25 Mar 2016 What Are Your Most Popular Custom Printed Box Sizes and other FAQ’s
We 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
9-1/2” 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.