The leaves are changing colors, the air is getting crisper and Halloween is right around the corner! We don’t know about you but at SSI Packaging Group we can’t help but get excited for this spooky and sweet holiday. To get in the spirit check out these 7 fun things you can do with packaging supplies to make this year the best yet!
1) Packing Tape Mummy Hands
This creepy party decoration is made from common packing tape that has been wrapped loosely around someone’s hand and then removed. The key step for this craft is to make sure the sticky part of the tape is facing out- away from the skin of whoever your lucky helper is. This prevents the tape from sticking to their hand, avoiding any discomfort when it comes time to remove it! You can replicate this with clear or matte tape depending on if you are going for a mummified or ghostly effect- but either way we think it’s pretty creepy! The tutorial we found even suggests putting some string led lights inside of the hands for an eerie effect when the lights are out. Check out how to do it here.
2) Shrink wrap spider web
If you have any leftover shrink-wrap lying around the house it could be a fun activity to take it outside and make some giant spider webs. All you have to do is twist the shrink wrap into strands and string them together from whatever location you think is best (trees are a good option because they have a lot of anchoring points). Check out the how-to video to find out more.
3) Bubble Wrap Jellyfish Costume
This idea might sound a little familiar to you if you read our post on 7 unconventional things to do with bubble wrap. For Halloween this year it would be a fun idea to take any leftover bubble wrap that you have and transform it into a jellyfish costume! All you need is some extra fabric, a wide brimmed sun hat, and a little bit of bubble wrap. We got our inspiration from instructables and there are tons of cool jellyfish costume ideas on the web!
4) Cardboard Box Robot Costume
This cute costume was made out of simple and easy to find materials. All you need to create the perfect robot costume are some cardboard boxes. Get creative with layers of tinfoil, bottle caps, pot scrubbers or anything else shiny or futuristic! We think you’ll have fun inventing this costume. Find out how here.
5) Bubble Wrap Stamps
A great idea for a Halloween party craft, these bubble wrap stamps are super easy to make and fun to do with kids. It’s pretty simple to do, you paint the bubble side of the bubble wrap to create your desired design, making sure to only paint the bubbles and not the spaces in-between. Then you lightly press onto craft paper, and decorate the results as you want! The full instructions for this craft give great ideas for designs.
6) Sushi Loose Fill Costume
Ever wonder what to do with leftover packing filling? This ambitious sushi costume uses some to imitate rice, and we think it has an awesome effect! If you want to try you hand at creating this awesome idea check out the link, but be careful- it might make you hungry!
7) Paper Tube Bats
Leftover paper tubes are transformed into bats, which you can hang from your walls for a cool decorating effect or even stuff with candy and hand out as party favors. This could be a great activity to do with kids at Halloween events this season. Follow the tutorial for the best results!
SSI Packaging Group is here to provide quality service to the greater Richmond Virginia area. We hope that your holiday is full of spooky fun, and if you need any materials to help make it a success don’t hesitate to contact us for all of your packaging supply needs!
When it comes to finding the best shipping method for your business, there’s a lot of information on the web about various approaches and courier services. To help clear up any information overload this article quickly breaks down some key things to consider when choosing your desired shipping method. By keeping these important issues in mind you’ll soon be on your way to developing an efficient shipping process for your business.
Parcel Service vs LTL
Historically parcel service was intended for the shipment of parcels that were heavier than letter post, yet weigh less than 150 pounds. Today due to changes in how couriers calculate shipment pricing it is possible to still qualify for parcel service for a package that weighs more than 150 pounds, providing that the packaging holds to size requirements. Some carriers use a technique called dimensional weight, or dim weight, to calculate an estimated weight based on the length, width and height of a package. Basically the carriers realized that they were losing money by charging less for large packages that weighed very little (for example, a pillow) and that took up more room in their shipping containers. Although traditionally cheaper than Less Than Truckload (LTL) shipping, parcel service can carry with it some risk of damage or delay. If you are shipping large packages Less Than Truckload shipping is probably a better option for you than parcel service, depending on the dimensions of your product. LTL shipping service is generally geared for shipments that weigh anywhere from 151 to 20,000 pounds, and can be found at many common carriers. Traditionally known as the cheaper option, its important to remember the various ways that dim weight may impact the price of shipping items vis LTL.
National vs Regional Carriers.
FedEx and UPS are the shipping giants currently dominating the courier industry. But depending on your shipping needs it could be a good idea to investigate the options available at regional carriers. Regional carriers serve specified areas in the United States, and are generally smaller and can offer lower costs and higher degrees of flexibility as a result. Because most regional carriers use truck hubs to transfer their packages they avoid expensive airline costs, and pass those savings on to their consumers. In addition, because of their regional status shipments can arrive to their destinations more quickly and you could be charged less for the speed of the service. Their smaller status also means that contracts and pricing regulations can sometimes be easier to understand than those of bigger carriers. However, there are some benefits to using the big carriers. With their larger size they also have greater opportunity for resources and technology, more access to complex routes, and a bigger reach in general. This reach does mean that they can be slower and more expensive than regional carriers because they have bigger delivery area surcharges and higher accessorial costs. However, these revenue thresholds are always negotiable. To decide between these two options you should first consider shipping distance, and then compare the various pricing systems.
Another concern when shipping your items could be temperature. Temperature controlled freight shipping is available for goods that are climate sensitive and that require specialized storage to preserve their quality. Keep in mind that it might benefit you to do some research on the climate that your product will be shipped through, and to make necessary adjustments in which service you choose based on temperature. Rules and regulations regarding dry ice can impact the nature of your shipment, and the materials of packaging that you use can also be impacted by industry standards. Finally, you should determine how time sensitive the items you are shipping are. Standard package delivery is typically 4 to 14 business days, so if your customer places a high value on quick delivery you can opt to provide next day shipping service, which ensures that you ship your product for it to arrive the following business day.
We hope that these insights have helped you get a better grasp on how to determine the best shipping method for your company. SSI Packaging Group is a team of shipping and packaging specialists that are dedicated to serving any and all of your packaging needs. We pride ourselves on providing personalized, flexible and reliable service. Call us at (804) 649-1111 to speak with a representative or view our products to find out more.
So you've been needing to replace the inkjet coder in your production line, but you're just not sure how to get it approved? Maybe your labeler is on the brink and you're tired of it slowing production while someone fishes out the old sticky labels. Old machines don't last forever, they need to be replaced.
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