Entry #1: “Creative Thinking” as a Differentiator

We recently dealt with a prospect that makes custom painted aluminum framing. They were incurring damage to their product when forklifts unloaded their 24’ frames from delivery trucks.

While the panels were already packaged in corrugated cardboard and wrapped with protective packaging, they’d still experience an unacceptable amount of damage.

Though we were never faced with such an issue before, my colleague and I reviewed the problem and came up with a new “Super Packaging” product: a U-Channel shaped press board that fits over the top and bottom of their existing package. Cut into 12″ lengths, the U-Channel design easily accommodated our new customer’s pre-packaged aluminum frames inside while adding an extra layer of protection specially reinforced where a forklift picks up the package.

In fact, as you read this entry our new customer is using our packaging system for the first time.

By using our system they not only cut down on product damage and increase customer satisfaction, but they’ll also significantly reduce their cost of sales (COS) by reducing re-work (cost of repairing and repainting their parts and re-shipping costs), delivering more revenue to their bottom line.

And if that wasn’t enough, they are also looking at multiple usages of our new packaging system, calculating the number of times they can safely reuse each unit to save them even more money.

Brian Swajkoski
President – BST Tape Co. LLC.
924 6th Ave Dr N.W.
Hickory, N.C. 28601


About Dan Gallo

I'm a small business lifer, starting/running businesses since I sold seeds door-to-door as a kid in The Bronx. I've played guitar and enjoyed baseball since I was 5 (born a NY Yankees fan). Just prior to marrying Kim in 1983 I became a Christian. We have two sons; Daniel's a musician & social media expert with a smart, insightful sense of humor, and Adam who recently graduated from Brooklyn College double majoring in Creative Writing/Literature and Anthropology. Adam now works in the non-profit sector. Since 2002 one thing we love to do together is go on service/missions trips to Belize. We've collectively spent 60+ weeks in Belize with this missions organization http://twaw.org. I started my 1st company in January 1985, and been self-employed ever since. I sold my last company, Mentor Communications Group, in '04. After 2 years w/ the acquiring company I started The Allasso Group, LLC doing Small Business Consulting, Fund Raising/Capital Raise-up Campaigns, Sales Strategy, Outsourced Sales Agency work, & Digital Marketing Programs (Social Media, SEM, etc.) since April 2006. Notable projects: Hired as Small Business Advocate and Social Media Director for IBM's "Supplier-Connection" - Feb '11-Dec '13. Hired as COO to help turn-around late stage start-up software company myVRM. Jul12-Dec '13 Hired as CEO of CoupleWise.com, a Digital Health2.0 app, to write business plan, raise seed capital, & completely redesign and relaunch the app. Aug '16 I won a Finalist spot for MassChallenge UK's 2016 fall cohort in London from Sept thru Nov. Started Oct15 - Current. I enjoy helping turn-around struggling small businesses, and launching new business ventures. Feel free to contact me with opportunities.
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