Every manufacturer has a different lead time depending on what type of packaging they produce, the desired volume, and where they produce it; locally (U.S.), semi-domestically (Canada or Mexico) or overseas (China, India etc.) Packaging lead time can vary from a couple of days to several months. What is Packaging Lead Time? Typically, packaging lead time refers to the time … [Read more...]
Everything About "How To Buy Packaging"
Help with getting organized, time and money saving tips, how to deal with professionals in the industry and much more. From the beginner to the experienced buyer, there is something for everyone. Here you will receive easy to understand information that will make you a more knowledgeable buyer of packaging!
If you are considering new marketing strategies and are wondering about the cost of a point of purchase display, I have a formula that can help you decide if POP displays will fit your budget. Point of purchase displays (also referred to as POP displays) are wonderful marketing tools that increase brand awareness, product credibility, and sales. Point of purchase displays … [Read more...]
Once your packaging is ready to be printed with your custom graphics, you'll have the option to visit the printer and participate in what is called a press check. Is this important? Should you go? What does a press check involve? Yes, yes, and I'll explain. A packaging press check is an opportunity for you, the buyer, to visit the print shop just before they print to make … [Read more...]
There are 5 main types of printing used for packaging. But what is the best type of printing for packaging? Packaging printing is an extensive subject. So, instead of going into the technical details of how these printing processes work, I'll focus on explaining the advantages and disadvantages of each with the aim of giving you an idea of what type of printing would best … [Read more...]
When we receive price quotes for our product packaging, our first inclination is to compare price per quantity. In the custom packaging industry, that approach is incomplete. Choosing a vendor based solely on price per quantity could be very unwise as there are many factors that determine the quality and value contained in a typical price quote. Here are 9 … [Read more...]
Food packaging comes in many varieties and types of materials: glass (bottles), plastic containers, cans, boxes, stand-up pouches (flexible packaging) just to name a few. When discussing food packaging here, I want to discuss stand-up pouches (a layman term I've heard often is "food bag" or "food pouch"). The reason for this is that I get a lot of inquiries about this type … [Read more...]
Costco has a fine-tuned system (as do all the "Club Stores") which is very important to their success. So it’s no surprise that this system necessitates very strict packaging guidelines that all vendors must adhere to in order to be featured in their stores. When the day comes that you find yourself needing packaging for Costco, your Costco buyer should be able to give … [Read more...]
When you buy packaging, asking the right questions can save you time and money - not only your time and money, but that of the packaging company as well. What are the right questions to ask? I have compiled a list of what I believe are the most important questions to ask a potential packaging vendor. Proceed to the following questions once the answer is "yes" to the … [Read more...]