Types of card packaging

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Types of card packaging
Cardboard packaging includes many specialised boxes. (cardboard box image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

Card packaging includes a vast range of boxes, cartons, cardboard envelopes, egg boxes, inserts, stiffeners, interlocking divider pads, clamshells and blister packs. According to packaging expert Giles Calver, some cardboard packaging formats survive even though consumers find them difficult to open because they do their job of protecting the contents so well.

Cardboard Envelopes

Cardboard envelopes can be self seal or tab locking. In either case, you will not need tape or stiffeners, which saves time. Speciality cardboard envelopes include gusseted, sideloader, black, priority and custom. With custom style, you can have your own artwork, such as a company logo, printed on the face of the envelope.

Cardboard Boxes

You will find a large range of single- and double-wall cardboard boxes available in white and brown, with many different size options. Some come flat packed and ready to assemble. Choose tall-top opening cardboard boxes if you need to transport items that must be kept upright, like potted plants. Mirror and painting boxes are perfect for packaging flat and slim items. If you need to send reams of paper, there is a box for that, too -- the ream box. You can also use this for packing and mailing other small, lightweight items. A wardrobe box is specially made for the moving of clothing items with an integrated hanging rail.

Blister Packs and Clamshells

The blister pack consists of a printed card backing and attached preformed, clear, plastic case, between which goods such as hardware and electrical items are sealed. Customers can examine the goods, but the pack is designed to show any kind of tampering. Clamshells are a special type of blister pack where double-sided blisters clip together manually.

Kraft Board Packaging

Kraft board, usually clay-coated on one side to allow printing, is commonly used in beverage packaging and where appearance is important. You can buy postal boxes made from high-quality white kraft board with double-lined sides for extra strength. You can choose to have them with or without foam inserts. The foam insert is useful for holding objects in place. One design includes a die-cut hole that locks into place and seals the box so you don't need to use tape. When your customer receives the package, he can easily open it to get to the item inside.

Pallet Boxes

Pallet boxes consist of a wooden pallet on which sits a cardboard bottom tray and a corrugated sleeve and cap. Being very strong, they are ideal for shipping heavy-duty items and are a popular choice for exporting. When you are not using the pallet box, you can store the sleeve flat within the tray.

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