According to the US Census Bureau, the first quarter of 2017, saw over $107 billion in e-commerce sales, and e-commerce sales grew at four times the rate of retail sales in general. Online shopping grows every year, and so does the job of getting the goods to the consumer. What changes are taking place in the logistics of getting these sales shipped and delivered? Continue reading
Successful branding gives a small business immediate customer and market recognition. These impressions are critical for finding your target market. Elements such as green-friendly packaging, Made in America, or luxe elegance, help communicate those values to a customer with each impression or view.
Branding starts with company values. A company that makes and sells art might have a company value about color–that beautiful color brings joy to the world. Continue reading
Knowing your customers’ product preferences also means understanding their packaging preferences. The growing trend towards eco-friendly packaging is gaining momentum as businesses evolve to accommodate the priorities of sustainability-minded Millennials. The buying power of the Millennial generation is unprecedented, as is its awareness of global environmental and social issues. Ecologically sound solutions are of prime concern to these buyers. Large corporations are feeling the pressure of this influence and are adapting by implementing these unique strategies to meet the escalating eco-friendly packaging demand. Below are a few packaging types that are sustainable and in demand. Continue reading
Colors can impact our mood and how we feel about a certain product, display, packaging collection, you name it. Retailers who identify and tap into that frame of mind will have a distinct advantage over their competition. Pantone Color Institute forecasts color trends and works with companies to maximize their marketing strategies through the use of color. As Pantone suggests, “When 80% of human experience is filtered through the eyes… the choice of color is critical”.
The EPA urges small businesses to minimize waste and save money through activities like in-process recycling and packaging design reductions. Small- to mid-sized company owners can do their part to protect the environment by adopting sustainable solutions and eco-friendly packing ideas into their business practices.
Use Recycled Packaging
The most eco-friendly decision you can make is to incorporate a dedicated percentage of recycled materials into your packaging. This single action will break the toxic chain of industry-consumer waste by transforming trash from the landfills into useful materials. Of course, the recovery processing and re-manufacturing requirements of certain materials may actually cost more than producing new packaging. However, almost all companies can use at least a small percentage of recycled materials in their packaging. Now is the time to get involved, buying recycled bags and boxes, can reduce your waste and help you become more eco-conscious. Continue reading