When it comes to visual merchandising, there is no denying the importance of how your products are displayed to ensure the proper customer experience. Visual displays aren’t limited to stores, though. With more and more retailers selling their wares online, the appeal of the boxes and other packaging used for shipping is also more important than ever.
Buying packaging can be a daunting process, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are ten of the most frequently asked questions on this topic, and solutions that should ease the intimidation of making packaging decisions:
- Are Samples Available?
If you want to see examples of other custom orders to get ideas for your own product displays, there should be images available online to get you started. This way you can see what the trends are and avoid looking out of touch with current trends. If you need a prototype before placing an order, that can be supplied.
- How Much Do I Have to Order?
If you’re buying basic corrugated products you’ll want to purchase in bulk to save time and get the best deal possible. If you’re looking for a custom manufactured packaging order you should never feel obligated to purchase more than you need, but minimum orders of $2,500 are usually required.
- How Can I Pay for My Order?
Major credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express are standard. Paying with checking and other types of accounts (such as credit terms) may also be arranged; make sure to discuss this prior to completing your order.
- Does Shipping and Handling Apply?
Shipping and handling fees will apply, which should be relative to the size and type of order. Shipping carriers are discussed later in this article.
- How Long Does It Take to Manufacture?
If you don’t need any custom printing, your order should only take a couple days to complete after you have finished placing your order. Custom printing requiring new tooling may take as many as four days, and full color packaging and displays usually take 7-9 working days.
- What Type of Carrier Will Ship My Order?
This will depend on what you have ordered, as well as your own preferences for shipping. FedEx Ground and UPS Parcel should be available when quantity and size allow, but oversized orders and custom carriers can also be arranged. Will call (customer pickup) orders are also common, so the customer can arrange shipment.
- When Will I Receive My Packaging?
This will depend on what type of order you have placed, your chosen shipping method, and distance from your location (refer to #5-6).
- Can I Get My Order Faster?
If you want your shipment to arrive as quickly as possible you may have to spend a little extra for rush charges and/or overnight shipping.
- How Will I Know How to Assemble It?
All packaging and visual merchandising come with easy-to-follow instructions if any assembly is required.
- How do I Place the Same Order Next Time?
This will depend on the level of customization required for the order, but if you save your information from the last order it should be much easier to quickly place the same order again. Creative Displays Now keeps your artwork on file, and tooling in stock for 12 months.