Archive for May, 2010

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Top 8 Ways to Reduce Packaging Costs – Corrugated Shipping Boxes

May 15, 2010

Everyone in a shipping room uses shipping boxes to ship out their products.  Whether you are just setting up a new company and are looking for the lowest cost packaging or you are an established manufacturer this article was written to help you reduce your packaging costs, specifically how to reduce your corrugated box costs.

1.            Check your box sizes to make sure they fit the product they are protecting and shipping.  A good general rule for protection is 2” around all products.  If you are using a box that requires a lot of stuffing (more than 2” all around) you might find a smaller stock shipping box.  Since most packaging supply companies have over 100 stock box sizes chances are you can find the appropriate size.

2.            Choosing the correct box design and style.  A good rule of thumb in corrugated boxes is “Deeper is Cheaper”.  If you can configure your box so that it opens on the smallest dimensions and the largest dimension is the deepest, this allows for the least amount corrugated to be used to produce the box.  And thus “Deeper is Cheaper”.  There are many box style available.  The Standard RSC style shipping container is the most common, but if you have a long narrow product a Five Panel Folder or FOL might work better and may be manufactured using less corrugated.  Check with the Yebo Group as to the alternatives.

3.              Make sure you are using a box that is rated (not overkill) to transport the amount of weight that you are packaging.  There are many grades of corrugated.  Corrugated grades ranging from “non-test” grade to over 1300# Triple wall are all common.  Consult your packaging professional for the proper board strength for your product.

4.            Industry Knowledge can be invaluable; knowing when prices of paper and paperboard go up and down can allow you to better negotiate with your corrugated supplier.  Use sources like Pulp and Paper magazine, available online to gather industry news and paper pricing.  When the paper price has gone down, ask for better pricing will save you big money on shipping cartons.  If paper goes up your corrugated supplier should notify you and give you the ability to pre-buy before the effective price increase date.

5.            Change or Shop corrugated suppliers to create some competition.  The internet is great for shopping for retail products, but not so for industrial products.  You still need to find good local companies and have them quote your corrugated needs.  You want to be the customer that the box salesperson knows will shop pricing at the mere mention of a price increase.  Business relationships do exist, but friendly competitiveness goes a long way to keep your packaging costs down.  Plus introducing a second vendor allows for a back-up supplier and a fresh set of eyes on your process.  Many times savings can come in the way of a changed packaging method or box size.

6.            Change your box to reduce your Shipping Costs.  I know this does not exactly come under the “saving money on your shipping boxes”, but if you can reduce the weight of your box by changing how you package that can reduce your single shipment costs.  Also changing the box size to allow for more of your product on a pallet can increase the total product shipped and in full truckloads or even LTL this can reduce your freight per product.

7.            Buying larger quantities of custom corrugated boxes per order can reduce your box cost.  Most corrugated box manufacturers sell converted boxes by the square foot of corrugated per run.  Square foot price breaks can be as significant as a 20% reduction moving from one square foot board break to the next.  Always have your supplier quote you board breaks.  If you are looking to order between 1000 and 2000 boxes, ask for the board breaks in-between those quantities.  Many times you will find a quantity of 1200 will give you a 10-15% reduced cost over a price for 1000 boxes.  Contact Yebo for the board breaks on your custom boxes.

8.            Just in Time inventory and blanket purchase orders for a period of usage.  Many packaging distributors will stock your custom boxes for you on a “blanket Purchase Order agreement” and release the boxes as you need them.  This will allow you to purchase a larger quantity (usually at a lower cost) and receive boxes as needed.  This should lock you in at a lower price and let you keep your cash flow and inventory the same, as you should only pay for the boxes as you receive them.

Using the above techniques with a good corrugated consultant can result in major packaging cost reductions.  This was specifically written for anyone who is looking to reduce packaging costs.  I hope this article has provided ideas to reduce your packaging and shipping box costs.  The Yebo Group is always working with packaging buyers to reduce costs on material and labor.  Contact us to see how we can help. yebo@yebogroup.com

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Packaging Foam Environmentally Friendly?

May 7, 2010
"Green Packaging Foam"

A sustainable Eco-friendly packaging foam

Natural Packaging Polyurethane Foam by Foamex Innovations

Foamex has a deep commitment to producing “Eco-Friendly” polyurethane foams. Their Variable Pressure Foam Technology has created a great performing packaging foam that is virtually emissions-free. VPF is the most environmentally friendly process for the manufacture of polyurethane foams worldwide.
PolyPlank® Renewby Pregis
PolyPlank® Renewplank foam, a closed-cell foam, is easy to fabricate, resilient and provides excellent non-abrasive properties. PolyPlank® Renewplank foam contains at least 60% and up to 100% recycled pre-consumer raw material content. This makes it an environmentally sensible solution to today’s waste and pollution concerns.
 
Both of these great Environmentally Friendly products address end-customers and consumer’s environmental concerns. Contact Yebo to “green” your protective packaging needs.
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Eco-Friendly Ringed Binders

May 2, 2010

 

Eco-Friendly Binders

Yebo Group Eco-friendly Binder

Everyone is thinking “green” these days. When it comes to eco-friendly binders, chipboard (recycled paperboard) offers two main advantages: it is inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Yebo’s chipboard binders come in two main styles. The first is raw chipboard that is decorated by digital printing, screen printing, foil stamp or de-bossing. The binder covers and spine are biodegradable and have an earthy look and feel.  These environmentally friendly bare board 3-ring binders are FSC certified 100% post-consumer waste and 100% recyclable. Crafted of non-toxic, acid neutral binders board, these eco friendly 3-ring binders offer a stronger, better and economical alternative to vinyl. You can buy these binders with a clear conscience because they are 100% green.

 The second style has a digital or offset lithograph printed sheet that is glued to the raw chipboard on one or both sides and then die cut. To finish your custom binder, we simply assemble a metal ring in position. Get inventive by combining other eco-friendly materials. You will be surprised at the artistic designs and spectacular custom binders available within a “green” environment. The possibilities are endless!

Recycled paperboard Binders have been subjected to a huge amount of strength testing. The hinge is an integral part of the binder, not a separate pieces like most binders.  An independent testing laboratory flexed recycled paperboard binders over 250,000 times without failing, the equivalent of using the binder 20 times a day for 34+ years.

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Why Folding Cartons are Good for the Enviroment.

May 2, 2010
!00% Post COnsumer Paper Board

Folding Carton - Green Packaging

A Folding Carton is one of the most common forms of consumer packaging and one of the easiest to recycle and make from 100% recycled post consumer paper.  Folding cartons are the retail packaging that holds the individual product units and whose primary purpose is to promote and display the product and to generate impulse buying.  Folding Cartons are primarily green packaging, they are environmentally friendly and have an extremely high recycling and recovery record. With the introduction of 100% Post Consumer fiber-board now available and in many options you can create a wonderful carton out of someone else’s trash.  Folding Cartons are one of the Yebo Group’s specialty.

Folding Cartons have come a long way from their simple beginnings in a jewelry store. The technology is changing daily and now almost anything you can imagine can be done with folding cartons. The printing and graphic options are stunning, they are cost effective and extremely versatile as well as strong and durable. Folding Cartons are graphically intense and eye catching, and separate your products from the others on crowded store shelves to help increase sales dramatically. Paperboard folding carton packaging is constantly changing and new technologies, equipment and designs appear on an almost daily basis. With today’s technology the possibilities of what you can package with folding cartons truly is limited only by the imagination.

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Corrugated Options to “Green” your Boxes

May 2, 2010
Recycled Eco-Friendly Boxes

EnviroKraft™ corrugated boxes

EnviroKraft™ corrugated boxes are manufactured using 100% Post Consumer Recycled fibers’.  Most companies are concerned that recycled cardboard (32 ECT for example) will have the same strength as their 100% virgin corrugated sheet counterparts.  However,  EnviroKraft™ recycled corrugated boxes have tested at the same strength as those of the 200# cardboard variety. EnviroKraft™ corrugated is available in strengths from 26ect to 350DW.

Printing is also not an issue with our EnviroKraft™ cardboard boxes.  We can print both gradient and screen printing onto the custom corrugated box giving it the same look that you would expect from a printed Kraft custom cardboard box.  Also, if you are considering using EnviroKraft™ boxes for your corrugated packaging, you may also want to consider using soy based inks.  Soy based inks are more environmentally friendly than petroleum based because they are manufactured with sustainable, earth based materials.

The Yebo Group has EnviroKraft™ corrugated manufacturing facilities in Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, San Jose, CA, Houston, TX, Phoenix, AZ and Chicago, IL.