Duo UK

Smiles all round: Duo UK announce new contract win with PhotoBox

Manchester-based polythene packaging manufacturer Duo Plastics UK has won the contract with PhotoBox, the European market leader for online photo printing.

The contract will see Duo become the sole supplier of PhotoBox’s bespoke branded mailing bags.

Family-owned Duo, which turns over £20m, was chosen as the packaging partner for PhotoBox following a client recommendation. The contract win will see Duo provide all of the printing brand’s European outbound mail order packaging of their custom-made products including photo books, canvas prints, mugs, cards and clothing.

Lawrence Merritt, Managing Director of PhotoBox, which has over 22 million members, commented, “We chose Duo as they were highly recommended as a consistently reliable and competitively priced packaging manufacturer. As importantly, we needed a company that could provide, like ourselves, award winning print quality.

Duo was able to meet all our needs, advise on materials and accommodate our new vibrant packaging requirements to engage our customers off-line in keeping with our brand identity.

“We made a business decision early this year to move to branded polythene mailing bags to distribute our products, as it offers lightweight, weather-proof protection and ensures our products arrive perfectly with our customers whilst keeping postage costs to a minimum. Due to the nature of the products it is imperative that no water gets into the package, so polythene offers the best properties – we are delivering people’s memories, so for us to remain market leaders, our products need to arrive in picture-perfect condition.”

David Brimelow, Managing Director of family-owned Duo said: “Our contract win with PhotoBox comes from a recommendation, which is testament to our company in maintaining strong relationships with our clients and delivering consistently high quality products. Packaging is such a vital part of a mail order company and is a key part of the marketing mix, especially with the fashion brands that we work with.

“Our extensive experience enabled us to accommodate PhotoBox’s specialist print requirements, which like all our products are wholly manufacturer within the UK. We very much look forward to a long working relationship with such a passionate brand, catering for all their packaging needs.”
Duo will fulfil the requirements for PhotoBox’s newly designed branded polythene packaging which features a vibrant green mono-layer polythene mailing bag with a silver design printed on both sides. The wallpaper design consists of mini icons of the personalised items available through PhotoBox including bags, mugs and canvases.

Duo which will celebrates its 25th year in business this year, manufactures bespoke packaging products for leading e-retail, retail, mail order and industrial brands with all aspects of the manufacturing process carried out in house. Additional high profile clients include ASOS, Tesco and JD Williams.

For further information on Duo products and services visit www.duo-uk.co.uk or phone 0161 203 5767.