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join the team – reprographics print assistant

job title: reprographics print assistant
number of roles available: 1
location: unit 4, 22 & 23, 1 emma street, E2 9FP | no remote available, onsite only
hours:  monday – friday, 10-2 (for the first month, with some flexibility for the right candidate)
salary: £10.85 – 12.85 per hour | paid weekly, you will be expected to generate an invoice and deal with remitting your own taxes.
contract type: temp to permanent | one week paid trial at 10.85 per hour | one month probation | 5 month contract with a permanent 20 + hours for the right candidate
start date: no later than monday 30th august 2021

job role

  • minimum 6 months experience in a similar role – references required
  • adding customisation to artwork using indesign
  • editing mockups in photoshop, cropping and saving images for web
  • some image editing (cut outs with clipping paths, adjusting levels and curves)
  • creating press ready pdfs, knowledge of different paper types
  • printing inhouse with an ability to multitask and manage multiple print runs simultaneously
  • preparing orders for dispatch (training will be given)
  • some customer admin work, contacting customers for missing order details
  • quality checking artwork before print, making minor corrections to artwork
  • basic numeracy skills and excellent attention to detail

additional duties: you will be expected to help warehouse and studio staff with production and order fulfilment, especially at busy times, as well as making up products and general office admin.

about you: this is not a creative role for a budding designer, this is a role for a reprographics artworker, with a can do attitude and experience printing in house, proofing and preparing finished artwork. this is a role for someone willing to get stuck in and be a good team player. we are a small and rapidly expanding team and looking for people to grow with us.

future prospects: xoandquin is a rapidly expanding e-commerce brand, additional hours and permanent roles will become available in the future and on-site training will be given and additional roles created.

how to apply

  1. email [email protected]
  2. subject line ‘reprographics print assistant’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. provide a definition for leading and kerning (line 1) | indicate your start date | tell us a bit about yourself  | don’t forget to attach your cv!

any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

image credit: martin faure via unsplash

 

 

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join the team – warehouse production assistant

job title: warehouse production assistant
number of roles available: 4  of 4
location: unit 20, 22 & 23, 1 emma street, E2 9FP | no remote available, onsite only
hours: tuesday & thursday: 10am-2pm  | will increase to 4 days per week, 10am-3pm / 10.30am- 3.30pm after initial training is complete (usually 1-2 months)
salary: £8.91 – £10.85 per hour | paid weekly, you will be expected to generate an invoice and deal with remitting your own taxes.

job role

  • quality checking printed pages
  • folding & creasing items
  • pressing envelopes
  • packaging items into bags and sealing
  • taping items with the use of a tape gun
  • glueing items
  • weighing and counting items with a weighing scale
  • applying barcodes and separating
  • pack and label cartons or boxes of finished products

additional duties: general tidying, emptying bins, moving boxes between units, must be able to lift boxes. the job may involve full shifts standing, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for the duration of a shift.

about you: this is a role for someone with a can do attitude, you will be offered additional shifts as and when they become available. we also understand that due to the limited hours on offer, that you may have additional commitments, however, we are a small team and looking for people to grow with us. you will have basic numeracy skills and good attention to detail.

future prospects: xoandquin is a rapidly expanding e-commerce brand, additional hours and permanent roles will become available in the future and on-site training will be given and additional roles created.

how to apply

  1. Email [email protected]
  2. subject line ‘warehouse production assistant’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv and/or a general cover letter. 

any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

 

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join the team – mid weight html php css wordpress web developer

job title: mid weight html php css wordpress web developer
location: remote
hours: ad hoc, approx 4 hours per month
salary: 35 – 50gbp per hour (will agree a USD or EURO rate for remote workers)

job role

as the mid weight html php css wordpress web developer you will be expected to

  • work on this website, have a good knowledge of child themes and creating custom template pages and editing functions files
  • proven experience modifying the wordpress loop and writing custom queries for template files
  • detailed knowledge of custom taxonomies and custom fields
  • css, html and php
  • wordpress builds without using paid themes, this job is code based and bespoke

tidy code with notes and  attention to detail is a non negotiable. flexible working hours, but must adhere to agreed deadlines. 

proof of bespoke builds, will not consider anyone who builds with theme files only, including custom queries

how to apply

  1. Email s[email protected]
  2. subject line ‘mid weight html css WordPress web developer’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv, ensuring you include your country of work
  4. examples of previous code required – either links to websites where notes are clearly visible, screen grabs or html, css or php files also accepted via file transfer
  5. successful applicants will be added to the pool of staff and paid on delivery of jobs.

would suit an experienced wordpress dev, looking for a stress free paid side hustle on an adhoc basis and relax with some nice clean simple coding all whilst getting paid! any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered | XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

 

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join the team – junior photoshop image editor

job title: junior photoshop image editor
location: remote
hours:
ad hoc, approx 4 hours per month
salary: 10.85gbp per hour (will agree a USD or EURO rate for remote workers)

job role

as the junior photoshop image editor you will be expected to

  • drop PDFs into photoshop mockups
  • saving files for web

 

attention to detail is a non negotiable. flexible working hours, but must adhere to agreed deadlines.

additional skills

additional skills are none essential, but preferable.

  • background removal, clipping mask basic photoshop editing
  • adjust curves, levels and lighting, adding drop shadows, colour correction editing stock photos
  • removing elements, changing colours etc
  • good eye for cropping the same image for multiple formats

would suit a collage leaver/current student, junior designer or repro assistant with a few months experience looking to boost their income and CV.

  • example psds required
  • successful applicants will be expected to complete a paid trial invoice by BACS only on completion of trial | paid adhoc, on delivery

how to apply

  1. email the address attached to this post
  2. subject line ‘junior photoshop image editor’ (all lowercase to prove you can follow an instruction, this is a house style)
  3. attach your cv, ensuring you include your country of work, and an example psd of relevant work via a file sharing link Any applications not following the above instructions will not be considered.

XOandQuin will only contact successful applicants

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food grade vs food safe – what’s the difference?

why do you need to know the difference?

There is lots of different legislation around the world about what materials, containers and substances are suitable for food storage. All of these rules make sure that by the time food gets to us, it’s in the condition it was meant to be in and it’s completely safe to eat. Seems fair, right?

In most countries the rules are pretty much the same – so you don’t need to worry about whether France will have a problem with food bags that are perfectly fine in Australia. When you sell packaged food, you need to know if your packaging is right for what’s inside it.

While you do your research on the best solution for you, you’re bound to come across two phrases: food grade and food safe. While they both sound like they mean the same thing, there’s a subtle difference between the two.

Take notes because there might be a quiz at the end!

 

what is food grade?

Food grade includes any packaging that is suitable to come into direct contact with food. Food grade materials make sure that whatever is found inside is protected from unwanted substances, unwelcoming to bacteria and free of toxins.

At XOandQuin all of our biodegradable bags and glassine envelopes are made from a food grade material. Usually packaging classified as food grade would be used for anything that is intended to be sold loose (i.e. not in factory sealed packs). An example of a food grade product are the bread bags you see hanging in the bakeries, for your baked goods like cakes and biscuits.

Food grade packaging simply means that it is absolutely fine to use as food storage.

 

what is food safe?

Food safe packaging is made from food grade material and created for a finished sealed product. When something is food safe it is certified as safe for its intended use. It takes into consideration things like the temperature and length of time the food is stored in its packaging.

Anything removed from food safe packaging cannot be returned once the seal has been broken for hygiene and safety reasons. It’s also vital that the item is stored in suitable conditions, especially if the packaging is also biodegradable.

At XOandQuin we sell one food safe product – Nativia® bags, which are available in factory sealed bags of 250.

can you repeat that?

Food grade: can be used as food storage.

Food safe: food grade and made specifically for the contents found inside.

For most small businesses selling food online or on stalls, food grade packaging will suit your needs. In the instances where you know that food safe packaging is needed to preserve quality, we find that Nativia® bags are the best solution.

 

can X go in XOandQuin food safe bags?

We would love to make a list of the many foods that you can store in our biodegradable bags, glassine envelopes and Nativia® bags, but the list would literally go on forever.

Our food grade packaging material is suitable for most foods that need to be stored in cool, dry conditions. All of our biodegradable bags and envelopes are self sealing, making them easy to store food in them securely – away from unwanted particles and bacteria. If that sounds like what you need, the only other thing you need to do is find the right size for your goods.

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biodegradable vs compostable vs recyclable

are they all basically the same?

Not all biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products are created equal. While all of these green descriptions may all sound like environmentally friendly options, each of them should be disposed of in different ways.

We understand why there’s so confusion out there. The labelling makes it difficult for consumers to understand and navigate the many differences between each, and how or even why we should treat them differently. For example, despite products carrying the EN13432 standard and OKBioBased certificate from Vincotte, not all will degrade in landfill, or a home composting system.

The more everyone knows about what happens to our waste and how best to get rid of it, the more it benefits all of us. It’s especially true for small business owners selling products directly consumers.

 

what is biodegradable?

Biodegradable materials – including packaging – is anything that breaks down over time. Bacteria, fungi and other biological processes contribute to this natural activity. Some materials disintegrate in weeks, others in months and some (like plastic) will actually break time over the course of decades!

“Biodegradable” is very broad for this reason. Most things are technically biodegradable, but many will take so long to actually break down. A lot of biodegradable materials are destined for landfill facilities, where they are left to erode and decompose. While there are uses for this decaying matter, materials that decompose quicker make sure we don’t have landfills literally stacked with everlasting piles of bric-a-brac.

 

what is compostable?

Composting is when you recycle organic waste and it converts into fertiliser. It’s natural process and something many people do to use as an addition to soil. While your home compost heap might be an effective at breaking down the kinds of things you add to it – like old skins and potato peelings – it doesn’t mean it can handle packaging deemed “compostable”.

In the packaging world, “compostable” materials can be turned into compost, but it may need industrial help to get to that point. In fact, some “compostable” materials will take even longer than other forms of waste to degrade in landfill conditions. This kind of packaging needs to go to a specialist industrial composting facilities that aerate the waste and help it break down into useful fertiliser quicker.

 

what is recyclable?

Recyclable goods are much more familiar to most people. These include a range of different materials that can be converted to be reused in different products. Recycling reduces waste, as the items avoid landfill altogether, can re-enter the manufacturing stream and can reduce the energy required to create its non-recycled counterparts.

Depending in where you live – and even what part of the country you are in – will determine what you can easily dispose of. In most cases but all paper, card, glass and some plastic can go into your recycled waste collection containers. It’s a very convenient way to be more eco-friendly in your everyday life. For businesses that sell to the public, using recyclable packaging makes it that little bit easier for people to make eco-friendly choices with their waste.

 

how XOandQuin classify biodegradable, compostable and recyclable products

Most of the eco friendly business supplies at XOandQuin – specifically our biodegradable displays bags, glassine envelopes and stickers – are both biodegradable and compostable. This means they will degrade in landfill conditions, and can be composted in home composting systems. In most cases local authorities will take them in your food or garden waste.

Glassine and stickers, in addition to being biodegradable and compostable, are recyclable because they are made from paper with no additional coatings (such as plastic laminates). This means you can add them to your green recycling bags, boxes and bins to dispose of them. The stickers do not need to be removed to recycle the packaging. XOandQuin only use uncoated paper which will degrade without any plastic residue.

Note that our Nativia® can only be composted in an industrial recycling plant, which is not widely accessible to those outside of specialist industries, whilst these are not an ideal solution, XOandQuin do offer Nativia® products for those requiring a food safe product until a stable alternative can be sourced.

Resources, News & Further Reading:
SciTechDaily, by University of California – Berkley publish date, April 22nd 2021

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