Customer Announcement – Covid 19 Delivery Update: Read More
Customer Announcement – Covid 19 Delivery Update: Read More
Everything is delayed, basic commodities are highly in demand and this filters through to difficulties in securing packaging. A veritable ‘smorgasbord’ of under-appreciated ingredients in your Christmas Gift Baskets and Christmas Hampers had been obtained in anticipation of such shortages.
However, alas wicker experienced a doubling of price, COVID struck the weaving workforce delaying its production, the container blockage in Suez meant a delay in collection and finally we are seeing stresses in the UK Container ports with docking and drivers in shortage.
So our solution is “NO PRICE INCREASES FROM LAST YEAR” and the way to do it was through the early roll out of our ECO-Paqs.
We depleted the majority of our reserve basket stock serving GB during the lockdowns, but we still have thousands of larger Fine Wicker Hampers, such as Christmas Traditional Banquet Hamper or the Christmas Traditional Grand Hamper. However for most of the Christmas 2021 range, the predominant container will be this ECO-Paq.
Lashings of colourful silk ribbon and a cute Polar Bear Message Ribbon make it look the part and of course our strict editing of product quality is guaranteed.
In addition our bulk purchasing in 2020 meant that we have enough packaging to ensure that your Christmas Hamper Packaging looks as exciting to open as it is for your tastebuds.
Next year we will be launching hundreds of new baskets all painted in a quality matte white sheen in a variety of sizes to ensure that whatever the occasion and throughout the year, there is the perfect Gift Basket available. However, since replacement costs will be so high and shipping so expensive that it’s possible that the days of wicker basket containers are numbered.
We didn’t want our sustainable boxes for our gift-baskets and gift-hampers to have a typical plain and boring appearance. It was important for us to create a unique presentation style specific to our business that hasn’t been replicated before.
This led us to the creation we have today. We came up with a tasteful monochrome effect across the ECO-paq’s. The unique monochrome captures the essence of the regional beauty where our individual products come from, with historical hints of the UK sprinkled throughout its design. Our ECO-paq’s have a high presentation impact upon arrival and their premium quality is depicted in a beautiful way.
Our ECO-paq’s are by no means a cheap option of gifting, we ensured that they were a durable, high quality material that maintains our standards of high quality for our customers.
We know that at Christmas time we end up with an abundance of packaging from all of our gifts. We didn’t want to add to that problem, so we ensured that our ECO-paq’s could be easily folded down for recycling and won’t take up much space in your recycling bin. Disposal was an element we had in mind when creating our ECO-paq’s, because it is a recyclable material, it was a must that the product is easy to dispose of and doesn’t impact the environment negatively.
In addition, the products inside our ECO-paq's are protected with shredded paper to ensure there are no damages during transit. Of course as it is paper it is also fully recyclable.
However if the recipient did decide that they loved the presentation of our unique ECO-paq and in fact they wanted to keep it, that is also an option. Our ECO-paq’s are made of a durable cardboard so it can be used for storage.
Small changes to reduce our carbon footprint make a big difference in the grand scheme of things. We are always making efforts to do this but we felt introducing a completely new sustainable ECO-paq was a great way to advance our sustainability strategy.
We also didn’t want to pass on a high carbon footprint onto our customers. We know that many of you are looking for ways in your own life to reduce your carbon footprint, so us reducing ours also helps you out! It’s a win win.
You might wonder what volumetric space has to do with our hamper delivery solution, but it plays a huge role. We have learnt a lot over our 20 years of creating and packing gift-baskets and gift-hampers. It is important as making the most of volumetric space ensures no empty voids inside the gift, making our gift-baskets and gift-hampers as cost effective and good value as possible, as well as ensuring customer satisfaction.
When it comes to delivering our gifts, we use the market leader DHL who simply deliver excellence. In march 2021, DHL pledged to invest EUR 7 billion in climate-neutral logistics until 2030 (dpdhl, 2021). It is important for us that we work alongside other companies who reduce their environmental footprint too. That way we’re all working towards the same goal. You, us, and our partners.
We minimise the use of packaging and maximise the value of a gift-basket or gift-hamper by being able to put in larger products with less proportionate packaging. This way, you can be happy knowing that you are not purchasing a gift essentially filled with air. Small products normally tend to have rather large packaging proportionate to the size of products within. Firstly, we believe this is a waste of materials and secondly, the customer is disappointed with the size of their gift. Both two bad options!
Often when you purchase from us, it is a gift being sent to someone else. So with that in mind we know that your gift-basket or gift-hamper has to look the part, and have all the bells and whistles. That being said, don’t be concerned that us using less packaging, or more sustainable packaging means that your gift wont look good. Quality is what drives our operations above everything else, and we haven’t been around for 20 years for no reason! Each and every gift-basket and gift-hamper goes through a quality control process to ensure standards are being met. Once the masterpiece is finalised, it is tied up with a beautiful satin ribbon.
A customer testimonial which really stood out to us was from Andrew, N, “Their production and quality of the gift-baskets is phenomenal. I love getting gifts for people however I'm not great at knowing what to get but this, so far, has been the greatest help when choosing something.” It is reviews like this that remind us why we go the extra mile for each and every one of our customers.
At Baskets Galore, we have been trying to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible for long before it was fashionable.
As a company, we only produce one black bin bag of landfill per week across our warehouse, office and digital suite.
Our company vehicles are all electric from our forklift, to our cars. Not only does this reduce the cost of running the vehicle, allowing us to be more efficient. It also reduces the use of fossil fuels, again improving the quality of air that we breathe in every day.
We make massive efforts to recycle our waste from product packaging. Our waste goes into our own crushing bale to reduce the size of our waste and increase space in recycling centres. As a company we only produce 20 tonnes of cardboard per year from all of our operations including supplier packaging.