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Posts made in February, 2016

Buying From Manufacturer Saves Industry

Buying From Manufacturer Saves Industry

By on Feb 29, 2016 in Packaging, Uncategorized | 0 comments

The office and home stationery industry is in collapse, especially in the USA. This has little to do with increasing office automation (which does put exertion on the trade), but more to do with the way that office stationary has been sold in the past. Today Staples is the largest supplier of home and office stationary in the USA, second only to the international sales and hegemony of Amazon.com. They alone have the ability to raise prices because of their dominance in the market. Unfortunately, this situation has come as a result of the habits of wholesalers, stationers and manufacturers. Businesses and families initially purchased all stationary from stationers who made profits as a result of buying in bulk from manufacturers. However, wholesalers began to sell products at a markedly more expensive price, but with better service. Stationers, in turn, began to drastically undercut the prices offered by wholesalers, making much more sales but at less profit. This left many stationers as well as wholesalers going bankrupt, leaving the majority of sales to the larger wholesalers who managed to stay afloat; such as Staples and Office Depot. We see a similar situation unfolding in South Africa too. This issue may be curtailed by purchasing directly from manufacturers. Manufacturers are known to charge directly at list price, which is sometimes more expensive for the smaller office and family, but is unmatched in terms of service. Many manufacturers, like Design Packaging & Tapes, are committed to delivering customer satisfaction, and all of our home and office stationary and packaging materials can be delivered to your address. Purchasing directly from office stationary manufacturers is also likely to sustainably support the trade, leading to long-term profits, healthy competition, and low costs for all. The same can be said of the packaging industry where support for the local packaging business will benefit all. For all your packaging materials and corrugated cardboard office supplies, make sure that you contact Design Packaging & Tapes today! Make sure you keep up to date with news and industry developments by checking out our blog page...

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Packaging Trends in the New Year

Packaging Trends in the New Year

By on Feb 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Yes, we know it’s February already, but we thought we’d give you a heads-up as to what the market expects from product packaging in the year 2016 and, in turn, how we can make these trends work for you and your brand. Here’s a short list of packaging trends to expect in the year 2016: Customers and consumers are looking for clear labelling and concise information on the packaging. Customers have taken this one step further by expecting to see the actual product. Die-cut corrugated cardboard boxes are the perfect solution to this requirement because of die cut boxes’ ability to have windows die cut into their shape. Customers are looking for for sustainable methods of packaging. This actually makes corrugated cardboard boxes incredibly attractive forms of packaging because they are environmentally ‘friendly’ when compared to plastic packaging measures. New materials are also being developed on a continual basis that help make corrugated cardboard a better product for sustainable use. In a day and age where people are looking for more creativity, packaging is required to be more flexible. Interesting and creative packaging designs can be replicated perfectly onto die cut corrugated boxes because of the state-of-the-art machinery and tools. As long as a box can be shaped, and is still functional, then the only limit is one’s creativity. Another trend in 2016 will be that of economic packaging. Gone are the days where the packaging equals the costs of product production. Again, cardboard packaging is one of the cheaper materials on the market and really allows brands to cut costs that are normally exaggerated ‘modern’ plastic packaging. Ultimately, 2016 will be a year in which packaging needs to be both simple yet creative. Brands are also looking for cheaper methods of packaging their products, but they are still concerned about the environmental impact of their packaging. If your brand is looking for cutting-edge corrugated cardboard packaging products then make sure you contact Design Packaging & Tapes today. We have the cardboard packaging solution for...

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Save The Seas And Recycle Plastic

Save The Seas And Recycle Plastic

By on Feb 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

A recent study by the World Economic Forum found that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish. At this stage more than $100-billion worth in plastic enters the world’s waste stream only after a single use, and the majority of the plastic is deposited into natural ecosystems, oceans in particular. Some may be surprised at the size of some of the ocean’s plastic islands that circle the globe with the major currents, but most plastic waste does not conglomerate in this fashion; it spreads out and contaminates all areas in the ocean. Unfortunately, the plastic that we regularly dispose of in the oceans results in the loss of marine life, and the actual mass of plastic within the oceans is expected to double within the next 20 years. This is as plastic production is set to increase at a dizzying pace. Plastic is still considered the finest packaging material on the planet, and is used in almost all packaging and in all industries. This is not good use for the wildlife in our oceans. Plastic is often thrown away after its initial use and is hardly recycled. This is because plastic is relatively cheap to produce, and the recycling process actually costs more than the production process from petrolium to plastic. Plastic takes many hundreds or even thousands of years to degrade, and without proper recycling it will continually pollute our oceans and destroy marine life. Recent efforts have been made to find ways of making the recycling process both cheaper and easier. Methods include converting recycled plastic into a hard hydrocarbon that can be used as a feed in plastic production, or as a heavy fuel for use in heating or power production. Design Packaging & Tapes is a countrywide destributor of the finest quality plastic packaging materials that includes pallet-wrap, shrink-wrap and plastic bags. However, just because we produce excellent plastic packaging products from our factory-warehouse in Gauteng, does not mean that we advocate the littering and dumping of plastic materials. We encourage all businesses and individuals to find ways of recycling their plastic waste, or ensuring that it gets sent to a responsible waste management business that ensures the recycling...

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Do Paperless Offices Still Require Paper?

Do Paperless Offices Still Require Paper?

By on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

It’s already the second month of February, and time shows no signs of slowing down, and it is probably for this reason that we decided to look at the idea of a paperless office and ask a few important questions. Because we’re heading into the future at such a pace, the adoption of the ‘paperless office’ idea has caught on, and may have some serious implications regarding the paper and packaging industry. Firstly, what is the paperless office? A paperless office is exactly that: an office that runs all it’s product/service production and value chains, as well as administration, without a physical paper trail. Everything is electronic. With the rise of electronics, cloud technology, and high-speed internet, nothing has to be recorded on paper when information can be transferred almost instantly via a screen. What does this mean for paper products? Understandably, the demand for paper, and paper products such as files and organizational boxes, has taken a dip. Fewer offices require paper, and this has meant that a lot of paper suppliers have gone out of business. The demand for paper declines every year as more and more companies look to move their business online and electronically. Will the need for paper products diminish entirely? Paper required for printing documentation will likely diminish entirely, yes. However, there will always be a need for paper packaging. Design Packaging and Tapes supplies a number of paper products that are used in the packaging industry, and for packaging within the office. This includes products like brown wrapping paper, tissue paper, and newsprint paper. There is always a need for paper packaging, even in a paperless office. This paper can be used to move hardware and office furniture, as well as a number of other office supplies. Check out our full range of paper packaging supplies, check here. Although you may never again require printing paper, ensure that your office is never short of packaging paper. For all your paper packaging supplies, contact Design Packaging & Tapes today!...

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