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The consumer packaged goods (CPG) market averages 30,000 new product releases each year. To put that into perspective, a typical big box store like Walmart, is comprised of approximately 120,000 items. With so many choices, custom packaging has the ability to help you stand out from the crowd. You may choose the path of least resistance and select an existing stock clamshell in order to keep your initial investment low. This decision can lead to serious consequences in lost sales and inability to get advantageous product placement as well as shipping costs for packaging that does not properly fit your product

The main reason people choose stock packaging, is the cost associated with tool investment. Oftentimes, the upfront costs of a custom tool seem prohibitive. While there is a cost for a custom tool, it is minimal over the life of a product and a cost that can and should be planned into the overall cost of the project. There are many factors with stock packaging that can lead to overspending and quality issues. Knowing what these factors are can help to reduce any unforeseen issues as your product volume increases.

Volume is one of the main factors that helps to determine whether it would be advantageous to choose custom packaging over stock packaging. Larger parts will quickly justify the initial investment of custom packaging. The way to determine where your cost benefits are, is to discuss your options with a custom thermoformer, such as Mercury Plastics, who understands the market and can guide you through the costs associated with custom packaging.

Design and Appearance
Packaging design matters to the consumer. We have all bought products merely based upon unique packaging.  Custom packaging helps your package stand out allowing you to sell more product, which lowers costs and increases revenue. We understand that your product is special, the packaging should reflect the care and attention to detail and countless hours that you have put into development. There are many details that can be added to a custom thermoformed package in order to get the consumers attention. Adding unique features into a custom thermoformed package can be done with little to no additional cost to the piece price.  Take the time to talk to someone that can help you with your design options.

Custom packaging allows for a better fit, can use less plastic creating a lower price point, and can also yield a higher sales volume. Know your options and how custom thermoforming can benefit your product.

Like to know more about custom theromoforming and understand the costs for your product.  Contact Brian Pankratz at Mercury Plastics, Inc. to learn more, bpankratz@mercuryplasticsinc.com.

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