When you first started your small business, you may have shipped your products in regular slotted containers (RSC). RSCs are boxes made in standard sizes and usually have four folding flaps that meet in the middle. As your business expands, you may want to shift to die-cut boxes instead.
Die-cut boxes are high-end shipping devices - they lock with ease and are usually double paneled. Since die-cut boxes are customized, your products will fit better within them; and you'll be able to raise brand awareness since colors and designs can be printed on them.
As you customize your die-cut boxes, focus also on improving their functionality. Here are three ways to make these boxes more convenient for your customers.
Make Sure Handholds Don't Affect Structural Integrity
A great benefit of die-cut boxes is the ability to create handholds within the cardboard. If you need to ship heavy products, then your customers will be grateful for handholds so they can get a good grip on the package.
However, you need to keep in mind that because handholds do create gaps in the cardboard, they can potentially weaken the overall strength of the box. You should remedy this situation, as you don't want the boxes to break apart and injure your customers.
First, let your manufacturer know the maximum weight of your products. Then they will be able to create a box that supports that weight. Two tests within the corrugated industry test the strength of a cardboard box: the Edge Crush Test (ECT) and the Bursting Test.
The ECT is used to test the stacking strength of a box. This measure is important to know since your diecut box will be shipped with other packages and needs to withstand their pressure. The Bursting Test measures the amount of force it takes to puncture the cardboard.
You have many options to increase your boxes' strength. You can add more fluted cores to the sides - also known as double-wall corrugation.
And instead of using tape to secure flaps on the bottom of the box, make sure the box's bottom is just one sheet of cardboard. If you do need flaps on the bottom of the box, use extra tape for more support. To improve the handholds, consider installing plastic handhold reinforcements on the boxes.
Make Sure Boxes Are Secure but Easy to Open
When boxes are overloaded, customers can easily puncture products as they use a box opener. Further, boxes that are too tightly secured are impossible to open without a knife. This quality could raise the risk of injury for your customers.
Thankfully, you can secure your boxes while still making them easy to open. With die-cut boxes, you have the ability to create locking flaps on the lid panels. These flaps secure the box enough that you only need a little tape for additional support.
Another way to secure the boxes is by investing in tear tape. Tear tape looks like regular tape, but it contains a narrow filament or yarn in which the customer can tug to split the tape open. Tear tape is fantastic because your customers won't need to use extra force or scissors. Tear tape works well with fragile items or liquid products.
Make Sure Box Finishes Are Resistant to Moisture
Since die-cut boxes can be printed with your brand on the outside, you want these boxes to be resistant to moisture. Plus, you want your customers to receive their products without moisture damage.
Your manufacturer can coat the boxes with sealants to resist moisture. For instance, some corrugated boxes are coated with paraffin wax as they go through the assembly line. Spray fixes or polythene coatings work well too.
At Capitol City Container Corp., we want your diecut boxes to not only look fantastic but be convenient for your customers. Contact us to learn more about customized box options.