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Shaping Up - "BRI"ef: 103

-Thursday, October 23, 2014

In the last BRI”ef, we reviewed packaging categories. These are the general terms used to describe a package, such as bottle, jar, jug, etc. Once you know the general category of container you are looking for, the next step is to determine what shape of container you want.

Shapes

Square, oval, round and oblong are the basic shapes in packaging and are pretty simple to understand, as they are shapes we’ve been taught from as far back as we can remember. However, there are many shapes in the packaging and container industry.

6 oz Antique Green Glass Cork Top Pyramid BottleTriangle and pyramid bottles (shown on the left) are occasionally seen in the design of bottles. Used mostly in perfume or decorative bottles, the unique shapes give a high-class look to products making them highly desired.

9 oz Dodecagon Clear Glass JarMore complex shapes such as hexagon, octagon, dodecagon and spherical can be seen as well, primarily in jars used for canning and candle making. Hexagon jars have six sides, while octagon jars have eight and dodecagon jars have twelve (shown on the right). Sphere or globe shapes are usually found in perfume or decorative bottles.

Additional terms to know

16 oz Clear Glass French Square BottleContainer manufacturers also take shapes a step further by incorporating beveled or squat into their descriptions. A beveled bottle (like the one pictured to the left), is a bottle that has intersecting angles reduced to less than a right angle, or more simply put the square corners of the  bottle have be slanted.  A squat bottle is short in height when compared to a large diameter. 

Other terms that define bottles shapes include straight sided (meaning the walls of the jar or bottle run straight from top to bottom), and cylinder.

Save time and money…

Having a general idea of the shape and category of container you desire helps to narrow down your search for the perfect bottle. Much like walking into any department store, it helps to have a general idea of what you are shopping for. Knowing you want clothes or more specifically a pair of jeans, helps lessen the amount of time spent shopping. As we go through the “BRI”efs, it is my hope that you will be able to further define your search for packaging; ultimately saving you time and money on that perfect packaging look you desire. Join me next time as I discuss the various styles of packaging; from Boston rounds to Spice jars. We will be reviewing what makes each style special.

Feel free to email us or call us at (855) 754-3728 if you should ever need assistance with choosing the correct product for your specific needs. Should you have any questions about this blog or ideas for future posts, please email me at brianne.livas@packagingoptionsdirect.com and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line.

Introduction to Packaging - "BRI"ef: 101

-Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Meet your Account Coordinator BriHi! My name is Bri (pronounced Brie, like the cheese) and I’m the Account Coordinator at Packaging Options Direct. I am your go-to person for all things packaging. I'm always happy to assist customers in placing orders but my first priority is helping you understand packaging itself. So I have decided to put together a series of blog posts called “BRI”efs; which will cover all sorts of topics about your packaging needs.

Today’s “BRI”ef is a simple introduction to the world of packaging. Packaging comes in all shapes, styles, materials, finishes, colors and capacities; with just as many finishes. Over the next few articles, we will touch on all of those elements.  

Categories

Glass BottlesContainers are often placed into a category and then sub-categorized by shape and style. Categories are general terms such as drum, pail, tube, bottle, etc. They are very broad terms which do not provide much information. When helping you determine what kind of item you are looking for, I usually try to refer to the sub-category of an item.

Shapes

Shape is a good place to start when trying to determine the look you want. Containers come in all shapes, the basic shapes being: round, square, oval and oblong. Other shapes, such as beveled, add to the many options available.

Styles

The Style of a container can vary from one manufacturer to another, but often it’s more the name than the actual style that is different; as different manufacturers tend to use fancy names for their versions of any particular style of bottles.  A good example of this is Imperial Rounds, Bullets and Cosmo Rounds. All three styles look the same, but are called different names depending on the maker.

Openings

Openings have two basic types: wide mouth and narrow mouth. The term wide mouth refers to any container which as opening roughly half of the diameter of the container or larger. An example would be a one gallon jar often used in pickling. The term narrow mouth describes a container whose opening is roughly one half the diameter of the container or smaller. Beer bottles, and Boston round bottles are perfect examples of containers with a narrow mouth.

Other options…

Materials, Finishes and Colors round out the major components of packaging and each have their own specific function on your packaging.

Product attributesAs you get to know more about the packaging you are looking for, you will be able to use that knowledge to streamline your search on the Packaging Options Direct website. You can use the search feature at the top of the website to look for any of the key attributes located in the diagram on the left, or you can find Material and Style listed in our product attributes key; which you can use to filter products on our site (as shown in the diagram to the right) to find exactly what you are looking for.Product Filters

I will be touching on each of these items individually or at least in smaller and more direct groupings, in my upcoming posts. Should you have any questions regarding packaging that I might be able to address in the blogs, please email me at brianne.livas@packagingoptionsdirect.com and type BLOG TOPIC in the subject line. I’m excited to see what you want to learn about the wonderful world of packaging!

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