When choosing and designing a custom printed corrugated box, it is important to understand the corrugated box's shipping environment in relation to the contents that will be packaged in your custom printed corrugated box. Listed below are some questions to ask yourself:
The Corrugated Box's Environment
What to consider when analyzing the corrugated box's environment?
⦿ How will the custom printed corrugated box be transported to your customer?
→ Small Parcel (IE: USPS, Fed Ex, UPS, etc.)
→ Less Than Load (aka: LTL) (IE: Averitt, Roadway, etc
→ Truckload (IE: Common Carriers)
⦿ How much will the contents of the corrugated box weigh?
⦿ Will additional corrugated boxes be stacked on top of your custom printed corrugated box?
⦿ Is your product fragile, valuable, expendable, etc.?
⦿ When considering how a custom printed corrugated box will be shipped, we ask ourselves, “How many times will the corrugated box be handled before the corrugated box arrives at it’s final destination?" Depending on the freight carrier (IE: USPS, Fex UPS, Averitt, Common Carrier, etc.) a custom printed corrugated box could be handled from as little as 2 times to over 15 times.
⦿ Whenever a custom printed corrugated box is handled, the risk of damage increases. This is especially true if the corrugated box is being compromised structurally, stacked incorrectly, and/or handled inappropriately. One solution can be improving the print layout on the custom corrugated box (IE: “FRAGILE”, “DO NOT STACK”, etc.)
⦿ One factor in selecting the best strength of corrugated paper to use is to first determine the weight of the product and/or contents that will be placed in your custom printed corrugated box. “See Box Strength”. We do not recommend making this decision solely based on the weight of the product or contents.
⦿ However, we do recommend that the decision be based on a combination of factors (Content weight, Shipping Environment, Box Style, etc.) Should you be a little frustrated, then just give us a call. Our experienced Customer Representatives will be more than happy to assist you in selecting the best fit for your application.
⦿ When stacking your custom printed corrugated boxes, we believe it is important to ask yourself these questions, “How much weight will be stacked on my custom printed corrugated box? Is my custom printed corrugated box being unitized with other corrugated boxes? Is another unit of corrugated boxes being stacked on top of my custom printed corrugated box?" Needless to say, it is important to understand the environment that your custom printed corrugated box is about to enter because the last thing a company wants is their product arriving at their customer’s facility damaged.
⦿ The answers to these questions will help determine what grade of corrugated paper to use when manufacturing your custom printed corrugated box. Should you need additional information, then visit our “BOX STRENGTH” section or just give us a call. Our experienced Customer Service Representatives will be more than happy to assist you in selecting the best fit for your application.
⦿ When choosing the right custom printed corrugated box, we also recommend that our customers ask themselves, “How fragile and/or valuable is my product and/or contents?” More often than not, when one of our customers brings us a new project, we find ourselves recommending that dunnage and/or internal packaging be used in the custom printed corrugated boxes that we manufacture for them. Failure in properly protecting your product and/or contents could result in shipping damage when your custom printed corrugated box arrives at your customer’s facility
⦿ Some examples of dunnage and/or internal packaging include but are not limited to: Foam peanuts (Some are biodegradable), bubble wrap, microfoam, corrugated partitions, die-cut corrugated inserts, honeycomb, built ups, newspaper, tissue, single face, air bags, etc. Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, then please do not hesitate to contact our experienced Customer Service Representatives. We are here to help.