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I still use paper bags, all finished work that will fit in a repair bag go in a dookit on the wall with 9 separate spaces with the ticket stapled to the front numbered from the last digit on the ticket 1 to 9 (0 in same place as 9 as long as there's space)

It just looks more professional to my eye and is the way I've done it all my working life carrying on from my dad.

It's a ball ache if customers come in without their ticket but at least their names are up front and centre.

Get my bags from Colledge these days. 

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9 hours ago, SteelCityShoes said:

Paper bags for shoes, plastic bags for long boots. Both from Birch

yes, but why not think of having your own brand on them?

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23 hours ago, grahamparker said:

We do not use any bags at all, we charge our customers up front for all repairs and nothing stays with us more than a week.

Why waste money on something that will go in the bin when the customer gets home ?.

 

We have paper bags and always have used them.  However, of late most customers don't want a bag at all.  We will never be using plastic bags.  Customers often bring their shoes in carrier bags but I tell them to keep the bag and bring it in when they want to collect.

Don't get me on my high horse again about plastic!  There is far too much being used in our trade uneccessarily to supply materials.  It's about time suppliers got with it and started promoting more environmentally friendly solutions.

At the risk of going off topic, I'm not even sure which rubber/PU products are manufactured from recycled materials if any?  We should know I think.

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5 minutes ago, Simes said:

We have paper bags and always have used them.  However, of late most customers don't want a bag at all.  We will never be using plastic bags.  Customers often bring their shoes in carrier bags but I tell them to keep the bag and bring it in when they want to collect.

Don't get me on my high horse again about plastic!  There is far too much being used in our trade uneccessarily to supply materials.  It's about time suppliers got with it and started promoting more environmentally friendly solutions.

At the risk of going off topic, I'm not even sure which rubber/PU products are manufactured from recycled materials if any?  We should know I think.

Agreed.

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I have just emailed Birch about their over-use of plastics in their packaging to see if I could persuade them to lead the way in removing them from all of their products.

I'll let you know what reply I get as I, too, am sick of all the superfluous crap that comes with my stock.

Rick.

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We've always used paper bags for shoes and plastic for boots. I've been looking at paper carrier bags for boots but they cost a lot more than plastic!

Also we put all cut keys into plastic zip seal bags, I think we will move over to paper.

But you are right too much plastic in packaging from manufacturers.

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46 minutes ago, Paul_ said:

We've always used paper bags for shoes and plastic for boots. I've been looking at paper carrier bags for boots but they cost a lot more than plastic!

Also we put all cut keys into plastic zip seal bags, I think we will move over to paper.

But you are right too much plastic in packaging from manufacturers.

We also put cut keys into plastic zip bags, must re think this. Thanks for making me think about this

Bob

 

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We have been conditioned to think everything has to be packaged, good presentation etc.  I have been as guilty.  In reality, most of the time it is uneccessary.  Do we really need to put a couple of keys in a bag?  Won't they fit in a pocket just the same?

Shoe repair is a great way of recycling or cutting down on waste.  Perhaps we should expand the ways we cut down on waste.

 

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7 minutes ago, grahamparker said:

We did use 2 zip seal bags yesterday but one had 40 keys and the other 50 and a new padlock.

We have lots of customers who drop keys/watches off and collect later, bags are the way we keep thing organised so correct custmer gets correct key/watchs.

It also alows us to put a bussiness card in the bag promoting our business. But defenitly going to look into paper bags, Iam sure the public war on plastic will grow.

Bob

 

 

 

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3 minutes ago, kirkybob said:

We have lots of customers who drop keys/watches off and collect later, bags are the way we keep thing organised so correct custmer gets correct key/watchs.

It also alows us to put a bussiness card in the bag promoting our business. But defenitly going to look into paper bags, Iam sure the public war on plastic will grow.

Bob

 

 

 

We aren't totally plastic free yet.  I agree that sometimes it is convenient to use plastic bags to organise customers belongings.  But maybe paper would work just as well (Produced from sustainable sources of course ;) )

It's something to think about though.

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Talking about packaging, whilst it is a shame that laces, padlocks and other items come in single use blister packs, I've also have no doubt that if they did not sales would plummet. Customers expect it from a presentation and ease if use point of view.

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1 minute ago, cowers lane 583 said:

Talking about packaging, whilst it is a shame that laces, padlocks and other items come in single use blister packs, I've also have no doubt that if they did not sales would plummet. Customers expect it from a presentation and ease if use point of view.

Therein lies our dilemma...........

Rick.

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I used to paper bag all my work, and it used to piss me off when you handed it over and they would rip it open like something possessed and hand the scrumpled bag back to you, waste of money. My customers are conditioned to bring bags in with them now. We had the bag charge in May 2011. I haven't bought any plastic bags since then.

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35 minutes ago, grahamparker said:

Why ?.

I can understand if you do Large amounts but every key, seems a lot of waste to me.

 

I put every key in a zip bag with a paper slip informing them that "sometimes small adjustments are necessary"  blah blah blah

I feel this is far more professional than just giving them back a key. It costs only a couple of pence per customer and we factor that into our pricing.

 

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8 minutes ago, cowers lane 583 said:

Talking about packaging, whilst it is a shame that laces, padlocks and other items come in single use blister packs, I've also have

9 minutes ago, Paul_ said:

I put every key in a zip bag with a paper slip informing them that "sometimes small adjustments are necessary"  blah blah blah

I feel this is far more professional than just giving them back a key. It costs only a couple of pence per customer and we factor that into our pricing.

 

I agree that it looks very slick, but the point I was making is that it adds to the plastic waste that ends up in the oceans and land fill etc.  These bags are used perhaps only for minutes before being discarded.  Cost isn't an issue, which is why a paper bag even if more costly might be the solution.

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4 hours ago, kobblers said:

I have just emailed Birch about their over-use of plastics in their packaging to see if I could persuade them to lead the way in removing them from all of their products.

I'll let you know what reply I get as I, too, am sick of all the superfluous crap that comes with my stock.

Rick.

Don't hold your breath Rick ..................... Good effort though mate. =D>

 

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At home we are big recyclers and I take a lot of stuff home from the shop to put in the recycle bin. I feel I'm doing it for my grandchildren and their offspring.

 

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6 minutes ago, Mr Bargy said:

At home we are big recyclers and I take a lot of stuff home from the shop to put in the recycle bin. I feel I'm doing it for my grandchildren and their offspring.

 

That would be a big fine for doing that from our local council if they found out we where taking home trade waste even if it is to recycle.

Bonkers.

 

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