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  • What is World Post Day? #WorldPostDay

    World Post Day

    9th October celebrates World Post Day but what is it actually all about? In essence it’s a day to remind, celebrate and educate of how countries across the world came to an agreement about postal services and how mail is processed.

    World Post Day marks the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union which was established in 1874. The Universal Postal Union is agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies with member nations and the Worldwide postal system.

    If you think about it, it’s quite fantastic that you can simply pop an envelope with an address and stamp into a postbox here in the UK and it can reach a recipient almost anywhere across the world, travelling through our Royal Mail postal service, across the ocean and into the postal network of another country, to eventually be delivered to the doorstep of your long distance friend!

    So here’s a shout out to all the postal workers across the world from All Colour Envelopes! #WorldPostDay

  • Colour Trend Alert: Vibrant Rebellion

    Autumn may be upon us with darker evenings and grey skies, but the world of colour, fashion and art is rebelling against the season with the VIBRANT REBELLION trend providing a burst of uplifting vibrant multi-coloured palettes.

    Pantone present the VIBRANT REBELLION trend as a reflection of the times “sharing a belief that the future is theirs to design, young people are feeling empowered to create change. Demonstrating resilient hope and creativity, they are blending informed storytelling with playful, inclusive campaigns to get their message across.”

    Pantone Vibrant Rebellion Palette

    The PANTONE palette to support the trend includes Rosin, Poppy Red, Hot Pink, Marine Green, Maize, Amparo Blue and Lavender Aura.

    “Kitsch becomes cool as folk crafts experience a colorful, youthful update with an “embellished everything” approach.”

    A fabulous festival of colours, graphics and patterns, the Vibrant Rebellion trend is a burst of positivity.

    All Colour Envelopes Vibrant Rebellion Trend Palette

    Why not join the celebration of colour that 'Vibrant Rebellion' brings. Our coloured peel & seal envelopes are available in a spectrum of colours that complement the trend.  Click here to browse.

  • How to avoid the Royal Mail parcel rate increase

    Parcel Packing

    Royal Mail have announced an increase in their postal rates for business parcels from next month. As of 7th October 2019 a flat rate increase of 5p across all parcel weight bands for the services Royal Mail 24 and Royal Mail 48 will come into effect.

    This price increase will apply to non-barcoded products, so if you currently use Royal Mail or approved Third Party Shipping to produce your barcoded labels, the increase won’t affect you.

    Which postage rates are increasing?

    Royal Mail 24® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

    Royal Mail 48® Parcel format (SU1 and SU2) – 5p increase per parcel across all parcel weight bands

    Which items qualify as Royal Mail Parcel format?

    Any items of mail over the size/weight restriction for Large Letter will be classed as a parcel. The Large Letter restrictions are up to 353mm x 250mm with a maximum thickness of 25mm and max weight of 750g. Any package over these dimensions will be charged at a parcel rate.

    Save money with Royal Mail Large Letter envelopes

    You might be interested to know we have envelopes that sit just under the allowance for large letter, thus avoiding the higher parcel rate prices (subject to the depth and weight of the envelope contents, of course)!

    The below envelopes have external dimensions just slightly below the Large Letter maximum restrictions:

    C4 Metallic Padded Bubble Bags

    C4 Matt Padded Bubble Bags

    C4 Paper Finish Padded Mailers

    C4 Metallic Foil Bags

    C4 Matt Foil Bags

    If you would like us to measure the outer dimensions of any other envelopes please do give us a call on 01273 486026 and we will be happy to help.

     

    *Please note any sizing stated on a product listing will relate to the internal dimensions of the envelope. You should measure the outer dimensions for Royal Mail postage.

    ** It is your responsibility to double check the size and weight of any package meets the current Royal Mail requirements. We cannot be held responsible for any postage issues or charges. For the most up to date information please check the Royal Mail website.

  • Top 5 Bizarre Things You Can Mail

    Bizarre things in the mail

    What’s the strangest thing you’ve received in the mail? If you’re anything like the average household, your weekly mail received probably consists of a few envelopes with letters or bills, perhaps a birthday card and some online shopping. Pretty standard. Nothing too bizarre.

    Historically the rules and regulations as to what you could send by mail were quite loose and in fact the Post Office Guide in 1900 stated you could even mail living creatures, providing they were “larger than a bee but smaller than an elephant”, so it was totally legal and not out of the ordinary to receive a live (or dead) chicken or pheasant with simply an address label round it’s neck!  You could even post YOURSELF! An eccentric accountant from South-East London, W Reginald Bray, sent himself through the mail so many times he earned himself a nickname of “The Human Letter”.

    Thankfully (and luckily for the postie) times have changed and you no longer need worry about receiving a box of live scorpions or such. But there are still some pretty crazy things you can send in the mail. Here’s our top 5:

    • AN ANNONYMOUS POTATO

    Send a potato in the post

    Not just a potato – a potato with a message. And goggly eyes, if you wish! The guys at Spudpost will personalise a potato with your message and send anonymously to your recipient. Who wouldn’t want to receive a potato from a secret admirer, eh?!

    https://spudpost.com

     

    • A GLITTER BOMB

    Send a glitter bomb in the post

    Now we think this one works pretty well if you fancy a little light-hearted revenge. GlitterBoom will send a letter packed full of glitter to whoever you choose, so when they open it they’ll be absolutely showered in glitter! Nothing quite as annoying as trying to wash away and clear up a glitter leak *insert evil laugh here*

    https://glitterboom.uk

     

    • A COCONUT

    Send a coconut in the post

    We love this one!  A rural Post Office in a little town called Ho`olehua on the Hawaiian island of Molokai will post out real Hawaiian coconuts. You can even get the coconuts designed, painted beautifully and complete with your message, then posted anywhere in the world. We want one!

    http://www.postanut.com/

     

    • A FLIP FLOP

    Send a flip-flop in the post

    Your message, quite simply, on a flip-flop. An American company called Flip-Flop Mail will do this for you, but sadly only ship within the US, but why not try for yourself? Grab a flip-flop, jot a message and an address on, stick on your postage stamp and pop it in the post box! You could even take it a step further and send flip-flops as party or wedding invitations!

     

    • A FART

    Send a fart in the post

    Yes, a fart! Fart smell. Fart sound. Mailed anywhere! We’ll leave it there, but feel free to check out www.fartbymail.com if you’re curious!

    Fun, yes… but we’re still pretty keen on envelopes!

  • Rose Gold Envelopes - Your New Obsession!

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    Rose gold – it's the colour of the moment and it’s no wonder - the soft pink copper metallic shade adds a sophisticated accent to pretty much anything!  Complementing both traditional and modern styling with a touch of chic glamour, it’s fair to say that rose gold is the colour of our time.

    The rise & rise of the rose gold trend

    The interest in rose gold began with jewellery (naturally), however it was when Pantone introduced ‘Rose Quartz’ as their Colour of the Year in 2016 that the trend really seemed to rise. With even the BBC citing it as 'the fashion trend that just won't go away' which you can read by following this link BBC Rose gold: The fashion trend that just won't go away  And it doesn't stop there with Pantone choosing Rose Quartz as a “symbolic colour selection; a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture” and it must have hit a nerve as a major trend sparked for all things blush tone - like rose gold - and the obsession began.

    Rose Gold Trend

    With the rose gold trend in full flow (and still growing) it now spans all walks of life – from interior design to technology (hands up who has a rose gold iPhone), fashion accessories to stationery. And to all those who were thinking this pink blush shade is “girly” you might be interested to know that the rose gold iPhone is so popular with men that it is even being nicknamed “bro’s gold”!

    Introducing Rose Gold Envelopes

    In a world that is adorned with the elegance of rose gold, surely your envelopes should be too? We thought so, which is why we are excited to introduce our Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes. We have created our Rose Gold Blush Envelopes in 2 different styles – glossy, lumious "metallic" finish and sophisticated, classic "matt" finish. Both are available in sizes C5+ and 100 x 185mm.

    Rose Gold Blush Bubble Bag

    The Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes are exclusive to All Colour Envelopes. This range is part of our On-Trend Envelope Collection - contemporary classic shades that allow you to present your mail with ultimate style!

    Creating an impression with envelopes

    Whether for business or personal use, when you send a piece of mail you are creating an impression to the recipient, which can evoke emotions. Consider the difference in how you feel on, say, a shopping trip when you make a purchase and get handed your new item in a bag to take home. Walking out of a store with a beautiful high-end designer bag on your arm will almost certainly make you feel on a high, while a standard plain plastic carrier bag may evoke a more nonchalant feeling. Both bags serve the same purpose, but rouse different emotions.

    This is the same with mail and important to consider in business. When your customer receives a package that looks extra special, they feel extra special. They remember you and they are more likely to purchase again to get that same special feeling.

    If the world is obsessed with rose gold, then imagine the emotions you could spark in your customers if they receive a package from you in the post that is also rose gold! Our Rose Gold Blush Bubble Bags are the must-have envelope for all who want to give an impression of luxury, glamour and style.

    Rose Gold Bubble Mailer

    Who is the Rose Gold Bubble Envelope range suitable for?

    The rose gold (or "bro's gold") trend spans all walks of life currently, so in theory – anyone. However we have had a high level of interest in our Rose Gold Padded Envelopes from customers in the following industry sectors:

    • Beauty & healthcare
    • Creative arts & design
    • Marketing, advertising & PR
    • Retail
    • Hospitality & events

    Rose Gold Padded Envelope sizes

    We currently stock 2 different sizes of Rose Gold Padded Envelopes as below:

    C5 Rose Gold Bubble Bags, which measure 180mm x 250mm internal dimensions. This size is designed to fit A5 papers/documents but is also ideal for

    • Cosmetics & beauty products
    • Small clothing garments
    • Small fashion accessories
    • Mobile phones
    • DVD’s & video games
    • Teeth whitening kits
    • Vaping kits
    • Notebooks & stationery
    • Marketing & promotional items

    For full details of our C5 Matt Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes CLICK HERE
    For full details of our C5 Metallic Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes CLICK HERE

    Our smaller 100 x 185mm Rose Gold Bubble Bags are the ideal size for

    • Mobile phone cases & screen protectors
    • Small beauty products
    • Small stationery
    • Jewellery
    • Cosmetics
    • Marketing & promotional items

    For full details of our 100 x 185 Matt Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes CLICK HERE
    For full details of our 100 x 185 Metallic Rose Gold Blush Bubble Envelopes CLICK HERE

    We always recommend trying a sample of our envelopes before you purchase a full box. This way you can ensure the perfect fit for the contents. We offer a free sample service for all our envelopes. Simply click the “request a free sample” button on the product page of your chosen envelope to order.

    CLICK HERE to view the full Rose Gold Bubble Bag range.

  • We're having a clean up....

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    Ahead of the forthcoming GDPR regulations we're having a clean up of our email database. If you're already on our mailing list, come and re-subscribe... if you're not on our mailing list then come join the fun - there's some pretty sweet perks!

    Win a £50 Amazon Voucher Every Month*

    Everyone on the new All Colour Envelopes mailing list will be automatically entered into a monthly prize draw to win a £50 Amazon UK voucher. EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. The longer you’re on the list, the more chances you have to win!

    10% Off Your Next Order*

    As soon as you subscribe you’ll get a discount code giving you 10% off your next order, to use online at www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk

    * Please note discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount

    Exclusive Offers & More

    Get exclusive subscriber only discount offers directly to your inbox PLUS find out first about new, funky and fabulous All Colour Envelopes product lines. Coloured envelopes, metallic mailers, foil bags, padded bubble bags & so much more.

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    £50 Amazon Voucher Prize Draw: All email addresses subscribed to the mailing list on the day of the prize draw will be eligible entries. One member of the mailing list will be picked at random per month to win a £50 Amazon UK voucher. We will notify the winner by email. The prize draw will run once a month for a minimum period of 6 months, after which period we reserve the right to end the competition.

    10% off your next order: Upon subscription you will be immediately redirected to a page to display your discount code. You may use this discount code one time only for 10% off items on www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk website. Discount excludes sale items. Discount code is valid for online orders only. We reserve the right to expire the discount code at any time.

     

  • GDPR & Direct Marketing Made Simple

    In May this year the data protection regulations are set to change and we all need to be prepared. If you haven’t heard about GDPR yet, it’s time to get clued up. The enforcement date is fast approaching and will almost certainly mean some changes to your business and the way you hold and handle data.

    One of the big talking points of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the implication on the marketing landscape and in particular email marketing. The whole transcript is pretty hefty. Put a decent amount of time aside and read it in full on the ICO website here. In the meantime, here’s an overview of how GDPR will affect you in terms of direct marketing.

     

    What is GDPR?

    GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and this will replace the 1998 UK Data Protection Act. The transcript was published in back in May 2016, but the actual enforcement date is 25th May this year (2018).

    It’s is all about protecting personal data. This could be anything that identifies an individual - their email address, their IP address, cookie data, postal address stored digitally. Not just written data either – think CCTV images and all those phone calls that are ‘recorded for training purposes’.

    The EU’s new privacy data protection regulations are designed to create constancy in the way personal data is handled across the whole EU. Currently the rules in place can be interpreted differently by each country, so the introduction of GDPR means tighter, but more consistent rules.

     

    Will GDPR affect my business?

    Almost certainly yes. GDPR applies to all businesses and organisations established in the EU, or that offer goods/services to those in the EU.

    You’ll need to look at how you collect and store all forms of personal data going forward, but also address your existing databases to ensure they meets the new regulations.

     

    What if I don’t stick to the rules?

    GDPR rules are legal regulations (not guidelines) this means they are enforceable by law and there are some pretty savage fines in the pipeline for those who don’t adhere!

    Historic data breaches have resulted in costly fines. Honda was fined £13,000 by ICO for sending emails clarifying whether customers wanted to receive marketing, while supermarket Morrisons was fined £10,500 for sending 131,000 emails to people who had already opted-out.

    These fines pale in comparison to the potential bill for GDPR non-compliance. You’d be looking at a fine of up to 20 Million Euros, or 4% of your brands total global annual turnover (whichever is higher). Ouch!

     

    How will GDPR affect email marketing?

    In terms of email marketing, contacts on your list must have given permission for you to hold their information. In addition you must be able to provide sufficient proof of this consent, or you won’t be able to email them anymore.

    So, you’ll need to look at your existing database and also how you collect data going forward. The key factor is consent and email marketing lists will be strictly opt-in only.

    Consent & GDPR

    The ICO published a draft article for guidance. There are seven main changes in the article that marketers need to consider in regards to data:

    Unbundled: asking for consent should be separate from other terms and conditions so individuals are clear what they consenting to. Consent should not be a pre-condition of signing up to a service unless it is necessary for that service.

    Active opt-in: the GDPR makes it clear in the recitals that pre-ticked boxes are not a valid form of consent. Clear opt-in boxes should be used.

    Granular: where there are various different types of data processing that may occur, allow for separate consent as much as possible. The ICO want organisations to be as granular as possible which means giving consumers more control over what they're consenting to.

    Named: always tell individuals who your organisation is and name any third parties that the data will be shared with. The draft ICO guidance states that terms like 'we will only share your data with other men's clothing retailers' are not specific enough. The individual organisations the data will be shared with need to be named.

    Documented: maintain records of the consents you have. Record the following information: what the individual has consented to; what they were told at the time; and the method of consent.

    Easy to withdraw: individuals should be easily able to withdraw their consent. Organisations must put in place simple and fast methods for withdrawing consent. Tell individuals about their right to withdraw consent.

    No imbalance in the relationship: This point is less relevant for marketing but consent should be freely given and where this is a power imbalance between an organisation and an individual this will be hard to achieve. For example, the relationship between an employer and employee is an obvious power imbalance.

    You can read the full draft article here.

    Interestingly, GDPR applies to personal data, so technically if your database contains generic based email addresses, such as info@ or webmaster@ then you will still be able to contact freely. If the email address makes in individual personally identifiable, such as victoria@ or justin.credible@ then rules will apply.

     

    How will GDPR affect postal marketing?

    The implications of GDPR on postal marketing are somewhat less complicated. While you will need to act responsibly and check the Mail Preference Service (MPS) to ensure an individual has not opted-out of marketing material by post, you CAN send direct marketing by post to people on your database, unless they have specified they do not wish for you to do so.

     

    How will this affect marketing trends?

    There has already been a recent surge in postal Direct Mail marketing and it is thought that this is in anticipation of the forthcoming GDPR regulations. Business gurus are predicting a decrease in email marketing in favour of postal marketing as a result of these regulations.

    Last year pub chain Wetherspoon made an epic decision to delete their entire email database of almost 700,000 subscribers. An email was sent to customers (copy below) in which they stated “Many companies use e-mail to promote themselves, but we don’t want to take this approach” “Our database of customers’ e-mail addresses, including yours, will be securely deleted”.

    In reference to this move a spokesperson for the chain told “following our data breach in December 2015 we have been reviewing all the data we hold and looking to minimise.”

    “We felt, on balance, that we would rather not hold even email addresses for customers. The less customer information we have, which now is almost none, then the less risk associated with data.”

    Although not directly referenced, forthcoming GDPR regulations are almost certain to have had influence.

    Could it be that they felt potential fall-out of getting email marketing wrong under GDPR would outweigh the benefits? Or perhaps just easier to delete and start from scratch than to clean up existing data?

    It is thought that other major brands will follow in the footsteps of Weatherspoon, but don’t panic - email marketing will remain relevant. Be wise and clean your email marketing lists, ensure information adheres to the regulations and yes you’ll end up with a smaller list, but certainly a highly engaged (and highly converting) one – fantastic!

    It’s going to be much trickier to expand your marketing list though, so to gain new business it does make sense to look at postal marketing as an option.

     

    Any tips for Direct Mail?

    We’ve been championing direct mail for many years now. The envelope is the first thing a customer sees and we’re pretty clued up about envelopes.

    Here are a few top tips & facts that can help you get the most out of a direct mail campaign:

    • A coloured envelope far more likely to be opened than a white one
    • In split testing, we found that YELLOW ENVELOPES give the highest open rates
    • A handwritten address and actual stamp (rather than a franked one) will improve open rates even further

    For more direct mail tips? Be sure to follow us on Twitter

    Want to try coloured envelopes for your direct marketing campaign? Click here to browse, or call 01273 486026 for some advice.

     

     

  • Discounted Envelopes - Flash Offer

     

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    FLASH OFFER - A massive 20% off EVERYTHING at All Colour Envelopes until 2pm on Friday 9th February 2018. NO DISCOUNT CODE NEEDED as they discounted prices will be applied to the website!

    This is your chance to stock up on coloured envelopes, bubble bags, foil bags and mailers at a hugely discounted rate.

    20% off at All Colour Envelopes

    What's included? In short - EVERYTHING. That's all coloured envelopes, black envelopes, business envelopes, metallic bubble bags, coloured bubble bags, coloured padded mailers, white padded mailers, matt and metallic foil bags - THE LOT!

    Anything excluded? Our sale/clearance lines are excluded from the offer. They already have a whopping discount!

    Why are you still reading this? Time is running out to get your discounted envelopes.... head to the homepage to start browsing www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk


    Offer Terms & Conditions: 20% discount already applied online - no need to enter discount code (we like to make things easy). Offer applies to all items advertised online at www.allcolourenvelopes.co.uk, excluding items already discounted in the 'SALE' category. Offer ends at 2pm on Friday 9th February 2018. Discount applies to online purchases only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount offer. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.


     

  • Which envelope should I use for cheap postage?

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    Do you want to know which envelope is best to use to ensure cheap postage? You're not alone - this is a question we get asked a lot!

    You may be like many of our savvy customers who want to keep postage costs a low as possible. Something as simple as choosing a slightly smaller envelope can take you from a parcel rate to letter rate, saving significantly per item sent! Obvious, yes – but not always the first thing people consider when planning a mailing. Quite often the envelope contents are designed, printed and produced ahead of the envelope decision and this can cost a business thousands in unnecessary expense.

    Whether it's a direct mail campaign, large scale mailing or general business post, by saving a even a few pence per item sent can make a huge difference over a year.

    The cheapest way to send mail in the UK is by Royal Mail 2nd Class Letter Post. A 2nd class standard letter stamp costs 56p. To use this mail format, your envelope must be within the following limits when filled and sealed ready to post:

    Standard Letter Post

    • Envelope Maximum Dimensions = 240mm x 165mm (24cm x 16.5cm)
    • Envelope Maximum Thickness = 5mm (0.5cm)
    • Envelope Maximum Weight = 100g

    The following standard envelope sizes are all suitable for standard letter post:

    C5 size envelopes are the largest standard envelope size that can be used for Royal Mail standard letter post. If you want to get the most for your money, this is a great envelope choice.

    Indecently, if you are looking at postage costs ahead of a direct mail campaign, you might be interested to know that coloured envelopes are 9 times more likely to be opened than white envelopes! A great tip to improve open rates (especially great as if you use a C5 envelope you can save on your postage costs too – win win!).

    Don’t forget you will need to ensure that the total weight is less than 100g and the thickness of the envelope less than 5mm.

    For more information and guidance on which envelopes to choose for the various Royal Mail postage rates, please see our handy guide page Postage Rates for Envelopes.

    Information correct as of 23rd January 2018. Please use this page as a guideline. We always recommend measuring/weighing your postage and checking the Royal Mail website for the most up to date rates & cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred due to the above information.


     

  • Pantone Colour of the Year 2018

    The 2018 Pantone Colour of the Year has been revealed as ULTRA VIOLET and we think it's simply fabulous.

    A dramatic and striking shade, Pantone 18-3838 has been described as "inventive and imaginative" with Pantone stating "Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come".

    Pantone colour of the year 2018

    Following the fresh and natural Greenery 15-0343 of the 2017 Colour of the Year, the positive and vibrant vibe of Ultra Violet is a real burst of energy.

    Pantone have described their colour choice as "a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future."

    Pantone colour of the year history

    Historically, the Pantone Colour of the Year has had huge influence in design and fashion trends throughout the forthcoming year and we think Ultra Violet will continue in line and we predict a surge in all things vibrant purple for 2018.

    Read the full article from Pantone here >>

    Want to get ahead of the game? Why not try Purple Envelopes for your next mailing.

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