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How To Prevent Shipping Damage

Protective packaging products keep your items safe during shipment and pay for themselves many times over. When your customers receive undamaged goods, you gain numerous benefits that may be taken for granted:

  • Costly returns and replacements are avoided.
  • Customers are more likely to write positive online reviews — promoting new sales leads.
  • You maintain a high vendor rating, keeping your position as a supplier solidly intact.
  • You maintain goodwill and improve customer retention.

What’s the Best Packaging Design to Prevent Shipping Damage?

In any secondary product packaging design with the goal of damage reduction, three fundamentals must be considered:

  • Product shifting. Obviously, you wouldn’t toss 10 ceramic coffee mugs into a shipping box, seal it and ship it — the mugs would shift in the box and break before they left your loading dock.
  • Surface protection. Delicate items such as glass, mirrors, and many metal and plastic parts have surfaces that can be marred unless they are carefully protected from abrasion within the master shipping container.
  • Impact. Accidents will happen: When shipping containers are dropped, banged into, and/or roughly handled, various types of packaging materials are used to cushion the blow.

Protective Packaging to Prevent Product Shifting

Many time-tested and highly innovative packaging options are available, including:

  • Corrugated or chipboard partitions, frequently used for small parts and extremely fragile items (e.g., glass ampules). Partitions are custom-made for a snug fit and can be layered in a master shipper with corrugated or chipboard sheets.
  • Mailing tubes in short lengths function similarly to partitions when items are inserted in them within a master shipper.
  • Void fill materials, such as bubble packaging, polyethylene foam, inflatable bags and kraft paper can be stuffed into the master container to fill any empty space and keep the contents solidly in place.

Protective Packaging to Prevent Abrasion

Keeping product surfaces safe may require a bit of testing; here are some of the best packaging design options:

  • Polypropylene foam has extremely good surface protection characteristics, and can be used to wrap your item or as an interleaving sheet. Flexible and easy to handle, thicker grades offer cushioning protection as well.
  • Masking films and papers have various adhesive or cohesive coatings that are widely used for glass, metal and many plastic materials such as windshields, microwave doors and appliance surfaces. While they can be pricey, they are worth their weight in gold when surface damage creates expensive rework or scrapped product.
  • Plastic bumpers or spacers are used between layers of, for instance, metal sheets to keep surfaces from coming in contact.

Packaging to Prevent Damage From Impact

In addition to the many types of packaging materials used for cushioning — flexible polyethylene foams, bubble packaging, industrial papers, inflatable bags, flowable “peanuts,” etc. — the shipping container itself is an important consideration.

  • Corrugated shipping boxes can be strengthened by using heavier board or more corrugated layers, and also by using a strong design. For instance, a full-overlap box, where the top and bottom flaps completely overlap rather than meet in the box’s center, provide additional strength.
  • Mailing and shipping tubes provide a great deal of strength and protection, and are not only effective for impact resistance, but also enhance shipping efficiency and reduce material cost for packaging any item with a long, narrow profile.

Have questions about what protective packaging items make sense in your operation? Please contact us now — we are eager to learn more about your application and help you find the best packaging design possible.

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How To Ship Posters

Twist-n-Pull Mailing Tubes for sending PostersPosters, regardless of size, are some of the most challenging items to ship — first and foremost because they can’t be folded, which rules out the easiest form of packaging: Corrugated boxes.

To keep posters in perfect condition, poster shipping tubes are the best option. Rolling them obviously prevents creasing; beyond that, poster packaging tubes are reasonably priced and efficient to package for parcel or palletized shipping.

Here are key factors to keep in mind when selecting poster mailing tubes:

  • Be sure to select a tube with a large enough diameter to prevent or minimize curling. Rolling your poster too tightly can cause permanent curling and/or create problems for the recipients of your posters. Not sure which diameter is right? Test different sizes, or contact us for recommendations. The two main variables in your selection are poster dimensions and paper stock.
  • Select a tube with a thick enough wall to stand up to whatever conditions your poster will be exposed to in transit and storage. Heavier poster shipping tubes are recommended for LTL truck shipments and some parcel carriers. Lighter poster mailing tubes are recommended for U.S. mail, courier services, etc., where the poster will be handled more gently.
  • If your poster is valuable or will be exposed to moisture, vermin infestation or other hostile environmental conditions, a coated poster tube will offer the necessary level of protection.
  • Closure of the tube is a very important consideration. Some poster packaging tubes have end caps that require the use of staples, glue or tape. These items, especially staples, can damage the poster during the packaging process. Additionally, removing the caps at the receiving end can be a clumsy affair, again opening the door for damage. Metal caps are another closure product that can damage posters, and also damage fingers. Erdie Industries, Inc.’s patented Twist-n-Pull® poster tubes have plastic end caps that require no tape, staples, etc. —relieving you of all of these potentially serious problems.
  • Quality considerations are another important item, and ones that can be easily overlooked when a poster container is viewed as a mere commodity. The fact is, there are high-quality manufacturers of poster packaging tubes (like Erdie Industries, Inc.!) and others that are, well … not so good. Quality issues that can cause poster damage include loose-fitting or inconsistently fitting caps; excessive dust inside the tube; and low-quality cardboard with too high a recycled content that makes the poster vulnerable to puncture, crushing and other shipping stress. In addition, if printing is desired for branding or product identification, a poor-quality print job will hurt the cause rather than help it.
  • Consider the trade-offs between stock tubes and custom-made tubes. A stock size may not offer the perfect fit, but may still work well enough. For smaller quantities of poster tubes, a custom size may be cost prohibitive, but be sure to check with the manufacturer before ruling anything out.

Not sure where to buy poster tubes? Please contact us for more information, samples, a quotation or to discuss a challenging poster packaging application. We specialize in poster tubes, and are eager to help you find the perfect, cost-effective solution.

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Mailing Tube Ideas for the Holidays

posted on 11/13/2015

The holidays are coming and there’s no need to be completely traditional.

The holiday season is the time for mailing gifts of joy, gifts, and love. However, it might be nice to throw in something a little different, like sending holiday cookies in a mailing tube, filling one with candy or other goodies, or even sending a letter written on the back of wrapping paper and put inside the tube (make sure they don’t just throw it out! - maybe add a post-it note or something that says “read this!”

Homemade Wrapping PaperMake your own wrapping paper

You could make your own wrapping paper by painting plain white paper, or even newspaper for that bohemian feel. (This applies to wrapping gifts as well.) You don’t have to be an artist, just paint some shapes or crazy random brush strokes that will give it that personal touch and originality. The worse an artist you are, the more your recipient will enjoy it. It’s also good art therapy to work out some of that holiday stress.

A twist on traditional stockings

You could start a tradition of sending stocking stuffer gifts in mailing tubes and sending them to distant friends and family. The tradition of hanging stockings on the mantel may someday be replaced by hanging mailing tubes anyway (we can hope), and you will have been a part of that.

Bah Humbug bomb

If there are any Scrooges in your life you could send them a “glitter bomb” - a mailing tube that when opened launches glitter into the air or onto their lap. It’s pretty harmless but a real bother to clean up. You didn’t hear about that here.

Snail mail vision board

If you have kids, they could make a holiday board - like a vision board, made up of clipped photos from magazines pasted on flexible cardboard that you can roll into a tube and send. You have to admit, going analog with this is much better than sending a group email with something created in Photoshop. Each holiday board would be unique. Let the recipient see the gluey fingerprints and smudges that give it that human touch.

We are hopeful that our mailing tubes will find their way into your creative holiday ideas. But if they don’t, we hope you’ll still use them for the more practical day-to-day stuff like protecting things from damage in the mail. Happy Holidays!

- See more at: http://www.erdie.com/blog/show/mailing-tube-holiday-ideas#sthash.4FJuclsG.dpuf

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Halloween Costumes Made From Cardboard Mailing Tubes

Buying a costume from the store is easy and convenient. But, they all look the same. WIth a little bit of creativity and the right supplies, you can have a unique, affordable and relatively easy Halloween costume made from cardboard tubes.

Bowl of mac n cheese

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mac n cheese cardboard tube costume
Via DIY Network

Easy as Easy Mac to create. If you child is crazy about mac n cheese, this is a very unique costume that will stand out in a crowd. Add a fork using cardboard mailing tubes for even more creativity.

Wind up doll

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wind up doll cardboard Halloween costume
Via eHow.com

It literally can’t get any easier than this costume. This is a cute costume when you’re in a pinch for time and money. Check out the instruction here.

Safari explorer

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cardboard safari Halloween costume
Via RealSimple.com

With a few simple supplies including cardboard tubes, your kids can have a unique Halloween costume that is also recyclable and environmentally friendly.

Lumberjack

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lumberjack Halloween costume with axe made from cardboard mailing tubes
Via Pinterest

Another quick and simple last minute costume. Most of us have the supplies needed for this including a cardboard tube, flannel shirt, hat, a little bit of dark makeup for the beard and some strategically placed duct tape for the axe.

Jet pack

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jet pack Halloween costume made from cardboard tubing
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Not only is this a one of a kind addition to a Halloween costume, it’s also great for playing dress up. Kids will love decorating their own jet packs and blasting off into imagination. Using a cereal box, a couple pieces of cardboard tubes, duct tape, and some foil, you’re on your way to making a creative and multipurpose costume accessory.

Stock up on a variety of cardboard mailing tubes for your Halloween costumes this year. Erdie has the mailing tubes you need to create one of a kind Halloween costumes that are affordable and durable to be used more than once. Get more tips for Halloween including decorating with cardboard mailing tubes.

- See more at: http://www.erdie.com/blog/show/halloween-costumes-made-from-cardboard-mailing-tubes#sthash.kdPJTHvE.dpuf

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Halloween Cardboard Mailing Tube Craft Ideas for Kids

on 10/15/2015
Halloween is quickly approaching which means enlisting the kiddos to create crafts is a good way to keep them busy and decorate if you’re in a pinch. Cardboard mailing tubes are perfect for Halloween and there are endless ways to use them.

Mummy tube
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Via Havtive.com

What you’ll need:

Cardboard tube
Toilet paper
Googly eyes
Glue
These mummy crafts are so simple that even that kids of all ages can help with these. They’re really cute too and are perfect for hanging from the ceiling.

Tube spider

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spider Halloween craft made from cardboard tubes
Via Creative Family Fun

What you’ll need:

Cardboard tubes
Googly eyes
Black paint
Black pipe cleaners
These creepy crawlers are the perfect Halloween craft for the kids to add their creative touch to. Use the pipe cleaners to make your spider crawl, attach to doorways or hang from the ceiling.

Halloween candy holder

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Halloween candy holders made from cardboard tubes
Via Quirky Inspired

What you’ll need:

Cardboard tubes
Black craft paint
Other decorative supplies (optional)
These candy holders are perfect to give as Halloween gifts or even for trick or treaters. Personalize them for parties and fill them with goodies.

Toilet paper tube pumpkins

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Halloween pumpkin cardboard crafts
Via Craft Morning

What you’ll need:

Toilet paper roll
Tape
Orange, brown, and green paint
Easy and quick to make, these toilet paper pumpkin art can be framed for Halloween decorations and kept as keepsakes from your children’s artistic past.

Scary eyes

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Scary Halloween ideas made from cardboard mailing tubes
Via DIY & Crafts

What you’ll need:

Cardboard tube
Various colors of glow in the dark sticks
This is one of the cheapest crafts/decorations that your kids will love to do. Stick them in the bushes and watch them light up at night.

There are so many ways to use cardboard tubes to create crafts to decorate with. Check out our article on using cardboard tubes for Halloween costumes to get more ideas for the upcoming holiday.

Stock up on cardboard mailing tubes and turn them into creative Halloween crafts for the kiddos. Erdie has a selection of tube sizes to fit your craft needs.

- See more at: http://www.erdie.com/blog/show/halloween-cardboard-tube-craft-ideas-for-kids#sthash.5hyToIoe.dpuf

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Halloween Decorating with Cardboard Mailing Tubes

on 10/08/2015

Halloween is just around the corner and their millions of ideas flooding the internet on decorations, costumes, and party favors. To make things a little easier for you, we’ve compiled some great halloween decoration ideas that are simple to make and look amazing. Using cardboard mailing tubes is a very inexpensive way to have scary, creepy, and fun looking Halloween decorations for indoor and outdoor use.

Faux dripping black candles

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What you need:

  • Cardboard mailing tubes or alternate cardboard tubes
  • Hot glue gun
  • Flat black spray paint
  • LED tealight candles

Easy to get a cool, black drippy candle effect, perfect for Halloween. Use the glue gun to glue the cardboard tubes together to assemble them in any order you want. Then use the same glue gun to create the dripping effect.

Once the glue dries, apply at least one coat of the black spray paint. When the paint is dry, add the LED lights and you’re done!

Prison Shackles

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What you need:

  • Two pieces of cardboard mailing tubes at least 2” in diameter
  • Foam core
  • Plastic chain (dollar store)
  • Paint of choice (this one uses a rust paint)
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Cut away about a ¼ inch piece from the cardboard tube and insert the foam core (cut a hole in the middle for the chain) and glue the seams together. Connect the chain to the foam core and use the paint of your choosing and you have some cool looking shackles to go with the rest of your Halloween decorations.

Cardboard tube skeleton

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What you need:

  • At least 8 cardboard tubes
  • Large cardboard box for the body
  • Black and white paint
  • White construction paper
  • String
  • Hot glue gun
  • Regular glue

This is a perfect craft for the kids to help out with. Cut out the head of the skeleton using cardboard and use the white construction paper to make the ribs, fingers and toes. Use the string to piece together the cardboard tubes for the arms and legs. Here is step by step instruction.

Witch Under the Mat

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 What you need:
  • Cardboard mailing tubes
  • Green striped stockings
  • Glue

Ding dong the witch is dead. Make a cool front door decoration using cardboard mailing tubes. You can use cotton batting if you don’t have cardboard tubes. Put stockings over the cardboard tubes and glue them under the mat and add some high heel shoes.

There are so many different Halloween decorations you can create using cardboard mailing tubes. Quick, simple, and inexpensive ways to get creative. Stock up on a variety of cardboard mailing tubes for all of your Halloween decorations. Erdie is a leader in the mailing tubes industry with several sizes, including heavy duty tubes to choose from. Create your Halloween decorations from our Twist-n-Pull mailing tubes and have decorations that will last for years to come.

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Types of Corrugated Cardboard For Your Home and Business

on 10/01/2015
Did you know there are several different kinds of corrugated cardboard? You've no doubt seen them but just didn't realize they are variations on the same concept. Knowing the different types could help you make decisions when buying or evaluating corrugated products, especially for shipping and packaging.

types of corrugated cardboard

What is corrugated cardboard?

Corrugated cardboard (or corrugated fiberboard) consists of at least one flat sheet of heavy­duty paper, glued to one wavy sheet of thinner paper. It's this wavy or fluted sheet that is the corrugation in corrugated cardboard. It's purpose is to give both strength and cushioning to the cardboard wall.

You can have a single flat sheet glued to a fluted sheet (single face cardboard) or two flat sheets with a fluted sheet between them (singlewall board) or three flat sheets with two fluted sheets between them (doublewall board) or even 4 flat sheets with 3 fluted sheets between them (triplewall board). The more flat and fluted sheets there are, the stronger the cardboard is.
And that's only the half of it. There are several types of fluting as well.

CFlute corrugated cardboard

C­Flute is the most common, with 38 flutes per foot. It was developed as an all­purpose corrugation, and is found in the typical cardboard box.

BFlute corrugated cardboard

B­Flute has 47 flutes per foot, and is used for displays and smaller products and boxes. E­Flute has 90 flutes per foot and is used for small boxes that need to be folded, such as pizza boxes.

FFlute corrugated cardboard

F­Flute has 125 flutes per foot and used for small packages like shoe boxes. It was designed to be economical and use less paper.

What kind of corrugated cardboard does Alta™ Board use?
corrugated cardboard used like wood

In the case of our Alta™ Board cardboard lumber, corrugation is used to give it the strength of wooden lumber. This means it can be used in place of lumber for inexpensive and temporary structures such as crates, booths and tables and chairs. Waterproof cardboard is also available as an option, but that’s a topic for another article.

Find out all of the applications and uses that Alta™ Board can serve for your home and business. Anything wood can do, we can do better.

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Using Packaging Inserts to Build Brand Loyalty

on 09/24/2015

These days, acquiring new customers can be expensive and sometimes challenging, especially with the competition using every outlet available to steal them from you. That’s why it’s important to build brand loyalty and trust with existing customers that already love your products.

While you already know that picking the right shipping supplies to mail your product is extremely important, but what you put inside of your packaging can mean the difference between a lifelong customer and one-time customer.

Packaging inserts can be a very effective way to building loyalty and trust among already existing customers. This gives you a chance to send your customers discount offers, product samples, personalized thank you’s, and social media shoutouts. Here are some things to think about when it comes to including packaging inserts with customer orders.

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Via Harvest Retail Marketing

Advantages of Packaging Inserts
Other than the obvious fact that packaging inserts can build brand loyalty among existing customers, there are other advantages including:

Targeted Audience

Using packaging inserts for existing customers gives you an advantage because you already know what they bought and what their interests are. This means that you can use packaging inserts like discounts and product samples that are specific to that customer. This is a great place to incorporate cross-selling as well.

Extremely Low Cost

Not only can packaging inserts be low cost, they can yield a high return from your customers. Plus, you’re already sending out their order, adding discount and promotional inserts won’t add anything to the shipping costs.

There are so many advantages to targeting existing customers with discount offers and product samples using packaging inserts. These small, yet effective gestures can lead to a very high customer retention and build a customer loyalty that will last a lifetime.

Custom Designed Mailing Tubes for Your Business Needs

Erdie offers custom designed shipping and mailing tubes tailored to your businesses specific needs. We also offer fulfillment services to help you meet the demand of your customer orders. We can include promotional packaging inserts, gifts, product samples and more to fit your company and customers’ needs and goals.

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Alta™ Board Cardboard Chair

on 09/17/2015

Anything Wood Can Do, We Can Do Better

Imagine having a chair that is durable, disposable, inexpensive and cuts down on your carbon footprint. Alta™ Board cardboard lumber is a new product created by Erdie Industries that has infinite uses and applications. Created from corrugated cardboard, the Alta™ Board cardboard chair can be used for a student’s desk, a dining room table, extra seating and so much more.

Alta™ Board Cardboard Chair is ideal for students moving to college and in need of inexpensive furniture that can be easily recycled at the end of the school year. Our cardboard chair can also be beneficial for young children. The Alta™ Board Cardboard Chair can not only be a functional piece of furniture but can also serve as a creative outlet for your ids. Basically, they can draw all over it without sacrificing a large chunk of money.

Alta Board Cardboard Chair

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Top 10 Iconic Movie Posters of All Time

on 09/10/2015

Movie posters are often considered just as important as the iconic movie they represent. Typography and imagery play important roles in what makes a movie poster iconic, in some cases more iconic than the movie itself. Classic movie posters are storytellers in themselves and usually the first thing that a viewer will see. Here are the top 10 most iconic movie posters of all time, in no particular order.

Jaws
1975
Jaws

It took several attempts by Tony Seiniger, the man behind the iconic poster to relay what Jaws was about; pure terror. The image of the shark coming up beneath a woman swimming in the ocean sparked fear and excitement in moviegoers in 1975, making it one of the biggest blockbusters to date.

Back to the Future
1985
Back to the Future

The top grossing movie in 1985 and a true people’s sci-fi, Back to the Future was and still is a movie of epic proportion. The movie poster is no different, leaving moviegoers wanting more. In fact, Drew Struzan, creator of the timeless poster recycled the same image for the next two movies, adding Doc to the background for Back to the Future II and Clara, Doc’s love interest added into the Back to the Future III poster.

Silence of the Lambs
1991
Silence of the Lambs

The Silence of the Lambs is instantly one of the most recognizable movie posters in history and in 2006 The American Film Institute named it one of the best 100 movie posters of all time. Within the poster, there are several other references and hidden works of art aside from the obvious meanings.

Vertigo
1958
Vertigo

Vertigo, a classic movie poster with hand-cut typography, jagged, skewed and shadow figures and the symbolism of spiral curves. Not only is the poster a work of art, most consider this 1958 Alfred Hitchcock’s defining works of his career, among other classics.

National Lampoon's Vacation
1983
National Lampoon's Vacation

The ironic imagery behind the 1983 Vacation movie poster is depicted perfectly. Clark Griswold believes himself to be a powerful hero of his family, yet it causes epic destruction at every turn. Created by Boris Vallejo, known for his science-fiction illustrations, the Vacation movie poster is often referred to as a parody to the 1982 movie poster for Conan the Barbarian.

Halloween
1978
Halloween

The original 1978 classic Halloween, set the stage and the standards by which modern horror films operate today. It was the start of a culture of “slasher movies” and a more realistic view at the horror genre. The movie poster serves as the perfect representation of what Halloween is about and what is to come in the series.

Casablanca
1942
Casablanca

The Casablanca movie poster is one of the rare instances where having all of the characters present was the reason why it became icon Bill Gold, creator of the classic and well known poster said the goal of the design was to not give away the apparent love affair between Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart. Gold’s successful masterpiece launched Casablanca into one of the greatest wartime love stories of all time, winning an Oscar for best picture of the year.

Indiana Jone and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
1981
Raiders of the Lost Arc

The 1981 adventure Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark marked the childhood dreams of young boys. Richard Amsel created a comic-book style movie poster packed full of adventurous heroes, evil villains and a little bit of romance. The movie went on to be one of the top grossing films in American history.

Jurassic Park
1993
Jurassic Park

The Jurassic Park logo was created for the original 1990 novel of the now infamous movie. The simple logo was carried over to the big screen and became the iconic symbol for the Jurassic Park movie series. The movie poster, in it’s simplicity creates intrigue and excitement without giving away any specifics about the movie. Jurassic Park has become one of the top grossing movie franchises in the world and the new Jurassic World is the 3rd largest grossing movie ever made.

The Shining
1980

The Shining
There aren't many words that need to be said about The Shining. Not only is it a classic horror movie, the movie poster expresses the escense of Jack Nicholson madness. The poster has been redone over the years, and the movie but nothing compares to the original.