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What type of packaging does the term ‘shipping boxes’ refer to?

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Boxes or cartons that are specifically made to withstand the wear and tear during shipping and mailing process are known as shipping boxes.  These boxes can act as primary packaging where products are packed directly into these boxes and shipped out.  Additionally, shipping boxes can be used as secondary packaging where the products are packaged in cardboard boxes which are in turn packed in shipping boxes for added safety and ease of handling.


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What are the primary benefits of using shipping boxes and what are these boxes made of?

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Shipping boxes are specifically manufactured using corrugated fiberboard.  These boxes are light weight and collapsible saving both shipping and storage costs.  Despite their light weight and collapsibility, these boxes are strong enough for stacking.  In addition, these boxes are also impact resistant.  To add extra strength, 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 are the most popular style of shipping boxes and are widely used in the shipping industry. These boxes have four folding flaps on top and four on the bottom. These flaps are folded and then taped to seal the boxes.


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What are vent holes and hand holes?

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Vent holes are small holes in shipping boxes that allow air flow for certain purposes.  Hand holes, also known as ‘access holes’, are typically added to RSC boxes to facilitate box handling.  We recommend upgrading to the  5-ply corrugated stock before adding hand holes to your boxes.  Vent holes and hand holes do not come as standard options and need to be requested specifically.


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Can I print on shipping boxes in order to personalize their appearance?

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We specialize in custom printing on shipping boxes. We can print your design in solid colours as well as in full colour directly on to the shipping boxes in order to make them a true reflection of your brand.


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Should I provide inside dimensions while ordering shipping boxes?

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The industry standard is to always provide inside dimensions of the assembled box in order to assure the proper fit based on product dimensions or the space required on the inside of box. Outside dimensions are only accounted for when you are calculating how to best fit the boxes in a warehouse or shipping container. In such cases, please communicate both the inside and outside size requirements to your account manager at the time of getting a price quote.


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Can I add product dividers or inserts to my order for custom shipping boxes?

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Yes, we can produce custom sized product dividers for your customised shipping boxes.  These dividers can be used to create compartments inside the box to keep products from moving.  We can also produce custom sized corrugated pads for added cushioning and safety for your products.  In addition, you can order a wide array of inserts on cardstock as well as corrugated stock with custom cuts and shapes.  These dividers and inserts can also be custom printed to match 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 manipulated 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 proof read 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

Benefits of Shipping Boxes for E-Commerce Businesses

Custom-printed shipping boxes are designed and printed for a particular business or brand. These boxes are made to order, incorporating the business's unique design and branding elements, such as logos, colours, and product images. They are commonly used for packaging and shipping products to customers. They are a cost-effective way to enhance brand recognition, improve product protection, and provide a positive unboxing experience for the customer.

There are many advantages to using customised shipping boxes when for products:

  • Brand Recognition: Custom-printed shipping boxes create a unique, easily recognizable brand image and increase brand visibility.
  • Marketing Opportunities: They offer an opportunity for businesses to advertise their products and services through custom printing, creating additional marketing exposure.
  • Increased Packaging Protection: Custom shipping boxes can be designed and manufactured to meet specific product needs, providing increased protection during transit.
  • Cost-Effective: With the right design, these boxes can be made using cost-effective and environmentally friendly materials. Corrugated boxes and Kraft Boxes are an excellent examples of boxes made of eco-friendly materials.
  • Competitive Edge: Using custom boxes can set a business stand out and give it a competitive edge in the market.
  • Improved Customer Experience: A well-designed custom shipping box can enhance the customer's unboxing experience and contribute to a positive overall brand perception.

While shipping boxes can be designed to serve many different purposes, some of the more common types of custom shipping boxes include the following:

  • Corrugated Shipping Boxes: Durable, lightweight, and economical, these boxes are made of corrugated cardboard and are ideal for shipping heavy items.
  • Rigid Shipping Boxes: These rigid boxes are made of sturdy cardboard or plastic materials and are ideal for shipping high-value or fragile items.
  • Mailer Boxes: Designed for shipping smaller items, these boxes are often made of lightweight cardboard and have a self-locking mechanism.
  • Die-Cut Boxes: These die-cut boxes are made by cutting a custom shape into the cardboard, allowing for a unique, custom fit for a particular product.
  • Foldable Boxes: These foldable boxes are made from flat sheets of cardboard that are easily assembled into a box, making them ideal for shipping small items in bulk.
  • Display Boxes: These display boxes are designed to showcase products, often incorporating clear windows or inserts to highlight the product inside.
  • Eco-Friendly Boxes: These boxes are made from recycled or biodegradable materials. These boxes are perfect for companies seeking to minimize their carbon impact while also being eco-friendly.


Packaging Guidelines:

An overview of product packaging methods and leading practices. This video covers packaging material choices and ideal packaging strategies aimed at ensuring that your products stand out through a great unboxing experience for your customers — a must-watch for e-commerce ventures, retailers, small businesses, and manufacturers. Passionate about stepping up your brand's packaging game? This guide is tailored to help you get started!

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