How to Save Big on Shipping when Buying Bottles

-Tuesday, April 8, 2014

At Packaging Options Direct, we understand that one of the major factors in placing an order is the answer to the million-dollar question: “How much is the shipping going to cost me?” Just like you, we often shop online ourselves and have the same concerns. The common assumption is that freight should cost less than the items you are ordering. This is because of the misconception that freight costs are based on the total purchase price of your order.

We offer great product prices to our customers. Unfortunately, the cost of shipping doesn’t have anything to do with the cost of your order; it’s determined by several other factors, the primary being the weight of the shipment. We are happy to explain why the shipping costs sometimes seem high in comparison to the cost of your product.

Shipping carriers charge a flat fee per shipment and then add fees based on the weight of the total order, the number of packages it takes to ship the product as well as the distance from our warehouse in St. Louis, Missouri to you. They also add an additional fee for any extra services, like signature requirements, change of address once an order is in transit or shipping to a residential address (better known as a residential surcharge). Determining what a residential address is can be kind of tricky, but it is roughly defined as any address where someone can sleep or live. Farms and home businesses are considered residential addresses.

Save on shipping

Expert tip: Order more, reduce the shipping cost per unit…

Sometimes you will find you can order twice as much product and not have the shipping costs vary too drastically. It’s always a great idea to play around with order volumes to ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck. Our shopping cart has a great Shipping Estimator to give you an idea of what you’ll end up paying for shipping. In a test we ran, we found that one order was $9.22 in shipping costs; doubling the quantity increased the shipping to only $10.28.

But we took it step further, just for giggles. When tripling the order, the freight only slightly increased to $12.78. Most of the time it is better to order in larger quantities, as it brings your overall cost per unit down. And that’s where the big portion of your savings in shipping can be found. 

Also, take advantage of Less-than-truck load (LTL) shipments. You’ll often find, when ordering in larger quantities, that shipping can be less if the order is shipped on a pallet via motor freight carrier. An added bonus to shipping large orders LTL is you don’t have to deal with boxes and boxes of packing peanuts, which makes LTL a greener alternative. And to save even more, sign up to receive our discounts and promotions and we’ll keep you updated with any shipping discounts we may offer.

If you have any questions or need help reducing your shipping costs, our experienced customer service team is always happy to help; so don’t be afraid to contact us should you need assistance.

Ultimate Guide to Food Storage with Glass Jars

-Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The possibilities for using glass jars as storage are endless.

Whether you are packaging food to sell or just being efficient with leftovers, glass jars are the king of storage. Not only are glass jars more attractive and creative for food storage, but they are also way better than plastic containers.

With a few ideas, tips and tricks under your belt, you can use glass jars safely and beautifully to store food in your fridge, freezer and pantry.

Glass jars can be found in just about every size, color and shape that you could possibly ever need. Using glass jars for food storage is one of the best ways to keep your pantry, fridge and freezer organized. You can label them, paint them and customize and organize them in any way you please.

We’re pretty experienced with all kinds of packaging here at Packaging Options Direct, but even we can’t deny the versatility, popularity and efficiency of glass jars when it comes to food storage.

Although there is a myriad of ways you can use glass jars in your everyday life, today we are going to focus on putting together the ultimate guide to food storage with glass jars.

Let’s begin.

Pasta Canning Jars

Benefits of Glass Jars Used for Food Storage

The benefits of glass jars heavily outweigh those of plastic containers. Some of the most important and significant benefits of using glass jars versus plastic include:

  • Enhances food flavor: the glossy and smooth surface of glass repels residual odors and flavors. When you reheat food in glass it tastes better than those nuked in plastic, and the food won’t retain the dangerous plastic emissions.
  • Keeps food safe: Science confirms that toxic substances from plastic are easily transferable to food during reheating. Glass jars are simply cleaner than plastic and safer for food storage. Why do you think most food, condiments and sauces are sold in glass jars at the market?
  • Easy clean up: Glass jars can be thrown into the dishwasher without worry and they are durable and long lasting. They’re remarkably strong and resistant to breaking.
  • Eco-Friendly: Plastic is harder to recycle than glass. Up to 80% of recycled glass makes its way back on the market.

Simply put, when using glass jars as storage you become more economical, eco-friendly and you won’t compromise the quality and flavor of the food that is packaged. With good care, you will use your glass jars almost indefinitely.

What can you Store in Glass Jars?

The real question is what can’t you store in glass jars? If we were to list every little thing that you can put away in a glass jar we would have to write an entire book, and unfortunately not everyone is as much of a fanatic about packaging options as we are, so we don’t think the book would sell too well.

That’s why we’ll stick to simple lists…everyone loves lists.

  • Salads: Layer your veggies in a glass jar, lock it with a lid and stick it in the fridge. When the craving for some greens comes around all you have to do is pour in some dressing and enjoy.
  • Jellies: Jams, jellies, syrups, soups, juices and homemade condiments can easily be stored in glass jars and organized in your fridge.
  • Leftovers: Forget plastic storage containers, we’ve already ruled them out as being bad. Secure your leftovers in a clean glass jar seal it with a lid and enjoy it later.
  • Herbs: Anything from salt, pepper, oregano, paprika, garlic and pretty much any kind of spice, herb or flavoring can be simply sealed in a glass jar. If you use an airtight lid the strong smells will stay inside the jar as well.
  • Flour, sugar, rice, etc.: The best way to store these substances is in clear glass jars. That way you will be able to see which is which and they will be clean, organized and dry.
  • Tea and coffee: Same thing as flour, sugar and rice. Store your coffee and tea in attractive glass jars and enjoy the delicious aromas that drift out when you pop open the lid.
  • Frozen goods: Don’t freeze liquids in jars because they expand and can crack and break a glass jar. You can however freeze berries, beans and other related items. Make sure to leave at least an inch of space between the top of the food and the mouth of the jar so there is room for expansion. Thaw with care.

You can also store things like laundry detergent, office supplies, cotton balls, tools and more in glass jars. Glass jars are pretty much the most versatile thing in the world.

Check out the Glass Jars from Packaging Options Direct

Whether you are looking for glass jars for personal use at home and food storage, or if you need glass jars to package and sell your product, Packaging Options Direct can help you find and pick out the best glass jars for your needs.

Here at Packaging Options Direct, we have more than 100 years of experience with all kinds of packaging ranging from glass bottles, glass jars, tins, scoops and more.

Contact us if you have any questions about glass jars, packaging or for more information about our products.

Best Ways to Repurpose Glass Jars

-Friday, February 7, 2014

There are so many ways to repurpose glass jars.

From wine and beer bottles to Mason jars and everything in between, with a little imagination your glass jars can be turned into a myriad of things that can be useful at home, in the office or at school.

Why throw away the glass jar that your spaghetti sauce came in? Make yourself a beautiful flower vase or storage container for grains or baking supplies. Take a few moments to wash out the Mason jar on your counter and use it as a centerpiece, storage container or planter for your herb garden.

At Packaging Options Direct, we’ve seen our fair share of creative ways to repurpose glass jars. We’ve taken some time to put together some of our favorites to give you inspiration for your next DIY project. Let’s get started!

Glass Jar Uses

Learn the Best Ways to Repurpose Glass Jars

Clear Glass Vases: The simplicity of a beautiful flower display in a flint glass jar similar to a Mason jar can be a beautiful statement for your home dining table or even as a wedding centerpiece. For rustic elegance, pair a clear glass jar with a formal flower arrangement with a burlap bow or accent. We’ve also seen clients use fruit such as lemons and limes as a vase filler and pop of color before adding their flowers.

Painted Glass Vases: Another one of the ways to repurpose glass jars is to paint the jar and add flowers. Two coats of acrylic paint will usually do the trick as long as you use a quality sealer after the paint has dried. For a rustic or vintage look, use a nail file to scuff-up raised letters and spots around the jar before sealing it. This project works well with glass jars of all shapes and sizes.

Decorative Displays: Have a beach house? Fill a few glass jars of varying sizes and shapes with artifacts from the beach: seashells, sand, rocks and starfish. Place your display on a shelf and enjoy its beauty. Need a place to display and store your makeup brushes? Add some decorative filler to the bottom of the jar and insert your makeup brushes for a clean and beautiful way to store and display them.

Pantry Storage: One of the best ways to organize dry goods and to keep them fresh is to use glass jars. In fact, there are tons of free printable labels available online to make your storage as organized and visually appealing as possible. Many people use Mason-style glass jars for this type of storage, as they hold a considerable amount of product. However, any glass jar with a good quality seal would be ideal for this type of use. Similarly, use glass jars in the bathroom to store everything from soaps and cotton balls to toothbrushes and swabs.

Craft Supplies: Another of the most creative ways to repurpose glass jars that we’ve seen is to paint the top of the jars with chalkboard paint for easy labeling and storage of craft supplies. Store everything from glitter and rubber bands to bows and glue sticks. Similarly, glass jars make great storage for school supplies.

Soap Dispensers: With the proper glass jar, a pump can be added to the top to create a custom soap dispenser for your kitchen, bathroom or powder room. Add colored liquid soap that matches your décor or paint the jar prior to adding the soap for a truly custom look.

Plants: From herb gardens to terrariums, which are very popular right now, glass jars can make great planters. This of course depends on the type of glass bottle you have. Even in the simplest of containers, they can be very beautiful to look at and can add life and color to your living or work space.

Gardening: Have a lot of extra glass jars and bottles lying around? One of the most interesting uses for bottles and jars that we’ve seen recently is as edging around a garden bed. Many folks try this with wine bottles, inserting them upside-down into the ground, and leave the labels on for a truly rustic look with time.

Ready to Renew Your Glass Jar Inventory?

These are just a few of the many, many ways to repurpose glass jars. Do you have additional DIY projects to share with our Packaging Options Direct family? Connect with us on Facebook to share your latest glass jar or glass bottle project. In the meantime, if we can help you find the perfect packaging for your next project, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always just a phone call away and look forward to earning your business.

Should you have any questions, you can contact us by calling customer service at 1-855-754-3728 between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm CST, Monday thru Friday.