times its worth it to bulk up on an order because in the end you can save more by doing a one time shipments via freight. We also have a flat rate freight option in which your shipping costs is capped, so you can keep adding items and the shipping cost will not increase!
And don't forget to set goals outside the box!
Winter is here.
The cold weather and conditions can really backup your business and in the way of deliveries Here are a few tips to help you think ahead and stay on top of things this winter season.
1. Ice Melt
Keep in mind that one storm can back up deliveries and orders for a few days. Make sure to prepare and look ahead and plan accordingly. If you have delays or back ups, reach out to your customers and let them know about possible delays.
4. The Warehouse
Warehouses are hard to keep at the perfect temperature. Especially with the weather fluctuating the whole season. Make sure to have some extra jackets on hand to keep your warehouse employees warm.
There are so many holidays in fall and winter, make sure to keep your customers up to date about your holiday hours or closures.
6. On the Road
Enjoy the season! Stay warm!
If you are using daily packaging supplies check out these eco-friendly options.
Boxes & Corrugated Materials.
Pretty much all of our boxes can be recycled, and many of them are even made from partially recycled materials.
Cool fact, did you know boxes can be recycled up to 5 times!?
The corrugated board is recycled down into fiber and then used again in the box making process.
To stay green for shipping you can use boxes or corrugated mailers, and for extra protection you can use corrugated rolls on larger items and sheets for extra filling.
For keeping your item secure during shipments you can use kraft paper to wrap around the item itself and as a void fill. It also has a great look. When dealing with luxury items, apparel or items that you may want to represent with more of a personal organic touch, you can use newsprint or tissue paper. All these options are recyclable. If you need even more protection you can use peanuts. We carry non-foam peanuts which are actually made from a blend of cornstarch or wheat and other non toxic ingredients, they are compostable after use and biodegradable.
Cool fact, they even dissolve in water.
Many people have switched over to this option since New York City’s ban on all foam materials.
Mailers are great to use for shipping flat or small items.
Kraft bubble mailers are a little more eco-friendly in their manufacturing process, there is still a layer of bubble inside for protection, but the paper itself can be recycled. We also have an option that is padded with completely with paper not bubble. If you don’t need that layer of protection go with chipboard mailers all of them can be recycled and we have them in paperboard which gives it a more artisanal earthy look or you can get them in white which has a more corporate appeal.
We have many eco-friendly options for tape.
Tape is a necessity on every package. Most tape is made out of an acrylic blend but we have some paper tape options as well. Generally because of the way its used paper tape isn't recycled, but they are biodegradable which helps reduce landfills and general waste.
We have regular paper tape, and the most popular is the water activated reinforced paper tape and they come in white too!
We even have option to out your logo on the tape.
Here's the full line of of our Eco-friendly products.
We hope this was helpful and you may have learned a thing or two about your environmentally friendly packaging options. Looking for creative ways to re-use boxes? Check out this post.
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As the Holiday season approaches we put together a useful list to help send out your gifts. Whether you are shipping to a friend or family member or working in fulfillment these tips are sure to come in handy.
Generally You should try and ship apparel in poly bags to save on cost.
Try and measure your items in the form that you will be shipping them out (folded etc) and choose bags accordingly here.
A good places to start for T-shirts, yoga pants, jeans and even light sweatshirts is a 10x13.
Dresses or lager sweaters - 12x15.5
Small coats or bigger items 14.5x19
And you can keep sizing up from there.
When shipping shoes in their original box a 14x10.5x6 usually works great and you”ll even have room for some bubble or void fill. If you want to try and send two at a time and stack them on each other, you can try and squeeze in a 16x12x10, but measure your shoe boxes first.
The next size for larger sized shoes (Mens 13+) or even some boots would be a 16x10x6 or 16x12x6.
Smartphones & Eye-wear
If your sending out the newest Iphone or some sweet summer shades they both have similar sized product packaging that fits great in an 8x4x4. If you want to add something extra special you can use a white corrugated mailer with the same dimension or even try an 8x3x3.
This one you”ll really have to measure each item as they all size so differently.
If you are dealing with small collectible figurines a 4x4x4 is great or a 6x4x4.
Books & Video Games
Video games cases fit great in a padded mailer 8.5x12.
Books can also work in there but if they are heavier or hard cover try a book-fold.
It's a no brainer, send these in a record mailers. You can check out our post about the best way to pack these.
We put a few tips together to help you send out fragile items or collectibles worry free.
What you"ll need.
1. It's all in the box.
Everything is in the box, literally your items go in the box so make sure you have the right size.
Having a box that is too big can also be an issue as your item might shift around a lot more during shipping and can possibly break in the interim.
You want your item to have a nice snug fit.
We would start with suggesting a 7x5x5 or 5x5x5 there are many other options that can work, so make sure to measure items properly first, and make sure to leave enough space for packaging protection.
(If you are shipping have glass or liquids try a heavy duty box)
2. Bubble, bubble.
First thing you are going to do is take your item and wrap it a few times with bubble roll.
It's fairly easy, either use bubble bags or get a rolls of bubble that are perforated every 12 inches for easy handling while packing. Most of our rolls are perforated.
3. Void Fill
If your package has there’s extra room, you’re gonna need to fill it up with something. You can use peanuts, kraft paper or newsprint. For fragile items Kraft paper or peanuts work best as they can take more of an impact when your item shifts,
We cannot stress enough how important it is to use void fill, to fill up that space.
Taping your box at the end and when making the box are key factors in keeping your items protected, a nice snug fit is ideal so your item shifts around less. Standered packing tape should do the trick.
Start packing - Step by step
Make your box.
Start by folding the bottoms adding tape to secure and use the H method we mentioned here.
Step 2. Protect your items use bubble to wrap your item a few times.
Step 3. Layer your box with a bubble sheet our two.
Step 4. Place your item in the box, make sure it fits snug.
Step 5. Void fill, use peanuts or crunch up some kraft paper as void fill.
Step 6. Tape, add a few layers of tape on top to close your box and secure your package, a nice tight pack and seal gives you item less chance to shift around.
Or just check out our latest video!
If you’ve ordered any big shipments in the past or take pallets for delivery, you may have heard of the term “freight” or a “freight shipment”.
Essentially, this means that your order is going via truck and is pretty large in dimensions so it would be cheaper to be sent through a carrier that specifically deals with large orders as opposed to the more common parcel carriers such as UPS or FEDEX.
When dealing with large orders or bulky items, it is generally beneficial to use freight.
Besides for the financial benefit, items are able to retain more of the original manufacturer packaging and increments.
We even have something called “flat rate freight” which means your price is capped at a designated amount no matter how many items you ad to your order.
The catch is that you need a commercial address.
You also need a way to get the pallet of the truck container, this is either by having a loading dock (where the truck pulls right up to) or you have a forklift to remove the pallet.
Depending on the freight company and the size of the pallets you might be able to find an alternative method to remove the items. Otherwise the freight companies will charge you (or the company you ordered with) a “liftgate fee” which means they need to use their liftgate on the back of the truck to lower your items to ground level.
You can always ask us about our freight shipping tiers.
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