October 18, 2015
It is getting to that time again. Planning for the Christmas sales explosion and the time when you are on leave and what your box needs will be is not all that complicated but is made difficult more because it is a last minute thought. While I will do a lot of business out of people being disorganised, we offer a few tips to help our customers plan. So how do you work out your Christmas box needs?
What is your sales forecast?
OK, many of you are thinking it is not that simple!! Problem is some planning is better than none. So look at your sales forecast against box usage. If you are expecting to do 50% of your sales in the last 3 months of the year then you will need to have 50% of your box usage orders planned. But I don’t want to be overstocked!! I hear you call. One solution is to give your Boxologist a forward order for October, November and December to be confirmed at the end of the first week of each month. That way the bulk of the work is done in advance and can be fine tuned as you go.
If things get hectic at your place then talk to your Boxologist about scheduling a call at particular times to remind you to check usage and forecast. What about setting minimum stock levels and having your Boxologist monitor your levels via email or visiting and recommending order quantities for your approval?
Before you go on leave talk to your Boxologist about possible needs that may arise and introduce us to someone who will look after box supply in your absence. Luckily we are always available to meet your needs.
Boxology is not Rocket Surgery but relies on some planning.
Ask your Boxologist. We are happy to help.
September 27, 2015
Packaging tape, how simple is this? Well, I am learning about the different types of adhesives available and what they are good for.
Once you get into any subject you find what looks so simple has levels of complexity that is hidden until you dig.
Acrylic adhesive packaging tape
Often described as a budget packaging tape because it is cheaper. Some find it doesn’t stick to boxes!! Generally Acrylic tapes have good adhesive performance but the bond improves over time. Acrylic tapes are recommended for taping boxes that will be used in a cold environment.
- Cost effective
- Bond improves over time
- Performs well in Cold environments
- Have better heat, UV and shear resistance
- Can be hard to stick initially
- Not suited to dusty environments
- Can be hard to stick to recycled cardboard
Hot Melt Rubber Adhesive packaging tape
Great all-rounder best used in normal environmental conditions. Known for quick, consistent and reliable bond and excellent strength in transport.
- Quick bond
- Secure over time
- Not ideal in cold conditions
Natural Rubber Adhesive packaging tape
King of packaging tape. Has similar properties to Hot Melt Adhesive but more aggressive. It has better hold and can be used in dusty environments.
- Hi Tack
- Great for recycled cardboard
- Great for heavy loads
- More expensive
In conclusion, if being cost effective is important you may need to give Acrylic tape time for the bond to increase to get best results. If tape and forget in normal environments is what you are after then a Hot Melt tape is recommended. If you have heavy loads in unfriendly conditions then Natural Rubber may be just the ticket.
Ask your Boxologist. We are happy to help.
August 8, 2015
What I love when talking to new box users is explaining the complexities that can be involved in packing a product. The right box for the product can depend on the protection needed, the positioning that the company wants for the product and the packaging budget. Unfortunately these factors can compete. Other issues can be the quantity required to purchase to make the box cost effective and whether the user can actually store a cost effective quantity (“my wife said that if I put one more thing in this house she’ll . . .” starting out entrepreneur). One simple answer is stock holding boxes. We will hold up to 3 months stock and allow you to take small quantities as required. We handle this by invoicing for the total quantity when manufactured and for any extra deliveries as deliveries are made. We are happy to help!
Do you need a Boxologist?
May 9, 2015
I recently had to visit VicRoads to change over the registration on my car. I feared a long wait, having to come back as the form was incorrect or was filled out with blue pen instead of black. I was expecting to write off hours.
But instead I was met at the ticket machine for the queuing system by a man who greeted me warmly, asked what I was there to do and checked over my paperwork before I sat down declaring all in order. I had a 5 minute wait before being called to the desk, paperwork processed, credit card accessed and I was on my way. It was a thoroughly pleasant customer service experience.
I can only aspire to create the same feelings in those who deal with Boxes to Go.