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07 Apr 2017 Buyers Guide for Rigid Boxes for E-Commerce and Subscription Applications

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesBuyers Guide for Rigid Boxes for E-Commerce and Subscription Applications

They are known by many names including rigid wall boxes, set up boxes, two piece boxes, and even telescoping boxes. They are made of paperboard, not corrugated board, and have been used in the candy, greeting card, and board game industries for decades.

They are gaining in popularity for subscription applications as companies work to deliver value to their customers while creating a permanent or long-term brand presence. These are not shipping boxes, which in most cases are quickly discarded soon after they arrive. Rigid boxes tend to be kept and reused or repurposed. This makes them a greener option but it also means your brand lives on and the box serves as a constant reminder of the company that sent it.

With Appreciation to Birchbox and Others 

This type of subscription box has been made popular by companies like Birchbox who understand the value of packaging that is more than a disposable shipping container. This type of packaging makes a great first impression and in many cases provides a series of collectible containers the customer values, encouraging repeat orders and extending subscription life.

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesRigid boxes are also a graphic designer’s dream because unlike direct print flexographic printing (typically used on corrugated), this is a laminating process where sheets of interior and/or exterior paper can be printed any way you want, as many colors as you want, on a wide variety of papers including linens or foils, as well as spot or flood coat coatings. They can also be die cut, creating openings for product display.

Advantages of Rigid Boxes

Compared to other types of boxes they can be made to any size you want without expensive tooling. As mentioned above, the graphics flexibility is incredible and there are few limits to what can be produced.  Rigid boxes offer the ability to vary board color, and wrap exterior as well as lining interior which creates a truly custom look.

The minimum is relatively low at 1,000 though pricing due to setup costs becomes much more attractive in larger quantities of 5,000 or more. You can combine different (same size) copies for larger quantity, bulk pricing. When working with a company like ours, you can create the shipping containers to protect the rigid box in shipping.

rigid boxes, subscription packaging, branding, eco-friendly boxesFactors that Influence Cost of Rigid Boxes

As stated above, order quantity is always a major factor and of course box size also impacts the cost of any box we create. Other factors also include:

  1. Base/bottom and/or top/lid wrapped (exterior) or lined (interior). Anything is possible but it does add cost.
  2. The amount of overlap of the top/lid over the base/bottom. It can overlap 100% or anything less. Keep in mind not totally overlapping the base will likely mean you will have to wrap the exposed base.
  3. Board color of any unlined or unwrapped surface. Natural chip paperboard is the least expensive. White is also available at an upcharge, as well as other colors like black, though they may have a higher minimum.

Disadvantages of Rigid Boxes

They are such an impressive marketing tool that we can only come up with two negatives you should be aware of:

  1. They are not inexpensive and your product price point has to justify the cost of the rigid box as well as the shipping container. People will often ask why/how other companies like Birchbox can afford to use them and I remind them large shippers like them are buying much larger quantities, thereby substantially reducing their cost per unit.
  2. Most boxes and cartons ship flat minimizing the space they require to store and ship. Rigid wall boxes do not collapse, increasing those costs.

Salazar Packaging continues to be a one stop shop for all forms of e-commerce and subscription box packaging. There are few companies in the country with our experience in shipping containers as well as interior/protective packaging solutions.

Please call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us via email at Salazar Packaging to discuss your specific needs. Let us show you how we create effective “packaging that communicates” at a much lower cost than you think possible.

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20 Oct 2016 Design Options for E-Commerce and Subscription Boxes

custom printing, salazar packaging, One of the most commonly asked questions is “what are my options”? The question is typically asked by people who are interested in enhancing the customer experience and making their boxes stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace.

With Volume Comes Options

It may seem unfair, but the sad fact is that the number of creative options available to you increase as the order size increases. Some of the most attractive design options are basically cost prohibitive on a cost per piece and/or in terms of preproduction costs. There are no hard and fast rules and much also depends on the graphic design, but here is the way it basically breaks down:

Low speed, low volume digital printing – We do NOT offer this type of printing but it is usually the best option for people needing under 100 boxes or even up to as many as 1,000, especially if the graphic design is more complex with many colors. It may require some art or prep charges but no print plates are necessary, making it ideal for onetime runs. Depending on quantity, it may require a one-time cutting die and that cost can vary from a few hundred to much more depending on the box size and how many impressions are being printed at one time.

Flexographic printing – This is the most popular option and we have a very low but firm 1,000 minimum. It has some limitations in terms of graphics, and each color requires a one-time investment in a print plate and possibly a cutting die. Using one of our over 120 popular stock die sizes eliminates the die cost. Compared to Digital, flexo is always going to be substantially lower in cost.

High speed digital printing – Basically the same pros (great graphics, no plates) and cons (higher cost) as low speed digital but at a reduced cost because it runs at higher speeds. Rarely is this a good option for orders under 1,000 boxes.

Laminated sheet or board – It is often called litho labeling and that tends to be misleading because it is not a label in the traditional sense. The print limitations of flexographic printing directly on corrugated are eliminated by printing on a higher quality substrate using an offset process. That means that many colors, great images, glossy finishes or just about anything is possible. The printing is typically done on an 80# paper for a top sheet lamination application or SBS board, usually 10 pt, for an Asitrade type lamination. It can get complicated, but we make it simple and affordable.

Due to board minimums, your minimum will vary from around 3,000 to as much as 8,000, depending on the size of the box being printed. The cost will be higher than standard flexo, but the graphic possibilities are unlimited. The cost of traditional flexo print plates is also avoided, which can really add up on a four or five color design.

Which Printing Process is Best for You?

Our branded packaging advisors are well trained and experienced to help you make that decision. The factors that will be considered include:

  • Order quantity
  • Order frequency (one time or repeating)
  • Graphic design
  • Timetable
  • Cost per box limitations
  • Budget for pre-production costs

By offering a complete menu of printing options, after all factors are considered, we are sure to guide you to the best solution for your specific application. Contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 for a confidential, no cost, and no obligation application review.

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17 Jun 2016 Buyers Guide to Partitions, Dividers, and Die Cut Inserts for  E-commerce and Subscription Boxes

24 pack with partitionsAt first glance, adding packaging may appear to be adding cost, but in most cases, utilizing internal packaging in the box you ship out can dramatically reduce your overall costs. Beyond increasing profitability there are many good reasons to utilize partitions, dividers, and die cut inserts. They include:

  • Protecting products during shipment and preventing “product to product” or label damage
  • Reducing labor cost and increasing productivity by eliminating time consuming loose void fill or protective wrap (bubble, foam, etc.)
  • Enhancing the customer experience by creating a better presentation

There are three basic types or categories we are focusing on in this blog post:

Partitions

Whether they are made of corrugated or paperboard, these are typically vertical in design and can be made in just about any configuration you may need. Examples:  2×2 = 4 cell, 4×3 = 12 cells, etc.

Even though they are most commonly used in the bottled beverage industry to separate glass bottles, the photo showing coffee “K-cups” demonstrates how they can bring order to a box and product that might otherwise be difficult to arrange and present to your customer.

They are easily made to any size WITHOUT any type of tooling or cutting die required. The minimum for most partitions is 1,000, but that MOQ can vary depending on size and material type.

Partition tip: Pay the few cents more to have your partitions pre-assembled. The automatic equipment used at the plant adds minimal cost and saves you hours of costly labor and time when you are trying to meet a box deadline.

50-50 longitudinal  scored pad insert divider  - CopyDividers

The best way to describe a divider is an open top, horizontal partition. These are used whenever product visibility is important. Products can be separated for protection and elimination of damage while they are neatly arranged for the customer’s view delivering that retail experience in an e-commerce package.

Dividers can also be made of paperboard or corrugated, in either white or standard brown. For most, the MOQ is 1,000 and they usually do not require design time and can be produced quickly.

Divider tip – avoid the temptation to add cut outs, holes, slots, etc. so you can avoid custom tooling or cutting dies. If you apply the KISS principle, you keep the cost minimal while maximizing the benefits.

Die Cut Inserts

To create separation and protection with maximum visual impact, especially for unusual shapes and sizes, a custom die cut insert is the way to go. They do require a custom cutting die and may require design time, but typically the result is well worth the onetime costs. Packaging time can be greatly reduced with a product layout that is visually appealing.

Two cavity die cut insertMost inserts are made of corrugated board, in many cases E-flute gives a more attractive, less “industrial” look. They are also available in white or standard Kraft (brown) with a minimum 1,000 per configuration. Keep in mind the cutting die required for each configuration will likely cost hundreds of dollars. In addition, other than the simplest designs will require some time to create but we can usually give you an idea of what it will take over the phone.

In some situations an insert design MAY be able to hold different product combinations or counts. Talk to us about all of your products and we may be able to help you create a versatile, flexible insert or at the very least create different (multiple) inserts that fit in one universal shipping box.

Die cut insert tip: Complete the professional look of your die cut mailer by adding color and/or custom printed copy. The inserts are already being die cut so adding ink is surprisingly affordable.

Additional Internal Packaging Options

We offer one of the widest variety of internal packaging products in the industry. Other options include molded pulp, molded plastic trays, as well as various formulations of molded and die cut foam.

What is the best option for you? There are a number of factors including the product being shipped, the volume, your budget, and the look you are trying to achieve. If in doubt, call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us at Salazar Packaging for a no cost, no obligation review of your needs.

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09 May 2016 Geami Ex-Box on Sale Through May 31, 2016!

white on Kraft demoLast year when Geami dropped their selection of colorful, pre-expanded “Ready Rolls”, many loyal customers were disappointed. They loved the wide variety of available stock colors they could buy one roll at a time, but no one loved the shipping cost. Each box was bulky with low weight but large cubic inches making it very expensive to ship.

Ex-Box Solves Many Problems at Minimal Cost.

Gone is the selection of colors and the only two available colors are white tissue on Kraft paper and white tissue on white paper. However, because this material does not expand until it is used, it is compact and each “Expander” box is the equivalent of FIVE pre-expanded Ready Rolls.

This makes the Ex-Box easy to use (see video), comparatively inexpensive to buy, tremendously less expensive to ship, and it can be stored just about anywhere, making it the ideal protective and decorative packaging solution for a limited space situation. You can’t say the same for most loose fill or cushioning products such as bubble, peanuts or almost any type foam.

white on white ExBoxGeami Ex-Box on Sale! 

We have both colors of Ex Box in stock, on our store and available on sale through the end of May, 2016. When you try it you will understand why it remains a favorite for many large e-commerce retailers shipping fragile products via UPS, USPS and FedEx.

Check out the www.GlobeGuardProducts.com green packaging store and see the wide variety of effective, environmentally friendly packaging solutions we offer. As always, contact us through Globe Guard web site or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions.

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25 Mar 2016 What Are Your Most Popular Custom Printed Box Sizes and other FAQ’s

ThinkingWe are fortunate to receive many inquiries and referrals from potential new branded packaging customers and many similar questions are asked.

What size box do I need?

We usually explain it is difficult for us to size a box for a customer order we are not familiar with or a product we have never seen, but if all they are looking for is a guideline, this will probably satisfy the need:

5” X 4” X 3” – very popular size for jewelry and small personal care products

6” X 6” X 2” – used by many cosmetic and nutraceutical shippers

7” X 7” X 2” – a favorite of the razor and blade companies, as well as sample subscription boxes

8-1/2” X 5-3/16” X 1-9/16” – it is the same size as the smallest “flat rate” USPS box and can save tons on postage for light weight products such as men’s ties or socks

8-1/2” X 9” X 4” – one of our more square and higher profile sizes used for candles and larger snack samples

9” X 6-1/2” X 2-3/4” – perhaps the single most frequently used size for just about any type of product including e-juice (vape) and cosmetics

Hundreds of color options9-1/2” X 6-1/2” x 4-1/2” – A favorite size for smaller item subscription boxes as well as kid’s boxes

10” x 8-1/2” x 4” – an increasingly popular size for a wide variety of larger products.

11” x 12” x 2” – one of our first E-flute boxes, ideal for high end tee shirts and smaller clothing items

12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 2” and 12-1/4” X 9-1/4” X 4” – same box size but two different heights to accommodate clothing or varying height subscription boxes

Are any of your boxes available unprinted?

Coincidentally, ALL of the most popular sizes above also happen to be stock sizes on our Globe Guard Products green packaging store and can be purchased in unprinted Kraft (brown) in one bundle quantities.  We can even make them in white for you if that is your preference, with a low 1,000 box minimum.

Can you make inserts and dividers for your boxes?

Yes, almost any type you may need including molded foam, molded pulp, and die cut corrugated. There are no stock inserts, so all are custom made to fit your product and box so the MOQ is 1,000. This minimum applies whether the box we are fitting is one of our stock sizes, or a custom size.

How many colors can you print?

Even though we can direct print up to three colors using a flexographic print process, we help most customers minimize box and print plate costs by using the board color as a second color or screens to create multiple densities of the same color.

If your design is more complex, depending on order quantity, you may be better off using a litho label or even a digital print option. Our experienced and trained people who do this EVERY day, can guide you to the best print process for your needs.

Can you print a Pantone PMS color?

In most situations over 1,000 and under 5,000 boxes we recommend using standard GCMI colors (see related post below) because that will result in the lowest cost and the best color consistency. For larger runs over 5,000 boxes we can and do match any PMS color.

How much is shipping?

Bundle pricing for shipping is shown on each item on our Globe Guard store but for 1,000 MOQ orders it is not quite that easy. This is understandably a major concern for most box buyers but our response is always the same: we will gladly estimate shipping costs as soon as we know what we are shipping and where we are shipping it. Beyond zip code, are we shipping to a commercial address with a truck height loading dock or an office/residential address requiring a lift gate delivery?

Can you print my logo on a box or envelope?

Some incredibly talented graphic artists sit at their Mac and create beautiful, amazing designs that are totally unprintable using a flexographic process, directly printed on corrugated. There are limitations (see “Flexo Friendly Art related post below) but we have never charged anyone for looking at theirs and giving them an answer.

These are a few of our most frequently asked questions but please do not hesitate to contact Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 if we can answer your question for you.

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03 Mar 2016 What is Your Minimum for Custom Printed Packaging?

custom printed mailer envelopes and boxes (1)This is the number one question we are asked by potential customers. The easy and short answer for most people is – our MOQ for high quality branded packaging is lower than you think it might be.

The long answer is that it varies greatly, depending on a number of factors including what type of product, the material, the size and the graphic design. For example, our die cut mailer boxes are available in a very low MOQ of 1,000 boxes. However, if your graphic design requires a double white board (inside and outside) and it is a small box, the minimum might be substantially higher.

Here are a few typical examples of our different products and minimums:

Custom printed, branded mailer BOXES

  • Corrugated die cut mailer boxes: 1,000
  • Corrugated RSC style shipping boxes – 500 if larger than one cubic foot (12” X 12” X 12”) or 1,000 MOQ for any size smaller than one cubic foot.

Custom printed, branded mailer ENVELOPES

  • Unpadded paper mailer envelopes – one case (usually 200-300) for a simple 1 or 2 color print, on one or two sides. For full bleed, or wrap around graphic design the MOQ is 5,000 mailer envelopes.
  • Rigid mailer envelopes – 2,500 for a 1-2 colors, one to two sided prints under 25% ink coverage and 5,000 MOQ for full bleed or 3 or more colors.
  • Unpadded poly mailers – 25,000
  • Padded, poly lined mailers – 25,000

Branded Packaging – No Price List Available
When you realize all of the variables you probably understand why there is no published price list. Instead we have a staff of fully trained, experienced “branded packaging advisors” who will guide you through the process and help you select the best packaging product for your specific application.

Do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions on any product you may need and if we do not offer it, we can probably tell you where you can find it.

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18 Feb 2016 NEW: Rigid Mailers in White and Kraft

custom printing with low 2,500 MOQIn our never ending effort to offer our customers better, greener, and more affordable custom printed and branded packaging products, we are thrilled to be adding a new line of rigid mailers in both white and Kraft board.

Seven NEW RIGID MAILER Sizes with More to Come

The new sizes currently range from 6” X 6” to 12-3/4” X 15” and we plan to add several other sizes and designs in the next few weeks.

Each size is available in Kraft TBC or white CCNB paper board. Every mailer features an easy to use, peel and seal adhesive strip for fast, secure closure and an easy to open, tamper evident tear strip.

They are all currently in stock and available for immediate shipment on our Globe Guard ® green packaging store!

Another GREAT Green Packaging Solution FROM Globe Guard®

One of the things we most love about this new product line is how eco-friendly it is. All of these products are:

  • 100% recycled content
  • High post-consumer waste (PCW) content from 35% minimum on white to as much as 98% on Kraft.
  • 100% recyclable just about anywhere including curbside paper recycling programs.

White and Kraft rigid mailers now in stockAlso Available Custom Printed in a Low 2,500 MOQ!

Anyone who knows us knows we are all about branding, and this product line offers one of the lowest minimums anywhere for custom printing on rigid mailers. One or two colors are standard and quickly priced for you. Flood coats and higher color counts are also available upon request.

Standard colors or PMS (Pantone) specific colors are also available, as are screen designs for that unique look you want. If you prefer a window rather than a label, that too is easily accomplished in house with an open or film covered window.

We feel this product line is a perfect fit and compliments all of our other custom printed packaging products that include: RSC style shipping boxes, die cut mailer boxes, unpadded paper mailer envelopes, padded poly (bubble) mailer envelopes, unpadded poly mailers, rigid paperboard boxes, and paperboard folding cartons.

Please do not hesitate to contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 to discuss your specific application and needs. We are confident we can help you create packaging that communicates and tells your customer the story you want to tell.

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29 Jan 2016 What Drives E-Commerce and Subscription Box Redesign and Rebranding?

Hundreds of color optionsWe have been making great looking, great performing e-commerce and subscription boxes for a long time. At our company, we measure experience in decades, not years, so it is fair to say we have had many conversations with a great variety of potential customers. We have found that most of the people seeking help with a packaging redesign or rebrand, typically do so for four basic reasons:

Reducing Shipping Costs

Shipping rates have changed (increased of course) and sometimes so do the items being shipped. A very larger shipper of personal care products redesigned some of their primary product containers and the changes were just enough to take their overall package weight from just under, to just over the critical one pound weight limit for USPS. This change of weight was minimal but it increased their shipping costs by an additional $2.00 cost PER BOX so a quick weight loss program was needed.

Unforgetable inside printsWe analyzed everything from the size, the shape, the board weight and even the ink weight and reached the goal, without compromising the integrity or the appearance of the product being shipped. In fact the customer was thrilled to see the weight reduced without making the packaging inconsistent with the high quality products they ship. Amazingly, the new design was implemented within two weeks from finished art.

Eliminating Shipping Damage

We recently met a new client who was using an outer shipper to protect the inner, branded box containing their products. This was not to preserve the esthetics of the primary box, it was simply because the products were being beat up in shipment due to the poor, weak, primary box design.  The outer, inexpensive “stock box” they used to protect the branded box was anything but low cost. It added labor and overall weight while increasing their shipping costs.

Even though the new design we helped create required new tooling (cutting die) and new print plates, those onetime costs were recovered in a matter of weeks, while customer complaints and packaging costs were reduced.

internal packaging solutionsImproving Productivity

Imagine doing the vast majority of your annual business in a few short weeks! That is exactly what happened annually for one of our new customers. The seasonal nature of their business means that every second counts and packaging time impacts how many orders will make it out the door and to their customers in time for Christmas.

Many customers like using plain or decorative paper products such as tissue, or kraft paper for void fill and to provide minimal protection. While these products tend to be inexpensive to purchase, they are typically expensive to use because they have to be measured, cut and manipulated (scrunched) into the right shape and size. This is very time consuming and in the hands of the wrong, new or seasonal packer, it can also result in an ineffective and unattractive presentation.

We have proven time and time again that even though a well-designed insert (foam, molded pulp, or die cut corrugated) can be more expensive per piece, the many benefits, especially labor reduction, can create savings in the end. In this case, our client was able to get many more orders out the door, at an overall lower cost per unit.

“Enhancing the Customer Experience”

Whether your team calls it that, or “increasing the WOW factor”, the objective is the same: creating e-commerce packaging that impresses the customer receiving it.  A quick visit to our gallery will show that there are a number of different ways to accomplish that from the soft and subtle to bold and outrageous. Needs change over time and are influenced by our customers as well as our competitors, so branding or rebranding can be a great way to communicate and keep your message current.

Whatever your motivation or goal, do not hesitate to contact us for a free and frank discussion about your e-commerce or subscription box branding. Call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us at Salazar Packaging.

We look forward to working with you on your project.

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17 Aug 2015 Globe Guard® Min-Weight™ Boxes Maximize Customer Value and Minimize Shipping costs for Universal Yums

One color on white Min-Weight boxesCurrently shipping costs are rising much faster than profit margins for many e-commerce and subscription box brand owners. Some take the easy route and simply reduce the size and weight of the boxes they ship by simply giving their customers less.

The people at Universal Yums were determined to continue providing their customers with as much of their delicious international treats as possible. It was that commitment that first caught our attention. They asked us to help engineer a solution that would eliminate unnecessary, redundant corrugated board and it was not nearly as simple as it sounds. Eliminating corrugated board to reduce overall package weight can be tricky because you do not want to reduce the box design’s strength. As we tell people, the problem is not your three pound package, it is the thirty pound package that ends up on top of yours, that creates the problem.

A peek inside a Min-Weight boxDesign, Redesign and Testing Produces Great Results

“Every ounce counts” was the customer’s direction so we started strategically eliminating board that we thought would not weaken the box’s strength. We worked with different cut outs and a variety of board grades and quite frankly, not all of our designs satisfied the requirements. Our designers created multiple versions before we arrived at the following:

  1. Top tuck mailer that is 10-1/2” X 8-1/2” X 3-1/2” – empty weight of approximately 5.4 ounces* custom printed
  2. Top tuck mailer that is 8” X 5” X 3” – empty weight of approximately 2.8 ounces* custom printed

*NOTE- paper/board weight varies and printing ink adds weight as well so our   recommendation is always to stay well under target weight to avoid going over.

Min-Weight™ Boxes Now Available For You!

We liked this design and results so much that we decided to add these two cutting dies to our inventory of over 45 different available sizes and styles. If they are not the correct size for you, talk to us about a custom print, custom size, that will help you promote your brand while helping you reduce your shipping costs.

Contact us at Salazar Packaging or call us at 630-551-1700 if you have any questions, would like to see samples or would like to discuss your specific needs. We recently helped a customer reduce their shipping costs by $2.00 per box by keeping their box under the USPS one pound rate, and we can probably help you achieve similar results.

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09 Jul 2015 Mailer Envelope Options for Reducing Cost

Every form of mailer envelope plain or printedAs we often like to say, sometimes the best box for shipping a product is not a box at all. In some cases a mailer envelope will satisfy the need, at minimal cost per container, for shipping and for processing.

We offer a variety of stock (unprinted) and custom printed mailer envelope options including:

Plastic Mailer Envelope Options – still a favorite for some customers because of their light shipping weight and moisture resistance.

Unpadded – very popular for clothing and other soft goods. We have two different grades available and can be seen at this link. The minimum for custom printing is 25,000 envelopes.

Padded or “bubble lined” – ideal when the profile is low and a little protection is needed. Available (unprinted) stock sizes can be seen here and custom printing has a minimum of 25,000 envelopes.

Paper Mailer Envelope Options – the clear choice for most eco minded shippers and consumers.

Unpadded – available in white or Kraft, unprinted stock sizes and can also be custom printed in a VERY low, one case minimum. The low cost, low minimum branding option has quickly become a favorite for shipping tee shirts and other apparel.

Padded – Eight different unprinted sizes in stock but no longer available custom printed. Even though it is considered a green product (100% paper), the weight can make it costly to ship.

Rigid mailers – the perfect solution for mailing documents and other very low profile products. We have eight unprinted sizes in stock and the minimum for custom printing is 25,000 envelopes.

Paper/Poly Mailer Envelopes – these are not a stock item and not recyclable because the exterior is paper and the interior is plastic bubble, yet they are lightweight and preferred by people who want or need a paper exterior but also need some cushioning. These are available ONLY in custom printing with a minimum of 25,000.

Which mailer envelope is best for you?

We will be glad to review your application and help you determine that. The answer usually depends on what you are shipping, how you are shipping it and the order quantity. Some low cost solutions are only available in larger quantities, and of course, custom printing and branding can also be an important factor.

Please call us at 630-551-1700 or contact us at Globe Guard Products.com for unprinted stock products and Salazar Packaging.com for custom printed applications. Someone from our customer support team can help you decide which product is best for your specific needs.

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