This week we celebrated employee appreciation week at The Boxery. We took the team out for a nice night out in Brooklyn. March 1st was the unofficial holiday of “employee appreciation day” here’s a few pointers on how can you help your employees be the most productive through appreciation.
Firstly the term “employee” isn't something we like to use very often at The Boxery. We like to refer to everyone as teammates. This makes your employees feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves (which will also help peer-to-peer relationships) and lets them know they have support and backing when needed.
Verbal appreciation is a great place to start. If someone makes a sale, got their proposal in on time or even finished an everyday tasks, saying thank you and giving verbal appreciation builds confidence in your “teammate”. This will help boost their confidence for future decision and simply let them know that they did a good job. It continues to help build that awareness that we are all in this together.
Environment plays huge roll in productivity, it should probably be listed as a number one. There has recently been a boom in collaborative, creative and fun work-spaces. Even companies that are crunching numbers the whole day at a desk can be using these work-space environments. Environment can even go beyond the physical term, by creating a positive, friendly and even fun atmosphere in an office has proven to boost productivity especially here at The Boxery. The point is, even if you’re not using brand new office space with robots mixing your cocktails every time you leave your desk, you can still create an incredibly fun and productive work space.
These might help with that…
Outing & Gifts.
Team outings and events are a great way to boost office morale and camaraderie.
Firstly, they are a fun and easy way to blow off steam, but they also give your team a chance to experience each other on a more personal note and work on problem solving outside of your office. They also tend to build teamwork and relationships among co-workers for a more productive workflow.
Gifts are another way of saying we appreciate the value you bring to this company. Whether it’s a bonus or a mere incentive to get work done, that extra step shows your team that what they each do matters, and they are appreciated.
Good luck with the Team!
In this post we are going to focus on the advantages of operating your business as a B2B. From both the buyers and sellers perspective, whether you’re focused on selling tactics or worried about making the right purchase here are a few pointers that can help.
Companies working with B2B have a much stronger commitment to their client base. With a regular B2C scenario sellers are focused on driving one sale or transaction and putting enough effort into that product or sales that the transactions repeat but B2B companies tend to focus on building a relationship with their customer. Of course this is not saying that there is any less attention on the product or service they are selling but it is about building a lasting relationship with their client instead of just a one-time sale.
Being that B2B is relationship based and not transaction based there is a lot more room to be flexible in the sale. Let's break it down, B2B are not focused on making that one sales to someone they may never see again. When your focus is building a trusted relationship with your customer and you know that they will be purchasing consistently, you are able to offer discounted pricing when they meet a certain quota. Here at The Boxery we are proud to offer Wholesale accounts to all of our clients - You work one-on-one with one of our team members to help get the best price and delivery option for your business. When you want to build a relationship and you know there will be recurring business there is a certain trust built that cannot be fabricated, which leads us to our next step.
This trust brings out a special attention in customer service. If something is wrong with the product or service the customer might feel more confident when calling in if the voice on the other end already knows their name and is familiar with their previous purchasing needs.
Knowledge & Information.
B2B transactions are generally much larger than B2C and have more moving parts. That being said, it requires the sales team to have a wider understanding of the product or service. Especially when dealing with different industries, standards tend to shift and suppliers & regulations can change. For the most part in B2C things will stay the same and products don’t change that frequently.
B2C customers tend to do a lot of research on their own or they can find reviews online for a popular product such as a smartphone etc. but having a knowledgeable sales staff is key for creating a long lasting relationship with your consumers. Having a better understanding of the product helps build a long lasting relationship with clients knowing they can depend on you and trust. Sales teams know that this is not just a one-time transaction and there is a lot more at stake so they make sure to do their research.
With the influx of millennials buying collectibles & vintage items LP vinyl records are making a quick come back. People are choosing vinyl records for their classic oldie music and sound, and consumers are dying to get their hands on something tangible in our digital age. Either way, it’s a hot item for buying and selling so if your selling & sending these puppies out or just mailing one to your grandkid, take a look at these steps on how to properly pack this precious package. #knowyourpackaging
Step 1 - The Box.
The box you want to send these in is actually called a mailer, which is usually made to fold in someway and can be slightly thinner than a standard box. The main difference is that a mailer is usually designated for mailing a specific item, in our case it’s your vinyl. The mailers are called LP Record mailers or just Record Mailers. It doesn't need to have that name as long as the sizing of mailer is accurate you are good to go. We will address that in the next step. You can get them in Kraft or White.
Step 2 - The Size
Most vinyls are 10 inch in diameter or 12 inch, the mailer you use should be bigger than 12 inches. We use 12.5x12.5x1 so you”ll have enough room to get some packaging protection in there.
Keep in mind to get the mailers with variable depth (all of our LP record Mailers come with it) that comes in handy if you want to add extra protection or send more than one record in your mailer.
Step 3 - The Packing
Visual Step by Step.
1.Before you put anything in, prefold the mailer to the size you want for easier packing
2. You can tape the corrugated sheets together for extra firmness
3. You can use a few layers of newsprint as an inferior alternative to corrugated sheets.
4. Use fragile stickers or write on the box, fragile or do not bend or crush
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Whether you're packing gifts, working in fulfillment or sending your new product to a loyal customer, packaging protection helps you get your items there safe and in one piece.
Let’s breakdown your options and see what will work best for your packaging needs.
Firstly there are generally two categories of packaging protection in the shipping industry, those that need a machine and those that don’t. We are going to focus on the latter.
1.Bubble - The Popular guy
Bubble rolls are probably the most popular in packaging protection, extremely durable and incredibly fun to pop.
Here are some advantages of bubble wrapping.
Be aware that bubble comes in different heights and thickness which is measured by cell sizing usually for a heavier more industrial item you will go with a bigger cell size to create a bigger buffer.
2. Peanuts - The Sidekick
Packing Peanuts are your second to Bubble in popularity.
They also take up a lot of space. For industry sized bags it's a good idea to get a dispenser so your packing center or warehouse does not get flooded with them.
3. Kraft paper - Mr Green
Kraft paper is a very popular wrapping item that’s great for glass, text books or framing.
4. Foam rolls - The tough guy
Foam comes in many forms, large rolls or singles sheets are just a few.There is no better way to safeguard your furniture than with foam products.
5. Newsprint - The Traditionalist
This is straightforward, it is what its called, newsprint.
6. Tissue Paper - It’s all about appearances
Don't try and wipe your nose with this. Tissue differs from its newsprint cousin in a few ways. Mainly because it is thinner, cleaner and less grainy.
7. Corrugated rolls - Corrugated nation
Corrugated rolls are made from smooth fiberboard on one side with raised corrugated flutes on the other side.
8. Corrugated sheets - The simple one
These guys are pretty simple. Corrugated sheets can be used for placement between layers of product or even as stiffeners for envelopes. The larger sizes are most commonly used as a layering pad on pallets to disperse weight.
9. Shredded paper & Wood excelsior - The odd ones out
These aren’t used as much in industrial packaging but more for retail is has other names like wood wool.
We hope you found this information useful. Feel free click on the products below and keep scrolling for more tips!
1. Keeping internal costs down.
Though it can be a big investment at first, having your own brand actually ends up saving you lots of money. Once you're producing & manufacturing your own product you can reap additional monetary benefit since there are less hands in the pie. You can then reinvest into the brand itself eventually coming out on top with higher margins.
2. Quality control & the process.
If you feel you can be more efficient in the manufacturing process, the decision will be yours not someone else’s. Think about it, if your selling doughnuts from a 3rd party company or even getting directly from the manufacturer, you can make a good profit but you have no say on the process or quality of the product. If you want to add more flavors or cut down on the sugar level it's now in your control. Industries change from time to time but you now have the control to make those decisions and adapt accordingly.
3. Competitive pricing.
You can offer a better price which benefits the consumer and allows a business to stand out. When you outsource, in order to turn a profit you need work with the margins you are given. When you use your own brand you can always look for ways to be more efficient and save on cost which will essentially bring down the cost for consumer. A great example at The Boxery is our price on our in-house brand of LUX Tape compared to the other general brands. By purchasing LUX you are getting a recognized name, lower price and quality that can be trusted.
4. Brand recognition.
Now you’ll have a brand of your own. Your consumer will recognize you as both a distributor but also as an authority in that particular industry. You’re not just sending the product, you are the product. Branding in general plays a major role in any company. We'll post more about that soon.
5. Customer Service.
If there is a problem or complaint about the item, you are in control. If your consumers are asking detailed questions you’re now in a position of getting those answers and providing them with confidence. Being able to give a consumer the highest satisfaction possible is a very valuable asset.
6. Wholesale Accounts.
Now that you have a product you can also offer it to other exclusive retailers. It can help you gain higher prices and more brand exposure. At the same time many in-house labels want to remain private and exclusive so it really depends which market you are trying to get into and how you want to build your brand. Our LUX mailers and all of our LUX products are sold with confidence by The Boxery
Next to boxes, tape is probably the most commonly used item in the packaging industry.
It’s your insurance broker telling you that your items will remain in the four walls of that comfortable cardboard box, so make sure you’re using the right one.
Mostly, it’s pretty straight forward but remember tape can also be used to fix things, guide painters, do arts & crafts projects and everyday household use, so it can get tricky...or sticky.
So let's break it down as follows.
For starters there are two kinds of tape adhesives.
The first (and more common) is called Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) which is basically any tape that has an adhesive component and sticks when pressure is applied. This is your masking, duct, scotch tapes etc.
The second is solvent activated (usually with water or heat) such as kraft tape (gummed tape).
Now let's get into your Tape.
Packing tape is your go-to tape, and probably the most popular of tapes. Also known as Acrylic tape, it comes in clear and tan, and is used for all your standard boxes and shipping and moving boxes. It seals great and even if it might feel thinner than others it doesn't mean it’s not as strong.
Note: They sometimes carry a pretty strong scent.
Duct tape or “duck” tape is a pressure sensitive tape coated with a backing material. It works great for sealing things and it's also waterproof! Originally it got it's name from sealing air ducts now it can do that and is also handy when you need something really strong and durable. It usually comes with a silvery shiny backing, but can also come in many colors. (Not to be confused with Gaffers tape)
Note: Because of the strength of the adhesive and the coated backing, Duct tape can leave a little residue when peeled off a surface,(depending on how long it stays there).
Also known as painters tape, Masking tape is an easy on-easy off tape and is very easy to tear, that’s why it's used in many painters job. It will rarely leave a mark on the applied surface when it's removed. It’s easy tear comes from the fact that its a paper material with an adhesive, it comes in many colors too! Painters use it to protect against staining windows or even flooring.
Note: It’s really easy to write on, good for makeshift labels if you need.
Similar to scotch tape, Cello tape is usually a thin, light, & transparent tape. It’s great to keep lighter things closed, and it's easy to tear and doesn't get you too sticky, It can be used for office use, wrapping gifts and sealing envelopes.
Note: You can even use this with a household dispenser.
This is your placeholder tape – Strapping tape is meant to hold pallets together temporarily it has a special glue that sticks mainly to itself and is very strong in terms of ripping
Note: Not to be confused with Electrical tape
This is Reinforced Water Activated tape (Gummed Tape) – It’s great to have a printed logo on to get your brand properly noticed. It also has a tamper strip, and you can see if its been broken so it makes a great sealer for shipping products. It needs a machine to dispense and is used in many warehouses but you can use this machine in the comfort of your own home as well.
Note: If you don’t have a machine handy, you can self activate the adhesive with by running a wet cloth over it.
Very similar to strapping tape, Filament tape differs by having fiberglass embedded in the tape for added strength. They are used for very similar purposes, mainly for boxes or pallets with heavy loads and for keeping things attached in a more durable way.
8. Machine Grade Tape
Essentially, Machine Grade Tape is regular acrylic tape but with larger yardage. The rolls run bigger with more tape so you'll be getting less rolls per case. They are for machine use only and that's usually when your load is getting too large to self seal and you”ll use a machine. Usually for manufacturing and doing large runs of packaging.
We hope you found this useful, get packing!
- The Boxery Team
Here are a few creative ideas for homemade costumes!
Let’s Get Corrugated!
1. The Rubik's Cube
It's a perfect cube and the boxiest of all boxes.This one is pretty straight forward. Start by getting a cube box big enough to fit yourself inside. Face the box with the open end on the ground and then cut out holes for your arms & head. If you cut it out right, you won’t need any strapping or support rather the box will rest directly on your shoulders.
Next, paint a frame and a grid of colors on all sides. We suggest using permanent marker for the background and just get some colored cardboard paper and cut that to the size of the grid. Paint won't work as well, see here.
Tip. You don’t need to color the whole box black if you will be adding the colored part of the rubik's cube.
2. The Robot
This is a classic and probably one of the most popular. It’s also a no brainer to start this one but when you get to designing it the variations are endless. You can simply draw and color in some gadgets on the box or attach actual material or combine both! You’ll want to get 2 boxes for this one. Make the body/frame the same way as the rubik’s cube. When it comes to the head, you can create a mask with breathing holes and eye hole or just leave it. It might be easier to use it as a hat, and it'll give that boxy primitive robotic look.
This one is not as well known but just as simple, you can even do it as a group. First, color your box either black or white then cut out some circles for your dice body/frame. Make sure the circles are the opposite color of your body/frame. Four circles will keep it symmetrical and it might be difficult to fit any more than that. You can even use the bottoms of styrofoam bowl and cut them out and stick them on.
4. The Vending Machine
This one is the most complex but great for foodies, you might want to use a heavy duty box depending on how heavy you will be loading it. For a step by step you’ll have to do some good research or just come up with something on your own as there are so many ways this can be done, and who says you need to fill it with candy? You can try some healthy alternatives too!
How to Measure a box - 4 things you need to know.
Measuring a box, seems pretty simple right? For the most part it is, but there are many different variations and details to pay attention to. As always at The Boxery we try to give you everything you need in one place. Check out these 4 pointers our team came up with.
1. Your measuring key - LxWxH
The industry standard for listing the measurements are by
Length, Width & Height.
A good way to remember that is by using the mnemonic we came up with Larry Wants Honey.
For a standard box, length is considered the longer of the 2 sides, width is considered the shorter of the 2 sides and the height is the vertical measurement from top to bottom.
2. Measurements are inside dimension.
When you’re ordering boxes online or through a catalog, unless stated otherwise the measurements you see will be the inner dimension of the box. Get those right so your items will fit properly, with the correct size box you won't need as much filler and there is less of a chance for items to get damaged. You may also want to give 3mm to each dimension for the fitting.
3. Height and Depth are interchangeable.
Depending on the company you’re ordering from - they might list Depth instead of Height or vice versa.
4. Shipping Measurements.
Things are different when it comes to shipping. Depending on how many boxes you’re sending and how you’re shipping them you might want to measure the exterior dimension too. When it comes to shipping costs it depends on size & dimensional weight (also known as volumetric weight), many commercial freight transport & postal services use an estimated weight that is calculated from the length, width and height of a package so to be safe always best to add an inch to each dimension for dimensional weight. For example, if you purchase an 8x8x8’’ box you would want to assume the carriers may scan the box at 9x9x9’’ – you can always actually measure the outside dimensions but this should be an initial assumption. Measuring the outer dimensions can also help you see how many boxes can fit on a pallet.
-Height is the only dimension without a flap. The height measurement does not include flaps.
-Acceptable manufacturing variance is +/- 1/8".
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1. Get your boxes early.
Boxes are your #1 best friend in a move, you can’t really do it without them. Make sure to get the right amount you need, there is nothing worse than getting a good start on packing and needing to stop and run out to get more boxes. You can use our moving kits to help give you a rough estimate on how many you”ll need. You can also fill your luggage & laundry baskets to cut down on your heavy load.
2. Label everything.
Once you’ve started packing label your boxes as you fill them. Grab a black permanent marker, and label it all. This will help you stay one step ahead throughout the move.
Label ALL SIDES, so when you're moving you don't need to keep turning around your boxes to find the markings. You can also get boxes that are already marked with room options and all you gotta do is check them off.
3. Pack in groups
Now that your boxes are labeled, group them together per-room. This will help when packing and unpacking.
4. Packing heavy items.
When packing heavy items like books or dishes, try and use a smaller box sometimes even a shoes box could do the trick. These heavier items will be easier to lift in smaller increments. If you need to pack a lot in one box, you can also try heavy duty boxes. They are more durable and better for heavier items
5. Packing delicates.
When packing delicate items make sure you have the right packaging supplies, You'll need newspaper sheets or something close to it, and of course, bubble rolls & peanuts. Besides wrapping the fragile item in protective packaging you”ll want to use some of it to fill up your box so things don’t shift during the move. You can even use clothing or other household items to fill the unused space, and save yourself from packing another box. To be extra cautious you can write "fragile" on the box or just get a roll of "fragile tape" or "fragile labels" for marking purposes only.
6. The little things in life.
7. Mr. Right….Tape.
Tape is the second most important thing needed for a move, so make sure you’ve got lots of it, and the right kind. Packaging tape, that's the clear super sticky adhesive tape. Don't bother with duct, kraft, or masking tape, they are not as fitting for moving boxes as packing tape is, it’s called packaging tape for a reason. It is also clear so you don't have to worry about taping over the labeled area on your box. Do yourself a favor and get a tape dispenser too, you can get into a sticky mess if you don't have one. Ours are included in most tape orders.
8. Moving the furs.
Before getting started, make sure you've got all the moving supplies you'll need. There will always be things that come up during the move, but here is a good place to start. This supplies will come in handy while moving and packing things up. Boxes , tape, tape dispenser, permanent marker, newspaper sheets and/or bubble rolls and packing peanuts, moving blankets, tape measure, reclosasble bags, hammer, wrench, screwdriver, box cutter, gloves, zipties.
We hope these tips will make a difference in your next move, good luck!
With all the online shopping we do these days, almost everyone has a few boxes lying around the house somewhere. Instead of just throwing them in the trash we came up with a few tips that might save you some money and help the environment.
1. Your kid’s newest toy.
Yup, you heard me. There’s no need to buy every single toy on the shelf, your toddler will be just fine getting creative with a box and using their imagination. You can use the box as a platform to color, pretend its a spaceship or just have fun in a plain old box. Let your kid decide.
2. Laundry Holder.
Dirty clothes don’t always need to go into a plastic hamper as shown. As long as your box is still in good condition you can convert it into a kid’s laundry basket. Just line the inside with an old fitted sheet and voilà. I’f you’d like you can take your DIY project to the next level and measure out some material so the lining can fit perfectly.
3. Storage Container or Donation Box.
Got a few unwanted items lying around the house? Grab a box and label it for “Giveaway” or “Donation”. It will feel great to have that extra space in a drawer or closet. If you can’t part with your unneeded items (no judgments!) you can still put it in a box and store it in the basement, attic or even under a bed.
4. Drawer organizers.
This one is a little more tedious, and may not seem like as fun as other ways to reuse your boxes, but it definitely pays off in the long run. You”ll need a measuring tape, razor blade, and a marker. Take everything out of your drawers, measure where you'd want your dividers, cut up the box and place them in. Be careful, and make sure to get the right measurements, it would be a shame to go through all that trouble for it not to fit! We'll be posting a step by step tutorial on this one in a few weeks so make sure to follow our blog, facebook or twitter to stay updated.
5. DIY Costume
Get creative! It’s time to use your imagination to help you kids get the best Halloween costume on the block! Take some time with this one, it”ll be fun. The best go to for a fun homemade costume with boxes is to go for something square like a robot, but don't stop there! You can even be a vending machine and sell snacks, just get a box big enough and cut out space for the face and arms!
6. Break it down.
If you’re a frequent mover, or you know you”ll be moving again soon, reusing moving boxes can be very cost effective. Get a razor blade and break them down and put them aside. Boxes are pretty easy to fold down, and you can even stack them up and keep them in the closet till you next move.
7. Canvas or backdrop
Looking to get artistic or just want to have some fun on a rainy day, grab an old box, flatten it out and start working on your next masterpiece. You might want to prep with a few layers of paint depending on the paint your using, many times the box absorbs the moisture of the paint.
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