Custom Binders & Organizing

When I think of organization, I have to admit: custom binders do not leap to the top of my list. I'm much more likely to search for an app for organizing notes, recordings, or whatever I need on my smartphone than I am to pick up a binder. But recently, in the most unlikeliest of places,  I was reminded that some people are more tactile. 

I was watching Brooklyn Nine Nine, and the character of Amy Santiago was enjoying a new binder. 

Custom binders make some people happy

Simple Pleasures of Custom Binders

For those who don't watch the show, Amy is a somewhat Type-A detective with a penchant for organization and procedure. She's tidy, polite, and loves her binders.  Amy and her binders are something of a running gag, but there's something to the simple pleasure she receives.

In the hyper world of the TV cop show, it's understandable how something so seemingly simple can be soothing and bring calmness.  It's a small piece of sanity, a corner of control. When everything else is volatile and subject to the whims of coworkers and criminals, Amy's custom binders are 100% in her control. 

Why Bind It When You Can Scan It?

The ability to pick up and page through a binder is soothing. Users can see everything at once with just a few flips instead of searching through a smartphone. It's a conventional organization system; easy to pick up and intuit, versus someone's private devices. I know that my method of filing (or lack thereof...I prefer to tag things, then just enter a search query when I want it) isn't the same as others. Using a standard system within a binder makes it easier for the entire office to find common resources quickly and efficiently. 

Scanning/taking pictures of documents on the go is handy, but when it comes to document sharing (especially in a not-so-technology-literate organization), it can get tricky. Especially when no one wants to admit that they don't fully understand how to access something. Take the guesswork out by storing communal resources in custom binders. 

 

Options for Custom Binders

Here at Sunrise Packaging (Minnesota), we've been experimenting with some great new, more durable options for custom binders. New techniques include creating covers from a single piece of chipboard, increasing their ability to withstand pressure and the effects of time. Euro-scoring, or rounded corners, help people grasp binders more easily. It's a great option for larger documentation sets or files. Not to mention that pockets or adhesive trays can be added as well to hold discs, notepads, or anything else that could be useful. Contact us today to talk about your needs, discuss cover printing options, and more. Amy would be proud!

Custom Cigar Boxes: Timeless & Elegant

Finding a box that's truly versatile is a harder task that it sounds. We love custom cigar boxes because, simply put, they're classic. It's a style of box associated with cigars, naturally, but there's something both Old World and modern about it. Depending on the design, a single box style can take on multiple personalities. While the classic cigar-style box presents convenience and ease of opening, it also naturally heightens the luxury and elegance factor. It's clear to see why this is one of our most popular styles, isn't it?

Features of Custom Cigar Boxes

  • Classic style
    From a new baby to weddings, cigars (and cigar boxes) are synonymous with celebrating and good feelings. The style lends itself to presentation, begging to be opened to whomever the custom box is presented.

  • Large variety of finishing options 
    Inlaid foil for your logo? Check. Colored chipboard to match branding guidelines? Check. Nearly anything you can think of, Sunrise Packaging can figure it out. Okay maybe not *everything* but we can try.

  • Interior organization
    It doesn't matter what's going inside the box. What matter is that, when the customer opens it, everything is in its place. Select an option that fits your budget and keeps your product safe.
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  • High quality materials = instant keepsake
    One of my favorite things growing up was a literal cigar box from my grandfather. While Sunrise doesn't deal in the wood and metal locking devices (my favorite features of my cigar box), we can utilize high quality materials. It'll help ensure that your custom cigar boxes are valued by customers for days to come.

  • Ability to recreate this iconic scene from Pretty Woman
    It probably won't involve early 90's Richard Gere, but we can't all be that lucky.

Custom cigar boxes are our go-to suggestion when it comes to a box style that conveys instant luxury and nostalgia. Everyone has a memory involving a cigar-style box. It's our job to make it's a positive one. Contact a representative today to learn more about finishing options and putting your own spin on this classic style.

Hyundai/Kia Custom Pads

These custom pads made for Hyundai and Kia are great examples of our signature FlashPad in action. While not the standard dimensions, these pads were designed to look more like a traditional book, a hardbound box that opens like a novel. The cover features high-definition images of the interior of the respective vehicles, capturing the detail with crisp digital printing. The informational blurb tells exactly what’s inside: crucial updates for onboard navigational software. The pads were designed to hold specifically-shaped USB drives that could used to upload the digital updates. Yet another cool and practical use of flash drive packaging.

Hyundai/Kia Custom Pads

Hyundai-Kia Custom Pads

Custom Aluminoes Front Open Box

Custom packaging created for high-end, aluminum-crafted dominoes, the Aluminoes box is a lesson in minimalism. Such a simple design, but so much elegance. The asymmetrical splash of white on black is reminiscent of traditional dominoes, but the product inside is anything but. This playful element, coupled with the other upgraded features makes this box design one in a million. Rigid chipboard walls, soft touch lamination, strong magnetic bonds, and custom preview windows are just a few of the special add-ons that creates the perfect canvas for these metallic gems.

Aluminoes Front Open Box

Aluminoes Front Open Box

Carolina Panthers Season Ticket Box

The Carolina Panthers used this sturdy cigar-style box as a keepsake for season ticket holders. Season tickets for a professional NFL team aren’t something you stuff in an envelope. The Panthers sent a message of luxury, style, and, above all, respect for their fans with this large, rigid box, complete with magnetic sealing tabs for a rich enclosure. The partition makes creates a jewelry box feel, perfect for collecting any team memorabilia. This partition is removable, yet looks built in--part of the magic of presentation packaging. This rich, black custom box, with a sophisticated splash of white for the logo and stylish font, is an excellent example of turning packaging into a souvenir, a storage device into a memorable gift.

Carolina Panthers Custom Season Ticket Box

Carolina Panthers Custom Season Ticket Box

inVitamin Custom Cigar Style Box

This custom box was created for another of our proud Minnesota neighbors, inVitamin. The large, cigar-style box features a custom foam insert that snugly fits a 3 very different bottles representing a 3-step facial care system. In addition to the cream, gel, and serum, the foam insert also has a slot for a plant-based exfoliating sponge. The box art sports a soft color palette that reflects the labeling. It also educates in perfect alignment with the bottles themselves. As an all-natural healthy and beauty provider, inVitamin has plenty of information to deliver to their clients and utilizing that typically empty space to inform the customer is as stylish as it is smart.

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InVitamin Custom Cigar Box

Luxury Packaging Market

It's a good time to be in the luxury packaging business. 

According to a report from Market Intel Reports (read more at Whatech), the luxury packaging market is set to increase by 5% in the next five years. That means by 2021, the market should reach a value of over $20 billion. Large as the number is, this isn't a total surprise. Sunrise Packaging has had a front-row seat in watching these trends grow over recent years. The demand for great packaging has never been higher, and if this report is correct, it's only going to increase in the coming years.  

The full report includes information on opportunities and restraints on the market, but here are our main takeaways. 

 

Luxury packaging for cigars

Luxury Packaging Trends

So what's driving the increase in demand? There are three main factors--

  • personalized packaging
  • increasing awareness to sustainability issues
  • demographic and economic drivers

--combined with the need for premium brands to find more ways to differentiate themselves. The rapidly-changing marketplace means that brands can't coast on their name anymore. Consumers have access to literal world of products available via the Internet, and if a brand isn't holding up, consumers aren't shy about broadcasting their displeasure. 

The report includes more information on the state of every continent in terms of the luxury packaging market. The United States is the largest luxury market ( 21.5% revenue share). China holds the distinction of taking second in two categories: consumer of luxury goods and luxury packaging manufacturer. However, with a 36% consumption share of the world’s luxury good market (in terms of revenues), Europe leads the way. It helps that the majority of luxury brand houses call the continent home. Take a second and write down the top five luxury brands that come into your head. What's on the list? Gucci? Chanel? Rolex? Mercedes Benz?  Italian, French, Swiss, German.  From that list, you can also get a sense for the products that tend to drive the market. 

It used to be that these products were hard to get. They were limited to those who either lived in areas affluent enough to shop the storefront, or those able to order via catalogs or other methods. E-commerce has leveled the access level (not to mention discount sites and others). Luxury packaging helps to set products apart in the egalitarian marketplace. Packaging has an important role in maintaining a brand's image. This is even more important in the age of social media, as brands are finding opportunities to tie custom packaging to marketing strategy.

Custom Boxes & Luxury Packaging

Luxury packaging is about a few factors: design, materials, and experience. Does the package design reflect your product and your consumers expectations? Did you use materials and finishing options that look and feel a little indulgent for the consumer? And consider how both of those designs contribute to the experience of opening the package. Custom options make the difference between luxury and mundane. Contact Sunrise Packaging today to help create your luxury packaging.

How Sales Kits Score Home Runs

The 2016 baseball World Series will see one team put an end to a longstanding drought. As the Cleveland Indians face the Chicago Cubs, their histories are almost overshadowing the series itself.  It’s been over 50 years since the Indians won the World Series, and over 100 years since the Cubs won (yup, the World Series has been a thing for a while). There are a lot of elements that need to come together for a baseball team to make it to the top of the pile. But it all starts with fundamentals. A good pitching staff, a solid batting lineup that delivers, minimal fielding errors, all things that are possible at any level of the game. That’s what makes them fundamentals. The same principles apply to putting together sales kits.

Sales kits, as Bark Creative puts it, are the “pinch hitter” for marketing any business. They should be malleable to be used by sales teams in different settings and environments, appropriate and attractive for consumers. When you need to get the attention of a potential customer, call in the sales kit. Here’s what you need to have.

Sales kits can be in cigar box formKey Elements of Winning Sales Kits

  • Letter of Recognition
    Just like you would write a cover letter to go with your resume, include a customized letter in your sales kit for the recipient. Let them know how/where you met, any relevant details, but most importantly, how you can help them.
  • Case Studies
    It’s surprising how many businesses tend to spend time and money crafting copy, but don’t utilize one of the most powerful marketing tools: case studies. Basically, review your portfolio of customers and select a few that exemplify your business model. Chronicle your work with them, and turn it into a narrative that exemplifies your work style, mission, values, and most importantly, how you build relationships with clients and customers.
  • Products & Services
    Now that you’ve shown them what you do, tell them what you told them. Redundant? Not to retain information.  Include a list of services or products in your sales kits so it’s clear to your prospective customers what’s offered.
  • Ending Call To Action
    This is how to ensure that your pinch hitter (AKA sales kit) hits a home run.  Lay out the next steps for the recipient. Is it a phone call, an email, a form completion? Don’t make it hard for your customers to give you money.

And how do you tie all these elements together? Presentation packaging.

Presentation packaging is the key to making your sales kit memorable. Think of the purpose of uniforms for baseball teams. They tie the players to each other, but are still personalized with numbers and names. Uniforms are branded proudly, and designed to be functional and resilient. Most importantly? They sell the team as a whole. Presentation packaging should do the same for your sales kits.

Contact Sunrise today to explore the options in custom boxes for custom sales kits.

Healthcare Packaging Through 2026

The healthcare packaging market outlook through 2026 was released earlier today (October 20, 2016). This research, conducted and produced by Commodity Inside, attempts to predict the future of the market. It helps producers and manufacturers alike know what to expect in terms of medical packaging trends and requirements. The report also provides a commentary on both existing and emerging markets, particularly where organizations may want to focus attention going forward.

Elements Affecting Healthcare PackagingVenom Custom Medical Pad healthcare packaging

On average, countries spend 10% of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (or GDP) in the health sector every year. Populations are growing in nearly every corner of the globe. This leads to increased urbanization, increased aging population, and an overall increase in healthcare spending from consumers as well. The increase in demand is expected to continue to rise into the future.

Asia is driving much of the growth in healthcare packaging. Globally, the demand grew in 2015 by 5.6%. This equates to $65.8 billion worldwide. It’s a sizeable market, to say the least, and one still expected to grow by at least that amount in the next decade (another source predicts hitting $82 billion by 2021).  The 2026 outlook includes chapters focusing specifically on:

  • Asia (China and Japan, specifically)
  • Europe (France, Germany, Italy, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom)
  • North America (Canada and USA)
  • Latin America (Brazil)
  • Australia
  • Middle East/Africa (Egypt and South Africa)

Each section includes a market review and a market outlook.  An appendix provides further macroeconomic information.

Medical developments are driving the demand as well. As devices become more lightweight and efficient, packaging needs to reflect those updates. Additionally, medical device packaging needs to meet the needs of consumers. That might mean using magnetic closures on boxes to aid in opening. It might mean integrating carrying components, like handles built into containers, so devices are more mobile. And, like phones and laptops, healthcare developers are always looking to make devices lighter. This means that packages need to take on more protective roles. Look for more rigid setup boxes, thermoformed protective cavities and other custom features.

About Commodity Inside

In addition to healthcare packaging, Commodity Inside also produces reports on corrugated packaging, flexible paper packaging, folding cartons, and more.

Vinyl Packaging Revamped for 2016

While my parents don't admit to being hippies, their record collection tells another story.  My youth is peppered with memories set to music, not unlike an episode of "The Wonder Years." I remember running my fingers over vinyl packaging, picking out albums with intriguing album art (The Who's "Tommy" stands out in my mind) or Cream's "Wheel of Fire." I loved the velvet tones of vinyl, and the way the sound seems to fill a space. At some point, the needle on the turntable broke and didn't get replaced. We got a CD player, the records were boxed up and piled in a closet, and the beat went on. 

Since then, music has changed form a few more times. First from CDs to MP3 players like the iPod, and then to streaming with early adopters on Pandora, but now we've entered into an interesting era. In 2016, every sales channel music is slumping except for two: streaming (up 50%) and vinyl (up 11%). I don't think this is a coincidence. There's no ownership associated with streaming. Listeners can quickly sample songs and artists--literally millions of both--for either no fee or a nominal one. When listeners connect with an artist deeply, they want to invest in an experience. That's where vinyl trumps CDs, iTunes, any other form of listening experience. 

Naturally, I know I might be a little biased given my childhood love for vinyl. But there's a tangible experience that comes with holding vinyl packaging and dropping that needle, and I think there's a kind of craving for that kind of close-up sentimentality. Of course, there's more to it than that, and TuneCore has a few more ideas as to why vinyl and vinyl packaging is making a resurgence. 

Vinyl Packaging

Vinyl Packaging as a Form of Art

Whether your shelve it or frame it, album art has the potential to be iconic. Just look at The Beatles' "Sergeant Pepper" album cover. And in 2016, it's risen beyond just the album cover to origami and custom box level.

Vinyl is Tangible

I love Spotify, but here's the thing: you can't leave MP3s or Spotify playlists to your kids, or frame your favorites to put on the wall. You can't have your favorite artists sign the album like vinyl packaging. Digital has a lot of positives, but also a lot of tradeoffs.

Vinyl Goes Mobile

The majority of records purchased today also include a download code so users not only have their gorgeous album, but can also download the tunes to their mobile devices or computers for listening. Amazon is an early pioneer in providing the MP3s along with vinyl purchases.

Vinyl Sounds Off

Vinyl packaging is superior, there's no loss in mobility, so how can it get better for vinyl fans? It usually comes down to the strongest argument...sound quality:

Sound is a range of frequencies. When there is a complete presentation of frequencies that diminishes as the frequency increases, the sound seems to be more complete. Vinyl tends to present the widest range of frequencies due to its analog-to-analog production process. Digital music, because of its compression to keep file sizes manageable, doesn’t present as much of a continual range

When people make this argument, it's a passionate, emotional one.  And it's one echoed by an entire community of people who keep vinyl alive through patronizing smaller shops and hunting through garage sales as well as shopping online. Don McLean may have thought the music died, but it's alive and well decades later. 

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