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  • 3 Ways to Personalise Your Christmas Gifts This Year

    The time of giving is here. Christmas is a magical season where gifts are exchanged by the millions. Whether you are a business sending mass packages or someone gifting something special to a loved one, adding a personal flair is a perfect way to show you care.

    Handwritten Labels

    Handwriting labels on your packages this Christmas is a small but effective way to make your packages more special for those receiving them. Something as simple as a pretty label can make a world of difference, especially when you write them on our beautiful range of coloured card.

    Wrap to Impress

    Nothing says caring like a well-wrapped Christmas package, and we have the means to do it. Our range of printed mailing bags, metallic card and tissue paper, can all be added to your gifts for that special personal touch. Taking a little extra time to impress your customers, is an investment in your business’s future.

    Bespoke Packaging

    As a business, Christmas can be a make or break time for customer retention, and you want to provide them with a memorable service. Here at ODL Packaging we create and dispatch a wide range of bespoke packaging, from envelopes precisely the size your business needs, or bags with your brand logo printed on them. We can even help you create your design!

    For more information on how ODL can help your business this Christmas or to talk to us about your product requirements, call us on 01785 76 00 55 or complete our online form today.

  • Christmas Packaging in The Bag

    When Christmas comes around, it’s time to switch up your business’s packaging solutions. Are you sending products (or gifts!) and would like to keep up with the festivities? Then you need to move on from the brown bags and boxes and post something with a pop of personality. We have a range of products that can help show you care this Christmas.

    Mailing Bags

    Manufactured from a durable plastic material, we have a joyful selection of printed mailing bags. Adorned with polka dots, they are an excellent way to send soft items and garments this season. Great at protection from the onslaught of rain and cold weather your package is bound to see on its journey.

    Printed Polka Dot Mailing Bags 6" x 9" 162mm x 230mm

    Tissue Paper

    Excellent for adding little extra security to fragile packages while also giving it a  pop of colour, our coloured tissue paper is the perfect way to add some je ne sais quoi to your Christmas items.

    Acid Free Coloured Tissue Paper 500mm x 750mm (20" x 30") 18GSM


    Our Christmas bubbled envelopes are always a big seller this time of year, as a versatile alternative to regular envelopes. With a fully laminated foil exterior and a protective bubble lining, they offer cushioning for any items going in the mail. Available in two different sizes, you can pack and send a variety of products.

    Christmas Bubble Mailing Bags

    Coloured Card

    If you are writing a personalised note or crafting up something special, our A4 holographic card is the perfect way to give your items and a touch of character. Available in the festive colours of; silver, red, gold and green, the coloured card is an attractive method to personalise your customer's order, for a bespoke experience.

    A4 Holographic Coloured Card 220gsm

    Christmas Is the time for joy and shopping, and if you want to keep your customers happy and keep them coming back all year round, then it’s also the time to impress.

  • Your Business’s Winter Packaging Needs - Covered!

    Unlike most sensible creatures in the animal kingdom, humans don’t hibernate for the winter. In fact, it’s the busiest season for sales. As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to make sure you are prepared, and that means having a solid packaging solution in place. In case you don’t think of it all, we have broken down some of the essential points when researching winter packaging needs:

    Stock Up

    As Christmas is approaching, businesses should expect to see an increase in sales, therefore you’ll need to increase your packing solutions accordingly. Here at ODL Packaging, we sell all our products in a variety of wholesale deals, with items like our grey plastic mailing bags available in quantities from 10 to 10,000!

    Protect Fragile Items

    Although protecting fragile items should be important all year round, in the time of year when postal carriers are dealing with an increased number of packages, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We can supply you with bubble wrap, bubble bags and tissue paper to help guarantee your package gets from A to B safely.

    Weather Protection

    Winter in the UK means one thing, awful weather conditions. To protect your package from the onslaught of rain, wind and the occasional snow-fall, our airtight, lightweight and waterproof mailing bags are perfect for the job.

    Showcase Festive Cheer

    Packing and sending your items in a fun and festive way has now never been easier. With our Christmas mailing bags now available, we can provide the perfect means to show you care. Tis' nearly the season to be jolly after all!

    For all of your packaging needs, all year round, have a look at our range of products here or call a member of our friendly team on 01785 76 00 55.

  • Spending Season is On the Way!

    September is the unofficial turn of autumn signalling the start of the spending season. Whether its ordering festive gifts, updating of winter wardrobes or just indulging in new season sale, the British public is more willing than ever to part with their cash at this time of year. With business about to get a boost, it’s vital that your company is armed and ready with all the necessary kit for the army of sales spenders on the approach.

    Beat the Retail Rush

    When there’s money to be spent, you won’t be the only retailer vying for the attention of customers, so standing out and promoting yourself is vital. Here at ODL Packaging, we believe less is more, so rather than resorting to singing and dancing advertisements, we think some subtle marketing tactics offer the best returns. Available in 8 vibrant colours our carrier bags will please your customers as well as subtly promoting your brand as they walk around the shops. Better yet, you can go one step further and take advantage of our bespoke printing services to emblazon your bags with your logo and information to really boost your brand.

    Whatever the Weather

    If you’re an online retailer you know that the packaging of your goods, it’s integral to their protection. Being unable to oversee the delivery of your prised products can insight stress, after all, if a product is damaged in transit, it’s the retailer who gets the bad review. But you can do your utmost to ensure their safety, whether it’s a box filled with bubble wrap, a padded envelope or a watertight mailing bag, there’s an ODL solution to suit every size.

    To order your supplies for the end of year retail rush, visit our website or call us on 01785 76 00 55 to place your order.

  • Back to School with A Bang!

    Back to School with A Bang!

    Although the school summer holidays are still in their early days, readying for the new term can take time for both pupils and teachers. Whether there are projects to complete, budgets to allocate and of course a bit of relaxing to squeeze in, one thing is certain; a new term calls for new stationary & equipment. Make sure you’re ready for September with ODL’s range of back to school basics!

    Get Organised

    As a teacher or a pupil, there are lots of changes in the new term and keeping track of new schedules, a new syllabus and new topics can easily result in a mess of paperwork slowly becoming crumpled at the bottom of a bag somewhere. With our range of ring binders, pocket punched pouches and dividers you can set up for success in the new term and file everything away in an easy to find, categorised and totally organised place!

    Beat the Classroom Chaos

    Teachers and school staff spend much of their summer holidays preparing their classroom for a swathe of new pupils, ready to thunder in and find their place at the start of September. Avert the AM chaos by ensuring pupils have everything they need to settle in. Our A4 sheets of labels are ideal for naming coat hooks, trays or even seats, while our laminating pouches enable you to display important information such as evacuation instructions and seating plans on the walls with ease.

    Banish the Boredom

    Learning should never be boring and to avoid this it’s important to keep lessons engaging and rewarding. Creating a classroom that inspires and encourages students to flourish is the dream of every enthusiastic teacher and ODL can help you strive for the best. With a huge variety of coloured card for certificate printing or tissue paper for those artistic lessons, you can boost their learning and encourage good behaviour.

    ODL is on hand with all your stationary and packaging requirements for the new term just visit our site to browse our full selection of quality products or call our sales team directly on 01785 76 00 55 to order yours.

  • 3 Reasons to let Labels Lead the Way

    In the current digital age where technology is advancing every day, it’s easy to dismiss more traditional mailing methods. Take the trusty label, invented in the mid-1930s they’ve been tried, tested and used by industries across the world ever since. Despite advancing shipping solutions, there are good reasons why they’ve ‘stuck around’ for the long haul. Read on to discover how the simple white label can really pack a punch for your business.

    Brand Boosting

    Personalising your labels is a great way to reinforce your brand and although it sounds trivial, when your customer receives their package, the label is the first thing they see, so why not use the label to shape a strong first impression?  Creating an attractive label is easy, when you buy adhesive stickers from us, as they come backed on an A4 sheet, so can easily slide into an office printer. Whether you choose to bolster your brand by emblazoning them with a logo or write a personalised message of thanks, these little touches really make a difference when it comes to clients making repeat purchases. If that all sounds like too much hassle, don’t forget that ODL has a bespoke printing service; just purchase your desired labels,  send your design and we’ll do the work for you.

    No Transit Troubles

    ODL’s labels are self-adhesive, so the stress of shipping orders on time is minimised. There’s no fumbling around for tape and untidy scrawling on scrap paper. Simply write or print your address, peel off and stick onto your outbound mail. By having a clean crisp and concise address label you can rest easy knowing that your goods will be couriered with minimal disruption, to a happy customer at the end of the line.

    More than Just Mailing

    Besides boosting your brand and being a good accompaniment to postage, the use of labels is versatile. Maybe you’d just like to categorise your stationary draw, create some pigeonholes or keep your snacks from being stolen from the office fridge! Whatever it is you want to put a name on, our white labels will make it stand out and bring some order back into your workplace.

    To order your stocks of white A4 adhesive labels, or browse our other packaging supplies just visit our website or call us on 01785 760055.

  • Delightful Discounts From ODL

    Here at ODL, we’ve got one simple ethos; to provide the best packaging supplies at cost-effective prices. We care about our customers and work hard to ensure that they’re getting the most from their packaging budgets, which is why our prices are always competitive. But what if we told you that you could get even better discounts by registering with us? It doesn’t matter if you buy a monthly mound of mail bags or an envelope every so often, you can sign up whatever your budget; check out the full article below to start saving.

    Bulk Buying

    Customers that register with us are entitled to some huge discounts, starting with 10% off every order over £100! But if you’re not a big spender don’t panic, registering can still slash your spending as we also offer 5% off orders over £50 and 7.5% of every order between £50-£100.  Signing up is simple and you can even do it while placing your order. We know you don’t want to spend an age dotting ‘I’’s and crossing ‘T’’s so we keep our form short and simple at just one page in length. I bet we know what you’re thinking: “here comes a swathe of unwanted emails about bubble wrap and ring binders.” Nope! ODL won’t bombard you with marketing, so there really are no downsides.

    Simplified Savings

    All you need to do is choose a username, enter your email address and we’ll send you a confirmation email, temporary password and your discount code. Just follow the instructions on the email and place your order as you usually would, then when you’ve selected the perfect packaging continue to the checkout. Enter your code alongside your payment details, click ‘apply to order’ and hey presto! Your total to pay has plummeted. What’s even better is your unique code can be used over and over again, so no need for new coupons or registrations.

    The discounts we provide only apply to the item price, please note that all of our products are inclusive of a 20% VAT charge which cannot be reduced. If you forget to use your code we cannot apply discounts after the order is completed, so keep your code handy as not to forget.

    If you want fantastic discounts on your next ODL purchase register now and browse our extensive range for all your packaging solutions and office supplies.

  • Passion and Packaging: How to make a good impression on Valentine’s Day

    Whether you’re a chocolatier, card manufacturer or just a hopeless romantic, Valentine’s Day is big business. It’s second to Christmas for consumer purchases and last year over 980 million pounds was spent on the romantic day. Why spend hours forming the perfect product line or routing out a personal present, just to deliver it in a dull paper bag? You need to dress it to impress!

    Packaging that performs      

    It seems simple but it is important to consider the size, material, and protection of your packaging to ensure your goods arrive in pristine condition. After all, you’re trying to set the benchmark high and woo the recipient with the goods, so at the very least your packaging needs to perform. If you’re sending anything fragile, add a layer of bubble wrap, waterproof your electronics and make certain boxes are snug, so your products retain their quality in transit.

    Luxury look

    It might usually be an afterthought, but the exterior packaging is the first thing your customer or date will see, so it is vital that it appeals to them, to guarantee repeat purchases (or dates!). Everybody knows Valentine’s Day is all about the extra effort so gift wrapping these products is a sure fire way to impress. Whether you’ve opted for tissue paper, boxes, mailbags, or a combination of all three, your packaging should be stylish. Try opting for romantic reds or muted maroons to convey vivid Valentine’s vibes.

    Get personal

    For really praiseworthy packaging, personalisation adds the final finesse. Adding a loving limerick or mushy memo onto your parcels, is a nice touch that reminds the customer of their value and your commitment to them. Portraying your dedication to diary dates can reinforce your customer focus and solidify your business reputation.

    With our diverse selection of mailbags, boxes, and envelopes we can help you put passion in your packaging this Valentine’s Day. To discuss our bespoke services or place an order call our team on 01785 76 00 55 or email

  • Sizing Up Your Mail

    Although the season to be jolly is well and truly over some things are always certain at the turn of every New Year; tax returns are due, that new gym membership form won’t send itself and you’re definitely going to return those clogs your wacky Aunt Barb bought you for Xmas. This means you’re going to need to send packages and the last thing you need is to have them held at the Post Office because you’ve got your mailbag size wrong. We know in January you are still playing catch up from the festive break, so we’ve created a handy formula to tell help you size up which mail bag you need!

    When measuring your goods please remember to use an accurate tool such as a tape measure to measure the length, width and diameter of your goods, either boxed or as though it is in an imaginary box. Please note the formula works out the minimum measurements required for length and width.

    So take those clogs from Aunt Barb, of course they’re comically big so you’re going to need an even bigger box and an even bigger mail bag.  Let’s say these are your measurements:

    (L)      12”      305mm

    (W)      9”      230mm

    (D)      5”       125mm

    The minimum width= W+D+1” so in the clogs case this would be 9”+5”+1”= 15”. Therefore the minimum width of your mail bag should be 15”.

    The minimum length =L+D+1” so in this case it would be: 12”+5”+1”=18”. Therefore the minimum length of your mail bag should be 18”.

    So to get those clogs sent to Timbuktu we would advise a 16” x21” mailing bag. This can be found here.

    The formula is also accurate in metric measurements if you take into account 25.4mm=1” so using the clogs as an example minimum width= 230+125+15.4=380.4mm. Therefore minimum width of your mailing bag should be 380.4mm

    To find the length 305+125+25.4=455.4mm. Therefore minimum length of your mailing bag should be 455.4mm.

    This again would equate to the same bag but in metric is 400mm x 525mm (which is the equivalent to a 16” x 21” mailing bag)

    Remember when sending any packages you should use the Royal Mail sizing guide to work out which category your package falls into, so that its journey is as hassle free as possible. We have created a table of these categories for you to reference when ordering mail bags from ODL packaging.


    Type of package Max Weight Max length Max width Max diameter Our recommended products
    Letter 100g 24cm/9.5” 16.5cm/6.5” 5mm/ 0.5” Commercial envelopes
    Large Letter 750g 35.3cm/13.5” 25cm/10” 2.5cm/1” Large Letter Wraps
    Small Package 2kg 45cm/ 18” 35cm/13.5” 16cm/6.5” Small cardboard boxes
    Large package 20kg 61cm/24” 46cm/18.5” 46cm/18.5” Large cardboard boxes
  • Sales Season is Here | Mailing Bags

    Stay a step ahead of the retail game with our essential mailing bags. From Boxing Day bargains to January sales, the post-Christmas clearances are looming. The good news is your shop or online store can pre-empt purchases with our supply of grey and coloured polythene mailing bags. Curious? Read on to learn more.

    Cope With Demand

    We don’t need to tell you twice that the months of December and January see spectacular surges in spending. Whilst this is great for business, it undoubtedly requires some dedicated forward-thinking. Thanks to our wide array of reliable mailing bags available in a range of quantities, you can ensure your business is fully stocked up with this time-efficient, easy-to-use packaging, averting any crises as the orders flood in.

    Defy the Drizzle

    Talking of floods, these winter months are hardly renowned for sunshine and drizzle-free days. With this in mind, our quality mailing bags provide an essential layer of waterproof protection throughout your products’ delivery.  From averting the threat of water damage to avoiding odours and product discolouration, our durable mailing bags are specifically designed to prevent rips and tears.

    Plan ahead and select your preferred quantity of mailing bags today. Alternatively, feel free to call our friendly sales team to discuss your options on 01785 76 00 55.

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