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Custom Printed Packaging Options for Shipping Apparel

One color on Kraft box and matching envelope

We have been making eco-friendly, custom printed packaging for clothing and soft goods for years and there is no right or wrong when choosing between mailer envelopes and mailer boxes. However, recent changes in shipping weight and rates have forced everyone to reevaluate how they ship out their apparel products for e-commerce customers.

DIM Weight and the impact on shipping cost

Dimensional weight and rates have become a hot and not too favorable topic for shippers of all sizes because now size really does matter when it comes to shipping. Delivery services like UPS, FedEx and USPS who used to only consider weight when determining shipping rates, would only penalize … Read More

Globe Guard® Light Rate Box Ideal for Jewelry and E-Juice Packaging

5 different prints on Light Rate Mailer Box

Sometimes it takes time for a good idea to a catch on and the same holds true for box sizes. Four years ago in January of 2011 I wrote a blog post (see first link below in related posts) talking about the new box that we were adding to our inventory that is the exact same size as the smallest USPS “Flat Rate” box. We determined that a Flat Rate box is a great deal if you are shipping out something heavy but if it is light, well… not so much.

Light Rate Box Grows in Popularity

Perhaps it is the recent changes in rates by UPS, USPS and FedEx … Read More

Seven Reasons to Right Size Your Subscription Box

An oversized box is like pouring money down the drain

It is not at all unusual for us to get a call or email from someone ready to launch a subscription program and they describe the size box they need as “something a little bigger, just in case”.

That bigger is better, just in case decision can be a very expensive one, and make the difference in the success or failure of your subscription box program. Here are seven good reasons why right sizing makes sense and will help you reduce your costs.

  1. A bigger box than you really need is more expensive to buy, since ultimately the price is determined at least in part by the amount (square inches)
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Save Money and Reduce Damage with Branded Shipping Box Sizes

PIcky Bars bars

We understand print plates and when necessary, cutting dies, can be costly especially when you are in startup mode. Quite often we will suggest consolidating box sizes to minimize the number of different size boxes a new customer may have to buy, store and use. This is very good advice especially when the usage/volume history has not been determined yet. There is nothing worse than creating a custom size or custom print box and then realizing you have little need for it.

The Benefits of Using Multiple Size Branded Boxes

While it seems I discourage the use of multiple size boxes, I also have to add that there are situations … Read More

What Type or Style of Custom Printed Corrugated Shipping Container Is Best For You?

Custom Branded Products

This is one of the first questions we ask any new inquiry about custom printed packaging and potential customer because that answer helps us determine everything from print plate cost to of course, container price. Occasionally a caller will question the need for all of our questions but as I remind people, you are no longer buying “off the rack”, and ordering a box that is already made and sitting in someone’s inventory. Since we print corrugated board, BEFORE it is converted to boxes, we can essentially make your box to your exact specifications. That gives you complete control and flexibility. There are many variations, but here are a few … Read More

Domestic Packaging Suppliers Have Much to Offer

Trucks are always faster than ships

Those of us who have been around the packaging industry for any length of time watched as jobs and manufacturing went overseas, quickly followed by packaging. Our claims of better quality, faster deliveries, etc. fell on deaf ears as buyers were increasingly attracted to Asia, lured by the great deals that seemed to be available everywhere outside the USA. I recall one particularly excited buyer who said “Free tooling, delivered pricing, comparable quality at less than half the price, how can I possibly resist?” Many did not try to resist but many of those same companies and buyers are now bringing their manufacturing and/or their packaging home again.

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