Monthly Archives: September 2016

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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