What is Chipboard Used for?

Last month on the blog, we explored the differences between chipboard and corrugated cardboard. We also looked at some of the most common folding carton designs, so that you could find the style that will work best for you and your products.

Now, we want to answer another common question: What is chipboard used for? Chipboard packaging is used more often than you may think, in a variety of different industries and to safeguard many different types of products. This week, let’s check out some of the uses of chipboard boxes in custom packaging.

Chipboard Packaging
Beauty Products
Let’s face it: we all know our fair share of cosmetic junkies. Chances are, none of their specially-ordered products would arrive in one piece without chipboard packaging. Because of its durability, and because it often comes with partitions to protect individual products, chipboard is often used in beauty packaging. The folding cartons are perfect for single units of concealer, perfume bottles, and eyeliners, while the partitions allow for larger shipments of beauty items to safely make it to beauty store shelves. Bonus? Keep the partitions included in any boxes to help you to organize your cosmetics!
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Chipboard vs. Corrugated Cardboard

When deciding on packaging for your business, it’s easy to get so hung up on the design of the box itself that you completely overlook the actual type of box that will best suit your products. But the type of box you select is just as important as the images you print on the outside.

There’s a lot that goes into determining what type of box is best for your needs, but first, you should try to understand the differences between chipboard vs corrugated boxes so you can decide which one will work best for your business.

Corrugated Boxes
When people think of the term “cardboard box,” more often than not, they’re actually envisioning corrugated boxes. If the box you’re picturing has fluted, fan-like folds pressed between two sturdy layers of cardboard, then surprise! That’s a corrugated box, and you’ve just learned a new industry term.

Printed Shipping Box

Most often, corrugated boxes are used to ship bulky and heavier items or fragile items that need more protection, as the folds provide extra strength for durability and safety. Corrugated cardboard is also the material that product displays are generally made out of, since they can handle stacked loads and are durable enough to withstand the normal wear and tear that comes with life in a popular store.
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The Best Environmentally-Friendly Packaging and How to Reduce Your Environmental Impact

It doesn’t matter what the size of your company or the nature of your brand is, you know that showing environmental awareness isn’t just good for the earth, it’s also great PR. Take a look at what you can do to reduce your impact on the environment and communicate your stance to your customers. It’s time to really look at how you can go green with environmentally friendly packaging.

Recyclable Boxes

Reality Check
First, a hard truth: it’s important to understand that much of the packaging out there that claims to be “made from recycled materials” or “totally recyclable” isn’t always what you think. Sometimes this packaging isn’t exclusively repurposed waste, or it may not even be able to be completely reused. Since different types of plastics must be separated, your best bet to get as close to “100% recyclable” as possible is to opt for cardboard packaging and boxes. As our custom boxes are made from cardboard, we’re proud to say that Custom Boxes Now’s boxes are indeed 100% recyclable.
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Artwork Requirements and Tips

Custom Boxes - Artwork Guidelines

  1. Use the best program for the job. We accept InDesign, Quark Xpress and Illustrator files.
  2. Always include all fonts with submitted files. It is imperative that the correct fonts be provided. Do not reverse out type smaller than 6pt. as it may fill in on press.
  3. Always provide all links and supporting images with submitted files. Any image used in creating your document should be saved seperately to the same disk.
  4. Provide quality images and graphics. Vector graphics (images created through anchor points) work best because they can be stretched, bent and resized without losing quality. Submitted photos must be at no less than 300 dpi at full size. Never force an image to 300 DPI, you must always start out with a higher resolution. Submitted bitmap line art images must be at 1200 DPI.
  5. Some papers and coating will crack. Solid, dark colored areas, which bend around corners, can crack as the fiber from the paper protrudes at the point where the paper is bending. This is called checking. If this is a concern, please discuss it with your representative, so that we may use the best materials for your job.
  6. Registration can vary throughout run. There are machine limits associated with the lamination and diecutting processes that we utilize. These can result in variances of up to 3/32” depending on the direction. This can cause borders, artwork along/near creases and edges, and centered logos/images to shift. Please keep this in mind when setting artwork. If you have any questions, please discuss it with your representative.

HIDEitMounts.com is Our Customer of the Month!

Whether you’re looking to de-clutter your home or are in desperate need of more space in your shoebox Manhattan apartment, wouldn’t it be great if you could just hang your TV and stereo components right on your walls?! Well, thanks to the space-saving geniuses at HIDEitMounts.com, Custom Boxes Now’s Customer of the Month, you can!

Custom Boxes for HIDEitMounts
Of course, wall mounts aren’t just great for design purposes. They can also help to gather and hide wires so you can prevent potential falls, keep your children safe, and make sure that your four-legged-friends are protected. We especially love that HIDEitMounts.com sends you all the necessary screws and anchors along with your wall mount, saving you the headache of a confusing trip to the hardware store.
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The Best Colors for Product Packaging

If you’re designing your custom cardboard packaging, you’ve probably already wondered if there’s such thing as “best colors for product packaging.” Should you use your brand’s colors, even if you’re unsure about their effectiveness? If so, which color should be the most prominent? Or should you go with entirely new colors that may be more influential and recognizable to consumers, but could confuse your established market? Should you always keep subscription boxes‘ colors consistent, or is it better to rotate them throughout the year to keep customers guessing?

Color Printed Shipping Boxes
Studies show that branding colors can increase recognition in consumers by up to 90%. We understand that when it comes to the psychology of colors, you may have a lot of questions. In this post, we’ll explore the psychology behind different color options, to help you to make the best first impression possible.
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Minimalist Product Packaging: Harnessing the Power of Simplicity

With more ways to reach potential clients than ever before, consumers are constantly bombarded with in-your-face, ultra-aggressive marketing tactics. “Overwhelmed” describes the experience of most consumers in the Internet age.

With the influx of excess, sometimes the best way to stand apart from the crowd is to create minimalist product packaging. Give your customers a break, and let the integrity of your products do the talking. Here, we’re giving you some of our favorite ideas for minimalist packaging.

Printed Box Clean Design
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The Beginner’s Guide to Subscription Boxes

If you’ve got a Pinterest account, more than one follower on Instagram or a savvy teen who keeps getting gorgeous monthly packages in the mail, no doubt you’ve heard of subscription boxes—and you’re probably not going to be surprised to learn just how lucrative these specialized mailing services can be.

Printed Boxes for Subscription Box Company

The subscription box business model has become the darling of entrepreneurs in the past few years, especially since they might mean that business owners won’t have to pay sky-high rents on brick-and-mortar shops. This relatively new way of doing business can result in substantially lower overhead and a potentially much larger profit margin than more traditional business models have. Maybe you’ve even considered starting a subscription box business for your home business or your existing company. It may seem like all fun and games (not to mention “likes” and “retweets”), but there are many things to keep in mind before starting your own subscription-based business. Let’s talk about some of the different aspects of subscription services, including what items work best and the importance of the actual custom boxes the products arrive in.
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Passé to Vogue: When to Redesign Your Product Packaging

Have your sales been in a slump for a while? Have you redesigned your store layout or website, beefed up your social media presence and created loyalty plans—but you’re still not seeing the kind of uptick in sales and subscriptions that you need? It might be time to consider that what’s holding you back isn’t your products, it’s your packaging. If you haven’t re-evaluated your packaging in a while, it’s time to have a serious conversation about the benefits of redesigning how you package your products.

Package Redesign

A lot of thought goes into packaging redesign…like, how do you know when to make a change? And, if your packaging is current, should you switch things up with the seasons or upcoming holidays, or to highlight special store events and sales? Let’s take a look at when it’s time for a package redesign.
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Toilet Paper and Razors: Subscription Boxes for Everyday Necessities

Do you feel like you’re always running to the store every other day to refill your stock of frequently used items? For those little everyday necessities, many companies have combined fabulous packaging with ways to save their customers time—and of course, turn them on to new products—through the creation of subscription boxes. Whether customers are looking for razors, toilet paper, underwear or makeup, the subscription box trend streamlines shopping and keeps customers renewing their services. Here, we’re taking a look at some of the coolest subscription box business ideas we’ve come across.

Harry’s Razors

Subscription Boxes - Harry's
Let’s face it: you’re not going to get the closest shave with that razor you’ve been using for a month. Harry’s razors are gaining rapid popularity for their low cost and impeccable products (you can even have your initials engraved into the handle). Their subscription box service automatically sends refills based on how often you shave, lets you pick out your preferred products (instead of taking whatever comes with the deal) and gives you the option to choose your desired color of razor. They also make perfect presents for tough-to-shop-for dads or boyfriends. Their minimalist shipping boxes arrive with a simple, blue-green H, and best of all, their shipping is free.
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