Monthly Archives: December 2018

Our Top Gift Packaging Picks this Christmas

It’s our favourite time of year at Rajapack, and packaging plays a very important part in ensuring presents arrive at their destination safe and sound. Christmas packaging is luxurious, fun and colourful with ribbons and beautiful bows, and we take pride in making our gift packaging range look special while protecting what’s inside.

Gift packaging at Rajapack

In this post we’re going to be catching up on some fun facts about Christmas and rounding off our top 5 packaging picks to give your products that extra sparkle and shine this festive season. We’ve also included our key delivery dates and Royal Mail’s so you don’t miss a thing!

Go green this festive season

With online shopping getting more popular, the parcel market is increasing year on year. According to Pitney Bowes, spending in the UK parcel market increased by 8% last year to a massive 10 billion pounds! If parcel volumes continue to grow at this rate, the UK could be sending as many as 3.9 billion parcels as soon as 2021! * That’s nearly 4 billion parcels with packaging being sent in one year, so it’s more important than ever to know what we can recycle.

Billions of parcels are shipped

Last Christmas it was estimated in the UK we used more than 40 million rolls of sticky tape and over 100 million rolls of wrapping paper! We also disposed of almost 100 million black bags of packaging from toys and gifts^, which is a huge amount of waste going to landfill.

Recycling can be a confusing topic as what we can recycle isn’t always clearly labelled, and you often need to check with your local authority as what they can accept varies across the country. Read our How to Recycle Gift Packaging blog for more information on what’s recyclable and how you can find out what your local recycling centre can accept.

Our top 5 Gift Packaging Picks this Christmas

If you already shop with us, you’ll know the great range that we offer all year round at RajaBoutique, and Christmas means that everyone can take advantage of some of our sparkling gift packaging and great offers.

Shop Rajaboutique for your Christmas packaging

Polka Dot Packaging

We’ve got a super standout range of gift packaging featuring fashionable polka dots. Bright and colourful, the polka dot design is fun and adds creative flair to any gift. Our range of counter top paper bags is perfect for Christmas confectionary and our polka dot plastic wrapping is ideal for hampers and boxes. We also have various sizes and designs of polka dot gift bags from classic retro pastels to modern bright colours, and you can top it off with a glossy polka dot ribbon to add that final exciting flourish.

Polka dot packaging

Velvet Baroque Wrapping Paper

To add luxury and elegance to any gift, take a look at this rich and decadent velvet baroque wrapping paper. With a slight sheen set into the baroque swirls and a gorgeous velvet look, this extra special wrapping paper is sure to add class to those important gifts. In classic black for added dramatic effect, this ultra-chic wrapping paper is also fully recyclable.

Baroque wrapping paper

Wraparound Media Boxes

Simple, lightweight, easy to store and post, our wraparound boxes are so quick to use. They have extended edges for added corner protection and are suitable for more items than just books… they are also perfect for posting CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs, by adjusting the height using the pre-creased grooves. The strong adhesive strip means quick and easy sealing of the parcel without any need for tape or strapping. They’re available in natural brown or classic white and are delivered flat packed for easy storage.

Wraparound Media Boxes

Crash Lock Boxes

A new product to Rajapack this year, these revolutionary crash-lock boxes work by simply pressing both sides of the box from flat into the box shape, and the flaps lock automatically. You only need tape to seal the top of the box. This quick assemble box is efficient, strong and rigid with reinforced double thickness board on the base. Available in single and double wall, these boxes could revolutionise your packaging process, just watch our short video to see how quick and easy it is!

Crash lock boxes

Metallic Gloss Bubble Postal Bags

Looking for something different? These metallic gloss bubble postal bags offer excellent all round protection with bright and bold festive colours and sparkle. They have a thick layer of protective bubbles that makes them tearproof and waterproof, giving your items great protection in transit while looking great. Perfect for posting a range of items.

Metallic gloss bubble postal bags

Key delivery dates for Christmas 2018

To wrap up and help you make sure you’re well prepared, we’ve detailed the key courier dates below so you don’t get caught out when it comes to posting your parcels this year.

2018 Christmas delivery information

For more detail on Royal Mail delivery times this festive season take a look at their comprehensive guide to plan ahead as much as you can! https://www.royalmail.com/greetings

Ordering your packaging this Christmas

If you are ordering your packaging from us this Christmas, then please do take note of our last order dates below. Make sure you have allowed enough time to process any outgoing parcels before the last courier dates.

  • To ensure your packaging arrives in time for Christmas, place your order by 4:30pm Thursday 20th, we’ll deliver the next day on Friday 21st  December.
  • Orders placed between Friday 21st and Monday 31st December will be delivered on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
  • We’ll be open as normal on 2nd January with deliveries resuming on the next working day, 3rd January 2019.

Normal terms apply. For full details of our Christmas opening times, to request our latest catalogue or browse our Christmas packaging range, simply visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 542 44 28.

* https://postandparcel.info/82570/news/parcel/pitney-bowes-uk-parcel-market-set-for-huge-shake-up

^https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/christmas/christmas-waste-total-wrapping-paper-food-scraps-packaging-sticky-tape-study-a8119821.html

Warehouse trucks: What you need to know to get things moving

Warehouse vehicles are essential for most businesses that handle goods and products. The use of such vehicles allows the safe transport of products and materials from manufacturing to storage, distribution and then onto retail. It’s important to use the correct equipment when handling loads to maintain the health and safety of employees, it also contributes to business efficiency, protecting items from any unnecessary damage.

Warehouse equipment

In this post we’ll be taking a look at a variety of warehouse equipment in detail, from manually operated sack trucks to powered pallet trucks so you can ensure that your business is running efficiently and safely.

What different warehouse trucks are available?

Warehouse trucks come in a wide range of weights, models and dimensions suited to many different tasks. There is so much choice available, from manually operated pallet trucks and sack trucks, to semi-automatic scissor lifting tables, right up to huge hydraulic lifters and even totally self-functioning robots!

If robotics are a bit beyond your current reach, don’t worry! We offer a range of sack, platform and pallet trucks all in different sizes so you can keep your product distribution flowing without a hitch.

What is a sack truck?

Heavy duty and budget sack trucks

Commonly used for lighter loads, a sack truck works by levering the weight of an item, balancing it over the trucks’ wheels allowing it to be transported easily. They were originally used in the 18th century by young harbour workers who were employed to move heavy bags of spices around the docks.

Sack trucks are commonly made from materials such as aluminium, steel tubing or high impact plastic, making them lightweight and versatile for a range of duties. But what is a sack truck used for? The sack truck’s purpose is to transport goods from one place to another. This could be a stack of heavy boxes, machinery or even used by baggage handlers to move heavy luggage.

Sack trucks are extremely versatile, cost effective and easy to use. They allow one warehouse operative to move something that may otherwise take 2 or 3!. Even though they are easy to use, knowing how to use a sack truck safely is very important and to also warehouse errors.

Firstly, check the truck and wheels before use to make sure it’s not damaged, and ensure the load does not exceed the weight limit of the truck. Carefully place the load on top of the toe (this is the flat metal piece that rests on the floor) so it’s ready to be lifted, and make sure it’s secured before gently pulling the top of the sack truck towards you and pushing forward.

As sack trucks require no formal training to operate, it’s important to feel confident and know exactly what to do when operating one. If you have concerns, do speak to your supervisor or the manufacturer of the truck before using it.

What is a pallet truck?

What is a pallet truck

As the name suggests, pallet trucks are machines designed for lifting and moving pallets. They’re a basic form of forklift truck and are mostly used to move pallets and their goods around warehouses. They come in 2 main forms; manual and electric powered. For this post we will be focusing on manual pallet trucks which are commonly used in warehouses and in the retail sector.

If you’re looking at purchasing a pallet truck you may be wondering how much does a pallet truck weigh? The answer entirely depends on the pallet truck you may be considering – we currently offer 7 of the most popular manual pallet trucks but there are countless more available in the marketplace.

A pallet trucks’ weight is not necessarily an indication of how much it can lift. So then, what is a pallet truck’s safe maximum handling limit? This varies depending on the individual piece of machinery. For example, our Extra heavy duty pallet truck weighs in at 80kg with a maximum load capacity of 3,000kg whereas our Economy pallet truck weighs 79kg and has a maximum load capacity of 2,500kg. It all depends on the intended use of the truck, so work out the typical weight to be lifted, where the pallet truck will be stored when not in use, and who will be operating it, before making a final decision on which one to purchase.

Just like sack trucks, using a pallet truck does not require any formal training, so knowing how to use a pallet truck before you start is important!

How to use a pallet truck, step by step guide

  1. Before you begin to use the truck, check the body and wheels are in good condition and not damaged.
  2. Check the maximum load of the pallet truck and ensure the weight of the load you’re intending to move doesn’t exceed this.
  3. Find the release lever, this is a small lever usually near the handles that drops the lifting prongs to the floor. Pull the lever to lower the prongs, then slide the prongs underneath the pallet.
  4. Once in position, repeatedly pull the handles towards you which will start to lift the prongs.
  5. When the prongs and load are at a suitable height, you should be able to smoothly push the pallet truck to move it.

Remember, if you’re unsure then speak to your employer or the manufacturer of the truck before attempting to use it.

How does a pallet truck work?

How should an operator move a pallet truck

Manual pallet trucks are able to lift and carry heavy loads using hydraulics. When the release lever is pulled, it releases the hydraulic fluid, lowering the prongs. The action of repeatedly pulling the handles towards you increases the pressure in the hydraulic fluid, raising the prongs and the load.

So how should an operator move a pallet truck? Manual pallet trucks can be pushed or pulled, although most people are able to push more weight than they can pull, so it’s always safer for the handler to push.  To find out how to use a pallet truck safely always speak to your employer, the manufacturer or read our short guide in the section above.

To reduce the risk of injury from lifting equipment used at work, The Lifting Operations Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) was created under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Main areas covered as part of LOLER are:

  • To ensure lifting equipment is strong enough for safe use and marked to indicate safe working loads.
  • Ensuring that any equipment is positioned and installed to minimise risks.
  • Any work done is planned, organised and performed by a competent person.
  • Lifting equipment is regularly inspected by competent people.

More information can be found about LOLER on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.

So are pallet trucks covered by LOLER? The HSE states that pallet trucks are not covered by LOLER where the consequence of the load falling off is very low. However, where the equipment is used in the workplace, it will need to be properly maintained and may be subject to inspection under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

We have a core range of essential equipment at Rajapack however if you’re looking for a wider choice visit our sister company Welco.

If you’d like more information about our range of warehouse trucks, or help on selecting the right warehouse equipment for your needs simply get in touch with our team of Packaging Specialists who will be happy to help. Simply visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 542 44 28, or sales@rajapack.co.uk.

What is tissue paper? Everything there is to know

With winter upon us, you may find yourself adding tissues to your shopping list to help with a cold. But tissue paper is also an amazing material for gift wrapping, as well as offering exceptional packaging protection for fragile or sensitive items.

In today’s post we’re focusing fully on tissue paper which can be used to protect some less fragile goods in transport and is commonly used to add decoration and colour to gifts. We’ll explore the history, as well as how it’s made and sold across the UK.

Coloured tissue paper for craft or gift wrap

So, what exactly is tissue paper?

Simply, it is a super lightweight paper type usually made from recycled paper pulp. The term ‘tissue paper’ covers a wide range of different products including paper towels, toilet tissue, facial tissues, wrapping tissue, and many more.

So let’s start at the beginning – when was tissue paper invented? This isn’t a straightforward question to answer as it isn’t well documented. The earliest known use of paper as a wrapping and padding material was in China 2nd century BC. Over time, product wrapping and transportation of goods became crucial to business and the global economy, so the thick paper originally used to wrap and protect evolved into the tissue paper we know and use today. There are many other materials suitable for protecting items in transport, take a look at our protective packaging range for more.

It’s not known exactly who invented tissue paper, but the evolution of this material could be linked to Joseph Gayetty’s invention of toilet tissue in 1857, which uses a similar production process to tissue paper.

How is tissue paper made?

How tissue paper is made

Source: http://processengineering.co.uk/article/2011773/saica-starts-new-rec

To understand how it is made we need to start at the beginning and ask what is tissue paper made of? Tissue paper is made using paper pulp (wood fibre) or recycled paper materials such as cardboard, newspapers, or certain types of juice carton. The wet pulp is then rolled on a paper machine until the desired thickness is achieved. It’s dried in a large steam heated section of the machine and rolled onto huge cylinders called logs ready to be cut to size.

Sometimes as tissue paper ages it can become acidic and brittle. This acidity could cause damage to sensitive items being stored within it, such as clothes and books. This has led to the creation of acid free tissue paper.

But exactly what is acid free tissue paper and how does it differ from standard tissue?

Acid free tissue paper is specifically processed to remove the agents from standard tissue that turn acidic over time. This makes it ideal for storage of products or items such as jewellery, fabric, crockery, ornaments and antiques.

You may wonder is all tissue paper acid free? Put simply no – both types of tissue are available and are used for different purposes. Acid free tissue paper has a wide range of uses with more fragile or delicate items, however standard tissue paper can be used for many things including general wrapping, bottle wrapping, as a filler for gift boxes and gift bags as well as countless uses in crafts.

Tissue paper is a relatively inexpensive way to brighten the unboxing experience, adding another layer of excitement to the theatre of receiving a gift. The huge range of colours and finishes available make it suitable for any occasion from Weddings to Birthdays, Christmas and beyond!

What is the difference between crepe paper and tissue paper?

Crepe paper is similar to tissue paper but difference between the two starts in the manufacturing process. Crepe paper starts life as tissue paper, then a thin layer of adhesive is applied over the tissue paper and scraped with a blade. This creates a gathered, crinkled effect. Crepe paper is often used in crafts and is also the backing for various types of tape, including masking tape and electrical tape.

What is a ream of tissue paper?

You’ll have no doubt heard the term – a “ream” which is one unit of paper in which the sheets are all the same size and quality. Reams are regulated in the UK by the ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) to ensure manufacturers and retailers sell the same quantity of paper in a single ream. But how many sheets are there in a ream of tissue paper? The international standard quantity for a ream of tissue paper is 480 sheets.

A pile of coloured tissue paper reams

With 480 sheets in a ream, you may be wondering how much does tissue paper weigh? One ream of tissue paper which about the same as 3x 1 litre bottles of water. We also sell our shredded tissue paper in 3kg boxes, however you can buy this in a variety of weights according to your selected retailer.

All paper types come in a variety of thicknesses which is measured in Grams per Square Metre (GSM). GSM is a numerical scale, the lower the number, the thinner the paper. Generally tissue paper ranges from 10 to 35 GSM. For comparison, office printer paper is typically 70 to 100 GSM and greeting cards are 250+ GSM.

If you’d like more information about tissue paper, our range of protective packaging products, or help on selecting the right packaging for your business simply get in touch with our team of Packaging Specialists who will be happy to help. Simply visit www.rajapack.co.uk or contact our team on 0800 542 44 28, or sales@rajapack.co.uk.