"Noteworthy is one of our suppliers and we buy from them most of our packaging/processing oriented supplies such as customer workbags, CD holders, and wallets," he says.
Kreidler also does well with his photo greeting card business. "This year we will have 50 new designs that we purchased from the PRO group as well as some new designs from Noritsu and PhotoTidings."
Kreidler also sees the Internet playing a huge role this holiday season. "With digital we look for a lot of our greeting card orders to come via the Internet. We think this will be a huge business for us. We are offering sample templates online. Where the customer can place their order and create their own card. We will really be targeting this area as we head towards December," he concludes.
"We continue to see an increase in photo greeting cards as our production of boxes and envelopes for these go up every year. This year alone we will produce over 150 million greeting card envelopes," Kent Dunham VP, sales and marketing at Mackay Photopak.
"While most of our customers purchase the plain white envelope we are seeing a rise in interest in using gold foil lined envelopes, printed envelopes and even heavier paper weights for a more upscale look and feel," he adds.
Mackay Photopak (www.mackayphotopak.com) offers a complete line of Holiday Packaging with gold foil, printed, and plain white stock - available in all of the popular sizes. Sparkle Tree envelopes are printed both front and back in 2 colors. The Holly envelope has a classic design printed on one side. The SlimBox, with a metallic ribbon design, holds 50 cards and 50 envelopes for easy packaging of Photo Cards.
"Holiday greeting cards are a big area for us," says Keith Larson at PJ's Camera & Photo in Glen Ellyn, IL about 25 miles west of Chicago. He reports that digital spurring on his photo greeting card business. "More customers are bringing their digital files instead of their negatives to make cards. It has been generating more revenue for us and we have expanded our offerings in the last year or so. Mackay's Sparkle Tree envelopes have been good sellers for us."
Taprell Loomis (www.tap-usa.com) offers minilabs and retail photo finishers a host of specialty packaging products. "From customizable roll packaging and enlargement folders, to specially packaged items to encourage counter sales, we have the item to fit the bill. A wide range of package options and price points allow retailers to look to us for all of their packaging needs," says Elizabeth Adams at Taprell Loomis
"For 2004, we have a new brochure with holiday greeting cards, including 8 brand new designs, for a total selection of 16. All cards come in packages of 10 and include envelopes. With the purchase of 20 packs of cards customers receive a free counter display unit," she adds.
Neil Enterprises, Inc. (www.neilenterprises.com) is introducing some exciting new products for the upcoming holiday season. All products feature ease of assembly and add to the "Holiday Keepsake" mindset that dominates this time of year.
The Recordable Talking Ornament/Frame is a creative holiday ornament that holds up to a 15-second personal message to send warm greetings to someone close or faraway. The Pewter Ornament Frames offer the simplicity of pewter in an attractive holiday ornament frame collection. Each 12 piece counter display holds three assorted designs - stocking, snowman and holiday bear. Whether on a tree or shelf they are sure to become a holiday keepsake. They come individually gift boxed.
The Ball Snow Globe has the same nostalgic look with a new contemporary feel. This traditional snow globe, with Santa atop, is made of a clear pliable material that is soft to the touch and can hold up to two 2 x 3-inch photos for a unique seasonal frame.Ballstars has their line of Photo Transfer Christmas Ornaments.
Ballstars (www.ballstars.com) offers Photo Transfer Christmas Ornaments. The 3-inch ornaments are made of ultra thin, flexible PVC vinyl that is unbreakable, according to the company. They are available in two classic colors: antique pearl and crystal white. The ornaments must be decorated with the company's proprietary manual or automatic heat transfer ball press and the Minolta 3300EN laser printer, which is included as part of their turnkey package.