Types of Shipping Boxes
If your company operates an e-commerce website, you need to select a type of shipping box to get your products to your customers. The type of box you choose will greatly impact the safety and security of your products. The wrong choice of box will result in damaged products and accumulating replacement costs. Let’s look at some of your options for shipping containers, so you can get exactly what you need to protect your products in transit.
Regular Slotted Container (RSC)
Regular slotted containers are the most common type of box used in the packaging industry. They are a great choice for multiple packaging applications. The flaps on the regular slotted container are all the same length, and the two outer flaps are exactly one-half of the container’s width. This allows them to meet perfectly in the center.
The simple design of an RSC allows the manufacturing process to produce little waste, which is good for the environment as well. Typically, a regular slotted container consists of a single-wall construction, but the board can also be produced as a double- or triple-wall for added protection.
Some common uses for regular slotted containers include the creation of custom shipping boxes, storage for retail packaging, shipping for electronics supplies, organized moving boxes, food and beverage packaging, and much more.
Full Overlap Container
A full overlap container is very similar to a regular slotted container. The difference is that both sets of flaps overlap one another to fully cover the width of the box. This creates extra thickness on the top and bottom of the container for products that need a little more protection and cushioning. This style of box has the same uses as a regular slotted container, which are mentioned above.
Full Telescope Containers
This type of box features a separate top and bottom that fit over each other. When looking at each piece individually, you can see that they are trays. Full telescope containers are made from two scored and slotted rectangular blanks, which helps limit the amount of waste produced during manufacturing.
When placed together, the overlapping edges of the box provide extra protection on all sides. This also helps give the box some sturdy compression strength, so when items are stacked, they are secure. The construction of this type of box gives it a completely flat top and bottom, which makes it suitable for books, magazines, and other similar products.
Common uses for full telescope containers include the creation custom shipping boxes, storing paper goods and products, organizing products, storing books or catalogs, and fragile product packaging.
Wrap Around Blank
The wrap around blank can essentially be seen as a regular slotted container turned on its side. This type of box provides a tight fit for rigid products, as it is typically wrapped around to product to create the final container.
The benefit of the wrap around blank is that the positioning of the product, the folding of the box, and the sealing of the carton are all completed by an automatic machine. Case magazines usually hold more wrap around blanks compared to regular slotted container, so this helps speed up productivity as well.
Common applications for the wrap around blank include packaging food and beverages with rigid primary containers, including beer and wine bottles, or packaging home and personal care products stored in canisters and jars.
The one-piece folder box style is ideal for packaging items with shallow depths. It’s formed with one single piece of board that provides a flat, unbroken bottom. The longer flaps form the top of the box while extensions on the side flaps help make the top more stable.
This type of box is quick to assemble, which allows for quick loading and speedy packaging line efficiency. Common applications include shipping and packaging picture frames, storing books or catalogs, packaging shallow retail products, or custom shipping boxes for unique products.
Five-panel folders are cut and scored from a single piece of corrugated material. The fifth panel represents the closing flap, which will completely cover one of the side panels after folding. The finished five-panel folder has layers of combined board on the ends, which gives it superior stacking strength and protection.
Common applications for the five-panel folder typically involve storing long, narrow items. It has been used to make custom shipping boxes or gift boxes, to store metal parts or rails, to conceal food items, and to make kitting boxes.
A die-cut self-locking container is typically used for shipping small, lightweight items. These boxes are quick to assemble and come either flat packed on a pallet or in convenient bundles that are easy to manage. During the manufacturing process for die-cut boxes, little waste is created. They are also highly cost-effective.
Die-cut self-locking containers include and envelope-style base that requires no glue or tape for assembly. The lid features a tuck in flap that includes an additional locking tab for secure closure.
Roll End Tray with Locking Cover
The roll end tray with a locking cover is a very popular shipping container. It’s formed using a single piece of board that’s put on a die cutter. The design features an unbroken bottom, thick layers of corrugated material, and a locking cover that provides excellent sealing.
This type of box provides high levels of protection, and is often used to ship delicate items, such as cosmetics or electronics. It is also used to ship food items and retail products.
09 Series or Partitions
While these aren’t technically boxes, they are used to created added protection inside a box. The 09 Series represents different partitions or fitments that act as separators inside the box to create compartments for fragile products. There are multiple styles available for different applications.
Partitions and fitments are used to protect numerous items, including glassware or drinkware, products with multiple parts, and much more. They can be used to create dividers, partitions, pads, or tubes.
We hope this information helps you understand the types of shipping boxes available and has given you inspiration for finding the right one for your application. Each of these box types can provide a quality shipping method for your products while helping your consumer enjoy the unboxing experience.