Lil Job – Business Development and Sales Appointment Setter (Internal / office based)

Nathan Calvert Nov 16, 2017 Career Vacancies

Job description Business Development and Sales Appointment Setter (Internal / office based) Reports to : Sales Director Part-time (min 12hrs/wk) during normal office hours flexible to suit candidate. Holiday : 26 Days paid annual leave plus bank holidays (pro rata for part-time). Term: Permanent after successful completion of the initial 3 month probationary period. Benefits: Competitive salary + commission. Job…

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Christmas Orders & Opening Times

Nathan Calvert Nov 15, 2017 Lil News

For all of you traders out there stoicly packing up your christmas orders, I'm sure you'll be ecstatic for the peak period to come to a close. But for now, if you need any emergency last-minute packaging orders from us, here's some key information about our Christmas trading: 20th December - last delivery despatch order before 2pm 22nd December -…

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Customers ‘Unboxing Experience’ – ecommerce packaging 101

Nathan Calvert Nov 15, 2017 Ecommerce

With the Christmas peak period, and the key shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching, you’re going to need every trick in the book to make sure your e-commerce operation gets found first, engages best, and generally wins the internet. Perfecting your customers' unboxing experience needs to be high on the agenda By now you’ll all be tired…

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Hot melt glue and eCommerce packaging – don’t settle for less

Nathan Calvert Nov 13, 2017 Packaging Geekery

We pledge to only provide you with postal packaging made using hot melt glue That’s our Lil promise. There’s no logical reason any other adhesive should exist in ecommerce packaging. Simply put, it’s the only option for sealing ecommerce packaging as it’s the only glue that doesn’t need 24 hours to stick! Why Lil hot melt …vs inferior pre-produced double-sided tape? 90…

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Choosing the right Cardboard Box – a Lil™ guide

Nathan Calvert Oct 25, 2017 Packaging Geekery

When companies ship their product, they don’t necessarily put much stock into the humble cardboard box. Details like the quality, size and shape of the cardboard boxes they use do not always come to mind. Things like material specifications, fluting types and ethical credentials are usually an afterthought - but in this product focus guide you'll learn the importance of…

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Rough Trade Case Study

Nathan Calvert May 5, 2017 Case Studies, Product Focus

The now iconic Rough Trade is a group of independent record shops with sites in the UK and US. The first Rough Trade shop was opened in 1976 by Geoff Travis in the Ladbroke Grove district of west London. In 1978 the shop spawned the famous Rough Trade Records, which was to go on to be home to bands from The…

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Save money on postal tariffs with our Small Parcel Mailers

Deborah Lill Nov 24, 2016 Ecommerce, Lil News

If you buy no other packaging during this peak period…make sure it’s the Lil E5-SP. One of the most efficiently sized cardboard boxes in the whole of our Lil range. Why? Well…when it comes to getting the most ‘contained’ product through Royal Mail’s small parcel size limit (packages not exceeding: Length: 45cm Width: 35cm Depth: 16cm Weight limit: 2kg), the…

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday – Do they live up to the hype?

Deborah Lill Nov 3, 2016 Ecommerce

Love it or hate it, Black Friday is here to stay! We’re going to have to face it… Black Friday & Cyber Monday are both here to stay, at least until the next big shopping trend comes along. Things have rapidly moved along now since Amazon introduced the idea from the U.S. several years ago, with both the complexity and…

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Our new Lil Mailbox range is coming soon!

Deborah Lill Sep 20, 2016 Lil News

Watch this space! Soon to be launched our new and improved Lil Mailbox range... Used by the world's premier, online luxury fashion boutiques! At a glance: Our new Lil Mailbox range will have unique and improved security features, down to the fully enclosed mailbox construction, and tamper-evident tear-strip, allowing you to safely and securely mail high value designer items. Side locks…

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Jewellery Packaging: Is your internet packaging providing an invaluable unboxing experience?

Deborah Lill Aug 18, 2016 Ecommerce

How do you replicate the customer experience of buying a quality item in the jewellers, to an online purchase? You assume that the customer will order time and time again just due to the reputation of your quality product. Why then do people commonly use the following to package and mail out their e-commerce jewellery? Bubble mailers Bubble lined kraft…

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Internet Retailing Conference 2016 – See you there!

Deborah Lill Aug 11, 2016 Ecommerce, Lil News

Lil Packaging will be exhibiting at the Internet Retailing Conference 2016 on the 12th of October, on stand 17. Having exhibited at IRC2015, we find this event to be a really interesting, professional and engaging experience. Here's the brief from their website: [lil_quote cite="Internet Retailing Conference 2016 website" url="http://internetretailingconference.com/"]Now into its second decade at the forefront of multichannel, our 11th Annual…

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Lil Packaging just got even better!

Deborah Lill Aug 11, 2016 Lil News

Our super efficient packaging manufacturing plant just got an upgrade! Over the past week we’ve taken delivery of over £650K in new machinery, with more to arrive in the coming months for a total investment of more than £1.3m. The sole purpose of our re-investment program is to boost capacity and streamline production, enabling us to keep up with increased…

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iSP6 Breezebox: With luxury tissue paper and ribbon handle

Deborah Lill Jul 1, 2016 Lil News

Luxury e-commerce packaging has arrived in the form of our new iSP6 Breezebox, the ingenious ecom box which features cleverly integrated tissue paper and a ribbon handle. Perfect for designer brands, fashion items & accessories such as clothing & handbags, boutique gifts, perfume & beauty products and electronics/technology. Everything including our magic "Breezepaper" tissue can be custom printed. Breezepaper? Yes,…

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Shipping boxed toys? Twistwrap: The cost effective alternative to voidfill!

Deborah Lill Jun 22, 2016 Ecommerce, Packaging Geekery

Are you looking for cost effective packaging? You are probably like countless other retailers that are unsure of the options available when shipping boxed toys, while spending huge amounts per year in ‘over packaging’. In the article “How to ship boxed toys”, they suggest collecting tape, bubble wrap, boxes and scissors. Although they quite rightly suggest putting the items to…

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Summer Clothes Packaging: It’s only clothing, polythene mailbags will do right?

Deborah Lill Jun 10, 2016 Packaging Geekery

It’s that time of year again! The sunshine is beginning to put in an appearance, the layers are coming off…but wait…your customers need to update their wardrobe! They quickly turn to your online fashion store and begin purchasing their summer wears. You package their order up into polythene mailbags (your standard choice of clothes packaging) and off it goes! Online…

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Lil Packaging receive ‘Supply Chain Excellence Accreditation’…

Deborah Lill May 18, 2016 Lil News

Lil packaging has been awarded Supply Chain Excellence Accreditation, for the 4th year running at the Bookseller Industry Awards held on 9th May 2016. At Lil packaging, we represent a key part of the supply and logistics chain for booksellers and distributors. Our important role keeps books and publications of all kinds moving safely from location A, to location B…

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Mail and Express Delivery Show 2016 – Lil Packaging are proud sponsors!

Deborah Lill May 18, 2016 Lil News

On the 19th of May 2016, the Mail and Express Delivery Show 2016 or "MEDS" is taking place at the Novotel Hotel & Conference Centre in Hammersmith, London. The MEDS website describes the event: [lil_quote cite="Mail & Express Delivery Website"]This year's annual show will attempt to cover all the exciting developments in delivery and business processes that have flooded the…

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E-books vs printed books: Why you should always judge a book by its book wrap…

Deborah Lill May 16, 2016 Packaging Geekery

Have you ever considered the reasoning behind why your customer might purchase a printed book or an e-book? Purchasing an e-book over a printed book has many advantages, as discussed in ‘Success Consciousness’: Speed of delivery (you literally don’t need to leave the house) You do not require storage for your growing collection. You can buy them at any time…

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Letterbox sized packaging: Do your products fit through the door?

Deborah Lill May 9, 2016 Packaging Geekery

Are you in the know when it comes to letterbox sized packaging? You should be…From beautiful blooms being sent out by online florists to monthly deliveries of online sanitary essentials, many companies are catching on to the benefits of letterbox sized gifts.  This means of course that ‘failed to deliver’ returns can become a thing of the past for many…

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Book Shipping: The maths behind large letter tariffs

Deborah Lill May 4, 2016 Packaging Geekery

Do you want to mail your books in the most economical way with as little thought at possible? Do you find yourself having to go through the maths every time you want to send a book in the post, or just not worry, and suffer the expense of creeping into the next price band?  If you are only sending out…

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Comic Book Packaging: How to get it right and how to get it wrong…

Deborah Lill May 3, 2016 Packaging Geekery

Suggestions online of how to package comics and graphic novels commonly involve one, or in some cases all of the methods below: “Bagging and Boarding”. A method used to initially protect the raw comic book and further store it once it has been read. Measuring and cutting cardboard to create makeshift comic book mailers Stuffing with newspaper Bubble mailers Oodles of…

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Mainline Flatpacks Ltd renamed Lil Packaging Ltd

Deborah Lill Mar 31, 2016 Lil News

Founded by Roger Lill in 1983, Mainline Flatpacks Ltd has been a well regarded feature of the Huntingdon and Cambridgeshire manufacturing community. As of the 1st of April 2016 however, the company will be celebrating its rebrand and official name change to Lil Packaging Ltd, now operated by Roger’s sons Barry Lill and Fred Lill. As a family-owned and operated…

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Shipping books? Here’s your Ultimate Book Packaging Guide.

Deborah Lill Mar 3, 2016 Packaging Geekery

You've all seen it. That book trader that has a good old whinge on the forums about unreasonable customers leaving them negative feedback or demanding a refund because the book they've bought hasn't arrived via the mail in pristine condition. That trader is clueless as to why their website, eBay or Amazon account is littered with poor feedback, and why…

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Mothers Day – Statistics nicely packaged!

Deborah Lill Feb 22, 2016 Packaging Geekery

Mothers Day is a big revenue earner on the internet. If you're in the business of selling gifts, cosmetics, fashion and fashion accessories, cards, flowers, experience days, meals out and much more, then you should probably be paying attention!  According to the Telegraph & VoucherCodesPro, our dear Mums in the UK are three times as valuable to internet retailers as…

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Vape: A market destined for mail-order shipping…

Deborah Lill Feb 10, 2016 Ecommerce

When ECigs (electronic cigarettes) and the 'Vape' phenomenon (vapour inhalation technology) appeared some years ago, smoking was in a steady decline.  The tobacco corporations were suffering, and smoking was becoming a 'pariah' activity in most social circles.  Ecigs and Vaping changed all of that.  With explosive growth to around £6bn globally at the end of 2015, the industry has taken…

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Free Shipping on European Orders!

Deborah Lill Feb 10, 2016 Lil News

Good News! If you spend more than 50€ in our online packaging shop then you qualify for free shipping to any European destination. This means that not only can you pay in the Euro currency via Paypal, Credit Card, or Direct Bank Transfer, but you don't have to pay for postage! We're constantly striving to make the process of getting…

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Internet Retailing Expo 2016 – See you there!

Deborah Lill Jan 29, 2016 Lil News

We're exhibiting at IRX2016! Lil Packaging will be exhibiting at the Internet Retailing Expo 2016 on the 27th & 28th of April, on stand E33. One of our premier events of the year, we have attended IRX several times before and always found it a highly professional, engaging, and lucrative event. Here's the brief from their website:[lil_quote cite="Internet Retailing Expo…

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Valentines Day 2016: Does your packaging show the love?

Deborah Lill Jan 28, 2016 Ecommerce

It's very easy to think that Valentines Day 2016 is just another sham.  Boring, damaged, crusty washed-out brown and grey packages will litter doormats all over the world.  Presents that after delivery provide an uninspiring and completely unromantic setting whilst awaiting being opened.  If you like unexpected surprises, because what's inside is great, then that's fine.  But if you like…

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Now buy mailers in multiple currencies!

Deborah Lill Jan 18, 2016 Lil News

Great news! Over the weekend we upgraded our website to be able to take and process your orders in several new currencies. At LilPackaging.com you can now purchase mailers, e-commerce packaging, and more in Canadian Dollars, U.S. Dollars, Australian Dollars and Euro's, as well as the original British Pound. All you have to do is select the currency you wish…

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How to be packaging and mailing CDs or DVD’s safely.

Deborah Lill Jan 14, 2016 Shipping Mad

Old wives tales, urban myths, some conspiracy theories, and guides to packaging and mailing CDs and DVD's safely, share a large element of fantastical thinking.  With most packaging or mailing guides for CD's and DVD's, people have helpfully shared their experiences of making the process a whole lot less painful for THEM.  The problem is, that often many pieces of…

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Shipping vinyl records, and why you’re probably doing it wrong.

Deborah Lill Jan 7, 2016 Shipping Mad

Shipping vinyl records through the mail sounds like a harrowing experience.  With more and more delivery drivers seemingly preoccupied with maximising their 'kicking distance' record for parcels, and increasing pressure on parcel companies to increase how many parcels they pile in each van per trip, it's no surprise that vinyl packaging issues are a hot topic on the net. Let's…

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Our new Lil Packaging website…

Deborah Lill Nov 23, 2015 Lil News

Greetings Lil customers, fans, partners and... ummm... everyone else! By now you've probably noticed that we have a new packaging website.  It's built quite differently, and hopefully, you'll have noticed a marked improvement from the previous version. Like all new websites however, we know there will be some teething problems, snags to fix, and general improvements that we can make.…

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How E-Tailers get ahead on Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Deborah Lill Sep 22, 2015 Ecommerce

Black Friday 2015 Date: 27th November Cyber Monday 2015 Date: 30th November Like many other ideas that have travelled across the Atlantic to the UK, Black Friday & Cyber Monday have been snapped up with enthusiasm by the British shopping public. The UK online trading community was initially slow to react, and slower to cope – but the signs for…

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Packaging Void fill – A waste of space?

Deborah Lill Sep 22, 2015 Ecommerce

In this article we’re going to talk about “That which we do not speak of.” Yes, one of the great unmentionables in the packaging industry is that of packaging void fill. The stuff that dispatchers will pack into boxes, crates, packages, packs and more to stop your precious product from rattling about or minimise the chances of it suffering impact…

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Cost Vs Quality: The case against soft-bag delivery packaging…

Deborah Lill Sep 22, 2015 Packaging Geekery

In 2014, Jiffy-style bags became 50 years old. That’s quite an achievement for a product design that revolutionised delivery packaging back in the 1960’s. Like other forms of soft packaging, these bags relied on the premise that products could be insulated from damage during delivery and transit by ‘cushioning’ the item against impact and interference. Logic will tell you that…

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Product Focus: Envelopes

Deborah Lill Sep 22, 2015 Product Focus

Have you seen those rather good-looking envelopes that come through the door containing CD’s, books, posters and more? The ones made of cardboard? Well, whenever they are delivered to your door, there’s a good chance they’ll be one of ours. The boffins at Lil started making envelopes decades ago – but in the past few years, we’ve really gone for…

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Sony Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge Sony started a project to begin sending out CD's and DVD's directly to consumers via an ecommerce channel. Sony had for a long time been using corrugated cardboard 'wrap sheeting' with sealing tape to send out products in other areas of its business, so there was a perfectly natural assumption to use the same practices and technology with…

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Samsung Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge In April 2015 the Samsung Headquarters (Korea) had just spent the previous 12 months in search of the perfect global ecommerce box specification. They wanted a 100% secure postal box which printed jet black internally, with a further internal black tissue paper. They planned to use it at all ten of their global ecommerce operational sites. But before…

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Medexpress Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge MedExpress is an online UK based registered pharmaceutical business.  Customers of MedExpress carry out a three step process where they select the medication that they require, followed by completion of an online questionnaire which is reviewed by one of their UK registered GP’s. The GP decides if the medication is appropriate for the customer, and issues a private…

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Hachette Partworks Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge Hachette is one of Europe’s largest publishing groups employing 7,000 people with high volume postal sales via mail-order and online. There are many problems associated with the packaging of a book as mentioned in our Ultimate Book Packaging Guide.  With Hachette’s books being no exception, they were looking for a packaging solution that ticked all the boxes.  Most importantly,…

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Debenhams Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge After meeting Debenhams, a keen interest was shown in our stock range of boxes, in particular the crashlock Autoboxes.  Debenhams were looking for a solution to packing time inefficiency.  They were operating their fulfilment from the basement of the Southampton store and were very restricted for space. The Problem Debenhams online sales of health and beauty products had…

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Reed Comics Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

Reed Comics are one of the largest comic book distributors online! The Challenge Reed Comics are sending out new and rare collectable comics in large quantities on a daily basis.  As collectors themselves their passion for good service stems from the service that they would expect to receive.  Reed comics had designed a twist wrap to enclose their comics and…

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William Grant & Sons (Drambuie) Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

Challenge In September 2014, William Grant & Sons acquired the Drambuie Liqueur Company Ltd for which Lil Packaging supplied bespoke high quality Litho printed cardboard packaging.  William Grant & Sons had their own list of preferred packaging suppliers and were very careful about adding any new suppliers to their approved supplier list. The challenge for Lil Packaging was in demonstrating why they…

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TNT Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge Having tendered their express overnight letter cardboard envelopes for five successive years, TNT were exhausting their options for ongoing cost reductions. Instead of TNT spending precious time researching unknown suppliers to invite to the next tender, Lil Packaging requested time to research new operational methods of producing their cardboard envelopes at lower cost. The Problems TNT’s purchasing department…

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Natural History Museum Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge The Natural History Museum (NHM) is a leading London academic and scientific institution dedicated to bringing the past to life for thousands of visitors every year. Their online business sells and ships countless pieces of memorabilia, gifts, educational resources and more. At Lil Packaging we were tasked with helping them to find more suitable packaging for their range,…

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Hornby Case Study

Deborah Lill Jan 1, 2015 Case Studies

The Challenge Hornby and their logistics & fulfilment partner were having real problems with their packaging, and also felt they could increase the efficiency of their packing teams by reducing pack times, and increasing throughput.  Hornby needed Lil Packaging to help them overcome their packaging difficulties, and achieve these efficiences. The Problems Hornby, a well known and much-loved manufacturer of…

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