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Packaging Products Blog

Jun
13

Frustration-Free Packaging, Here’s What & Why

In today’s e-Commerce world, packaging must grab consumers’ attention, as well as meeting sustainability goals. With the consumer and environment in mind, Amazon has mandated that all its vendors that ship items larger than 18” x 14” x 8”, or heavier than 20 lbs., use certified Frustration-Free Packaging, beginning August 1, 2019.

What does FFP mean to buyers and sellers? Generally, FFP means that products are shipped in packages that are made of 100% recyclable materials, easy to open, and designed to protect their products without an additional shipping carton. The FFP program will appeal to customers while benefiting sellers in the following aspects:

1. Lower Cost & Lower Price

FFP lowers the seller’s total cost by reducing packaging materials, labor, waste, and transportation across the entire supply chain. Thus, enabling the seller to pass on these cost savings to the consumer.

2. Less Time & Less Struggle

On average, a traditional package takes up to 11 minutes to open and requires scissors, blades, or teeth. However, a frustration-free package takes less than 50 seconds and requires no additional tools, minimizing the time it takes for the consumer to get their hands on their purchase. FFP’s easy-to-open design also helps manufacturers save time during assembly, which often requires repeated opening and closing of containers as they move from one workstation to another.

3. More Protection & More Satisfaction

Certified FFP must pass a series of lab tests to prove its superior functionality, whereas regular packaging doesn’t have to undergo any standard testing. The more protective packaging ensures the products arrive intact and undamaged. The seller can rest assured that the buyer is satisfied with their purchase, decreasing returns due to product/packaging damage.

At Allen Field, we provide customer-centric packaging solutions to meet our clients’ most significant challenges and opportunities. Many companies have utilized Allen Field products to meet their high packaging standards. As the industry progresses, so does Allen Field. We are ready to supply you with FFP packaging components. Our Connecting Clips are designed to make access and removal of the box contents easier and faster, reducing the waste of packaging material and eliminating the need for strapping, staples, and sharp tools that cause damage to the package and products inside. Utilizing durable materials and bio-degradable additives, we design every part to be reliable and efficient thought out its life cycle. We look forward to working with you to develop new FFP solutions and further extend our product offerings to meet the new demands related to e-Commerce shipping!

Allen Field Economy Rotary Clip

HP403 Single Wall Box Connecting Clip

HP403 Single-Wall Box Connecting Clip

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May
13

Over 100 New Products Available!

They say time flies when you are having fun. Well then, we’ve been having a lot of fun with our exciting new product line since we acquired the American Handle Company in May 2018! Our offerings now extend to include portable case and electronic equipment handles, hardware for industrial carrying cases, and musical equipment case components. Customers can choose from the Flat or Post Handle Series, in molded or extruded plastics, with or without steel reinforcement, covered or customized hardware, to enjoy the unique yet timeless luxury.

184-5050 Flat Handle

305-1114 Post Handle

One of the bestselling Flat Handles, the 184-5050, is made of virgin vinyl and complimented by the sleek nickel caps that cover the mounting hardware. The strong spring steel insert assures the handle’s reliability for the duration of the product’s life.

The 305-1114 Post Handle represents a timeless appearance in this handle series. Made from virgin polyethylene and contoured to create a comfortable carrying experience, this handle assembles easily and fits various applications.

44333 Drawbolt on Musical Instrument Case

44333 Drawbolt in Plain Steel

Built to last, the 44333 Drawbolt is a sturdy guarded surface-mount latch with a crimped wire loop and three rivet holes. Available in a variety of finishes, as well as plain steel. This drawbolt is ideal for various applications, such as musical instrument cases and industrial cases.

In addition to all standard styles, we pride ourselves on our flexibility when it comes to special colors, finishes, lengths, and hardware combinations. From brass/nickel plating to black oxide, and mid/heavy duty draw action to wide/narrow lid usage, we have the capability to make the perfect handle and hardware that fit virtually any requirement in the portable case and electronics field. Empowered with hand craftsmanship and high-speed production, Allen Field is looking forward to delivering the finest products from our hands to yours, in the most reasonable timeframe. Check out over 100 new products now!

 

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Apr
11

3 Reasons Why You Need A Specialized Handle

When 33% of American shoppers admit they base their perception of a company on the product packaging, it is vital to communicate the value of your product with customized packaging. Whether you need to hold, support, carry, or transport a product, Allen Field has the right handle to enhance the look and performance of your packaging. If you’re using one standard handle for everything you sell, consider the following:

1. One Design Doesn’t Fit All

Products vary in size, shape, and weight. If you package each product in a special box, you probably need a specialized package handle for it too. Besides a large selection of standard handles, Allen Field provides specialized carrying solutions that engage the material, engineering, and molding techniques, to meet every aspect of your packaging requirement. Whether it’s ergonomic or heavy duty, you can rest assured that your package is secured and protected during transportation and your customers are comfortable and satisfied when carrying your product out of the store.

With new brands entering the market daily, it’s more important than ever that your brand stands out among the rest. Whether you are a manufacturer or a retailer, you don’t want to miss any opportunity to promote and differentiate your brand. Customize any of our standard or specialty package handles with your company’s logo, name, or color scheme. This extra effort will not go unnoticed at the Point-of-Sale and will enhance the customer’s overall experience with your brand long after the sale is completed.

3. Stand Out From the Competition

In today’s extremely competitive marketplace, strategic packaging is one of the most effective tools in identifying your business. Our packaging components add value to your products by offering both functionality and aesthetics. Using signature colors and eye-catching patterns on a handle is a great way to grab attention and stand out in a crowd of competitors. From glitter finishing to luxury vinyl, and PMS matching to pattern dipping, Allen Field has the capability to make a plastic package handle that aligns with your branding message across a multitude of product categories!

Check out our latest customized package handle below, which we recently produced for an outdoor & hunting product manufacturer. What began as our original Plastic Bucket Handle was quickly transformed after it was hydro dipped in a carefully crafted camouflage pattern. Ready to take your packaging to the next level? Call us today at 800.225.0396.

 

Camouflage Handle for Hunting Accessories

 

 

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Mar
11

Integrated Solutions for Shelf Ready Packaging

Shelf Ready Packaging (SRP) has proven itself to be an effective way to quickly restock, display, and sell products. As more and more retailers request SRP systems for their stores, Allen Field’s engineering team collaborates with many brands and packaging designers to help achieve results through packaging innovation.

A typical SRP box is composed of two parts: an illustrated printed bottom tray that displays merchandise in a retail environment, and a labeled sleeve that displays essential information and protects the products during transportation. Our Economy Rotary Clip is our newest solution for creating a shelf-ready display in a matter of seconds! Designed to be utilized on tray and sleeve cartons, as well as on top-tuck-flap boxes, this clip delivers a secure fit during shipping and simplifies assembly at the point-of-sale with no tools required! This video shows the simple and seamless interlocking system in action.

In addition to creating shelf-ready displays, our proprietary line of Box Clip is stocked full of solutions that simplify corrugated packaging. These durable and reusable clips provide easy access to box contents in a busy warehouse and fulfillment environment. Every aspect, including the packaging, should ensure your product is brought to market efficiently. At Allen Field, we designed our box clips with shipping convenience and merchandising readiness in mind to deliver the best solution!

 

Economy Rotary Clip

 

 

 

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Feb
12

Carry, Convey, Design, & Brand

At Allen Field, we design packaging components to meet both functional and aesthetic goals. When a project calls for a packaging component, such as a handle, connecting clip, or display aid, Allen Field presents not a single option but a variety of options. By far, the most popular packaging component in packaging design today is the handle. Since our first handle series was launched in 1960, we have made it our mission to delivery handles that are of the highest quality and optimal functionality while presenting the opportunity to further promote your brand!

Standard & Heavy-Duty Handles

This handle series is ideal for small to medium sized cartons. On one end you have the 6.5” Heavy Duty Handle, which is often used on cartons packaging small appliances, sample cases, book storage boxes, and consumer electronics. When your project demands higher carrying capacity, the solution is our new 8.5” Super Duty Handle, which boasts a 125 lbs. carry capacity. The Super Duty is commonly used in packaging designs for heavy appliances and larger consumer electronics. All the handles in this series can be customized with your company’s logo and PMS color.

T Series Handles

The T Series’ iconic design provides larger surface area, increasing the handle’s hold on the inside of the carton. The Escort Handle is perfect for carrying boxed pet foods, gardening supplies, and sporting goods. The Flex Handle carries up to 45 lbs., enabling the comfortable carrying of computers, liquid containers, and housewares. To prevent damage to the die cuts, be sure to order Support Plates for heavier packages.

Decorative Handles

The Double Braid Handle and Bracelet Handle are often spotted on shirt and hat boxes, dry cleaning boxes, and light glassware packages. The Rope Handles, available in 9”, 12”, 15” and 18” lengths, are suggested for fruit and vegetable boxes, harvesting packages, and houseware cases.

Swivel Handles

The Euro Swivel, Swivel Easy Lock, and Soft Touch handles are designed for suitcases, sales and sample kits, games, and reusable packaging. These handles come with the locking tabs, but don’t forget to check out the Support Bar to make installation even easier.

Be sure to ask our knowledgeable packaging experts which handle can meet your project specifications and deliver the design and function that Allen Field projects are known for! Check out the Washer & Support Plates Guide for a quick reference on choosing the correct Washer Disc or Support Plate for the handle you like! Request free samples today!

 

 

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Jan
09

Product Spotlight for West Pack 2019

For over 70 years, Allen Field has been helping customers hang their products with innovative and functional POP display aids, including clip hooks, hook hangers, hang tabs, and display arms. On February 5-7, 2019, you can meet our Packaging Specialists who will be attending West Pack at booth #5417. Come by to see our extensive product offerings and our newest innovations.

Slide On Header Hook: Slides onto header cards from the top and holds up to 5 lbs.

Euro-Pack Hook: One of our most popular items! This hook is easy to install and keeps your display organized for consumers. This item can be made from 100% recycled material.

Header Slide Hook: Featuring a slim arm for quick assembly to either paperboard packaging or poly bags.

Low Profile Hang Tab: Secures a product to a display without distracting consumers from the featured product and holds up to 5 lbs.

Swivel Hang Tabs: We currently offer three Hang Tab designs, which, once installed, all fold down for shipping convenience and display readiness. At the West Pack, Allen Field will be unveiling the newest product in this series, the Super Duty Hang Tab!

Rotary Display Hooks: Designed for hanging products on corrugated displays, these retail display hooks securely hold merchandise and save shelf space in retail stores. The hooks accommodate boards from .17” to .21” thick and are available in 4”, 7” and 10” arm lengths. Try our all-plastic version for lighter merchandise or our metal arm version for additional strength.

Merchandise Strip: Designed to keep merchandise securing during transportation for quick display in stores. Perfect for snack displays and other impulse buys.

Corrugated Shelf Clip: Enables corrugated displays to be shipped flat and assembled quickly at the point of sale. Utilize this item to construct the perfect merchandiser!

Our POP Display Aid product line offers many cost-effective options for hosiery, apparel, header card displays, and more. Most POP Display Aids can be made in custom colors and with your logo! Speak with our packaging experts to find a solution that is durable, versatile, and aesthetic. Got a display project? Call us today at 1-800-225-0396.

 

 

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Dec
12

Another Good Year for Giving Back

Everyone here at Allen Field strongly believes in giving back to the community. Throughout the year, we participate in events and causes that further our sense of social responsibility. This year, we proudly supported numerous causes. Here are the highlights:

We kicked off 2018 by collecting food donations for Island Harvest, a food bank for Long Island, a member of Feeding American. Our team donated food, along with household cleaning goods.

In March, Allen Field could not ignore the growing concern regarding single-use and disposable items. To do our part, we’ve eliminated paper cups in our headquarters. Each employee received a reusable mug for participating in this campaign. In conjunction with this campaign, we launched two new pages on our website: Environmental Responsibility and Social Responsibility. We hope our efforts inspire others and show how simple it can be to make a difference!

In September, Fruit of the Loom held their Annual United Way Golf Outing. Allen Field was represented by Rob Ahearn, who helped United Way’s Imagination Library program raise over $67,000. United Way’s outreach is worldwide and seeks to improve the lives of our fellow man in the areas of health, education, and financial stability. The Imagination Library program, helps underprivileged children get a head start on reading before they reach Kindergarten by sending them one book a month from when they are 2 years old until their entry into school.

In October, Team Allen Field raised awareness and funds for stroke survivors by participating in the Long Island Comeback Trail. This event sought to empower stroke survivors, and their caregivers, to come back strong! We raised over $2,500 to support the stroke rehabilitation and prevention efforts of the National Stroke Association.

To round out the year, we are currently collecting donations to support two local charities, The Inn and Hope House Ministries. We are collecting clothing, cleaning products, and non-perishable food items for young people and families here on Long Island.

Throughout the year, environmental responsibilities are always on our mind. Being a manufacturer of plastic components gives us a great opportunity to make a difference. A wide variety of Allen Field components are made with a biodegradable additive or can be made with 100% recycled material. Did you know – many of our handles, box clips, and POP display accessories can be used more than once?! Our customers are encouraged to develop a reuse program to recapture these products from consumers.

We thank you for your continued business and hope that you will take charge to lead similar initiatives at your company! Please do not hesitate to contact Allen Field if you would like to partner with us for any of the above causes!

Have a happy and safe holiday season!

 

 

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Nov
16

Get Style & Strength with the PP606 Hand Hole Protector

Transporting your product to retail or directly to a consumer poses many challenges. In stores, how your product appears on the shelf can make or break the consumer’s purchase decision. When a consumer sees your torn, bent, ripped, or crushed package, they anticipate damaged contents and abandon your product in favor of an intact competitor’s! Not only do you lose the sale but might also have to pay to repackage the product in a new carton. In the realm of e-commerce, carriers like FedEx and UPS have improved their transit times to better serve consumers, but sometimes that expediency comes at the price of package appearance. Consumers are vigilant in calling out products on social media that are received in torn, bent, ripped, or crushed packaging.

A major household appliance manufacturer approached Allen Field, seeking a solution that would improve the in-store appearance as well as the shipping outcome. Allen Field delivered the PP606, an Open Hand Hole Protector, designed to support the conveyance of heavy corrugated boxes. For the manufacturer, the flange corner, a new feature, provides simple and swift installation or removal, as well as protection to the hand hole die-cut, ultimately prolonging the life of the box. As a consumer, the PP606 protects the carrier’s hands from the sharp edges of the corrugated, creating a comfortable and easy to carry product!

PP606 Hand Hole Protector

Armed with our solution, this manufacturer saw a significant decrease in the rate of their products being returned for repackaging, saving them time and money! If you are experiencing this or similar challenges with large or heavy corrugated packaging, check out our entire line of Hand Hole Protectors. To learn more about Allen Field and how we can meet your design and packaging needs, contact us today!

 

 

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Oct
18

Lessons Learned in Chicago at Pack Expo International 2018

The Allen Field Team just returned from Pack Expo International in Chicago, IL and the request we heard often was: “we need display components”. Store displays take many forms and Allen Field offers a wide variety of display aids. From hooks to wheels, we can meet your display needs!

Hang Tabs & Snap Hangers

You need a dependable hook to hang your merchandise on! Allen Field offers a wide range of display hooks and hangers, which hold anything from socksscarvessmall consumer electronics, home textiles, small clothing, and much more! Be sure to check out the Display-It hook or our new Slide On Header Hook. Ask our packaging experts which products can be customized with your color and logo.

Display-It Hook

Slide On Header Hook

Slide On Header Hook

Snap Hanger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rotary Display Arms

Nothing turns away consumers like a messy display. Allen Field’s Rotary Display Arm will neatly display your products, making the shopping experience simple and clear for consumers. The original Rotary Display Arm comes in three lengths, 4, 7 and 10-inches, to ensure it fits your exact display specifications.

Rotary Display Hook

For displaying heavier items, we recommend the new Rotary Display Hook with Metal Rod. The rod snaps into the plastic base, the base then turns to lock onto a corrugated tray – creating a secure display unit in just a few seconds. The metal rod enables our Rotary Display system to accommodate heavier products, as well as making it easier than ever to swap out rods with different merchandise. The hook is available in 4″, 7″, and 10″ lengths.

Rotary Display Hook w/ Metal Rod

After numerous requests, Allen Field’s product design team is working on another version of the Rotary Display Arm! This iteration features a label holder for the central and obvious display of important product information to improve the consumer experience.

Rotary Display Arm w/ Label Holder

 

 

 

 

Display Mobility

 

Wheel Eze

The Wheel Eze is an innovative rolling system utilizing wheels to ease the movement of heavy or awkward packs around a store, warehouse, or in transit. The integrated hook and support bracket allow the Wheel Eze to be directly installed and secured to the corrugated box via the die-cut. Once installed, the weight of the pack is evenly distributed, alleviating pressure on the bottom of the pack. Using the Wheel Eze creates a mobile display in a matter of minutes and can be used for retail displays, mattress, bed-in-box, furniture, and other large sized products.

For over 70 years, Allen Field has been helping customers hang their merchandise with innovative and functional POP display aids. Our POP accessories are made of only the highest quality plastics! Contact us today to request samples.

 

 

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Sep
13

Why YOU Should Come to Pack Expo International 2018 in Chicago, IL

Allen Field has almost finished our trade show preparations and figured it would be a good time to remind everyone exactly why you should come out and visit our booth! Trade shows remain the preferred platform for companies in specific industries to showcase and breakdown their latest products and services, as well as meet with industry partners and customers, and observe recent market trends.

You may have seen Allen Field exhibiting at the other Pack Expo and UBM shows but we are constantly adding new products to our product lines and updating our older products. Pack Expo International is the final show on Allen Field’s 2018 schedule so don’t miss this chance to see us at booth #7036.

The top four reasons you should come to Pack Expo International 2018:

  1. Meet the Experts! The Allen Field booth will be manned by our product experts and key team members. Have a question about a project? Our product designers will be in residence!  Do you often speak to your account rep but have never met them? Come by and put a face to the name, we would love to meet you!
  2. Learn What Sets Allen Field Apart! A central tenet at Allen Field has always been and continues to be delivering superior customer service in every interaction. Our team of packaging experts is ready to handle your toughest packaging challenges. From project inception to order delivery, Allen Field’s products and services will exceed your expectations!
  3. See New Products! Do you read our Newsletters and think ‘I wish I could see these new and amazing products in-person!’ Stop by booth #7036 to see samples of all our latest product offerings.
  4. Discover What’s Coming Next! The world of packaging is always evolving, and Allen Field is committed to staying on the cutting edge of packaging trends and technology. Allen Field products are crafted according to the latest innovations in material development and industry trends.

We hope to see you October 14-17, 2018 at Pack Expo International!  If you would like to schedule some time to sit down with us, please send a note and we will reach out soon!

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