Medical Device Packaging Considerations

Medical device packaging is an interesting industry. It takes planning and expertise to create something that can address all the required aspects of these projects. Sunrise Packaging has a history with this customized packaging style. We love the challenge that comes with designing unique packaging solutions for new medical products.

The best part? Medical device packaging is anything but cookie cutter. There are certain requirements that need to be met from a regulatory standpoint in addition to the unique features of the product itself. Does it have a time frame for use? Is it fragile? What types of materials will accompany it?

Leveraging our expertise is just one benefit of coming to Sunrise for medical packaging needs. We're familiar with the common issues faced in the industry and know how to work with just about anything. Here are some of the most important considerations we've come across when it comes to packaging healthcare and medical products.

Lessons on Medical Device Packaging

Medical devices have unique needs and usually have to meet federal or international regulations. Here are some things to consider when it comes to designing unique packaging solutions.

Custom Inserts

Medical devices tend to be delicate and expensive. This means that a little extra security is usually required. Whether it comes in the form of thermoformed trays, custom foam, etc, custom inserts are nearly always part of medical device packaging.

Sterilization

Another unique aspect of medical packaging projects? Sterilization is a key component that goes into package design. Depending on the method used, the packaging material needs to allow the sterilizer to do its job.

Whether it uses steam, gas, autoclave, or something else, it may need to be porous or need to retain colors.

Testing & Validation for Medical Device Packaging

One area the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) regulates is packaging integrity. It ensures that seal strength, packaging aging, and other aspects of the packaging are up to code. To get through the testing and validation process takes a practiced hand and some experience. Like Sunrise Packaging can provide.

The Best Time to Think About Packaging?

We might sound biased, but when it comes to medical devices, it's best to start putting together packaging requirements at the beginning. With the complexity of the various requirements, types of inserts, and add in budget considerations? It's best to sketch out the entire picture as soon as possible.

When it comes to medical packaging, work with the experts. Contact our team today.

Liquor Packaging: Ins and Outs

High end liquor packaging is becoming more and more common. Trends show that people are tending to spend more on alcohol to enjoy at home vs. going out. This means that competition is bound to increase on the shelves.

It can be hard to stand out in the sea of options at any liquor store. Unless a customer knows specifically what it is they want, the options are endless. And sometimes daunting. However, there's always one tactic all customers employ in some way, whether they know it or not.

Packaging and design is one of the top decision-makers when it comes wine and spirits purchases. A customer is intrigued by the marketing--that is, the shape of the bottle, design on the label, or other unique packaging element--and they buy it. Which is why the message a bottle sends by packaging is so important.

Liquor Packaging in Practice

Check out this example of liquor packaging we recently created for Select Designs featuring Lamarca Prosecco's limited release, Luminore. Luminore is a DOCG sparkling wine (meaning a high-end bottle) and considered one of the apex wines where the grape is concerned.

To design packaging that aids that impression, we started with the brand. Utilizing an organization's brand in packaging design is a key element to creating a connection for the consumer between the product and the producer. In addition to a beautiful bottle of wine, Lamarca is known for their striking light blue-on-black with foil stamping for extra pop. And you know that extra pop is everything when marketing a sparkling wine, right?

With the brand on point, we brought in a straightforward approach with a two piece set up box. Paired with custom flocked foam inserts, these boxes are sturdy, stable, and can securely hold a glass bottle with little-to-no potential for damage. Just don't test that theory *too* aggressively!

Wine & Spirits Packaging Drives Sales

Creating limited edition packaging like this barely scratches the surface of our experience in the wine and liquor world. Artisan liquor packaging is something we do well, and our packaging positively affects the bottom line.

When you're ready to start increasing sales by grabbing the attention of prospective customers, give Sunrise Packaging a call!

High End Packaging for Real Estate

Short supply and high demand is a recipe for a crazy housing market. Particularly as more and millennials start to dip their toes into home ownership. It can be daunting for mortgage brokers, homebuilders, and realtors to find ways to make an impact on this tech-savvy, immediate-results generation of homebuyers. Utilizing tools, like social channels featuring high end packaging, is one way to reach people.

In this Uber & DIY-focused economy, brand loyalty and expertise counts for less than it did in the past. For a business like realty, which are hugely relationship-based, this means that their basic marketing model needs to change. Referrals are still a big way to gain business, but reaching out on various mediums is another way to gain interest. It's the online shopping effect. We see something we like, we tap on it and can buy it.

Obviously, real estate doesn't work *quite* like that. But check out Carrington Creek's Insta, and tell me you're not enticed to learn more about these gorgeous homes. Particularly that signature Welcome Home box.

High End Packaging for High End Homes

Carrington Creek (located in Arkansas) is a homebuilder focused on building relationships as well. They've won multiple awards for quality, customer satisfaction, realtor excellence, and more. And when we began work on a special project for them, we knew it was going to be a special collaboration.

High end packaging always presents interesting challenges. At its heart, the best packaging utilizes simple design techniques. But the unique features are where we like to make it truly high end, the little touches that speak to a users tactile or visual senses. For this project, we used offset printing and a scuff free matte lamination.  This box is as sturdy as the homes they build, and just as classic with monochrome coloring. With spot UV over the logo, this is a box that pops. Maybe not as much as that champagne, but it's a coordinated effort!

Use Custom Packaging as Part of a Targeted Marketing Strategy

These welcome boxes are gorgeous on every level. They're highly Instagrammable, prominently featuring the logo, and create a true connection with the homebuyer. It's clear that this is a celebratory gift while still being functional.

But it's still part of a marketing strategy. If you're homebuilding organization or realty company is looking to put that extra panache into your marketing tactics, reach out to Sunrise to sketch out your own welcome kit!

How to Work the Magnetic Flap Box

Magnetic flaps on their own are used widely not only in packaging. Binders often use a magnetic flap for closure, as do some styles of journals and books (Bibles are probably the most common). Even some purses use magnetic flaps to ensure tight closure. The magnetic flap box is also increasingly popular, and that's in part to the versatility--and universal delight--of magnets.

It starts with the traditional hinged cigar box. The overlapping hard cover, with magnet, is the additional feature that elevates a simple box into something a little more. While the magnet is the *connecting* piece, so to speak, other elements can take your simple box to the next level.

The Magnetic Flap Box in Action

In the example to the side, created for CME4Life, you can see some of our favorite options at work.

First and foremost: the magnetic flap. It allows for a seamless design from top to bottom, creating a continuity for the eye to follow. It continues as the user slides their finger under the flap to open, revealing the product in full.

This digitally-printed box also features vivid colors. Sunrise can ensure color-matching with this process so that your logo and brand recognition are never compromised in the printing process. It's also laminated. Lamination can enhance colors as well as create another tactile touchpoint for users. This particular example uses matte lamination, one of our favorites. It makes the box as a whole soft to the touch, smooth, and adds a layer of protection to the piece.

Other Magnetic Flap Box Options

This magnetic flap box is just one example of many that Sunrise has handcrafted over the years. Other features which we think make this style of packaging especially pop include:

  • Custom inserts
    In short, inserts keep packaging neat and products safe. Made to order for every project, we can ensure that our custom inserts will fit to perfection.
  • Thermoformed trays
    Sunrise has a custom tooling department that means no delay or travel between workshops for your packaging creation. Thermoforming is a great option to highlight product features; it's literally like a little stage for your items!
  • Personalized foil stamping
    One of the most popular options out there. Foil stamping is a striking customization option that immediately creates a sense of luxury for any package.

And this is just scratching the surface of what's possible with packaging customization. Contact Sunrise today to design your project!

Custom Box Design in Minnesota

Custom box design is something we not only love, but take seriously at Sunrise Packaging.

Our approach is founded in common sense and experience. When anyone encounters an interesting package, their curiosity is automatically piqued. The packaging doesn't have to be unnecessarily tricky, the closure particularly unique. It's a closed box; sometimes, that's all we need to get our imagination flowing.  Our job is to get the user excited for your product.

We accomplish this by using some of our tried and true methods to create great customized packaging. When it comes to a box, it's not always *just* a box.

Delivering More Than a Package: Custom Box Design

Custom Size

It's practically passed into cliche to talk about how to maneuver square pegs into round holes. Yet, when it comes to packaging, there's a kind of "single size fits all" mentality that drives organizations to buy boxes in bulk. While we recognize there's no harm in that approach, there's also not much to gain, either. Part of the pleasure of custom box design is derived from the fit. Perfect, every time. In the example to the side, we created this box for Rheem as a thank-you to their customers.   While the image might distort the size, it's a large box at 24 inches by 22 inches and 8 inches deep.

Just like any bespoke product, a box that's made specifically for your product will always do the job it's designed to do: make your product shine.

Custom Inserts

In the final picture above, you can just see the inside of the box with the custom foam inserts inside. We talk a lot about presentation packaging at Sunrise, and this project is a perfect example. Presentation packaging can focus on the external features, but it's also about how a product (or products) lay inside the custom box design as well. As we mentioned above, everyone wants to be dazzled by an unopened box. Make sure that the reality lives up to expectations with a little padding inside your package.

Custom Finishing

Presentation is all about appearances, and ensuring that your box presents well to customers is key. Yes, the focal point is what's inside the package. But that doesn't mean you get to ignore the outside.

We love this example above because it's simple yet stunning. The brand pops out at the viewer, and while you can't touch it through the screen, it's wrapped in soft Nuba paper. Great packaging engages multiple senses; this one does not disappoint on multiple fronts.

What's Your Custom Box Style?

Just like people, boxes and organizations have personalities. What do you want yours to say?

Sunrise can help develop it. Contact our team today!

Promo Packaging Psychology

It only takes a second to form an impression, and when it comes to promo packaging, you want it to be a good one. 

But what goes into that split-second judgement formed by potential customers and clients? We know that it's implicitly unfair. There's no way that an organization can conceive of the myriad of biases every individual brings to a situation. They don't like a font. They don't like a color. Is it based on something internal? Or did they just stub their toe and nothing is appealing at the moment?

It's reasons like these that 1) no single design is perfect, and 2) come to Sunrise Packaging to utilize the best practices we've learned over our years in the business. 

Part of what we can share is grounded in psychology. Subtle elements inform customer's perceptions around taste, quality, perceived value, all the way to brand personality. These elements--such as color, shape, texture and more--influence what's called implicit associations

Implicit Associations & Promo Packaging

Here are some great, simple tips to glean insights on customer's impressions of promo packaging.

Color

You probably aren't surprised to learn that color has a lot of meanings. From cultural influences to personal preferences to color blindness, we're constantly using color as an indicator for different things. For example, in western societies, blue is associated with cleanliness. Which is why when you stroll down the home cleaning goods aisles, there's usually a plethora of blue promo packaging.

Using color theory is one way your product packaging can appeal to different genders, cultures and ages. 

 

Texture

Watch a young child move through a park or public space. Chances are they're constantly reaching out and touching things, from a wall to the handrail to plants and trees. From a young age we're prompted unconsciously that one of the best ways to learn about our surroundings is by touch. And promo packaging is no different. 

Sunrise Packaging offers a variety of customized wraps for boxes that can make your product feel silky smooth, or give it a more rugged texture. Even the finishing on a wrap can convey a message. A classic example: as natural chips started making their way onto the market, they faced the challenge of how to stand out in an established chip aisle full of bright, shiny packages. Their answer? Making the packaging matte to convey the difference. 

The Psychology of Promo Packaging

Even just these two tips can heavily influence your packaging design. Researching more about implicit association, and tying it to your target market, can reveal even more insights. When you're ready to get started on your promo packaging, contact Sunrise sales team to tap into your customer psychology!

Real Estate Marketing for Millennials

Pew Research says that millennials are just about to surpass the Baby Boomers as the largest living adult generation.  Here's why--and how--it affects your real estate marketing strategies. 

Millennials are defined as those born between 1981 and 1996. The upper end of the generation is reasonably established in their career, and nearly all need a home to lease or purchase. However, here's where millennials differ the most from previous generations: they're much more into the sharing economy, or using vs. purchasing. Look to the popularity of Uber and Lyft, for example, or the ability to Rent the Runway.   Additionally, the average credit score for this generation is fairly low--about 625--so they must qualify for more flexible, FHA-insured mortgage rates. However, despite all of this, 32% of homes are being purchased by millennials.

How Real Estate Marketing Reaches This Generation

Real Estate Express offers these helpful tidbits on how to reach this market most effectively: 

  • Millennials prefer social media and texting for communication - but 75% would prefer that their real estate agent contact them by phone. 
  • Over 90% of millennials rely on the Internet to find and communicate real estate opportunities.
  • While they know they can find the answers to practically anything online, 87% eventually seek out advice from real estate agents

This generation grew up with technology. Maybe not smart phones, but definitely in the era of the home desktop computer and a gaggle of gaming systems. When it comes to real estate marketing, target them on their favorite networks. 

As a real estate agent, you're in charge of a lot when it comes to connecting with prospective buyers and sellers. One way to connect with millennials is to create shareable content. This can be videos, blog posts, infographics, etc that are posted on social media. These types of content of should be "bite-sized," meaning they're easily consumable in a short period. No one wants to watch a 10 minute tour of a house on a shaky iPhone. Create quick cuts of highlights. Or create a slideshow on Instagram. Play with mediums and styles to figure out what works for you and your audience. 

Once you've hooked your millennial customer, remember that this generation relies heavily on the recommendations of their peer group. Take this opportunity to create a unique closing gift using Sunrise Package's custom packaging options. Like the FlashPad Wallet. Or any of our other innovative packaging solutions - just remember to slide your business card inside!

Creating a Board Game Box: 3 Things to Consider

Thinking about making your own custom board game box? Read this first. 

Sunrise Packaging has worked with a lot of unique projects over the years, but some of the most innovative and excited creators are those who make games. It’s a true passion project. And we hate to see that excitement fizzle out over some of the most common things that game makers miss or don’t consider when they design their custom game board box. custom game board box, custom game board

On the surface, creating game board boxes isn’t an overly complicated thing. But like any packaging project, there are things to consider that an outsider might not think about beforehand. The weight of the packaging materials, for instance. The mobility of the game box. The design and print quality of the box. Not to mention the copy for the box as well. In a way, custom board game boxes aren’t unlike product launch kits in everything they need to accomplish. 

Custom Board Game Box: Choose Your Own Adventure

Things that every game maker should consider when it comes to crafting their own game board boxes. Essentially, it comes down to one thing: plan ahead.

  1.  What’s your budget?
    Knowing what you want to spend can help determine other options. If you want to make money on your custom game, it’s completely necessary to have a budget in mind for what you want to spend on packaging on top of the game production costs. 
  2. How do you want users to interact with the packaging?
    Customer experience is of increasing importance. Not to mention that a great unboxing video could increase sales dramatically.  Sunrise Packaging can help craft boxes with handles and magnet closure as well as custom inserts and printed elements inside the box itself. Get creative, but keep the whimsy in check. Outlandish ideas aren’t always the most sustainable
  3. What will entice buyers?
    You’re browsing online and see a interesting game. You click on it, and read the position description. Alternate scenario: Walking through a store, you see an unfamiliar product. You’re compelled to pick it up and find more about it. How do you decide whether or not to buy it? Make sure to craft content that will speak to buyers and compel them to actually purchase it, not just pick it up for a moment.

Proper planning is the most important part of creating a custom board game box that will sell. These are just three things that you should consider. 

Contact Sunrise Packaging for Guidance

Making your own game packaging might seem more cost-efficient, but it’s not if you have to spend hours upon hours doing it. Leave it to the experts; we’ll leave the game making to you. Contact us today!

Brand Activation Kits for Minnesota Brands

Minnesota was front and center for the last week of January. As host to Super Bowl LII, our state leaned into the “Bold North” moniker and created a great experience for locals and visitors alike. From the amazing Polaris backflip to Land O’Lakes Farm Bowl, Minnesota’s homegrown brands brought it in a big way. MN marketers might be ready for a break, but not for long. March 2019 will see the Final Four come to Minneapolis. We’re excited to see the stunts and innovation, and can’t wait to help build brand activation kits to support it all. 

Brand activation is the act of driving consumers to act by means of interactions and experiences designed by the brand. Brand activation kits support these interactions and experiences. As a  Minnesota company, we know Minnesota brands, their values and their challenges. Not the least of which is designing an outdoor environment in the subzero Minnesota winter. 

Homegrown Brand Activation Kits 

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Sunrise Packaging can design packaging for any sort of brand activation. The goal of any marketing initiative is to garner a response; while it’s one thing to get people talking, it’s another to get them to pay attention and remember your brand. 

Brand activation itself can take many forms. Experiential marketing, consumer promotions, shopper marketing, all of these things can be part of it. Since there are many ways to implement, it’s usually easiest to give examples to explain brand activation. When we think back to the different Super Bowl LII experiences created by different brands, we get an idea of some of the elements that make successful brand activation campaigns:

  • Unique
    First and foremost, it needs to be unique to be memorable, right? There’s no point to it if it doesn’t increase consumer interaction with your brand, and if the consumer doesn’t remember you…
  • Relevant
    A crazy experience, zip-lining across the Mississippi River, is almost as unique as it gets. However, would it work for any brand? For a brand focused on thrill-seeking and adventure, yes. For a candy store? Not so much. 
  • Full of MN Pride
    As varied and interesting the various strategies were, there was one thing they all have in common. Minnesota, the Bold North tagline, was front and center for every single one.

As Minnesota brands start thinking about their plans for the next major event to come to Minnesota, include brand activation kits in your overall strategy. 

The Bold North, Round 2

March is usually a little more moderate in weather than January (well, most of the time). That said, the one million+ visitors who braved the Minnesota winter for the Super Bowl weren’t afraid of a little weather. Neither are we. Contact Sunrise Packaging today to design your brand activation kits!

Thermoforming Packaging Outlook

When it comes to custom packaging, thermoforming is about as literal as you can get. 

Design and personalization appear in all of our projects. But when it comes to truly crafting packaging around a product, thermoforming provides the best amount of customization. This style of personalized packaging takes a sheet of plastic that is heated until pliable, and then molded to the desired shape. You've experienced a variety of thermoformed packaging, and maybe not even realized it. For example, any time you have opened medicine in a plastic container with a foil back... That's blister packaging. If you've slid a plastic tray out of a box... That's a thermoformed tray. 

The incredible array of possibilities for thermoforming is part of what makes it such a dynamic industry. Digital Journal projects that the market for thermoformed trays, blister packs, and more will see steady growth through at least 2026. Plastic trays and custom plastic packaging have become an important aspect of packaging. As more and more people turn to shopping online, the need for packaging stability and protection increase. Not to mention the ability to capture freshness and keep products firmly sealed. 

 

How Industries are Personalizing Thermoforming

When it comes to specific industries, thermoforming allows them to not only package with integrity, but also with precision and intentionality. 

Take a look at the image to the side. These cosmetics are packed in safely and securely, but also with an element of presentation. All users who purchase this product will be able to have a consistent experience, from any part of the country.  Not to mention that these containers, otherwise fragile and full of precious substance, are protected from the potential pitfalls of transit and retail shoppers. 

Healthcare packaging is another industry which often uses thermoforming. We discussed pill packaging above, but this style of single-servings also helps with compliance packaging. Compliance packaging ensures that users are taking the correct dosage/amount at the right time. Adding features to the packaging design, like a clock or other graphics, along with the individual blisters, assists users in being responsible and understanding how their medication works. 

Thermoforming Market Growth

These two industries are hardly the only ones out there using thermoformed trays, blister packs, etc. The food industry, horticulture, electronics/technology, and more have adopted thermoformed products as part of their packaging lineup. Learn more about the options we can provide to you to keep products safe and sound through our thermoforming options!