How To Choose Boxes For Ecommerce Shipping And Distribution

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With quarantine continuing to drag on, now has never been a better time to invest in your digital business as e-commerce continues to boom. Whether you already have an established online presence or are just getting started, it’s important to know what supplies you need and how to choose boxes for shipping and distribution. Your business needs to be efficient, and you should ensure packages reach your customers safely.

Folding carton boxes

These were the first boxes used by the packaging industry. While they used to ship only expensive goods, they soon became an industry standard, as they are easy to use and seal. You can also collapse these boxes when not in use, making them simple to store. This box is ideal for lighter items like shoes, clothing, and canned goods.

Corrugated boxes

If you’re shipping something on the heavier side, corrugated boxes have been on the rise as the industry’s new favorite. These boxes are durable, protective, and stack easily without losing their shape from weight placed on top of them. There is a ridged “cushion” in between the inner and outer lining, which resists the damage of impacts.

Rigid boxes

These boxes are also known for their sturdy material and strong packaging. You cannot collapse these boxes for storage, but thankfully, rigid boxes aren’t very big. These boxes are used for shipping electronics and mobile phones, and they feature the integrity of a corrugated box.

Full overlap boxes

Another heavy-duty form of packaging, the outer flaps of these boxes completely overlap the width of the box, making them tough and resilient. These boxes are ideal for storing and shipping a collection of publications such as comics, books, and magazines. The double-layer of the full overlap box makes it structurally sturdy and ideal for stacking.

Telescope boxes

This box is prepared in two separate parts—a base and a lid, rather than connected flaps you would tape sealed. While not too different from a rigid box, people typically use telescope boxes to ship high-end luxury products, and they are associated with a feeling of sophistication. This makes these boxes an aesthetic choice used more to reflect a certain image for your business.

Mailer boxes

These little boxes are very handy, as they fit easily into mailboxes. This compatibility makes it a very convenient, efficient choice for getting products to your customers quickly. The package can be left at a home’s mailbox if your customer is not immediately available for pickup.

Once you’ve assessed your inventory, you’ll know how to choose boxes and distribution that best suits your needs. The right box can make all the difference in protecting your product, making the delivery as quick and easy as possible, even saving you money.

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