The Packaging Store Blog
November 08, 2022
Winter Weather Shipping: Planning and Packaging
As winter hits in Utah and around the country, there are a number of areas that may be altered somewhat in terms of basic operations. If you're a business that ships items regularly, or even if you do a lot of personal shipping for holiday or other reasons this time of year, knowing how winter weather may impact shipping across the country can be quite valuable.
At The Packaging Store, we're happy to offer numerous packaging and shipping services to varying clients, including business shipping services and many others to fill your every need. In this two-part blog series, we'll go over some simple tips on how to prepare for the realities of winter shipping and ensure everything is on-schedule for your business or personal needs this cold season.
How Winter Weather May Impact Shipping
Firstly, let's go over some of the simple ways in which winter weather may impact the shipping process. Obviously, if you live in a place where snow and ice are common during the winter months, you already know that bad weather can cause serious logistical problems for your company and its clients.
You'll likely need to consider investing in additional packaging materials such as special-use bubble wrap or other options that will provide added protection against ice and snow. Additionally, you need to be considering possible delays that may be caused by frozen roads and other inconveniences, as well as the possibility that some shipping services may be temporarily unavailable in your area.
Our next few sections will go over some specific preparation tips for winter shipping.
Plan in Advance
If you know that there are going to be problems with weather this winter in your area, it's best to plan ahead. For example, if you know that roads may need salt or other treatments to keep them from icing over and affecting traffic flow, consider placing an order for some extra supplies in advance.
This can also help you avoid shipping services which aren't available in your area right now, but that you rely on regularly. Many shipping services are very weather-dependent and may not run during particularly bad storms or extreme temperatures. So, if you know this will be a problem for your business, start planning early to make sure everything continues according to plan.
In certain areas, especially rural areas where salt isn't used to treat roads, the wind and cold of winter can cause a real problem for shipping items. This is because the wind can blow packaging materials around and ice may form on those materials and affect their integrity.
This means that you should be extra careful when selecting your packaging materials in order to ensure everything arrives to its destination intact. At The Packaging Store, we offer a wide range of packaging options in order to meet your needs, so make sure you do some research and find the right materials based on what you're shipping and where it's going.
In part two of our series, we'll go over some other simple tips here. For more on this, or to learn about any of our packaging supplies or related services, speak to our staff today!
October 11, 2022
Corrugated Cardboard: Sustainability, Customization, Weight
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basics on corrugated cardboard and why it's so popular for many shipping needs. Also called pleated cardboard, corrugated cardboard is a stiff, strong kind of paperboard that has multiple layers to support whatever products are being shipped within it.
At The Packaging Store, we happily provide clients with a wide range of packaging and mailing supplies, including any kind of box or other packaging need you may have. What are some of the other key benefits of corrugated cardboard for many shipping needs? Here are a few to consider.
As more people and businesses are prioritizing sustainability and eco-friendly packaging options, corrugated cardboard is becoming an increasingly popular choice. It's made of recycled material - usually 80% recycled content - and is itself recyclable. Corrugated cardboard is also biodegradable, meaning it won't take up space in a landfill for years to come.
For many people, this is the key selling point of corrugated cardboard. It's a sustainable, eco-friendly way to package and ship items, without sacrificing any of the strength or quality that's needed.
Easy to Customize
Another major advantage of corrugated cardboard is that it's easy to customize. Whether you need a specific size or shape, or you want to include printed branding or other design elements, corrugated cardboard can be easily customized to your needs.
At The Packaging Store, we can work with you to create the perfect custom packaging for your needs, whether you need corrugated cardboard boxes, pads, or any other type of packaging. We can print directly on the cardboard, so your branding is front-and-center, and we can create whatever size or shape you need.
Lightweight but Strong
We discussed the strength of corrugated cardboard in part one of our series, but it's worth also noting that it's a very lightweight material. This is important for two reasons - first, it means that shipping costs are lower, since lighter packages cost less to ship. Second, it means that the packaging takes up less space, so you can fit more items into each shipment.
Finally, due to everything we've gone over so far - the recycled content, the sustainability, the lightweight yet strong nature of corrugated cardboard - it's a very cost-effective packaging option. It's affordable to produce, and it cuts down on shipping costs, so you can save money in the long run.
Corrugated cardboard is an incredibly versatile shipping material, and its benefits are clear. If you're looking for a sustainable, eco-friendly, and customizable shipping solution, corrugated cardboard is the perfect choice.
For more on this product, or to learn about any of our shipping products and services, speak to the team at The Packaging Store today.
September 13, 2022
Holladay Corrugated Cardboard: Basics, Strength, Uses
When it comes to your regular shipping needs, whether as part of your business or for any personal reason, the kinds of packaging you use will be one of the most important areas to consider. You have a number of options in this area, and one of the most useful for many types of shipping needs is corrugated cardboard.
At The Packaging Store, we're here to offer a huge range of packaging and mailing supplies for all our Holladay clients, including numerous cardboard box and container types. What are we referring to when we talk about corrugated cardboard, and what are some of the top uses and benefits that come with it? This two-part blog series will investigate.
What is Corrugated Cardboard?
For those who are unaware, corrugated cardboard -- also known as pleated cardboard in some circles -- is a type of stiff, strong paperboard that is made up of three layers. Two outer layers of flat paper are sandwiching a wavy middle layer, which is referred to as the "fluting" and does most of the work when it comes to cardboard's strength and durability.
This corrugated style can be found in numerous places around your home or office, from the packaging that items come in when they're shipped to you to packaging used for storage and moving. It has several major benefits, which we'll dig into in our subsequent sections.
Durability and Strength
First and foremost, corrugated cardboard is very strong and durable compared to other types of cardboard -- even the double-layered type. This is due to that central fluting, which gives the paperboard additional crush resistance and tensile strength. What does this mean?
It means that corrugated cardboard can take a lot more wear and tear, better protecting any items inside it during the shipping process. This protects your items from damage and increases the likelihood that they'll arrive at their destination in one piece.
And because cardboard itself is really just a type of paper, it can be cut and shaped into all sorts of different sizes and shapes to better suit your needs. That makes it a great material for a wide range of packaging applications, whether you need small boxes or large ones.
For instance, it's common to see corrugated cardboard used for retail packaging, such as for cereal boxes or bathroom tissue rolls. But it's also frequently used in the shipping industry for larger packages.
Further still, this same type of cardboard can also be used for things like arts and crafts projects, signs, and even furniture. It's incredibly versatile, both for its initial purpose and for secondary purposes following this.
In part two of our series, we'll go over some other major benefits of corrugated cardboard for your packaging and shipping needs. For more on this, or to learn about any of our shipping or PO box services in Holladay, contact our team at The Packaging Store today.
April 24, 2018
4 Overlooked Spring Cleaning Projects...Packaging Store Style
Because of our status as a ‘Pack and Ship’ spot, you may not think we get many people asking about spring cleaning supplies. But we do. Not the kind you would think, like spray bottles and dust catchers. Our spring cleaning supplies are usually more attuned to specific home projects like papers and storage. Here are a four spring cleaning areas you can attack in your home or business office.
1. Shredding Old Documents
Most of our society has gone paperless, but it’s almost impossible to go completely without. Those papers tend to pile up and while you can just recycle most of them, there are those documents with sensitive information that can’t be tossed. Document shredding is the way to go when it comes to disposing those documents. As you acquire them, designate a box to put them all until it’s full. Once full, drop off at a document shredding center (like The Packaging Store) so they can be properly shredded and recycled.
2. Boxing Documents for Storage
While we’re on the subject of papers, there are some that can’t be thrown away. These documents must be stored but they don’t always need to be in a file cabinet. Organize papers and those in large grouping can be boxed for storage. Pack them in small boxes to prevent them from being too heavy to lift.
3. Storing Winter Items
With the shift to summer, there are many items like hats and coats that can go into storage so they don’t take up space inside the house. Storing winter items can help you declutter your home. Use packing peanuts, bubble wrap, or packing paper to help keep any fragile items from breaking.
4. Furniture Storage
Spring not only means decluttering, but renewal. It’s the most popular time of the year to move or purchase new furniture. If any furniture is going into storage, make sure you store it properly. Furniture blankets and plastic wrap are best for protecting from damage and dust.
Stocking up on the supplies needed for decluttering is easy when you pick them up at the Packaging Store. We have everything needed for the spring cleaning projects listed. Have a big storage project and need bulk supplies? Give us a call and we can set you up with our bulk ordering discount. Happy Spring Cleaning!
March 20, 2018
Easter Gift Giving 101: Everything you need to know about send easter gifts in the mail
As a local shipping retailer in Salt Lake City, we have shipped easter gifts for over 25 years and know just about everything there is to know about it. We get questions every holiday on what to ship and how to do it, so here’s our guide on shipping for Easter.
Who to ship an easter gift to:
If you’re unsure about who to send a gift to, we can help you there. The majority of our customers send their easter gifts in the mail to grandchildren, college students, far away friends, and their family (or ward) missionaries.
What to send in the mail for an Easter gift:
Candy and home baked goodies are in almost every Easter package we send. Many packages also include toys, stuffed animals, and books. Don’t forget to add a card or letter to the package! We have Easter greeting cards that are holiday or religious themed. Pick one, write a note, and add it to the package.
Where to send it:
We ship with four different couriers (USPS, UPS, FedEx, and DHL), so we can ship to pretty much everywhere in the world. If you’re not sure which courier to use, talk to Roly or Julie. They are shipping experts and know which courier to use to ship your items.
When to send it:
It depends on where you’re final shipping destination lies. If it’s international, ship it now! International shipping takes 1-2 weeks depending on where in the world it’s going. Domestic shipments take 5-7 days. If you have a missionary at the MTC, we do same day delivery if you drop off before 11:00 A.M. or it will arrive the next day. Save money on shipping by sending your gift early.
How to send it:
Bring everything you want to ship to the Packaging Store and we will pack it for you. If you want to pack it yourself, we have all the supplies for you including different box sizes, bubble wrap, packing peanuts, and packing paper. Any baked goods should be shipped overnight or with 2-day shipping and anything fragile should be wrapped with bubble wrap and packing peanuts. Any questions? Call us now at 801-277-4411.
The Packaging Store is your local packing and shipping store with the experts to help you ship your things and supply you with packing materials. Stop by our store or give us a call and we are here for all your shipping needs.
May 9, 2017
Did you hear?! We have a new service! Learn more here.
Have you ever shipped anything extremely large or heavy? LTL or Less-Than-Truckload Shipping is the shipping type needed for those large and/or heavy shipments. LTL is another shipping type, just like Priority Mail. Shipping LTL is required when you have something that is too big to ship through the regular courier, but is too small to ship as full on freight which needs to completely fill a truck. This also leads to LTL being considered as ‘light freight shipping’.
So who ships LTL? Anyone. LTL is a popular shipping option for people who are moving out of state and would like small furniture shipped. This would be items such as coffee tables, end tables, chairs, etc. It’s also a popular shipping option for anyone needing to ship a pallet of items. So if you’re a retailer and need to get your product shipped, LTL is a great option for you.
If you’re ready to ship, bring it to us. We will measure, weigh, and pack your shipment. Being a packaging store, we truly know how to pack so that your items will be covered and safe from any damage. We will find the best price for you, help you insure it, and get it shipped.
Shipping LTL is easy at The Packaging Store. We are one of the few shipping retailers in the Greater Salt Lake Area that ships LTL. Offering a service like this gives us the opportunity to help more of our shipping partners. You can view more info on our LTL Shipping Service Page. Call 801-277-4411 for more info or stop by the store and we can give you a quote for the best way to ship.
April 10, 2017
It’s spring and easter is less than a week away. One of the most common things shipped for Easter is food. From cookies to baskets of candy, we have shipped food of all varieties. If you are planning on shipping food this Easter, check out our list of the things to do and most importantly, not to do.
DO: Seal ALL Food Properly
You really can ship any type of food, there’s no doubt about that. But, you will want to take the precaution of sealing your food before shipping it. Not only will it keep it fresh, it will stay in its box where it can’t break into pieces or come out entirely. Trust us, the mail carrier will not like a leaky box. TIP: Put food in a tupperware that seals before it goes in the shipping box.
DON’T: Use ground shipping for perishable items
Anything perishable (think chocolate covered strawberries) should always be sent overnight or through 2-day shipping. The extra price of shipping is loads better than the gift of spoiled food. TIP: Use a shipping cooler (we have them!) to keep your items EXTRA cold.
DO: Use the right box size
If you ship a plate of cookies in a large box, those cookies are going to bounce around inside. Even with packaging like peanuts or bubble wrap, you are risking damage by not using the right type of box. Keep your food safe by shipping with the right size. Usually it will save you some money too! TIP: Bring your food item in and our packaging pros will pick the perfect size box for you.
DON’T forget the seasonal favorites
We have been shipping gifts for our customers for over 20 years. Need an idea on what gift to ship this Easter? Some of the seasonal favorites are donuts, cakes, cookies, and chocolates. We also ship a lot of packages to missionaries full of Easter goodies. TIP: Send a card or note with every package. You can pick up a Hallmark Card before you ship at The Packaging Store.
Food shipping is something we have grown accustomed to through the many holidays. It’s a way to send your loved one a touch of home. If you are sending an Easter gift to a missionary, we offer same day MTC shipping for LDS missionaries and are pros at international shipping. Bring it into the store and we will help you find the best way to ship it.
March 16, 2017
It’s moving season! Springtime is the high time for cleaning out your house. Whether you’re cleaning for a move or for a clutter free, KonMari style home, there’s no doubt that organization is key. Kick off your decluttering spree or spring move by following these 5 tips to packing success and efficiency.
1. When in doubt, make a list.
Staying on task is key to getting your things packed up and, let’s be honest, keeping your sanity. By creating a detailed checklist, no time will be wasted because you will always know what’s next. Pro tip: Break your day into 15-30 minute time frames and assign tasks to complete in each frame. It will keep you from spending too much time on one project and ensure you’ve scheduled enough time for your to-dos.
2. Stock up on supplies.
We may be a bit biased, but we are The Packaging Store. By stocking up on tape, boxes, packing paper, and bubble wrap, you can ensure your items will be safe through your storage period or during a rough move. Pro Tip: Buy in bulk. You always need more than you think, plus you save money by buying supplies in bulk.
3. Store clean items only
Before packing anything up, always clean each item going into a box. That way, you know that everything is clean when you’re unpacking. When doing long term or seasonal storage, use moth balls or lavender sachets before you box up clothes. This keeps clothing moths from damaging fabrics and helps take away the stale smell of storage. Pro Tip: Use vacuum sealed zipper bags for clothes to keep them extra fresh and protected.
4. Different box sizes=Safer valuables
What happens when you put a small item in a large box? It moves and moves and moves. By only purchasing one box size, you’re going to run into a big issue: non-efficient space usage. Too much space and you’re things will jumble around, risking damage. Or, you might overpack the box and it breaks through the bottom or is difficult to lift. Buy different sizes to allocate your goods evenly by weight and size. Pro Tip: Divide heavy items like books into many small boxes and lightweight items in larger boxes. Use packing peanuts or paper to eliminate any movement.
5. Label Ev-er-y-thing
Sorting and organizing your items into tidy boxes is great, until you don’t know what’s in which box. Label your boxes by writing on index cards with a sharpie and placing them in a clear label holder that sticks directly to the box. You can change the cards out when you reuse the box (think summer/winter clothing storage). Pro Tip: Use a printer to print out labels for a clean and organized look with your boxes.
The Packaging Store in Salt Lake City, Utah has all the supplies you need to get your storage into shape. Boxes, tape, bubble wrap, and more. Make it easy by picking up our Spring Cleaning Kit for only $20. The kit comes with 3 large boxes, 3 medium boxes, 3 small boxes, a roll of tape, and bubble wrap.Call for more pricing on other box sizes or bulk packaging supplies at 801-277-4411.
January 22, 2017
Letters and packages are sent every day from every city in the world. Although technology has cut down on the need to send letters, we haven't yet found a way to digitally send packages. Plus, some things must be sent through snail-mail like Passports. Mail is unavoidable, but what if you don't have a set address? You rent a mailbox.
Who rents mailboxes?
Mailboxes are rented by people from all walks of life. Many of our inquiries for renting a mailbox come from RVers or travelers who do not have a set address. We also receive inquiries from those who have a small business that they run from their home like bloggers, eBay sellers, and real estate agents. Your mail is kept in a locked box inside a secure retail shipping outlet.
Why rent a mailbox from the packaging store instead of the post office?
You can rent mailboxes in various locations, but here’s why the Packaging Store is best:
- You get a real street address and not just a PO Box.
- A PO Box doesn't accept packages, but the Packaging Store does.
- We do mail forwarding at your request.
- We can send you mail notifications through phone or email.
- Need to ship something? Ship while you pick up your mail.
- We are a local store with a small, but very friendly staff.
How do I rent a mailbox?
Setting up your mailbox rental is easy at the Packaging Store. Stop by and fill out our mailbox application. We require the application filled out and signed by you, a photo ID, and the rent payment. It’s easy to get started.
Not in Utah but need a mailbox? Give us a call at 801-277-4411 and we can set you up today.
The Packaging Store is the perfect place for you to rent a mailbox.
September 1, 2016
Service of the Week
We offer Document Shredding here at The Packaging Store to make it easier for you to dispose of sensitive documents. You may be cleaning out your office and have boxes full. Or, if you're like us, you keep them in a small pile and bring them to the Packaging Store whenever you come in to ship something. It's really important to take care of these documents and not throw them away.
One of the easiest ways that people steal information is from paper that is carelessly thrown away. Identity theft is a really big problem here in the United States and it's one of them most difficult things to get away from. If someone steals your car, you can call the police and mark it stolen. Then you can just go to the dealership and get a new car. You can't do that with your identity. Protect yourself so you don't have to go through the headache of getting your identity back.
Some documents to always shred:
- Any documents with personal information- your name, address, phone number, social security number, or bank account
- Expired Credit Cards, Passports, Drivers Licenses
- Bank Statements
- Expired Tax Documents
We use a secure shredding company to help us dispose of your papers. DocShredding is the name of the company. We have been working with them for over a year and there have been no complaints yet. They shred the documents onsite and then recycle the shredded paper. If you're unsure about it, give us a call. Or, even better, stop by at our Free Shredding Day.
FREE SHREDDING DAY