Blog Archive : Category: Printing, Manufacturing, and Product Pack-Out

Five Steps to the Perfect Point-of-Sale Display: From Sketch to Reality

Bringing a custom point of sale display from concept and design to practical reality can be a complex process. At Creative Displays Now (CDN), we have more than 50 years in the commercial display industry. During that time, we have fine-tuned our workflows to provide you with the highest quality products in the fastest possible time. Here’s a step-by-step overview of how the process works at the CDN facility.

Step 1—Custom Design
At CDN, our design team can sketch out cutting-edge ideas for your company to evaluate. Alternatively, we can take your idea and run with it. Once the concept is in place, we will provide your company with visual representations of your planned display unit. Once you are satisfied with the design, we move on to the next stage of our production process.

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3 Steps to Effective Seasonal Displays for the Office Supply Store Environment

Presenting your products effectively and efficiently in the consumer marketplace is often a matter of timing. Creating seasonal displays requires a good deal of advance planning and creative inspiration on the part of your company. Most major manufacturers begin the planning and production process for their displays months in advance of their arrival and implementation in stores. Keep in mind, certain large-scale seasonal campaigns might take even longer, with some being planned up to two quarters before the launch date. Careful and thoughtful planning will ensure you get the most bang for your buck with your seasonal display.

  • Back-to-school displays may consist of several different components designed to hold various items needed in the academic environment, extending both the design process and the production time for these items.
  • Black Friday and Christmas season sales can require rapid response times on the part of manufacturers and distribution companies. Countering the deals of discount and department stores with relevant and customized office supply store displays on the same or similar products can be critical to get your fair share of the consumer spending pie.

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Innovation in Corrugated Displays – They’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

Since a lot of products are packaged in thin, flexible containers with or without plastic support inside, protecting these items on the way to market is essential to reduce breakage and ensure optimal presentation and visual appeal for the consumer. Beyond the shipping factor, products need to be protected once they’re featured in retail environments. Display units should shield these products from accidental damage. Modern innovation in corrugated displays has provided added protection for fragile or breakable items while ensuring the most positive response from consumers in retail stores. Corrugated cardboard products can be manufactured from recycled materials, making them a green-friendly addition to any packaging process or display marketing campaign. Here are three major benefits of corrugated displays for snack manufacturers and distributors in the modern retail environment.

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First Look: Our New Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 162

We are very excited to announce that our new, state-of-the-art Heidelberg offset litho press is up and running! As you will see, this is an impressive machine. It delivers extremely fast setup times, industry-leading color-matching capabilities, prepress integration, and much more.

This new machine will help Creative Displays Now and Custom Boxes Now continue to deliver point-of-purchase displays, retail packaging, and custom printed shipping boxes to clients quickly and with the highest quality. See more about our design, printing, and manufacturing process.

Highlights of the Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 162:

  • Up to 46” x 63” image on 6pt – 30pt stocks
  • 6 colors plus aqueous coating
  • Closed loop prepress integration for fast and precise set-ups
  • Fully automated plate changer improves make ready times
  • Most advanced inline color and job monitoring system in the industry
  • Minimal downtime, reducing paper waste
  • Automated wash-up system for fast job changeovers
  • Exceptional color accuracy and print stability
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Get to Know the Steps in Today’s Retail Package Printing Process

Retail packaging has come a long way in the last century, with printing presses that turn plain cardboard and clear plastic into modern marvels for the consumer market in mere seconds. If you have products to sell, whether you advertise them in stores or ship them directly to customers, you have a wide range of choices that extend far beyond the typical brown box or paper wrapping. From plain cardboard displays to four-color printed specialty die cut boxes with high-end printing, there are custom printing options to suit virtually any retail business need. Interested in learning more? Read on and we explain how modern package printing works, from plain boxes to full-color displays, for enterprises both small and large.

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Choosing a Design
Before you can submit an order for printing, you must have an idea of the design, type of box or display, and level of printing quality you are looking for. The design you choose will likely depend on your logo, as well as other considerations such as whether black ink is sufficient or if you require full-color, the number of colors you would like to include, and whether you want additional accents. There are plain boxes without printing, boxes with one-color direct printing, boxes with two-color direct printing, and boxes with high-end printing. There are also counter displays, floor displays, signs and banners, and many other in-store display items you may choose for in-store promotions.

The Prepress Process
Once you have settled on a design and saved it in an acceptable file format, then you will send your files to your printer along with any other specifications such as the type of boxes and level of printing quality. Choosing to partner with a high quality printer will ensure that you’re trusting your project is in the hands of talented print technicians, who review each file they receive and inform the customer of any changes that may be necessary to ensure a quality-printed final product. Your printer should offer to prepare the files and set up the design to take to the printing press for you.

On to the Printing Press
Depending on your needs, budget, and other specifications, you may choose flexographic printing, digital printing, or lithographic printing. Creative Displays Now is one of the few U.S. corrugated packaging companies with a fully equipped lithographic prepress front-end, in addition to flexographic and digital printing options. Machines such as the respected Speedmaster line of presses make it easy to offer a full range of four-color printing services for practically any customer specifications. Here’s how these processes work:

  • Flexographic Printing: A simple process of printing logos and simple artwork with no more than three colors on basic shipping boxes made of corrugated board.
  • Digital Printing: A cost-effective process of printing full-color designs directly on boxes and displays made of corrugated board.
  • Lithographic Printing: Litho-laminating is a more complex process of printing high-resolution graphics on paper, which is then mounted on corrugated board.

So, now that you know a little more about retail packaging, are you ready to design the kind of boxes and displays that will get your products noticed?


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