Packaging Innovations 2015 Wrap Up

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.

Packaging Innovations 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.

 

We’ll be at eDelivery Expo 2015, hope to see you there

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 eDelivery Expo at the NEC- 25th and 26th March

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 look forward to seeing you there.

Rajapack are proud to introduce to you…RAJAPRINT

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.

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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.

Rajaprint

 

Helping Communities – Celebrating International Women’s Day

The Raja-Daniele Marcovici Foundation

“The entire Raja Group marches for women’s rights!”

Raja Group employees marched for international women's day.

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.

The Life Project 4 Youth charity at work.

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.

Tiggywinkles charity campaign comes to a close

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!

Thank you!

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:

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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.

Privacy when Posting

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?

Post Box Picture

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.

Trust

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.

Sending Presents for Valentine’s Day

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.

Image of Pink Roses

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:

  • Alcohol*
  • Batteries*
  • Electronic devices
  • Lighters
  • Living creatures
  • Magnets
  • Perfumes and aftershaves
  • Flowers
  • Food
  • Sharp objects*
  • Paint 

As well as a list of prohibited goods, which includes the following:

  • Items with batteries more powerful that 100W, including some laptops and power tools
  • Living creatures
  • 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

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. 

Food Stuffs

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

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. 

In Conclusion

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.

Amazing Uses of Packaging Tape

We all know about the many uses of packaging tape in the office, but what if you think outside the box? We have looked at some amazing and creative uses of tape, and have found some fantastic surprises!

Whether it’s being used to make a Batman mask, or one of the many impressive sculptures in this fantastic competition from Scotch tape, it just goes to show that there’s more to tape than meets the eye.

It’s not just a matter of sticking things together, there is so much more you can do; whether it’s making yourself some trousers, or even some new and unique shoes, the items below show just what can happen with packaging tape and a little imagination.

 Batman Mask by Seamster

Batman Mask by seamster

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 Computer Case

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Amazing art sculpture from tape

Tape Sculptures at Blaze Press

Masking tape pants

Tape Trousers by Music Paints the Soul

Tape flip flops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flip Flops by Tree-hugger

Rajapack stocks a wide range of packaging tape and strapping which is available here, offering services including personalised packaging tape with a free quote available within 48 hours.

What could you create with a roll of packaging tape? We’d love to see your imaginative designs!

 

We’ll be at Packaging Innovations 2015, hope to see you there!

NEC Birmingham – 25th & 26th February – Hall 9, Stand G37

We’re very excited to be exhibiting at Packaging Innovations 2015 once again. As the UK’s leading packaging event with over 350 exhibitors, if you’re looking for new solutions for your organisation you’re sure to find it here!

Packaging Innovations 2015

Don’t miss this year’s top packaging event

Come and say hello at the Rajapack stand G37, in Hall 9 next to the Networking Bar. Our experts will be on hand to help you plan your warehouse, improve efficiency, save money, reduce damages, safely ship fragile products, and much more. Plus we’ll be demonstrating our new range of packaging machines, including the fast and compact FillPak TT and the mobile PadPak Junior.

Every year, Packaging Innovations showcases the very latest inspiration, trends and technology in the packaging world. To reserve your place at Packaging Innovations 2015, register online now for free.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Hector’s mansion grows and so does our fundraising!

Since our last blog entry just three short days ago, we’ve had huge support for our Home Safe Home campaign!

We’ve now raised over £290 for Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital and our team of cardboard constructors have added a garage and garage extension to Hector’s mansion:

Hedgehog mansion stage 4

Hector’s cause has been a big hit on social media too and he’s even had a mention from comedienne, Pam Ayres.  We’d like to say a big thank you to all our kind donors and followers.

Help us support Tiggywinkles

This incredible charity is totally reliant on public generosity. Each year they treat over 10,000 hedgehogs, deer, badgers, foxes, wild birds and reptiles who have been injured, before releasing them back into the wild.

It’s great to see so much support for such a worthwhile charity and we’re really looking forward to seeing what next week holds.  Will we raise enough to give Hector a west wing extension?

We hope so!