A little known fact is that cardboard boxes are very dense. This may sound a little funny but in a way its very obvious. We use cardboard boxes all the time and in many cases every day. Look in your pantry and you will see them every where and they are used many times in heavy applications. This is simply because of the density of cardboard and if you work in a factory or in packaging you may find yourself cutting lots of boxes every single day. This becomes a problem if you are using cheap knives. The problem is obvious if you are in the industry, and its because your knife is always dull. So how do you choose the proper knife to work in a factory?
The answer is complicated and yet simple. Stop buying the most inexpensive knife you
see that looks cool. Yes, it may have a
great looking design on the handle or blade, but most likely it is made from
the lowest bidder and out of the least expensive materials. Instead look for a brand name that is known
in the knife industry. Yes the knife
industry, not the sporting goods industry.
So this means you actually need to do a little research. Brands are not country of origan specific
either. Some of the best knife brands
come from China, because they use quality materials and craftsmanship. Look for brands like, Benchamde, Spyderco, We
Knives. These are the most known brands
in the knife industry and starting with a high quality brand means most likely
you will be getting a better knife. Now
the actual steel on the knife is important. It actually will be what determines
how often you need to sharpen your knife if you do the same task each day.
Ask yourself an important question. Do I work in wet conditions. If the answer is yes, then you will most likely want a stainless steel. Now remember, all steel rusts. Stainless, means it stains less quickly or rusts less quickly than a normal carbon steel. There are more types of steel than I can count, but here are a few good ones to look for. If you need a good stainless steel, look for knives that are made in cpm s35vn, cpm154, or vg10.
These knives will cost more than your truck stop knives, but will be 10 to 20 times the quality. Which means they will be tougher and last longer at your normal cutting tasks. For Carbon steel look for, cpm 3v, m4, or m390. These steels are amazing for edge retention but will rust faster than your normal kitchen knife. So keep them dry and enjoy your knew experience of cutting boxes without sharpening your knife every other day.
As a professional confectioner you know the quality of your goods is the most important thing. It takes time to create the perfect recipes. It takes hours of trial and error to find what tastes the best. Then you have to decide the icing and the decorations that will fit perfectly on top of the candy or pastry. There are a lot of choices that go into the product as a whole.
Another component that is included in the
presentation of the product is the packaging. It does not depend on what type
of business you are running, you have to have some sort of packaging. In this
case, confectioners need candy boxes for their product. It doesn’t matter if
the product is just sold locally out of a display case or sent halfway across
the country. The presentation and the type of packaging used is important. You
can choose candy boxes that go with your theme and your style.
There are over eight different colors of boxes to
choose from. You could choose to have every batch as the same color, or you can
determine which different products get which different color box. You could
also have color choices available for the consumer. Maybe for Valentine’s Day
they choose a dark red color. Then for their wedding they can choose gold or
another color to match their wedding theme and colors. Having these colors
available for your customers is just an added bonus of personalization.
Another customization feature is selecting how
many chocolates go into each box. Maybe some consumers don’t want to buy twelve
chocolates and only buy four. Then again, some people may want to buy
twenty-four chocolates! So having different options for packaging allows people
with different price points and budgets to purchase your products.
Finally, you want to tie it all up with a bow.
There are a few different ways to really set you packaging apart from other
businesses. One way is to tie bows around each box. You can buy pre-made bows
or learn how to make them yourselves. You can also just use regular ribbon to
tie around the box. For people taking the boxes directly from your storefront,
you can put the boxes in little gift bags with color tissue paper. Gift
wrapping the box will make it more special for the person receiving the
chocolates as a gift. Just have fun with the appearance of the box. Make it
Spring is always the busy season for buying and selling a home. People have been inside all winter and they are just too excited to get out. They plan on planting a garden, hosting barbeques, and just enjoying a new yard. They want to buy in early spring so they have time to work on their new yard before summer. There is also the benefit of buying in the spring to be able to do any repairs or renovations on the outside of the home. Not to mention the move will be in much nicer weather. No one wants to move and haul all of their belongings with snow on the ground. That’s why it is best to haul your cardboard boxes for moving in the spring.
You have to pick the right type of cardboard
boxes, though. No one wants to be moving a box of heavy things and then the box
bust on them. It is best to go with sturdy, durable boxes when it comes to
moving heavy things. Packing your things into boxes you know won’t break is the
responsible thing to do. It is also great to use the appropriate boxes for what
you are packing in them. Yes, there are multitude of different boxes to choose
from when it comes to moving.
The greatest box for moving that I didn’t even
know existed is a wardrobe box. For so many times that I have moved I have had
to just throw all of my clothes into a box. Even when I would try and fold them
as neatly as I could, the clothes would still be wrinkled by the time I got to
the new place and started to unpack everything (because let’s be honest, the
clothes will sit in the boxes for a few days). This specific type of box is
taller than regular boxes. It also has a bar across the top that your hanger
goes right on! That way, your clothes are hanging up on your own hangers the
entirety of the move. So even when I get a little lazy and wait a week to finally
unpack my clothes, they will still be sitting nice and next to the closet just
waiting for me.
Moving can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to
be terrible. Make sure you are set to move during a nice day. Also make sure
you are using the best boxes you can to make the move as smooth as possible.
As I start my third week staying at home I have resorted to all of the responsibilities I was trying to avoid the first two weeks. I did a little cleaning here and there, but I mostly left the hard chores until now. I could continue to put them off, but I really don’t think I should rewatch the same Netflix series for the third time in a row. I decided the bathroom would be my next adventure. There are so many cabinets and drawers filled with clutter and junk and things I even forgot I had.
My main goal is get everything off the sink
countertop. I do not like the look of a messy countertop and it is so hard to
keep everything clean when I have to move fifteen little bottles of products
off the counter just to wipe it down with a damp rag. I much prefer to have
things stored in the drawers below the sink for easy access and so the top of
the sink stays nice and fresh. Maybe I could even put one little fake plant
there to really make it fresh. Of course I would keep my soap dispenser, but I
really think everything else is going to have to find another home.
One thing I have considered building is a little shelf area next to the sink. This would allow cute little mason jars to hold everyday items like toothbrushes and cotton balls. While I am thinking about hanging things on the wall I realize I have no decor in my bathroom at all. It really could afford to atleast have a few pictures or something here. Just recently I switched to a light blue and cream shower curtain. I could stay with this theme and add some blues and creams into the mix.
One thing I really need to organize is all of my
jewelry just sitting in clumps and tangling. The way I have my jewelry makes it
almost impossible to just easily pick something out and put it on. First I have
to dig through all the intertwined chains to pick something, then I have to sit
there and try to untangle it loose. Most of the time I end up just giving up
and finding something else. My temporary solution for this is candy boxes. I do
have to spend time taking all of the jewelry apart. But when it is taken apart
all I have to do is sort them individually into candy boxes. The candy trays
keep them seperate and safe from entanglement! I have even found some beautiful
boxes so I think this could become my permanent solution.
Most businesses are shifting to an online business model. It seems like brick and mortar storefronts are on the decline more and more in every town. People enjoy searching for a product at home, filtering through thousands of options, reading reviews, and then making a final decision all while they are sitting on their couch at home. This means marketing has also started to shift. More and more advertisements for online stores are popping up all over social media. Influencers are even being sponsored by these online businesses to show off their products.
One thing that most of these influencers have hit
on is the packaging of their products they are receiving. Plain, cardboard
boxes seem to be a thing of the past when it comes to these popular millennial
and Gen Z websites. Almost any box is colorful or has a cute little logo from
the company. It may just seem like novelty, but it really seems to get the
attention of buyers.
Aesthetic has really seemed to be the word of the
decade. Everyone is focused on how something looks and if it matches their
personality or their style. Cardboard boxes are just another way companies can
appeal to consumers. If there are cute ads of a model holding their beautifully
decorated box, then more people are likely to check out that website. Amazon
uses this with their “smile” packages. Everyone associates these boxes with
Amazon, which is just a marketing scheme for them. Some companies even change
up their design depending on the season or the holiday. So the boxes then become
sort of a collectors item, and people are more inclined to buy at certain times
of the year.
Even the size of the box is something companies
have to consider. Are they just going to have one medium size box that every
item(s) gets shipped in. Or will they have multiple sizes with multiple
different designs? These are things to think about when thinking of marketing
Next, companies need to decide how these are
going to get stuffed. They could look into fun, colored shredded paper. Or they
could choose packing peanuts or maybe even inflatable fillers. Maybe each item
could be wrapped in pretty tissue paper. The same amount of thought that goes
into the outside of the package should go on the inside. Companies should
always consider adding extra inside the boxes. A little friend referral of 10%
off your next purchase really keeps the customer coming back to their site.