The Raja Group are very happy to announce the purchase of the distance selling company, Morplan.
Morplan is a major player in the distance selling of retail supplies and equipment for various sectors, including clothing, office supplies and retail equipment. They employ a staff of 120, offer a 500-page catalogue with over 5,000 products and have stores in three of Britain’s major cities (London, Glasgow and Bristol). Morplan have a sales turnover of close to 25 million euros with an operating profit of 10%.
The Raja Group president, Danielle Kapel-Marcovici said of the acquisition;
“Morplan is a great fit in terms of our existing knowledge and expertise in the market place. I am delighted to announce this 9th acquisition; it reinforces our position in the European business to business market and also complements our organic growth.”
The purchase of Morplan will allow the Raja Group to double its volume of business and improve its knowledge and skill base in the UK market in terms of products and customers. It will also facilitate rapid growth in sales for both companies.
This is yet another exciting development; the news of this takeover comes only a matter of weeks since we launched our innovative new online custom packaging-tape system, Rajaprint
We have a little confession to make to you. We haven’t really invented InfusionWrap. We apologise to anyone who got excited about the announcement and hope no one re-wrote their annual budgets around this fake product.
But if you can’t have a little fun on April Fools, then when can you?
Although a couple of patents were gained in America in the 90s for the invention of a scented bubble wrap, we can’t find any evidence that suggests that the product is in development…..or is even a possibility for that matter.
Can we sniff out an opportunity?
That last question got us thinking; if we take a look at the process of how bubble wrap is made, is there any way we can see of introducing a scent or lasting smell?
For those of you who aren’t too sure on how it is made, here is a short walk through of the process.
1) Resin is melted into layers of film
Starting in the form of beads, polyethylene resin is melted down to create the transparent or translucent plastic that forms the bubble wrap. The layers have to be strong enough to properly protect packaged items, but thin enough to pop under the right amount of pressure.
2) Two layers of film are placed together to create a bag
The bag is then filled with air to create a sack.
3) The sack of air is then placed onto a giant vacuum roller
The air sack is placed on to a giant metal roller. The roller looks much like a beehive in the sense that it is covered in small, bubble-sized craters. These craters act as a vacuum which suck in all the air, creating the bubbles that we see in the finished wrap.
4) The cooling plastic sheets bond together
With all the air from the sack now occupying these pockets, the cooling film sheets are left to bond together. The bubble wrap is then taken off of the roller in the form that it will be delivered to the customer.
We can see from this process that the only way of creating a scented version would be to fill the large sack with scented air. However, we couldn’t really guarantee that scent staying fresh for long periods. Most fragrances that last do so because they’re in liquid form.
Did bubble wrap just pop up one day?
Even though scented bubble wrap hasn’t been invented (yet), it is incredible to see just how far the product has come since it was invented in 1957 by Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes. In fact, bubble wrap was originally intended as a wacky new form of wallpaper!
The idea came about when the two fused two shower curtains together, trapping bubbles inside.
People really didn’t buy into it as wallpaper, but were much more interested in bubble wrap as an ingenious way of protecting their valuable packages.
From then, it has come on leaps and bounds, with our range of Rajabul, for example, available in more types than ever before.
Innovations in bubble wrap
Bubble Wrap’s versatility has led to the need to create different strengths of the wrap, as well as different materials for a range of protective packaging uses. Here are just a few examples the different kinds of wrap that you can buy today:
Antistatic Wrap: This dissipates surface charges and prevents the build-up of static charge, perfect for protecting sensitive electronics.
Heavy Duty Wrap: Heavy duty bubble wrap offers triple layer protection, with layers of inner and outer film providing extra strength, ideal for larger products.
Recycled Wrap: Made from at least 15% recycled polythene and is fully recyclable after use.
Blanket Wrap: Made from a tough but soft polythene sheet, the blanket wrap combines the protective qualities of bubble and the softness of a tissue layer that protects furniture and delicate surfaces from scratches and marks.
So, we’re sorry again for fooling you with InfusionWrap, but it is worth remembering how awesome bubble wrap can be!
As number 1 in Europe for Packaging, at Rajapack we continue to innovate in the industry; it was only a matter of weeks ago that we introduced our brand new Rajaprint custom packaging tape system and now, we have an industry-first to unveil.
InfusionWrap™ will be introduced to the RajaBul range of bubble wrap. Customers have always been able to see a product, feel a product, even taste a product in some circumstances. Now, they can smell it as well for a full sensory experience.
By this, we don’t mean the smell of the cardboard or plastic that the item has been packaged in. We mean subtle scents of real products; coffee, fresh-baked bread, flowers, or sizzling bacon. Each bubble in this special edition bubble wrap will release aromas that stimulate the senses and evoke memory recall across a range of emotions.
The science behind the InfusionWrap™ is simple; we’ve used this exact same methodology that perfume manufacturers use when sampling their scents, only we’ve managed to reduce it from a liquid form.
Each bubble of our scented wrap contains 12 Olfactory units of fragrance. These are released once the bubble is popped. As our sense of smell is linked to our memory, the 12 Olfactory units can influence our mood, bring back memories and even effect how we work! This is because our olfactory senses are located in the limbic system, associated with the ‘emotional brain’.
There would be no point sending such an innovative and potentially market-changing product to market if no one could afford it. That’s why, for only £10 more than standard bubble wrap (per unit), you can bring this experience to your customers and enhance their experience when they unwrap your products.
That’s incredible value even if we do say so ourselves.
We truly believe that scented bubble wrap could completely replace standard bubble wrap in a matter of years, so get on board now so you can beat the competition by more than a nose!
Last month saw the return of the Packaging Innovations Expo and once again, Rajapack were there to not only show off some of our great products, but also have a look at what others in the industry have been getting up to.
We sent along Matt and Jules, members of our fantastic internal sales and marketing teams, to report back to us on what was causing a stir at the expo in 2015.
Q. Which particular companies displayed products that really interested you? What were the products?
M. The one product which stood out for me was a super cool 3D printer from a company called ‘Laser Lines’; the whole area of 3D printing is just mind-blowing!
J. I thought there were a few interesting products from several different companies. I really liked the inflatable packaging that ‘Airpack’ were exhibiting and I also thought ‘Your Gift Basket’s’ range of gifting fillers were eye-catching and simple to assemble. ‘CS Labels’ had an incredible array of all types of labelling from embossed to metallic to holographic, in all sizes and colours.
Q. What were the main trends and themes that came out of the expo?
M- Customers are seeing the advantages of paper over air-fill machines and both are becoming popular replacements to loose-fill chips and bubble wrap. Customers also seem to be putting a higher value on efficiency over price and are starting to favour integrated packaging machines.
J. Cost-effectiveness and the need for strong, protective packaging were recurrent themes through the entire Expo. In terms of the types of products most on display, these appeared to be food packaging such as moulding and polypropylene and health and beauty items.
Q. Which products did you display and how were they received?
M. We displayed a selection from our 3500 line product range alongside 3 packaging machines. Our products were really well received, with customers especially interested in personalising their packaging with custom print or sizing. We showcased our new online tool RAJAprint which allows customers to design their own packaging tape online. The Ranpak FillPakTT Cutter, a paper void fill machine, had a lot of interest shown in it due to its efficiency and cost saving properties (as opposed to high volume solutions such as loose fill and bubble wrap). The Opus Mini Bio machine remains one of our most popular systems. Customers like the fact that it is affordable to be bought outright (not on a contract), as well as its speed and efficiency.
J. I agree with Matt. In terms of what we had on display, we also had shelves of customised products and gift lines which were a big draw, a shelving unit with all our core lines and our base packing station.
Q. Do you have any final conclusions that you have drawn from the Expo about the way the industry might be moving over the next 12 months?
M. Customers require more than just a low price from their packaging suppliers. They’re now looking for the whole package: a wide product offering, quick delivery, personalised support both over the phone and in the field, a deep knowledge of the market and ways that we can increase overall efficiency rather than just lowering current product cost.
Customers are looking at custom made or printed solutions as the norm these days and the number of customers going for bespoke solutions will only increase in the months to come.
Rajapack will also be displaying the eDelivery Expo in Birmingham on the 25th and 26th March. Click here for more information.
NEC Birmingham – 25th & 26th March – Hall 3, Stand G11
The eDelivery Expo 2015 will be taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on the 25th and 26th March and we’ll be exhibiting. Make sure you come and say hello to us; we’ll be in Hall 3 at stand G11.
The show, which will be sharing the venue with the Internet Retailing Expo, brings together over 50 of the country’s top packaging and delivery companies in a display of information sharing and trend awareness.
The Expo is a great way of learning about the new products and trends in the packaging industry with free workshops, clinics and conferences helping business owners gain a better understanding of the way the industry is moving. Conferences this year include talks on ‘Click and Collect’ and ‘Fulfilling Customer Expectations in the Final Mile.’
This year, we will be using the expo to showcase our exciting Rajaprint packaging-tape customisation system, showing off other top quality products and innovations such as our carton envelopes, extra flat boxes, paper and air fill packaging machines, and giving free and friendly advice about packaging.
The show takes place on the 25th and 26th of March, opening at 9.30 on both days before closing at 17.00 on the Wednesday and 16.00 on the Thursday.
To join us at the eDelivery Expo, click here to register your details.
We couldn’t be more excited to introduce our brand new packaging-tape customisation system, Rajaprint. Rajaprint is an online system that allows users to choose from varying types of packaging tape before customising them with different colours, texts or brand logos.
We’ve always tried to be the best for our customers and to us that means listening to their requests and trying our best to turn them into workable, affordable products. It also means moving with the evolution of the packaging world.
Rajaprint comes as a reaction to a wave of customer feedback that suggests that customisation is set to be the packaging must-have of 2015.
The list of variables for Rajaprint is impressive, even if we do say so ourselves.
Over 100 different tapes to choose from
2 different widths of tape
Various lengths depending on the tape selected
Tape-materials including Vinyl, Paper, Polypropylene, Cross Woven, Heavy Duty, Low Noise
It’s not just the customised tape that we’re proud of though. The functionality behind the system is seamless and so easy to use. It involves a 3-step process so you can go from start to finish in just a few clicks. Here’s a video to show you more
The added branding potential that customised packaging tape can provide is such a benefit to SME business’ who don’t want the large overheads of specialised branding campaigns. With the Rajaprint, special launch offer customers can buy a stock of custom vinyl tape from just £1.67 per roll (72 roll minimum order) and in the process take care of packaging and branding needs in one go.
We’re pretty proud of the turn-around time as well; business never sleeps and so we’ve made our process as streamlined as possible. Our typical delivery time is just two weeks from design sign-off.
Click on the picture below to try out Rajaprint for yourself, it could be the best thing you do today.
“The entire Raja Group marches for women’s rights!”
To help and support this year’s International Women’s Day, all employees across the 18 companies under the Raja Group umbrella have taken part in a week long mobilisation for Women’s rights.
All 1500 employees were given a free pedometer for the campaign, organised by the Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation, with the goal of achieving 15 million steps.
The attempt was made in support of the Life Project 4 Youth charity, which is currently helping young mothers in the slums of Manila and Jakarta. The charity helps young people living in these slums build better futures for themselves and their families.
Since 2009, 500 young people have been supported by the Life Project 4 Youth, but with many living in vulnerable conditions in these slums, the charity is in vital need of help and support from organisations such as the Raja-Daniele Marcovici foundation.
That is why we are proud to announce that the Raja Group have incredibly met that goal of 15 million steps and therefore a generous donation of €15,000 has been gifted to the LP4Y by the foundation.
This is an incredible amount of money for a charity which does such important work in some of the toughest environments in the world. To put it into context, 15 million steps between 1500 people equates to an average of 10,000 steps (5 miles) per person.
However, The Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation’s support of the Life Project 4 Youth charity has not started and finished with the March for Women’s Rights week. Since 2012, the foundation has supported two centres which specialise in the education and support of young, unmarried mothers.
In that time, the centres have helped over 50 young mothers to learn key entrepreneurial and production skills which will allow them to have control over their lives and build futures for themselves and help lift the communities out of poverty.
About the Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation 2006-2015
Founded in 2006 on the initiative of Daniele Kapel-Marcovici, CEO of the Raja Group, the Raja- Daniele Marcovici Foundation supports community projects for women in France and around the world. It campaigns for women’s rights, the fight against violence against women, education and training, professional and social integration.
To find out more about the work of the Life Project 4 Youth, watch the video below.
We hope you’ve been following our Home Safe Home campaign over the last few weeks. We’ve had a lot of fun building Hector’s mansion and raising money for such a worthwhile charity, but sadly all good things must come to an end.
As of today, the final total raised for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital is a huge £351.46!
We’d like to say a big thank you to all our kind donors and everyone who’s followed our campaign on social media. We hit five targets giving Hector the hedgehog a house, sky dish, garage, garage extension and west wing extension.
Despite our £1,000 target being a little out of reach, our cardboard constructors were having so much fun that they went ahead and built the full mansion anyhow!
You can see all stages of our mansion building below:
Whilst our charity campaign has come to a close, the work at Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital continues. When the nurses and veterinary surgeons are hard at work treating injured hedgehogs, birds and reptiles, the office team are busy keeping up with admin.
To help them out, we’ve also donated over £220 worth of stationery and packaging.
We hope you’ll continue to support Tiggywinkles and keep an eye out for our next charity campaign.
People are concerned with their privacy now more than ever. Dependability is a valuable commodity in business; it can make or break a relationship. You only need check the news to read stories of letters getting lost in the mail, parcels getting damaged or even money being stolen from cards. When sending goods it’s important to know that they’re looked after in transit, but how can you make sure they stay safe?
English posting box by Andy Mabbett
An ideal way to protect a package against alteration or mistreatment is through the use of tamper evident crate seals. These act like a lock that has to be cut to be released, providing visual evidence that boxes or equipment have been opened or used. For added security, the pull-up security seals also have sequential serial numbers printed in black, which means you can track and send items confidently.
For businesses shipping large volumes of goods it’s a little different; in most instances it won’t just be a matter of posting through a letter box and will more likely involve a delivery firm that transports your goods. For bags, a simple pull tight design is perfect for sealing. You’ll be able to track and trace your secure items and see if anything has been altered.
The ideas are simple, but more importantly they offer businesses piece of mind, beyond financial and liability security.
A customer relationship based on trust is absolutely vital for any business. Take Amazon, for example.
Amazon use seller ratings which help you make the decision on whether or not you want to make a purchase from a seller. The idea is simple; if two vendors are selling the same item and one has 60% positive feedback yet the other has 98% positive feedback, then who is a customer more likely to buy from?
In an environment where, for the customer, reliability is as important a currency as money, the affordability and convenience of these simple security measures make them no-brainers.
The most important thing to remember when sending your product to the customer is that their experience doesn’t start when they first use their new item. The impression they have of your company starts when they first receive that package from the delivery person.
A parcel that appears well-cared for, well-secured and immaculately delivered with attention to detail, will leave no doubt in the customers mind that yours is a service worth revisiting.
For most couples, Valentine’s Day will involve flowers, a romantic meal out or maybe even just a night in cuddling on the couch, but what about those in long distance relationships? How do you spoil each other when distance is an obstacle? The answer of course is a good old parcel. But what should you include and how do you make sure it will be safe when posted?
There are many reasons a couple may be apart on Valentine’s Day; students studying in different cities, professionals who have to work abroad, or those away on a business trip that want to make a gesture before they return home. Whatever the reason, sending gifts is a big part of celebrating Valentine’s Day if you’re apart, and don’t worry – posting gifts can be just as romantic as any gesture made in person.
If you’re thinking of sending a parcel for your loved one this Valentine’s Day there are a few things you should consider before packing and sending it:
1. Make sure you can actually send your intended present through the post
Many items are deemed unsafe or unsuitable to send through the post so always check to make sure first. The Royal Mail has a list of restricted goods on their website which includes the following:
Items with batteries more powerful that 100W, including some laptops and power tools
Goods made in foreign prisons
Rules and laws vary from country to country, and additional checks on whether you can send your package are necessary just to be on the safe side.
*unless packaged correctly. See our section below: Packaging presents correctly.
2. Make sure your intended present can survive the trip
Royal Mail suggest that items should not be sent domestically if they would not survive more than 48 hours in transit – this is likely to include popular Valentine’s presents like chocolates and flowers. Both of these items are only seen as restricted by Royal Mail, but flowers are easily crushed, and chocolates can melt; both of these outcomes are likely if posting internationally.
If you’re intending to send flowers, using a courier service that specialises in flower deliveries is a much safer option.
Similarly, if you’re sending crafts or homemade items you will want to make sure they are packaged correctly so they don’t end up broken.
Packaging presents correctly
Alcohol is a very popular present to send through the post, particularly nice bottles of wine. There are however restrictions on these that many people may not be aware of.
Legally, Alcohol with an ABV of 24% or less has to be wrapped in polythene and sealed with tape. This then needs to be surrounded with an absorbent material and enough protective material to prevent unwanted breakages.
The volume of the bottle in the parcel cannot exceed 1 litre per item. This means that most average wine bottles are okay, but larger wine bottles are not – unfortunately you won’t be able to send that Melchizedek of champagne!
All packages containing glass bottles must be clearly labelled as ‘FRAGILE’. As well at this, the sender’s name and return address must be clearly visible on the outer packaging.
For stronger alcohols (those between 24% and 70% ABV) there is one extra restriction to be aware of: no more than two items can be sent in any one package.
Foods are extremely popular around Valentine’s Day (think chocolates and sweets) but they’re actually one of the most heavily restricted things you can send in the post.
As a rule of thumb, all foodstuffs sent through the post must be able to last more than 48 hours in transit; first class postage should always be used.
Like alcohol, all foods must be wrapped in polythene in case of spillages, and must be packed in a strong corrugated cardboard box with adequate protective material.
No frozen water or dry ice is allowed to be sent in the post.
Perfume is extremely restricted so it’s good to know the facts before you go sending some to your lover. Firstly, the volume per item must be less that 150ml. Secondly, the perfume must be in its original unopened packaging. Thirdly, it must be wrapped in a strong outer layer of packaging with a generous amount of cushioning to prevent breakages. Finally (and most importantly) the package must clearly have an ID8000 label attached to the outside.
To get an ID8000 label, the package and the goods must be presented to the Post Office counter.
Clothing and other soft goods
When sending clothing to your loved one it’s worth noting that although there aren’t as many restrictions, there are some good pieces of advice worth following.
Firstly, boxes are not necessary for sending clothing, however if you want to reduce the risk of damage a box may be worth considering. Secondly, if you’re sending other items with the clothing, say for instance chocolate, you may want to separate the items with polythene packaging to prevent marks and stains.
Sending presents through the post is a great way of spoiling your loved one on Valentine’s Day when you can’t be there, but there are many restrictions you must be aware of when sending alcohol, food stuff, perfume and clothing.
By remembering to wrap things properly to avoid breakages, most things will be fine, especially if sent first class.
If in doubt, always ask a member of staff at the Post Office, and always remember: get proof of postage and insurance if the items are expensive or valuable.