Being Sustainable with Packaging
Being Sustainable with Packaging 150 150 Kelsey

Nowadays with people becoming more conscious with the environment and the waste one may produce; people are more paying more attention to items of everyday use. Consumers tend to lean toward packaging of items that are biodegradable or reusable.

Additionally, with everything being digital nowadays, there are many people that do online shopping. This means there are unnecessary packaging waste that will come with it.

For this reason, a great advantage of shopping in person is that you can reduce waste by unlimiting packaging materials. Consumers can receive the products by not taking the plastic shopping bag and bringing a reusable shopping bag. Special products, such as jewelries the containers can be reuse and not go to waste. Or even bigger collapsible rigid box on bigger purchases that can be used for storages. Many of our clients reuse the retail packaging, customize boxes, and especially the luxury retail packaging made from us.

To add on, even though many things are digital nowadays, there are still people that like to write things down for planning or shopping. The note books/ planners and memo pads we make at Gala de Luxe are FSC certified. The Forest Stewardship Council assures that the wood materials used on products are from post-consumer waste. Therefore, these items are safe to use and recyclable.

Graduation Gift Set:
Graduation Gift Set: 150 150 Kelsey

It’s Graduation season, which means it is time for gift shopping for graduates again! For those of you reading that are in search for a gift guide, here is a small list Gala de Luxe gathered together:

Finishing school is a big mile stone in life, the next step to that would be to look for a job which means going to job interviews!  A pad-folio makes a useful gift for organizing your resume and important documents keeping everything in place. This would also include your credit cards, pen, chargers, phone, etc.

Adding on to job interviews, graduates would need a nice pair of comfortable shoes to go with that (dress shoes for male and flats/ heels for female). Cole Han has a excellent selection of comfy and good quality shoes made to last.

A timeless gift would be a hand watch, watches put a completes look with the suit / blouse you are wearing for an interview. Gala de Luxe makes the perfect sturdy rigid box for storage, specifically for jewelry and watches.

Additionally, gift cards are always good as a add on gift or if you if not know what to give.  A suggestion would be a Macy’s gift card  because you can get shoes or a nice pair of dress pants, slacks, dress shirt, blouse, blazer, tie, a suit, jewelries, dress socks etc.

Father’s Day Gift Guide:
Father’s Day Gift Guide: 150 150 Kelsey

With Father’s Day just around the corner, for those who have not yet decide on what to get we are here to help! Since there are so many options out there, it may make it difficult for you to choose what to get and that is why we are here to narrow it down:

First on the list would be a nice bottle of wine or whiskey because who doesn’t love a nice bottle of alcohol? Here at Gala Deluxe, we created a new Phantom wine box packaging specifically for alcohol packaging. The tall rigid box has spot UV, gold foiling on text, and EVA/ high-density custom foam inserts perfectly securing the wine inside. The box comes in red, green, and black with matching foiling text, but can be customized to your liking.

Next on the list would be “Death Wish Coffee” the strongest coffee in the world, perfect for dads on the go keeping them energize to get through the day. This has over 17,000 reviews for its amazing strong taste and can be purchased on amazon: Click here

Moving on, a Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated Travel Coffee/ Tea Flask would be a practical long-lasting gift: You can choose the oz size and color depending on your preference, this is perfect for dads on the go!

Another great gift would be cooking spices for dads that like to grill and cook. This is perfect for summer family get together, and celebrations. You can even add on a receipt cook book to go with this.

Lastly, you can never go wrong with practical gifts such as slippers, bathrobes, earphones, and wireless phone chargers, etc. But remember,the best gift is will always be your present spending time with your father.

Advent Calendars
Advent Calendars 150 150 Kelsey

Advent calendars have been around for a long time, however throughout the recent years it is growing in various industries. Advent calendars are popular among different age groups from kids to adults, from candy sweets to adults.

Advent calendars are printed on sturdy rigid boxes with two side openings for easier accessibility. There are different types on inserts with individual trays labeling the number. Drawer folding box in the advent calendars are great for larger or heavier products. Open lid inserts are perfect for smaller products such as chocolate. This would depend on the weight of each product to determine the thickness of the grey board.

The design concept for the 25 days of Christmas Beary the Polar bear was going for a cute, children friendly design that can also cater to grow ups. The letters are printed with gold and sliver foiling adding contrast to the colorful packaging. The advent calendars include 4 color process and matter lamination for longer lasting. Recently, we have also worked with a cosmetic company creating an advent calendar for a special holiday countdown, a larger rigid box with bigger drawers holding its beauty products.

How important is the luxury packaging affecting the brand images?
How important is the luxury packaging affecting the brand images? 150 150 Kelsey

Luxury packaging plays a key role when it comes to retail brands and even more so for bigger/ designer brands. Having luxury packaging is guarantee to increase the popularity of brand identity. For instance, consumers that like to spend a lot of money on handbags, clothing, cosmetics, and perfume are willing to a little more extra on the packaging.

 Having a ribbon or simply foiling on the packaging can make a huge difference making a brand look normal to luxury. The specialty in packaging design can make the whole buying experience a lot of fun, leaving the consumer wanting to come back for more. Luxury packaging along with excellent customer service can make the product itself way more special. This will lead to consumers telling their friends about their experience bringing more consumers to the brand, increasing brand popularity.

When an item is meant to be high-end such as high-quality chocolate, jewelry, and watches there are some expectations of the product’s quality and packaging. This would be the whole purchasing experience from spotting the item from the shelf to opening the packaging finally seeing the product. This is all about the whole experience and not about where the item is a $10 chocolate or $500 perfume. At Gala Deluxe, we create luxury packaging for various industry with custom boxes, rigid boxes, luxury retail packaging, etc. We can create packaging whether it be a $10 chocolate or $500 perfume, and they will both look like luxury packaging packaged with care.

What paper products are included? Part 2 – Tissue Paper
What paper products are included? Part 2 – Tissue Paper 150 150 Kelsey

Anti-dumping is reviewed every year by the Department of Commerce during the anniversary month of its publication. This is related to countervailing duty order, finding/ suspended investigation.

Products that include tissue paper has to be cut-to-length sheets weighting 29 grams/ square meter maximum. Tissues paper products in this situation can be bleached, dye-colored, surface-colored, glazed, surface decorated, glazed, surface decorated. Tissue paper products can also be printed, sequined, crinkled, embossed, and die cut. However, tissue paper product in the situation can also be not bleached, not dye-colored, not glazed, etc.

Tissue papers in anti-dumping is cut-to-length greater/ equal to 0.5 inches. The tissue paper can be flat, folded, and packaged by being wrapped with paper. In order for this to work, the tissue paper would be placed in plastic/ film bags placed into boxes during the distribution to the consumer’s hand. Packages with tissue paper can only have tissue paper with one color or style and can have multiple colors plus styles at the same time.

The tissue paper subject to this order is in the form of cut-to-length sheets of tissue paper with a width equal to or greater than one-half (0.5) inch. Subject tissue paper may be flat or folded, and may be packaged by banding or wrapping with paper or film, by placing in plastic or film bags, and/or by placing in boxes for distribution and use by the ultimate consumer. Packages of tissue paper subject to this order may consist solely of tissue paper of one color and/or style, or may contain multiple colors and/or styles.

What is Anti-dumping and What paper products are included? Part 1 – Notebook
What is Anti-dumping and What paper products are included? Part 1 – Notebook 150 150 Kelsey

Anti-dumping happens when a manufacturer from out of the United States sells goods in the U.S. less than its actual value. This leads to decrease in sales for industries in the United States. Anti-dumping in companies are very in dept with its duty calculations. The duties are calculated with a purpose to build back the breaks into fair market values.

Many lined paper products are included in anti-dumping, such as school supplies, notebooks, and notepads. However, labeling products as school supplies or non-school supplies is not describing the composition of the papers.  Some papers have straight horizontal or vertical lines on 10+ paper sheets and there are no minimum page requirements for loose-leaf filler papers. This includes single and muti-subject notebooks, composition books, wireless notebooks, loose-leaf/ glued filler paper, graph paper, and laboratory notebooks.

The smaller dimensions for paper measuring are 6 to 15 inches and for larger dimension is 83/4 to 15 inches. Exclusions from this would be trade marked products, Fly lined paper products, Zipes notebooks, and Five-star Advance and Flex notebooks, etc.

What is HS Code and how are they classified?
What is HS Code and how are they classified? 150 150 Kelsey

HS Code stands for Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System is a standardized international system that determines products that are traded globally. Traded products are required to have an HS code that matches the Harmonized Tariff Schedule from the country it was imported from.  Without the HS code, products cannot be imported or exported internationally.

The Harmonized System places approximately 5,000 commodity groups into simple six-digit code, which is broken down into 21 Harmonized System sections, 96 Harmonized System chapters, and even thousands of headings. The exceptional chapters are chapter 77, 98, 99 that is limited to national use. The heading tells us the category focused on any chapters.

The sub-headings are the last two digits of the HS Code that is specify in categorizing sub-products. For instance, decaf is “0901.22” and coffee beans are “0901.21” and instant coffee would be under heading 21. The range is very much not the same and this tends to happen with a lot of products. Extra digits are for countries with very specific identifications (with an additional 2-4 digits).

How 301 Tariff is affecting the paper industry:
How 301 Tariff is affecting the paper industry: 150 150 Kelsey

Section 301 is part of the Trade Act of 1974 where it allows the President to take actions to remove any act, policy, and practice from foreign government with unfair foreign barriers to the U.S. exports. If by any reason the United State Trade Representative seeks an investigation involving Section 301, it must be negotiable with foreign countries with compensation/ getting rid of trade barriers.

One major impact on 301 Tariff affecting the paper industry is the cash flow due to money spent in paying for tariff. The money only gets reimbursed when companies are able to increase prices on clients. Some paper companies are holding onto tariffed inventories longer than expected because of slower sales. Many small private companies in the paper industry are suffering from Section 301 Tariffs from China and trying to stay competitive at the same time.

This is also causing companies in the paper industry to evaluate carefully on how products are being identify and their product designs. For instance, minor changes in paper products design can lead small tariff adjustments and unwanted tariffs.

What is Proposition 65 and Proposition 65’s Testing Requirements:
What is Proposition 65 and Proposition 65’s Testing Requirements: 150 150 Kelsey

Proposition 65 makes it mandatory for every business to give warning labels to people in California about exposures to various chemicals that causes cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm. This became the law when it was approved in November 1986, when the vote was 63 to 37% rate. Proposition 65 is applicable to every consumer good sold in the state, which means this effect all the domestic manufactures, and its retailers.

Businesses are required to provide a clear warning before exposing others to listed chemicals. The warning signs can be labeled on the consumer product, posted at work places, and newspapers.

Some items that are required for testing are cases for cosmetics, laptops, wallets and organizers. Also clothing, electric products, eyewear/ eyeglasses, food/ food contact products, premium & decorative items. Additionally, jewelry, stationery, journals and planners. Here at Gala Deluxe, all our packaging and products are proposition 65 approved.

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