Category Archives: Shipping Box Styles

From RSC’s to Trays & Covers to Corrugated Pads, learn more about box styles and understand which styles are best for your products.

Litho Box Printing Versus Direct Printing

As you finalize your box design and are getting ready to print your custom boxes, you may have questions about which process will work best for you. First, you’ll need to decide between litho printing and direct printing. Though both processes use the latest technology to create crisp prints, the method you choose will ultimately depend on your specific needs. In this post, we’ll explain the difference between direct and litho printing methods.

Direct Printing
Direct Print Boxes - Flexo Print
If you need a more basic, less expensive, and perhaps faster printing process, then you may want to consider direct printing. The process is just as the name would imply: here, the colored ink is stamped “directly” onto your corrugated box through the use of a printing plate. Depending on the number of different colors used in your design, it may need to make a second pass through the machine. The direct printing process uses flexographic, or “flexo”, technology, and is ideal for clients that have settled on a design and would like to keep their custom printing plates for a longer period of time. It can also be more economical than litho printing, saving you money as you get your business off the ground or work to get out of the red. If the graphics on your box are more minimalist in nature, this may be the process for you.

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Understanding the Basics of Packaging Fragile Products

If you’re looking for packaging tips on how to make sure your most fragile items arrive fully intact and safely at their destination, look no further. We understand that certain products (like light bulbs, for example) require very specific package design with a focus on extra protection. We also believe that you shouldn’t have to sacrifice the look of your packaging to get it. Let’s examine some ideas on fragile product packaging, in both chipboard and corrugated cardboard packaging forms.

Roll Up the Partition, Please
If you’re looking for light bulb packaging ideas (or really any other fragile packaging solutions), chipboard partitions can be an excellent solution. Chipboard partitions are available in a variety of thicknesses, and individually cradle each item you’re shipping. They are especially useful when shipping and packaging items with non-traditional shapes, or items that are heavy, yet still fragile. They ensure products won’t slide around and collide with one another, but they also give a sleek, ultra-organized look to your packaging.

Box Partitions

Best of all? They’re extremely cost-effective, and they’re made from recyclable materials, making them a choice that’s great for both Mother Earth and your wallet!

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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.

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The Perfect Fit: Finding the Right Box For Your Product

It doesn’t matter what you’re shipping, we understand that finding the right shape, size and type of box is just as important as the custom design we can create for you. But if you’re at a loss as to which box you should use, don’t panic. Custom Boxes Now offers every option imaginable—and if you don’t see it, we can create it. Let us take the guesswork out of custom shipping box shapes.

Keep It Simple: Familiar, Basic Container Box Options
First up, there’s the regular slotted container, which is probably what comes to mind when you think of a traditional shipping box. With the right packing materials, they can be used to ship almost anything, and they generally require tape to seal. Still, we recommend that if it’s possible to use a smaller size box, go for it. Cut out unnecessary bulk. In another common box style, the Full Overlap Container (FOL),  each flap folds over the other. This is ideal for extra heavy items, especially since these won’t bend as easily.

Regular Slotted Container - RSC Box

The Regular Slotted Container (RSC) box style is the most common box style.

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Custom Die Cut Packaging From Around the World

“Out of this world” custom die cut packaging is literally changing the way people are packaging their products. Do you ever feel like drab, brown packaging is bringing down the excitement of the items you’re shipping? Maybe you’re concerned that packages can’t be both festive and functional? We’ve gathered an inspirational list of ideas for some of the most creative custom die cut boxes, to inspire you to take your packaging experience to the next level.

What’s it All About?
Die cutting is a way to bring your packages to life by creating shapes, prints, words, and more out of paper, cardboard, and other materials. Often, die cut packaging allows you to create a three-dimensional experience, makes way for a pop of color, and emphasizes the spirit of both the brand and the individual product.

Die Cut Boxes

This Little Light Of Mine
Are you a candle or lighting company? One way to really “brighten” up your packaging experience is to get a box that fits around the base of the candle or bulb so it can be cut and folded to look like a hanging lantern or make shapes on a wall. Make sure to include instructions in your shipping materials, and we recommend printing the lines to cut and fold along on the inside of the box, so customers can hide where stamps and labels used to be. Your clients may just like the idea so much, they’ll become life-long customers!
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Exploring Your Options in the Custom Mailer Marketplace

The ideal packaging for your product will protect it against damage in transit to your customers while allowing you to deliver your marketing message at every step along the way. Designing and creating custom mailers for your products will ensure that your items make it safely from factory floor to your customer’s door. Understanding your options in the custom mailer marketplace can help you decide on the right packaging solutions for your company’s products. How do you know if you should opt for an envelope versus a box? We break it down for you here.

Envelopes
Available in a wide array of configurations, envelopes are typically used for small, lightweight objects. Padded envelopes can offer a little more protection against crushing and impacts, but these packaging solutions are best reserved for durable items that can stand up to the rough handling commonly encountered in the shipping industry. Books, games and other flat items are generally suitable for shipping in a padded envelope; breakable or irregularly shaped products typically are not. Adding graphic designs to your custom mailers can provide even more visibility for your company and your brand name.

Boxes
Cardboard boxes can be constructed to your precise specifications to perfectly fit your products and to ensure their safety while they make their way to their intended destinations. Continue reading

Edge Crush Tests: Durability Ratings for Your Packaging and Display Needs

Advances in cardboard manufacturing technology now allow the creation of even more durable and versatile packaging options for your company. Corrugated cardboard is a cost-effective choice for all types of product packaging and provides added strength to allow your box to stand up to the shipping process, from manufacturer to retail outlet to home. The edge crush test is used industry-wide to determine the strength and durability of corrugated cardboard and offers a good comparison point for your company in choosing the right materials for your corporate packaging needs.

Box Strength Test - Strong Shipping Boxes
What Is the Edge Crush Test?
Simply put, the edge crush test measures the ability of corrugated cardboard to resist pressure under controlled conditions. The cardboard is generally formed into a box shape and then compressed slowly to determine when structural integrity begins to suffer. The boxes used for the test are empty and must be configured to meet exact specifications to ensure accuracy and comparability among different products. Test boxes must have the same ratio of height to circumference and must meet minimal standards for structural construction to be measured accurately using these tests.
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Affordable and Practical: A Customized Die Cut Box from the Experts at Custom Boxes Now

Finding the right shipping solutions can be challenging, especially for small businesses with a limited packaging budget. Die cut boxes can provide a cost-effective way to protect and ship items of almost any size to customers both locally and across the country or globally. Custom Boxes Now will work with you to design and fabricate boxes that fit your products and your needs perfectly, allowing you to optimize shipping costs while ensuring that your items reach their intended destinations in optimal condition for end users. Printed boxes can be surprisingly affordable and can bolster your branding efforts to increase your corporate visibility locally and at every step of the delivery process.

Die Cut Box

What Is a Die Cut Box?
One of the most cost-effective packaging solutions, die cut boxes are manufactured through a cutting process that allows small or large-scale runs to be managed quickly and easily. Just as a cookie cutter slices through dough to create the precise shape needed, the die used to produce these boxes is pressed against cardboard to create the exact box shape needed for your products. After initial setup, the fabrication process can be completed quickly and at an astonishingly affordable cost, making these shipping solutions an excellent choice for companies operating with limited funds or with relatively low profit margins.
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The Science to Picking the Right Box for the Right Item

Whether you package and/or ship your products in plain brown corrugated carton boxes, colorful shoe boxes, slotted containers, die cut custom boxes, full overlap boxes or any other variety of cardboard container, you should always be certain that you are using the right box for the job. This isn’t just a guessing game, either. There is actual science to choosing and designing the right box for a consumer product, whether it’s being shipped straight to customers’ homes or to retail shelves. Here we’ll explain how picking just the right (corrugated carton) boxes for the right items really is an exact science, using scientific technology companies as an example.

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The Ultimate Guide to Corrugated Box Designs

The possibilities of corrugated box design are practically endless in this day and age, but many retailers, vendors and business owners still don’t know what all of their options are. While in the past we have described a limited number of corrugated box possibilities, here we’ll provide a more comprehensive guide to the nuances of corrugated box design, including approximately 15 different variations. These variations make it possible for retailers, vendors and business owners to package their products in the exact right box for the shape and purpose of the item, and the nature of the transaction. So read on and see what you might be able to do with just the right box.

The Long List of Corrugated Box Types
Below you’ll find the most common varieties of corrugated boxes. While this is a long list, it’s still important remember that this is by no means a comprehensive list. There are always more possibilities when you get creative and customize your design, but it’s a more complete guide than you’re likely to find elsewhere online!

  • Regular Slotted Container – this standard box design has a slotted top and bottom
    RSC Shipping Box
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