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.
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
Die cut kraft boxes are essential to modern packaging for major vendors and retailers, and even for small business owners who operate out of home offices. These boxes are used to package and ship products from coast to coast and across the globe. But what is a die cut box? In basic terms, it is any box that was created using a die that stamps out boxes from a section of printed or plain sheet stock. And what makes one box a “kraft” box as opposed to others? Essentially, kraft paperboard is a type of cardboard made from chemical pulp during the kraft process, which is then used to create these unique and versatile retail packages. There is much more to this medium than meets the eye, though, as the following post will explain.
When it comes to custom printed product boxes, a little thing called the “C-Series” is dominating the online box club market. The C-Series box, one of the most popular styles available, is also one of the most versatile. Using durable corrugated board and various color printing techniques depending on the specifications of the customer, it’s possible to manufacture incredibly creative and structurally sound promotional shipping boxes in the auto-locking C-Series style.
It’s particularly popular for clothing and food retailers that ship their products directly to customers, whether selling individual items or sending samples as part of a monthly subscription club. Here are some shining examples of C-Series design and color printing options that show just how this box is dominating the online subscription-box market.
This burgeoning Washington, DC company is making a name for itself in the endurance athlete community with a subscription service that sends new supplements, foods, and meal replacement products to members each month. The die-cut C-series packing box for Kona Kase utilizes white text against a pair of striking colors to achieve a multi-hued look that appears to be even more complex than it actually is.
Sage Spoonfuls is a subscription box club that offers “all the tools you need to make healthy, delicious and affordable food for your baby.” The custom die-cut C-Series shipping boxes they have been using were designed with a litho-laminated, four-color process that achieves a bright, attention-grabbing effect that is both visually appealing and revealing about the product.
This subscription box club provides a fashionable and affordable way for busy, professional women to get new clothing on a monthly basis. Members take a style quiz on the company’s website, receive clothing and jewelry based on their preferences in the mail each month, and simply send back the items they don’t want to purchase. With simply yet artfully designed C-Series boxes adorned with the company logo and other pertinent info, there’s no forgetting the Stitch Fix brand, even when the clothes have come and gone.
The Trunk Club is similar to Stitch Fix, but designed for men. Members begin by taking a style survey and connecting with a Trunk Club stylist, who seeks out the best clothing based on the style, preferences, and size of each customer. Customers have the opportunity to see the contents of each “trunk” before it ships, and (assuming they approve) the items are sent directly to their address. Like other clothing-of-the-month clubs, members only pay for what they want to keep, and have 10 days to return the rest – with free shipping – before requesting another “trunk.” The “trunks” are really just custom-printed C-Series boxes adorned with a stylish design that gives a nod to the shipping trunks of bygone eras.
With so many examples of C-Series custom printed product boxes, it’s easy to see why this shipping package is dominating the online subscription-box market. It’s a wonder why anyone would do it any other way. Start here or contact us to learn more.
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all custom printed box, and yet for some reason many companies are still ordering their shipping packages as if this were the case. The fact of the matter is that using the wrong size or type of box to ship your products can lead to cost inefficiencies and a reduced return on investment. So, are you using the “right size” printed box for your shipped products? After reading the following post and considering the facts, you may very well decide that your packaging scheme could use some serious readjusting.
It’s all about the Right Size
Shipping costs are going up as a result of policy changes at FedEx, UPS, and USPS and simple inflation. For this reason, companies that ship their products to customers should be carefully considering whether they’re using boxes that are appropriate for the size and weight of their goods. If you’re just shipping tee-shirts, for example, you may be better off opting for plastic or paper mailers. If you’re shipping delicate or heavy items, on the other hand, a sturdy corrugated box will be best.
Board Weight Matters Too
If you use boards in your packaging, you may be inadvertently increasing your shipping costs with an unnecessarily thick board. So, can you reduce your board thickness from a C-flute to a B-flute? If you can switch to a thinner board, you will reduce your shipping weight and reduce the amount of space needed to store your boxes.
Don’t Be Fooled by “Free” Boxes
Some companies have attempted to save money with used packaging that at first seems beneficial because it is eco-friendly and, more importantly, free. If it isn’t the right size, though, it’s not going to save you money or do anyone any good. Using a box that’s just a little too big will require more packing material, for example, which will increase the weight (and cost) and defeat the purpose of cutting back on waste.
No Such Thing as One-Size-Fits-All
While the flat-rate boxes at the United States Postal Service may seem like a good deal, they are actually often not so cost-efficient when you consider the facts. If all of your products weigh a lot, it might be a good way for you to go. But the breakdown of cost inevitably increases as the weight of the product being shipped decreases, so it’s not usually worth it.
Every situation is different. What may be the perfect custom printed box solution for one company or product could also be a horribly inappropriate box for another company or product. It’s most important to carefully consider the size and weight of your products, and remember that there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all or “free” shipping box that will properly suit your needs at a low cost. Once you get an idea of the perfect size and type of box for your products’ unique weight and dimensions, you’ll be better prepared to take your shipping scheme to the next level. Are you ready to choose the “right size” shipping boxes for your products?
More and more we’re seeing small and large vintners alike offering custom boxes designed for the unique shape of their products. Whether shipping straight to customers’ doors, enhancing the in-store shopping process, or beautifying the presentation of wine bottle in a tasting room, custom wine boxes serve many purposes. This is part of a larger movement towards more creative and oftentimes sustainable packaging, which is found in many retail industries today. Keep reading to learn more about how custom wine boxes are making a big splash with vintners and their customers.
Potential Purposes of Custom Wine Boxes
Vintners may supply their tasting room with boxes that hold up to 12 bottles so customers can walk away knowing their purchase is safe and organized. Supermarkets and bottle shops also often provide this type of box, as well as various other packaging materials, for customers making large wine purchases in their stores. Many wine makers also offer customers unique gift boxes so they can present a bottle of wine to a friend, loved one, or business associate in style. Custom wine boxes are designed in different shapes to accommodate the variations in bottle size and design, as wine bottles may be sold in bocksbeutel, Bordeaux, and burgundy bottles, which differ in height and diameter. The un-wrapping experience can truly create a more ceremonious atmosphere whether opening a gift, receiving a package in the mail, or digging into a delicious bottle of wine you bought yourself as a treat.
The Possibilities of a Custom Wine Box
Wine boxes are available in all sorts of custom shapes and sizes, so whatever shape your wine bottles are you can create the perfect vessel to ship and present them in. Custom box manufacturers offer various possibilities for color and tone as well, with the Pantone Matching System printing process. Custom wine boxes are also typically available in premium stock, card stock, cover card stock, and corrugated stock, so you can find the right combination of size, color, and thickness depending on your needs, goals, and budget. Vintners may also incorporate custom graphic design and gloss or matte lamination into their wine boxes.
How to Order Wine Boxes to Suit Your Needs
Whether you are a wine maker or you sell wine in a grocery store, tasting room, bottle shop, or online, you can enhance the customer experience by offering beautiful, durable, and creatively designed boxes to your customers. Just make sure you know what kind of boxes you need, what your goals are, and how many boxes you require. First, make sure to consider the shape and size you require for the bottle you sell. Then think about the colors and designs that will make your product stand out and create a positive brand experience for customers. You’ll want to be sure to consider what kind of cardboard will best suit your needs, goals, and budget, and how many boxes you’ll need to serve your purpose. You may want to also determine what other packing materials you’ll need. Then you can place your order for custom boxes knowing your customers are going to be happy.
When was the last time you looked at custom cardboard examples to get an idea of the latest custom holiday shipping boxes? Many retailers don’t take the time to see what’s out there. Online retailers are in the midst of their busiest time of the year, and things are only going to get more hectic as we continue through December and into January, but there’s still time to get creative in terms of packaging.
Some retailers prefer to cut corners and keep things simple with the basic, brown, cardboard box. Others take advantage of this festive time of year to set themselves apart from other online retailers and leave a lasting impression by presenting customers with beautiful packaging when their orders arrive. The following list includes eight examples of the most unique and creative retail holiday shipping boxes.
- Bow-Topped Two Piece Cube Boxes
There are many creative cube boxes that come with the bow already attached. Simply place the tissue-wrapped item in the box, put on the lid, and place it in a festive slip container for shipping.
- Creative Candy Packaging
Some of the most creative candy packaging includes cone-shaped, cylindrical, handled, purse-style, paper mesh, or cardboard boxes, which may be decorated with gift wrap printing, bows, glitter, and other designs.
- Faux Fur and Velvet Bags
These may not be boxes, but they are very popular during the holidays for gift-givers and online retailers alike. Mimic the look and feel of Santa’s hat with a gift bag full of surprises, easily wrapped in bubble wrap or tissue paper and sent inside a box or slip package of your choice.
- Glossy Colored Apparel Boxes
Clothing retailers can send their shipments in style, even directly to the gift recipient, with glossy boxes in festive colors such as red, green, silver, gold, and shimmering blue with a glossy sheen.
- Pillow Boxes
Clear, colored, and patterned pillow boxes are popular for gift-giving, and online retailers are even getting in on the fun with gifts sent directly to recipients in beautiful pillow-shaped boxes adorned with stars and other holiday images.
- Printed Basket Boxes
Whoever’s on the receiving end will love a gift in a basket-box printed with eclectic patterns ranging from the traditional Christmas themes to modern seasonal imagery to basic colors boosted with a glittering sheen.
- Tab-Top Tent Boxes
Like pillow boxes, these tab-top tent boxes are another popular item in craft stores, but they are equally useful for retailers looking to send a uniquely packaged gift straight to the recipient’s door.
- Unique Wine Boxes
There are many examples of unique wine boxes for shipping and gift-giving, including one-bottle wine gift boxes, clear plastic wine bottle boxes, European design wine carry boxes, tuck-top corrugated wine boxes, 2-bottle presentation or gift boxes, and wine bags with rope handles.
There are many more creative plastic, cloth, and custom cardboard examples for online retailers to consider during the holidays. So if you want to stand out in the crowd, make sure to get creative.
If you’re sending a package or gift to a family member, friend, or an individual that simply purchased or requested an item, your standard stock box at the UPS or USPS store will work just fine.
However, if you’re a business or online store doing business on eBay, Amazon, Overstock, or one of several such online portals, then you should certainly be using custom boxes to ship your products. Consider the following benefits as to reasons for using custom boxes over the standard manufacturer or stock box.
Arguably the most distinct advantage of using a custom box over a standard stock box is marketing and branding. The appearance of the box will be the first impression that customers have once received. Take advantage of this opportunity to further reinforce your brand, visibility, and potential for future business with the customer.
Size and Customization
By using custom boxes, you ensure that the box is fit to order the size of the product, ensuring there is no wasted space. Furthermore, you’ll also be certain that you’re saving money by not spending on wasted materials or space for standard boxes. Custom Boxes Now provides an online configuration tool to help you get the exact box you need.
Durability and Protection
Custom corrugated boxes offer solid construction and durability, ensuring that your product reaches the customer safely. Be sure to do your research and find a box that suits your product and need. Custom Boxes Now provides a few box examples to help in your research.
Be sure to check out Custom Boxes Now Online Box Configuration Tool to get the right box for your need and increase your company’s reputation and visibility!
New, average, and/or veteran box shoppers can find all the resources and information necessary to be educated about custom boxes at the Custom Boxes Now! Help Center.
From providing the basics to boxes in its Shipping Boxes 101 section, to learning about the Box Printing Process, examining Box Examples, FAQ’s, to even keeping up with its Shipping Boxes Blog, Custom Boxes Now! offers a plethora of resources to help users make a decision in the custom box process.
Custom Boxes Now! offers its users the ability to instantly configure, price, and purchase custom shipping boxes. Printing can also be added to the boxes, such as company logos and product information. Start with our online box builder or you can contact Custom Boxes Now to design custom cardboard boxes specifically for your products.
By Matt Ruggle
Our friends at Evonik Industries needed promotional boxes for samples of their large rigid foam sandwiches, which are used in cool applications such as wind turbines, medical devices, and even aerospace!
This is one of the largest C-Series type boxes we have ever designed and manufactured: 50″ x 25″ x 4″. If you have really big products that need large shipping boxes, contact us or you can instantly build and price your box online.
By the way, we don’t just make large boxes. If you look closely at the picture, you can see we make really small boxes too. And everything in between.