For most small businesses, the holiday season is undeniably one of the most important times of the year. And believe it or not, they really are right around the corner. To make sure the season goes off without a hitch, you need to start planning how you’re going to ship gifts and products to your customers now. To help take some of the pressure off, we’ve gathered some of our best small business shipping tips below. Take advice from a top box printing company, and learn how to make sure your products arrive in style and on time.
How You Can Save
You already know that packaging your products in custom designed boxes is a wonderful way to make the unwrapping experience even more special for your customers. But sometimes, those extra graphics can cost a bit more. To cut costs in other ways, look at the size of your boxes as compared to the size of your products. Are you paying for extra protective padding and layers that you don’t really need? Are you shipping a small necklace the same box that you ship your larger products out in? Reevaluate the size of your boxes, and consider ordering several different dimension options. Plus, making sure your products fits snugly inside your box and that they don’t have a lot of extra room to slide around minimizes the chances of something breaking.
You’ve heard the old adage one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Why not take the reusability of cardboard boxes into consideration when designing your company’s shipping and packaging boxes? Here, we’re listing some of our favorite ideas for reusable boxes, so that you can reduce your company’s impact on the environment while increasing your relationship with your customers. Go beyond the standard shipping cycle, and make sure your brand stays within your customer’s sight long after delivery.
Love It and List It
One of the easiest reusable box ideas to promote recycling? List ways your customers can reuse your boxes on the interior lid or the outside of your packaging. You can also list facts about the environmental impact of recycling, and let customers know that your boxes are made from recyclable material. Customers respect companies they see trying to reduce their impact on the environment, so look for box printing services that will help you clearly print your recycling ideas on your box.
Please Sign Here
No, we aren’t talking about an interaction with a delivery person! Why not include letter stencils inside your packaging (or print them on the box itself so customers can cut them out) to encourage your clients to make festive hanging signs out of cardboard? Whether a big game day, a holiday, or an awesome surprise party is around the corner, customers can print whatever they want and string the letters together to make a killer sign. They’re extra fun to decorate with paint and stickers, and your customers can show off their examples of reusable boxes on social media – just be sure to create a fun hashtag for the signs!
Our customer, Minted, took box re-use to the next level! Printing the work of their artists on the interior of their shipping boxes made for fun and games (and pictures and contests).
It’s never too early to start planning for the holiday season. That certainly includes coming up with ways to increase sales and improve your brand identity as the year comes to a close!
The National Retail Federation released a recent report stating that holiday sales and revenue can account for anywhere between 20-40% of annual sales. So, how can you prepare for this incredibly important time of year, which can sometimes mean the difference between staying open for another season and having to close up shop?
In this post, we’re going to discuss methods to increase holiday sales, including sprucing up your company’s website, wowing your customers with creative box ideas, and more.
If you’re designing your custom cardboard packaging, you’ve probably already wondered if there’s such thing as “best colors for product packaging.” Should you use your brand’s colors, even if you’re unsure about their effectiveness? If so, which color should be the most prominent? Or should you go with entirely new colors that may be more influential and recognizable to consumers, but could confuse your established market? Should you always keep subscription boxes‘ colors consistent, or is it better to rotate them throughout the year to keep customers guessing?
Studies show that branding colors can increase recognition in consumers by up to 90%. We understand that when it comes to the psychology of colors, you may have a lot of questions. In this post, we’ll explore the psychology behind different color options, to help you to make the best first impression possible.
With more ways to reach potential clients than ever before, consumers are constantly bombarded with in-your-face, ultra-aggressive marketing tactics. “Overwhelmed” describes the experience of most consumers in the Internet age.
With the influx of excess, sometimes the best way to stand apart from the crowd is to create minimalist product packaging. Give your customers a break, and let the integrity of your products do the talking. Here, we’re giving you some of our favorite ideas for minimalist packaging.
Have your sales been in a slump for a while? Have you redesigned your store layout or website, beefed up your social media presence and created loyalty plans—but you’re still not seeing the kind of uptick in sales and subscriptions that you need? It might be time to consider that what’s holding you back isn’t your products, it’s your packaging. If you haven’t re-evaluated your packaging in a while, it’s time to have a serious conversation about the benefits of redesigning how you package your products.
A lot of thought goes into packaging redesign…like, how do you know when to make a change? And, if your packaging is current, should you switch things up with the seasons or upcoming holidays, or to highlight special store events and sales? Let’s take a look at when it’s time for a package redesign.
When a customer places an order with your company, think of it as just the beginning. It’s an opportunity. There’s no doubt that how you deliver your product requires the same, if not more, detail and care that goes into the creation and production of it. Especially in today’s day and age, with the influence of social media, where shoppers proudly display the packaging of what they’ve purchased on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and more, creative shipping box ideas are on display now more than ever. We’ve collected some of our best tips on how to make your shipping boxes stand out, in person and in photographs.
TIP #1: Make It Useful — And Easy To Carry!
Tons of flower companies have realized that while shipping flowers and small plants can be a challenge, it’s equally as precarious for customers to find the right vase or transportation carrying case once they arrive at their destination. We love the innovation of shipping boxes that actually double as “flower pots,” complete with folding instructions, and in some cases, even handles that make moving them a snap. We’ve even seen some boxes that can be assembled to hang from a ceiling—giving a whole new meaning to the term “air plants.”
When it comes to customizing your packaging, it’s what’s inside that counts—and we’re not just talking about your products. Sometimes, people are so focused on the design of the exterior of their boxes, they overlook the huge opportunity that the interior can offer. Missing the possibility to unexpectedly wow your customers throughout their entire unwrapping experience, all the way from the outside in, can cause otherwise fabulous packaging to end in a bit of a lackluster experience. Double your product’s impact by checking out our tips on how to make the inside of your branded shipping boxes really shine.
#1: Go Bold
With the trend of unboxing videos, Instagram photos and tweets on the rise, the inside of your custom branded shipping boxes could potentially be seen by a lot more than just the person you shipped your products to. Act accordingly.
No matter the industry or the product, from tee shirts to fly fishing gear to flowers, monthly, weekly, or seasonal subscription boxes are all the rage. But if you’re sending out snacks, jams, cheeses, or pretty much anything else food-related, you know you face more challenging design and shipping issues. Keeping on brand (and cute!) while dealing with the practicalities of shipping perishable items isn’t always easy. Not to worry — we’ve got you covered on how to make your customized packaging as delectable as the treats inside.
“Out of this world” custom die cut packaging is literally changing the way people are packaging their products. Do you ever feel like drab, brown packaging is bringing down the excitement of the items you’re shipping? Maybe you’re concerned that packages can’t be both festive and functional? We’ve gathered an inspirational list of ideas for some of the most creative custom die cut boxes, to inspire you to take your packaging experience to the next level.
What’s it All About?
Die cutting is a way to bring your packages to life by creating shapes, prints, words, and more out of paper, cardboard, and other materials. Often, die cut packaging allows you to create a three-dimensional experience, makes way for a pop of color, and emphasizes the spirit of both the brand and the individual product.
This Little Light Of Mine
Are you a candle or lighting company? One way to really “brighten” up your packaging experience is to get a box that fits around the base of the candle or bulb so it can be cut and folded to look like a hanging lantern or make shapes on a wall. Make sure to include instructions in your shipping materials, and we recommend printing the lines to cut and fold along on the inside of the box, so customers can hide where stamps and labels used to be. Your clients may just like the idea so much, they’ll become life-long customers!