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What are shipping boxes?

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Cartons as well as boxes that are especially designed and manufactured to withstand wear and tear during the shipping and mailing process are called shipping boxes. Shipping boxes have many different uses. These boxes can serve as primary packaging by housing the products directly in them without the need of additional packaging. Also, these boxes can serve as secondary packaging where the products are packed in individual cardboard boxes and that are in turn packed in shipping boxes to better protect against any damage during shipping.


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What are key benefits of using shipping boxes and what stock these boxes are made of?

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Typically, most shipping boxes are made out of corrugated fiberboard stock. Their distinctive feature of being light weight and collapsible is beneficial for saving both shipping and storage costs. At the same time, these boxes are strong enough for stacking and offer a decent level of impact resistance. To achieve additional strength and impact resistance, corrugated fiberboard stock can be upgraded from 3-ply to 5- ply corrugated stock upon request.


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What are regular slotted containers (RSC)?

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Regular slotted containers or “RSC Boxes” are the most common and widely used style in the shipping industry. Having four simple folding flaps on top and four on the bottom, these boxes are remarkably convenient to use as the flaps are easily folded and then taped to seal the boxes.


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What are vent holes and hand holes in shipping boxes?

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Vent holes, as suggested by the name, are small holes that are incorporated into the design in order to maintain air flow or other specific purposes.Hand holes, also referred to as ‘access holes’, are customarily added to RSC boxes for the ease of box handling.In order to add hand holes to your shipping boxes, please consider upgrading to the 5-ply corrugated stock. Vent holes and hand holes need to be requested specifically and do not come as standard options.


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Can I add printing on shipping boxes for a personalised appearance?

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We specialize in custom printing on all types of shipping boxes. You can have your design printed in solid colours as well as in full colour directly onto the shipping boxes in order to help improve brand recognition.


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Should I provide inside dimensions while ordering shipping boxes?

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Following industry standards, it is always recommended to provide inside dimensions of the assembled box to ensure a proper fit based on product dimensions or the space needed on the inside of the box. Outside dimensions of shipping boxes better serve the purpose of calculating how to best fit the boxes in warehouses or shipping containers. To avoid any inconvenience, we recommend to clearly communicate both the inside and outside size requirements to your account manager at the time of requesting a price quote.


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Can I add product dividers to my order for branded shipping boxes?

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Yes, we specialize in manufacturing dividers in custom sizes and shapes for your shipping boxes. These dividers are used with an aim to create compartments inside the box to keep products from moving around. Additionally, you have the option to have custom sized corrugated pads manufactured and added to your order for extra cushioning and safety for your products. A wide variety of inserts can be manufactured on cardstock as well as corrugated stock with custom cuts and shapes. For a more personalised look, these dividers and inserts can also be printed to compliment the look of your boxes.


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What file formats can I use for the required design files?

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Please follow the guidelines below in order to ensure excellent print quality for your order:

  • All non-photographic content (including graphics and text) should be uploaded as vector-based files in order to ensure that printed lines are crisp and clear.
  • Content such as logos should be separated from the background and included as vector images so that these elements can be resized or otherwise updated as needed.
  • Preferred file formats include AI, CDR, PSD and PDF.

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Can I see a proof for my shipping boxes before you print?

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We always email a final artwork proof before printing. Please check the proof thoroughly for accuracy before giving your approval. It is highly recommended that you proofread any text along with checking the placement of any artwork for accuracy. Artwork is printed based on the CMYK or Pantone values specified in the design file and may vary substantially from the colours displayed on any particular computer or mobile screen. We also offer hard copy proofs at an additional cost.

Material Shipping Boxes: White or Brown Corrugated Stock or Forte
Material Thickness Corrugated Stock: 3-ply corrugated
Finishing Types Lamination: Gloss, Matte, Sandy Matte, Soft Touch, Linen
Coating: Gloss AQ, Satin, Varnish, Spot UV, Flood UV
Features Foil Stamping
Die Cutting
Metallic Inks
Custom Size
Other Options Window Cutouts
Scoring and Gluing
SKU# RP-027

Types of Branded Shipping Boxes

There are many different types of shipping boxes, and the type you choose will depend on the size, shape, and weight of the items you are shipping, as well as the distance they will be traveling and the level of protection you need to provide for them. Here are some common types of shipping boxes:

  • Corrugated boxes: These are the most common type of shipping boxes, made of corrugated cardboard that is folded into a box shape. They are strong, lightweight, and inexpensive, making them a popular choice for shipping a wide range of items.
  • Single wall boxes: These are similar to corrugated boxes, but they have only one layer of corrugated cardboard, making them less strong and less able to protect the contents from impact. They are generally used for lighter items or shorter shipping distances.
  • Double wall boxes: These boxes have two layers of corrugated cardboard, making them stronger and more able to withstand impacts during shipping. They are often used for heavier or more fragile items.
  • Triple wall boxes: These boxes have three layers of corrugated cardboard, making them even stronger and more able to protect the contents during shipping. They are often used for very heavy or extremely fragile items.
  • Specialty boxes: There are many other types of specialty boxes designed for specific types of items, such as electronics, art, or clothing. These boxes may have additional features, such as padded inserts or foam lining, to provide extra protection for the contents.

Designing branded shipping boxes is an important aspect of building and maintaining a strong brand identity. Here are some steps you can follow to design branded shipping boxes:

  • Determine your branding elements: Choose the colours, fonts, and graphics that will be used on the shipping boxes. These elements should be consistent with your overall brand identity.
  • Sketch out your design: Use a sketch or a design tool like Adobe Illustrator or Canva to create a rough draft of your shipping box design. This will help you visualize the final product and make any necessary changes before moving on to the next step.
  • Create a digital version of your design: Use a design software like Adobe Illustrator to create a high-quality digital version of your shipping box design. This will be used to create a prototype or mockup of the box.
  • Make any necessary revisions: Review your digital design and make any necessary revisions to ensure that it accurately represents your brand and meets your needs.
  • Create a prototype or mockup: Use your digital design to create a physical prototype or mockup of your shipping box. This will allow you to see how the design looks and feels in real life, and make any final adjustments before moving on to production.
  • Choose a printing method: Decide on the printing method that will be used to produce your shipping boxes. Options include offset printing, digital printing, and screen printing.
  • Select a manufacturer: Find a manufacturer or printer who can produce your shipping boxes to your specifications. Be sure to review their portfolio and ask for samples of their work before making a decision.
  • Place your order: Once you have finalized your design and selected a manufacturer, place your order for the shipping boxes. Be sure to provide clear and detailed instructions to ensure that your boxes are produced to your exact specifications.

By following these steps, you can design branded shipping boxes that accurately represent your brand and meet your needs.

There are several different types of shipping solutions that are commonly used, including:

  • Kraft mailing envelopes: Kraft envelopes are made of paper and with a self-adhesive closure, these bags are commonly used for shipping documents and other small flat items.
  • Rigid Mailing Boxes: Mailer boxes are constructed from heavy-duty chipboard or corrugated materials for maximum durability. These boxes are designed for heavy or oversized products that need extra protection.
  • Poly Mailers: Poly Mailers are made of a durable, lightweight polyethylene material that is tear and puncture resistant. They are commonly used for shipping non-fragile items such as clothing, books, and small parts.
  • Bubble mailers: They are padded with bubble wrap inside and are great for shipping fragile items such as glassware, and electronics.
  • Tyvek Envelopes: Tyvek envelopes are made of a synthetic material that is tear-resistant and waterproof. These envelopes are commonly used for shipping heavy documents, medical samples, and other items that need to be kept clean and dry during transit.
  • Padded Envelopes: They are similar to poly mailers but have padding inside to protect items that are more fragile during the shipping process.

The best option will depend on the item you need to ship and the level of protection that is required.



Types of Corrugated Fluting:

The term fluting refers to the part of a corrugated sheet or box that looks like a wave. Fluting is what provides higher stacking strength and durability to corrugated boxes. There are various types of fluting and the differences among them are typically described in terms of the number of flutes per linear foot and the height of the flute itself. Corrugated sheets manufactured from different types of fluting are commonly referred to as:

  • A Flute
  • B Flute
  • C Flute
  • E Flute
  • F Flute

In order to provide required levels of strength and durability for a specific purpose, it is important that the appropriate type of corrugated sheet is used when manufacturing different types of corrugated packaging.

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