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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 to get started.


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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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Less Pollution is the Best Solution

With Earth Day approaching, environmental responsibility is on our mind. Supplying plastic components presents an opportunity to make a difference. We seek to break the cycle of single-use consumables. Optimizing natural resources will require multiple initiatives, here are a few ways we are doing our part:


Euro Pack Hook

Plastic made from Recycled Material

A variety of Allen Field components can be made with 100% recycled material. Check out the popular Euro Pack Hook, once secured to the product this hook is dependable and keeps your display organized. Request your free samples and quote today!

Biodegradable Plastic

A wide variety of Allen Field components are made with a biodegradable additive. This enables our products to break down in compost bins and landfills. Making recycling easier optimizes the potential of recovering material, ultimately reducing pollution. Feel good about disposing of your components after they have served their useful life.

Reusable Components

Box Flap Clip

Want to get the most out of the Allen Field products you use? Our handles, box clips, and many others can be used more than once, simply develop a reuse program to recapture them from consumers. Using our products in a warehouse? Our Box Flap Closure revolutionizes warehouse operations. Designed to pack, unpack, and repack a corrugated box, it eliminates the need for tape, staples, or strapping! Request your free quote and samples today!

Innovation is at the heart of Allen Field’s success. We are exploring the utilization of bio-based plastics in our products and are working with customers to make the most of the latest technology and science to deliver the best solutions.

Our Environmental Responsibility

To learn more about Allen Field’s environmental efforts and goals, check out our Environmental Responsibility Policy.





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History of the Elliptical

Elliptical Handle and Support Plate

This month, the blog is pressing rewind and taking you back to when we launched the revolutionary Elliptical Handle Series. The Allen Field Company first entered the handle business when it began selling the instantly successful Standard and Heavy-Duty Handle Series. Nevertheless, there was something missing in these two handle styles. Time and time again, our customers asked us for a handle option that was strong and reliable but didn’t compromise aesthetics. Simply put, they demanded style and strength.

The concept for the Elliptical came about after contemplating the success of our Standard Series. One of the best features of the Standard Series is the manner in which the handle fits comfortably in the user’s palm, no matter the length of the handle or the weight of the box. However, the harsher angles of the Standard and, especially, Heavy-Duty line, leave a box looking more utilitarian rather than sleek or stylish.

Enter the Elliptical’s ideal curvature and polished finish. The horizontal detailing in the handle’s grip visually elongate the handle, creating a more modern look overall. Since the Elliptical Series was brought to market in 2006, it has been the choice handle for consumer electronics, wine-in-a-box, bedding, small to medium kitchen appliances, salesmen kits, and toys. With 9 different lengths available and a carrying capacity as high as 100 pounds, you can rest assured that the Elliptical Handle will meet your exact project specifications.

The Elliptical Handle is easily customized. Add your logo for branding or ask about custom color options, including matte and metallic options.




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Leverage our Expertise to Deliver the Perfect Solution

Allen Field is a recognized industry leader in the design and supply of plastic components for the packaging and retail display industries. We inventory the largest variety of plastic handles, box connecting clips, small plastic hangers, and POP display aids. But did you know that Allen Field also provides affordable and quality-driven custom design, project management, and manufacturing services?

This month we’d like to share how our experience and network have combined to create comprehensive custom solutions for our customers over the years.

Imagine: your products are stored in master cases and those cases are opened and closed, numerous times, to fulfil orders. In this common scenario, we see fulfillers using tape to seal and re-seal master cases and complaining of two key issues: the time required to cut and reseal, and the wear and tear on the corrugated packs. Other existing solutions to clip box lids closed are too big, jam conveyer belts, and are often expensive; leading Allen Field to create the Box Flap Closure. This turnkey solution was designed to reduce cost and secure two box flaps in mere seconds. The color was chosen to address another complaint customers had with existing closures; if the closure happens to become dislodged from a pack, our Box Flap Closure is easy to spot, whether it be on the warehouse floor or in the pack itself. The Box Flap Closure is useful in Warehouse Automated Storage Retrieval Systems, Fulfillment Centers, and Inventory Management. Best part, it is easily transferable from box to box, making it a sustainable solution!

Let’s imagine another scenario: after your products are boxed in the production facility, they are inspected during transit, before reaching their final destination. During the inspection process, a package is unsealed, protective layers are removed, and then the product is repackaged.  The standard process may include box cutters, tearing of wrapping, protective packaging components scattering or being compromised. Instead, Allen Field brought the Rotary Locking Clip to market. Featuring an interlock system, this clip is installed through die cuts and then turned and locked into place. This clip secures the two joining boards and provides an easy system for opening and closing, as needed. Like the Box Flap Closure, the Rotary Locking Clip is reusable and can be installed or removed in seconds with no additional tools needed.

Here at Allen Field, we have built successful partnerships with customers based on our ability to quickly adapt and efficiently compete in the ever-changing global economy. We are not content with merely providing “off-the-shelf products”. We want to design a part for your project that helps it work better, cost less, and sell more; giving you the solution that optimizes value. Whether you require a small tweak in an existing component, a completely new design, or help in sourcing components, Allen Field has the experience, breadth, and depth of capability to come up with the best solution for your dilemma.

See how we can help you today by speaking with a team member at 800.225.0396 (US Only) or 631.665.2782.

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