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.

Black Shipping Boxes for the Premium Look

If you’re in the business of shipping your products, you already know that the right box can make all the difference. Whether you want to convey the look and feel of high-end luxury with your packaging, or you’re just hoping to make a bold statement, black shipping boxes might be just the ticket.

Black Shipping Box

But, not all boxes are the same…how do you know if you should take the leap and go the black-box route? Read on to find out if black shipping boxes are right for your brand.

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How Small Can You Go? Small Corrugated Cardboard Boxes

There are many ways you can use corrugated boxes for product packaging to help brand your business. And the go-big-or-go-home theory definitely does not apply here. 

What does apply is the theme that one size does NOT fit all. Boxes can be big, medium or small, and they can easily be perfectly customized to your exact product needs. 

Small Shipping Box

So if you sell small products, small corrugated cardboard boxes are what you need. Don’t waste time, money, space and effort on boxes that are too big. 

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Why Should I Get Double Wall Boxes?

The power of packaging is undeniable. And we understand that choosing the right box for your products can feel overwhelming. But let us tell you…it’s well worth the time to do a little research so you understand both the types of boxes, as well as the ins and outs of each. Do you know the differences, advantages and disadvantages between a double wall box and a single wall box?

Double Wall Boxes

How do you know which one is right? Before committing to your box type when packaging your products, think about the type of box you need. Doing so can save you time and money in the long run. Because the type of box you use is one of the most important packaging decisions you’ll make, for several reasons. Packaging is about more than just design – you need to consider strength and durability, functionality and much more.

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Take Great Product Photos with Minimal Investment

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is to provide clear, crisp, high-quality images and professional-looking photographs when it comes to your branding and packaging. Consumers today are both savvy and unforgiving – and the simple fact is, one poor image can result in the loss of a sale.

Promotional Box with Printing
Fortunately, there are a variety of easy methods you can use (even if you’re DIY’ing your photos), to make sure you get the best possible images for your packaging and other branding efforts. The following tips will help produce great product images, even if you have a small budget to work with.

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Are Custom Mailer Boxes Right for You?

Finding the perfect box to mail orders in can be more challenging than it may seem. Custom mailer boxes do double duty in the land of shipping. Not only can a custom box be the perfect fit, but the potential these boxes have for customization can also be a branding blockbuster, furthering your presence in the market place, making it an investment that all but pays for itself.

Custom Mailer Boxes

But…What Are Custom Mailer Boxes?
Custom mailer boxes are exactly what they sound like: custom-sized, regular, rigid mailing boxes with hinged lids that can be totally customized (inside and out!) and withstand the shipping process. They’re often meant for packaging small items or a selection of product – think: subscription boxes – but in truth, as the name would imply, these custom boxes can come in all sizes and are intended to be precisely the perfect shape for your exact shipping needs.

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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.

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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.

Printed Box Clean Design
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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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