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A Guide To Understanding Corrugated Flutes (FREE Print-Out Included)

As a warehouse manager or operations professional, you understand the critical importance of using strong packaging materials when shipping products to customers. Choosing the right box is often the first step in protecting your product. If the product arrives in good condition, everyone is happy and nobody thinks about the packaging. However, if the product arrives damaged, you are now ...

The Ultimate Guide to the Weight Limits of Corrugated Boxes

When it comes to shipping your products, you want to make sure that they are in a box that will not only hold its weight, but keep it safe during transit as well. Therefore, we thought it would be helpful if we provided a breakdown of the different corrugated boxes weight classes. The following is an overview of the different weight classes available for corrugated boxes when shipping, f...

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How Much Weight Can a Cardboard Box Hold? + Other Packaging FAQs

Is there anything more simple (or boring) than a cardboard box? Despite its deceivingly simple make-up and function, cardboard boxes can generate a lot of questions. We aim to answer some of the questions about the key packaging and shipping product that we get asked constantly, in the hopes of making our friend, the simple cardboard box, even more simple.  How Much Weight Can a Cardboar...

Retention & Suspension Protective Packaging vs. Air Cushion Packaging for E-Commerce

Retention & Suspension Protective Packaging vs. Air Cushion Packaging for E-Commerce Suspension packaging and air cushion packaging are both modern alternatives to packing peanuts and other messy materials in the shipping process, and have become quite popular in the e-commerce world. And if you need protective packaging for your shipping needs, you may be wondering which of these tw...

E-Commerce Packaging: The Importance of Choosing a Reliable Provider

For e-commerce, packaging plays a huge role in assisting you with telling your brand's unique story to customers. It ensures you create a good first impression that gives your customers a personal touch.  The best  industrial packaging providers can transform your packaging from standard delivery boxes to a customized customer experience. Best of all? Once you have the right company in p...

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Air Pillows and Air Cushion Packaging Systems for Shipping

Air Pillows and Air Cushion Packaging Systems for Shipping As online buying becomes more and more popular, the solutions for protecting the contents in transit must also evolve. After all, if online orders aren't able to be shipped so that products turn up at their final destination safely and securely, the e-Commerce market as a whole would collapse. Protective packaging isn't a huge is...

Small Business Packaging Solutions: Compete with the Big Players

As a small business owner, you're likely to focus more on other core functions of your business, forgetting that packaging (including  custom packaging) is equally important. Your products must be well-packaged to reach your customers intact, undamaged, and memorable. Engaging the right B2B industrial packaging provider for your business and shipping needs is a sure way of getting your p...

Retention & Suspension Packaging Should Be Your Go-To Protective Packaging

  If you’re unfamiliar with retention and suspension packaging and the increasingly important role it plays in e-commerce packaging, allow us to explain. Let’s say you ordered an expensive electronic product online, like a laptop. You’re obviously excited for it to arrive at your home, and you may have even thought about the perceived risk that you took by ordering it online rather than ...

Shrink Film vs. Stretch Film for Industrial Packaging

Stretch and shrink film are two solutions common in industrial packaging. Though they sound similar (both are types of plastic film), they each serve a different purpose.  Using either for the wrong application can result in serious problems. For example, if you used stretch film in a heat tunnel to package products, it would result in a fire.  Read on to learn about the differences betw...

Custom Cosmetics Packaging Design: Tips for Manufacturers

The beauty and cosmetics industry uses various materials in its packaging. Each material has a significant influence on how your customers view your products, as well as how safe your product is during transit.  As such, you want to ensure you have settled on the right beauty and cosmetics packaging solutions to best fit the needs of your product. In this article, we provide details on t...

Third-Party Logistics: Why 3PL Companies & Fulfillment Centers Need Industrial Packaging

Your business only has so many hours to be productive each day and week. It’s challenging to fit essential packaging and fulfillment tasks into your schedule and still find time to grow your business.  By outsourcing certain tasks, such as packaging orders, to a third-party logistics company, businesses can save time and money better spent on other tasks.  Here’s why third-party logistic...

Choosing An Industrial Packaging Provider: 5 Things to Look for

When it comes to choosing an industrial packaging provider, you don’t want to accidentally overlook any red flags and get stuck working with a business that can’t carry through on your requirements. Instead, you want a packaging provider who understands your company’s needs and budget and can handle a long-term partnership. But how do you know what to look for when choosing an industrial...

Industrial Packaging Solutions to Consider for E-Commerce

Now’s the time to improve your industrial and ecommerce packaging. The packaging you use for your business products represent your brand, so make sure you're sending a positive message.  And although many in the industry prefer traditional, time-tested packaging, it takes a bit more than a simple cardboard box to stand out in this saturated market. Use these tips to ensure your industria...

Protective Packaging to Keep Your Eyes on in 2021 and Beyond

When consumers purchase a product in a store or order one online for delivery to their front door, they don't want to open the package to see a damaged or defective item. This reflects poorly on the brand and reduces the likelihood of the consumer conducting repeat business with them in the future.  It's worth noting that a product can become damaged in a variety of ways. The best way to...

10 Benefits of Using Air Cushion Packaging for Shipping

Especially in a time where brick and mortar stores are facing hardship as a result of the pandemic, e-commerce is on the rise at an immense rate.  Because of this uptick in online shopping, there has also been an increased attention to the protective measures taken to maintain the safety and sanctity of the products being shipped. Check out our top 10 benefits of air pillow packaging for...

The Pros and Cons of Springing for Custom Printed Packaging

When it comes to selecting the packaging you will use to ship your products, you certainly have a lot of options. One of those options is electing to have custom printed packaging made with your company’s branding. There are many reasons as to why someone might choose to do this, as well as many reasons why they might prefer not to. Here are our professional opinions on some of the pros ...

Packaging and Shipping Considerations for eCommerce Stores

Shipping is not what it once was - and that's a good thing. There is no denying that the rise of online business, or e-commerce, has changed the face of shipping. Gone are the days of mail-order catalogs or TV call-in orders when companies could give a vague “4-6 weeks for delivery” and there wasn’t anything customers could do about it - including tracking their packages. Today, things h...

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7 Products Perfect for Molded Pulp Trays

  Molded pulp trays are quickly becoming one of the most preferred packaging options for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, there's a wide range of products that can be packaged in them, all it takes is working with the right packaging supplier that can custom make the right pulp trays for your needs.  And two, molded pulp trays are perhaps the most sustainable packaging option to...

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6 Types of Boxes (+ The Best Products to Ship in Them)

  So many types of boxes, so many categories of products — do you know which ones are best suited for each other?  That's what we'll cover in this post, as the right type of corrugated packaging is critical to ensuring that a product arrives at its final destination without incident. On that note, here's a look at six types of boxes, as well as the products that are best suited for shipm...

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How to Ship Perishable Items

As a business, you do not have the luxury of making big mistakes when it comes to shipping perishable items.  Fortunately, there are plenty of other companies that have traveled this path before you, so you can definitely find quality resources to help you avoid shipping mishaps.  With the right preparation, you can determine how to ship your perishable goods to your customers so that th...

Corrugated Box Sizes and Thicknesses Guide

Corrugated boxes (commonly known as cardboard boxes) are the preferred type of packaging for many products — and for good reason. First off, corrugated is sustainable and easy to handle. It's made from recycled paper and also able to be curbside recycled. Corrugated has the best recyclability of any packaging material. Corrugated packaging tends to be durable thanks to the multiple layer...

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How to Safely Ship Electronics

Next to glassware and other fragile items, electronics might be the most challenging (and misunderstood) products to ship when it comes to delivery. This is largely because of the makeup of electronics items.  Specifically, these products are comprised of hundreds — perhaps even thousands — of tiny, fragile parts. If they're not cared for properly, they can become easily damaged from imp...

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How To Reduce Load Damage With Industrial Packaging Supplies

Every year, companies lose billions of dollars in merchandise during shipment. Most of the time, this is due to freight not being properly bonded to their pallets. However, sometimes a faulty load due to incorrect stacking is not the problem. Making sure that the packaging process is done correctly may avoid injuries for truck drivers and unloading personnel. Load Damage is Avoidable The...

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How to Ship Glassware Safely

If you ship glassware, china or other fragile items, you know how nerve-wracking it can be to send them into the rough-and-tumble transit world. Once they’re out of your control, anything can happen. But there are steps you can take to protect them and your sanity. You might call it the “wrap, box, pad, seal, mark” approach. It seems pretty simple, but it’s actually a little more complic...

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How Does an Air Cushion Packaging System Work?

Avoid the void. That’s the byword for anyone who ships products that might be damaged in transit. And the solution, at least for companies like Amazon, is air cushion (or air pillow) packaging. Why Choose Air Cushion Packaging? Air cushion packaging is exactly what it sounds like. Think whoopee cushion without the sound effects (or the air leak). It’s an air-filled pillow made of biodegr...

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15+ Must Have Industrial Packaging Materials

Your guide to must-have industrial packaging materials. Simply put, industrial packaging keeps products safe on their way from the producer to the next point on the path to a consumer—say, from a ballpoint pen manufacturer to a retail store. Retail packaging makes the product attractive to the consumer using compelling design and strong messaging. In other words, the primary reason for i...

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Tips On Product Packaging & Shipping That Make eCommerce Successful

Shipping is not what it once was There is no denying that the rise of online business, or e-commerce, has changed the face of shipping. Gone are the days of mail-order catalogs or TV call-in orders when companies could give a vague “four to six weeks for delivery” and there wasn’t anything customers could do about it, including even track their package. But now, things have changed and w...

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CUSTOM SHIPPING PACKAGING SUPPLIES YOU AREN'T USING (BUT SHOULD BE!)

“It’s what is inside that really counts.” Although we often say this about people, some manufacturers and distributors think the same way about product packaging. They pore over every product detail, and then ship it out in whatever box that is available, without any thought to protection or presentation. Ignoring custom shipping packaging, however, can have a negative impact on your bra...

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AIR CUSHION AND AIR PILLOW PACKAGING: IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

  As online buying becomes more and more popular, the solutions for protecting the contents in transit must also evolve. After all, if online orders aren't able to be shipped so that products turn up at their final destination safely and securely, the e-Commerce market as a whole would collapse. Protective packaging isn't a huge issue with soft goods, but it is important when you're deal...

3 Reasons Why Box Partitions Make Happy Customers

Have you ever opened a box, only to see all of the contents mixed around inside with no apparent order or care taken? Are you doing that to your customers? Chances are, if you’re shipping your items without box partitions, or box dividers, your products are arriving to your customers as one big jumbled mess. Avoid that unprofessional mess, and enjoy the many benefits of partitions. 3 Ben...

Pros and Cons of Custom Corrugated Packaging

When it comes to packaging, is the stock route or the custom route right for you? Stock packaging is exactly what it sounds like — packaging that comes ready-made and in standard formats. Custom packaging, on the other hand, can be tailor-made to fit a specific product, promote brand awareness or relay a message right on the box. So what’s best for you? Here’s a closer look at the pros a...

Packaging and Shipping Supplies to Budget For in 2019

The key to the overall success of any business is the quality of their products. Ideally, products don't just meet a need -- but they're quality designed and made, long-lasting and easy to use. And while much attention is placed on product development and quality control during the design, engineering and manufacturing processes, there's an important end-of-line task that also cannot be ...

Custom Shipping Carton FAQs

As a product manufacturer or shipping agent, you know how important it is to have high-quality shipping cartons. You intuitively know that you want your product to arrive in great condition, and realize that shoddy packaging leads to a lot of returns. But, you still might have some questions about custom shipping cartons, so we’re here to answer them. What Will it Take to Protect Your Pr...

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Shipping and Packaging Solutions Made Simple For Dart Logistics

Image courtesy of Dart Logistics “No one likes to talk about packaging,” Bob Janik, President of CS Packaging will say to anyone who asks him about his industry. Why? Well, it’s just not exciting for most people and tends to be a hassle to deal with. But, when you partner with the right packaging distribution company, the hassle is eliminated -- according to Rich Vitek, General Manager o...

How Much Should I Budget for Custom Printed Boxes?

The first thing to understand about custom e-commerce and subscription boxes is that they don’t come with standard pricing. Custom boxes require custom pricing. That sounds expensive, and it can be. On the other hand, the right custom box (and custom box provider) can actually save you money. How Custom Boxes Can Save You Money: A bad box can be a costly mistake. What if it allows your p...

Custom Floor & Counter Top Displays: Standing Out (+ Budgeting for It)

Image courtesy of ODM Group. In business, the "elevator pitch" is crucial. That's the story, anecdote, or explanation of a product that can be delivered in the time it takes an elevator to reach its destination. In the B2C sphere, your packaging and presentation become that elevator pitch -- and the harder they are to see, enjoy, or understand, the harder you'll have to work to sell your...

What Types of Protective Packaging Does My Product Need?

  Packages often live hard lives. They are jostled about by machines and conveyor belts. People toss them on trucks, or stack them to unreasonable heights without worrying about crushing what is inside. If it is your precious product inside that package, you might have a big problem on your hands. So, whose fault is it when a product arrives broken or damaged? Some responsibility lies in...

How to Use a Custom Corrugated Subscription Box to Stand Out

  If you run a subscription service, you know your boxes are a lot more than a means to protect your merchandise from the bumps and jolts of shipping. They don’t just carry stuff. They carry your brand, inside and outside, and custom printed corrugated boxes can do it with panache. Custom Printed Corrugated Boxes Are Your Next Brand Ambassador The competition is getting tougher in the su...

Strapping Machines: An Underrated Ally for Your Packaging

As your packaging production ramps up, so must your processes. Yes, while it may have been feasible to manually complete some tasks when you were growing the company and working with small amounts, automation is often necessary to streamline efficiency as operations grow. Though it may seem like an afterthought, one piece of equipment that can achieve time savings and maximize productivi...

Why Using Custom Shipping Packaging Supplies Can be a Game-Changer

“It’s what's on the inside that really counts.” Although we often say this about people, some manufacturers and distributors think the same way about product packaging. They look over every product detail, and then ship it out in whatever box that is available, without any thought to protection or presentation. Ignoring custom shipping packaging, however, can have a negative impact on yo...

Guide to Third-Party Warehousing & Fulfillment (AKA 3PLs)

No matter how strong your product is or how skillfully your marketing is implemented, your customers’ opinions of your brand rest in one place: logistics. Getting their order in one piece, well-presented, and on time is crucial to the continued success of your business, but what’s the best way to make that happen? Third Party Warehousing 101 While you have several options, most growth-or...

Stock vs. Custom Packaging Boxes: What's the Difference?

Sometimes the question of how to package a product comes out as an afterthought. The product is produced and ready to go out to customers, and somebody finally says, “So how are we going to ship this?” The Importance of Selecting Stock or Custom Packaging Boxes The job of selecting the right packaging should be considered as part of the entire production process. You want to find the per...

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Performance Under Pressure: Edge Crush Test for Corrugated Cartons

When you think about it, the humble corrugated cardboard box is a miracle of engineering. The simple yet amazingly durable carton carries countless products to their destinations -- and corrugated boxes just keep getting better. Part of the credit for this improvement goes to  recent advances in methods for testing their strength. The introduction of the Edge Crush Test (ECT) has opened ...

What are Corrugated Flutes and How Can They Improve My Packaging?

As a warehouse manager, VP of operations, buyer, purchaser, or procurement official, you understand the critical importance of using strong packaging materials when shipping product to customers. If the product arrives in good condition, everyone is happy and nobody thinks about the packaging. Choosing the right box is often the first step in protecting your product. But, if the product ...

What is molded pulp packaging? + why your products need it

Molded pulp packaging is a newer type of packaging typically made from recycled materials. It is used for protective packaging mostly for food and beverages. However, it is also a great option to package delicate items of any kind that need extra considerations throughout the shipping process. Custom Molded Pulp Packaging 101 This type of packaging is eco-friendly and can be recycled aga...

Branded Packaging Materials Create a Better Customer Experience

  Business owners around the world continuously try to make the next big selling product. However, what about 95% of owners forget to focus on is the presentation. Packaging allows business owners to tell customers why their product is different and why their brand is better than their competitors. As a business owner, you should think of how you want your client to see your product. The...

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What Does Drop Ship Mean? The Impact of ‘Dropshipping’ on eCommerce

    Throughout the years, the different styles of marketing and selling have evolved. From door to door sales to visiting retail stores and spending hours at the mall. The growth of selling products has shifted once again and is now making a change in eCommerce. Online businesses have boomed over the past several years. However, the stress of holding an inventory, packaging, and shipping...

How to Reduce Load Damage With Industrial Packaging Supplies

Every year, companies lose billions of dollars in merchandise during shipment. Most of the time, this is due to freight not being properly bonded to their pallets. However, sometimes a faulty load due to incorrect stacking is not the problem, but rather an issue with the actual packaging of the product. Making sure that the packaging process is done correctly will decrease the risk of un...

Custom Boxes & Packaging Are Your Secret Weapon in Marketing

  We live in an era that provides unique ads, apps and other types of marketing for each consumer. Business owners use GPS and often times detailed customer demographics, to target clients in a specific way. This kind of marketing strategy allows companies to have personalized data. Making their clients feel that their product is made especially for them. Custom Boxes + Marketing When yo...

Sustainable Packaging solutions: Save Sea Turtles

Nothing beats the sound of the pop of a can before you start drinking your favorite beverage. Plus, we can all agree that there's nothing more satisfying than enjoying the cold beverage inside the can on a hot day.  But have you ever thought about what damage those plastic rings holding your 6-pack together are doing to the environment?  The truth is -- it's less than pleasant. The good ...

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Packaging Guidelines Everyone Should Follow

  Safe, reliable delivery starts with careful preparation. When sending a package, follow these guidelines to get your shipment off to a good start. Packaging Guidelines to Follow Today: The Box:  Choose a box with enough room for cushioning material to be placed around the contents. If you’re reusing a box make sure to cover up or black out any old labels or markings! Cushioning:  Place...

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5 Small Business Shipping Tips: How to Optimize Product Shipping

There’s nothing quite like running your own small business, though the process can be tedious. Our goal is to reduce the stress in your shipping operations. Small Business Shipping Tips 1. Proactive Communication: Notifications, notifications, notifications! Provide automatic e-mail or text messages that let your customers know a product has shipped, of is there has been any sort of dela...

10 Steps to Ensuring Compliance with Shipping Regulations

  When choosing product packaging materials, there is more to consider than just what looks good. The reality is, there are all sorts of inspections, regulations, and compliance requirements to consider before you ship your product. Failure to follow these with your packaging can mean money and time wasted, and a bad reputation for your business. We've compiled some of the most important...