What is an RSC Box Versus a Die Cut Cardboard Box?

At Custom Boxes Now, we understand that industry terminology can be a little intimidating if you’re not familiar with the packaging industry. Don’t worry, that’s why you have us!

If you’re evaluating new shipping box ideas, you may have come across the terms “RSC Boxes” and “Die Cut Cardboard Boxes.” In this post, we’re going to break down (no pun intended!) the difference between the two options, as well as offer you tips about which type of box is best for you.

What Is an RSC Corrugated Box?
“RSC” stands for “regular slotted container.” Essentially, it’s what most people picture when they visualize a shipping box. The four flaps all fold over one another, meet in the middle, and are usually taped shut. Often, these boxes are filled with additional padding or packing peanuts to prevent your products from sliding around inside. We offer a variety of widths, lengths, and depths to make sure that your boxes are working for your products, and not the other way around.

Printed RSC Boxes

RSC boxes are usually a bit more affordable than other types of boxes, because they require less cardboard to make and don’t need excessive tooling. These boxes are easy to assemble, but will often need a bit more tape than other kinds of boxes to make sure they are fully closed, and that they will remain so throughout the entirety of the shipping process.

Keep in mind, too, that since RSC boxes are made of cardboard, they are usually created from recycled materials (as, of course, are many die cut boxes). This is an added bonus for companies that are especially concerned with the environmental impact of their shipping process. And, perhaps best of all, they can be customized with ease, so your branding can continue to thrive in your packaging.

What Is a Die Cut Box?
In contrast to a regular slotted container, a die cut box is generally more customized in both its shape and design. While RSC boxes are customizable, for those companies seeking a more high-end or more branding-focused design, die cuts can also be a great option as they allow you to be a bit more creative. Of course, with that creative license generally comes a higher cost, but if you are taking packaging into consideration when planning your marketing budget (and you should be), they can still be a cost-effective option.

Die Cut Boxes - Printed

Die cut boxes also allow for extra padding for your products, as the walls of the boxes create double paneling. And because the folds of the boxes lock with a bit more ease into their places, you won’t need as much tape as you would when assembling an RSC box – meaning that a die cut option will also be easier for your customers to open when it arrives. Die cut boxes work well for items that are especially fragile, or for companies that ship internationally and are concerned about the length of the shipping process and the wear and tear on the packaging.

Now You’re an Expert, Too
We hope we’ve helped clear up any confusion you may have had about die cut boxes and RSC boxes, and that you feel empowered to make the right call about which option is better for both your products and your brand.

Keep in mind that we’re always helping you wade through industry lingo on our blog, so check back with us to help continue to build your understanding of the box and packaging industry. If you need further clarification, don’t hesitate to reach out to get in touch with us today!

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