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Packaging Products Blog

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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Aug
15

Not Just a Packaging Handle

The Allen Field Heavy Duty Handle Series has set the bar for the plastic handle industry due to its reliability and simplicity. A handle in this series can often be spotted on many retail packages, but it has many more creative and out of the box applications. A few years ago, a university reached out to us for a solution that would improve their library depository space. A library is more than a place that loans books, it’s an open resource center for people, providing reference materials, multi-media selections, and activity rooms. The university was quickly running out of space, to solve this challenge, Allen Field proposed a solution that would optimize space utilization in a cost-effective way.

Considering the volumes that the library was trying to manage, ordinary storage shelves would not provide the optimal space. Allen Field teamed up with the university’s management to add heavy duty plastic handles to boxes of categorized books and materials; storing them on high-density mobile shelving units. With no inch of space wasted, the facility was transformed into a state-of-the-art book depository. Not only did this solution give the library more space, but it also gave the depository staff easier access to organize, pull out, and return physical resources; making future transfer and transportation easier than ever.

 

6.5″ Heavy Duty Handles Used for Document Storage

 

Following the success of this project, Allen Field’s sales team visited many other universities, schools, and public libraries, to introduce our innovative heavy duty handle solution. So far we have helped Princeton University, Indiana University, Northwestern University, Kansas Stated University, to name a few, upgrade their depository systems with minimal costs.

Sometimes, the solution entails using an existing product in a new way. Allen Field’s product experts see the whole picture and can easily uncover the root of frustration by bringing extensive experience to the table. We are continuously discovering new usages for popular products through successful test cases and are eager to discuss and embark on your packaging and display challenges. Free consultations are one call away. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have anything in mind!

 

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Jul
17

Add a Splash of Color to your Summer

 

 

Summer is filled with fun in the sun, why not order your Allen Field product’s in an eye-catching color! Custom color products unify the display of your product by tying together your product, logo, and package design. A distinctive packaging component can be the simplest way to create a display that captures customers’ attention without overcrowding the senses.

Euro Pac Hooks

Our Euro Pack Hook is ideal for color customization. This reliable and easy to install component keeps your display neat and professional. This item is a customer-favorite and can even be imprinted with a brand’s logo.

Heavy Duty Handles

Feeling creative? Our Elliptical Handle Series is no stranger to color customization. Combine the Elliptical’s modern look with a distinctive color to add value to your branding in the retail environment.

Scarf Display Rings

With over 30 years of custom design experience, we believe that packaging design is a stylized form of functionalism. Function focuses on hanging, carrying, and presenting the product, while style creates the desire for the product within, delivers on the brand promise, and enhances the user-experience at every interaction. If you’re interested in customizing a particular item, simply call or email us with your PMS shade to begin the process. And don’t forget to spec in your logo and essential production information on your Allen Field component. Click here to learn more about Allen Field’s custom design service.

 

 

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Jun
13

The Web Store is Open for Business

With B2B eCommerce in the US on its way to reaching $2.1 trillion by 2021, according to a report put out by Forrester, it is critical for businesses to adapt to the marketplace. We completely embrace this transition towards digital commerce and are excited to announce the launch of our Web Store!

Our web development team has been diligently working to prepare an experience for our customers that eases the buying process and puts vital information just a click away. At AllenField.com our customers will be able to view quotes, track their orders, print statements, and make payments!

With the growth of eCommerce, we aim to enable our customers to have an intuitive and 24/7 portal into their relationship with the Allen Field Company.

Presently, we can only accept orders in the web store if your freight terms are “Prepay and Add”. However, all customers can use the Web Store to generate statements, pay invoices with a credit card, view quotes, and track orders (if shipped via UPS, FedEx, or LTLs).

Interested in ordering online? Please email info@allenfield.com to get started.

 

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May
14

Get Ready for Expo Pack Mexico – Product Spotlight

At Allen Field, we offer a variety of plastic handles, box connecting clips, and POP display aids that easily carry, attach, hang, and display, all while securing your products in an organized manner. Meet our Packaging Specialists at Expo Pack Mexico, and let us help you find the best packaging components. June 5-8, 2018, Expo Santa Fe Mexico, at Booth #3738, be there or be square!

Hi-Line Handle

As the newest member of the T series, the Hi-Line Flex boasts an intuitive design along with reinforced material where it matters the most. Featuring a sleek matte finish, this handle carries up to 65 lbs.

Low Rider Handle with Washer Discs

The Low Rider’s board-like design lays perfectly atop corrugated trays with a tuck flap lid.  Kitted with two washer discs, which come with adhesives to secure the washer discs to the corrugated, the handle securely carries up to 40 lbs.

PP902T, box connecting clip, Allen Field

PP902T Turn Lock Box Clip

This box clip is a system that locks together two corrugated panels. Simply insert the clip through the panels via corresponding die-cuts, then grasp the front crosspiece to turn and lock into place. We recommend to use the PP902T when there is minimal clearance inside the box to deploy typical paddle style connectors.

4 Inch Rotary Display Hook with Label Area

This hook is designed for hanging products on a corrugated display. Featuring a unique rotary locking mechanism and a label holder, it secures your products and delivers branding message, while optimizing space in a busy retail setting.

Scarf Ring and Tie Rider

Hangers for neck ties and scarfs are ideal for organizing neat displays. While providing customers durability, versatility, and aesthetic appeal, our POP hangers hold accessories securely in a store even with shopper handling.

Pant and Shirt Clips

Our Pant and Shirt Clips display garments in a professional manner by sliding onto the products and keeping them secure through transit and onto display.

 

Swivel Hand Tabs

The 544 and 545 Swivel Hang Tabs provide convenience for both display and shipping purposes. Delivering key functionality in two positions, they can stand upright for carrying and hanging or can lock into a folded position for stocking and shipping in master packs.

Snap Hangers

This hanger series features an easy snap function, enabling swift and neat assembly of displayed product while delivering security. Ideal for hanging home textiles and small clothing, the snap hangers can also be customized with your choice of colors and logo imprints.

Footwear Hangers

Allen Field’s shoe hangers provide a secure hold and deliver superior structural support to the footwear displayed. All may be customized to identify your essential brand and product information.

 

 

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