Running A Souvenir Shop


Souvenirs are all about making memorable moments last. A physical remembrance of an event or experience. It may seem out of style, considering how almost anyone who travels carry with them cameras and other devices they can use to document their experiences. However, a souvenir shop remains a nice business to start in places that gets significant number of visitors. It can be a very lucrative business if done right.

Running a souvenir shop faces the same challenges as all stores that sell products. The main difference is that a souvenir shop is a  more relaxed operation. The customers come from different places. It makes for fun and interesting encounters. It is perfect for those who enjoy meeting new people from different cultures.

Successful souvenir shops have several things in common. The first one is that they offer products unique to the local culture and are actually locally-made products. It makes the experience more extraordinary.

Excellent service. The person running the shop must be a willing story teller. People who travel tend to be very interested in learning about the places they visit. Tales from a local tend to be very well-appreciated.

Another part of excellent service is the packaging. One of the most annoying part of traveling is buying stuff and finding out that some were damaged during transport. Gift boxes and paper bags have an important role in running a souvenir shop. Cushioned versions of these packaging materials can protect fragile items during their trip back to their home.

Heat-Resistant Carrier Bags

There many factors to consider when selecting the right kind of carrier bags for your business. Some bags must have properties that meets the nature of the product. In the food industry, moisture and heat-resistant carrier bags are needed. Ordinary paper bags simply won’t do. There are several options to consider when searching for heat-resistant carrier bags.

The heat from the products causes condensation or droplets of water on the inner walls of the carrier bag.  This means that the bag must also be resistant to moisture.

Carrier bags that are made of canvas or cotton and has an added layer of insulating material is one of the best options there is. The insulating material which is usually made of plastic makes allows for safe handling and also helps keep the food product warm. Any water droplets formed by condensation will be absorbed by the fabric. The fabric becomes slightly wet but the wetness quickly spreads out to the entire cloth which is then dried by the air and heat. This process of condensation and evaporation happens any actual wetness being noticed.

The downside to these sort of carrier bags is that they are quick expensive to produce. A business cannot afford to give one freely to each customer. Some businesses sell these bags at the counter for a customer to purchase and use. Although a bit pricey, it is also very durable and can be used for a long time which offsets its cost. Its durability also lessens the throwaways produced which is great for the environment.

An alternative to fabric bags are paper bags that are coated with a layer of wax or other water-resistant material. These paper bags are not as durable as the aforementioned bags but are much cheaper.

Believing in Wooden Packaging

We all know that packaging plays an important role in marketing strategy and advertising. It is like advertising your product or merchandise through your packaging. But have you ever heard of wooden packaging?
Believing in wooden packaging
Yet Stijn and his brother continue to believe in wooden packaging. “We hope the demand of this sustainable and strong product goes back up. Customers who drop out, indicate that the trade is asking for wooden packaging less.
We can see that more and more soft fruit are being packaged in cardboard and hope that this trend won’t spread to hard fruit. We hope that the fruit and vegetable sector will be convinced of the positive advantages of wooden packaging. Not just fruit can be packaged in it, vegetables are also better off in it. There are so many possibilities with wooden packaging, but you have to be able to see them.”


Unsure market 
Jamart keeps investing in the company and has recently had a new machine installed. “By using this machine the crates are automatically stacked and this saves time in the long run.” The production is difficult to plan. “There are almost no agreements made long term. You used to be able to discuss an entire season. We produce based on demand supple every day, and are very dependent on the market. We respond to customer demand right away, but it’s uncertain when it will be.
We don’t want too many supplies, but we have to be ready in case of a last minute order. If customers order in the morning, they often want it ready by the afternoon. We get onto this straight away, and take it to the customer ourselves. The service is our added value. We get most wood from Serbia. This means we have to allow for 2 to 3 days travelling time.”


via Jamart continues to believe in wooden packaging – FreshPlaza

via Jamart continues to believe in wooden packaging – FreshPlaza

Healthy Lifestyle Influences Produce Packaging

There are more people who are choosing healthy lifestyle rather than fast food meals. This means that producing fast food boxes is having an increase demand. And there will be more companies manufacturing this kind of packaging.
U.S. demand for produce packaging is forecast to increase 3.3 percent per year to $5.7 billion in 2017. Growth will outpace expected expansion in fresh produce production, reflecting the important role of packaging in the protection, safety assurance, and marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Also driving gains will be the increasing presence of fresh-cut, ready-to-eat produce. These and other trends are presented in Produce Packaging, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry market research firm.

Fruit applications are expected to see growth outpacing the overall produce packaging average through 2017. According to analyst Esther Palevsky, this growth will be “supported by population growth, trends toward healthier eating, and the increased availability of ready-to-eat fruit marketed for convenience and as a healthy snack option.”

Palevsky continues, “these applications necessitate usage of modified atmosphere packaging for freshness protection.” Gains for vegetable applications are expected to slightly trail the average, though advances will be assisted by improved output and ongoing new product introductions of fresh-cut vegetables in nontraditional categories. Salad uses will be constrained by market saturation and price sensitivity among many consumers.

Corrugated boxes, which accounted for 38 percent of demand in 2012, are the leading produce packaging type and are valued for their relatively low cost, light weight, good protective performance, graphics capabilities, and well established recycling infrastructure. Gains will be helped by the increased prevalence of more costly box structures such as modular boxes, white-top liner board boxes, highly printed boxes, and moisture-resistant recyclable boxes.

With more and more people being conscious of healthy living and lifestyle, there will be an increased in demand of produce packaging soon. This means that there will be more fruits and vegetables on the diet.

via Busy, healthy lifestyles influence produce packaging trends – Packaging Digest