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Postal Boxes & Mailing Boxes – Ultimate Guide

11 January 2024 by
Quickbox Manufacturing Ltd, Lorna Donnelly

Setting up an eCommerce business can be challenging enough without thinking about how you are going to deliver products to your customers. You need to work out which postal boxes are going to be best to protect your products, and they also need to be the right size and strength. Something you may not have thought about is the experience the box gives to your customers too. If the box is covered with your branding, it will be recognised immediately and will leave a lasting impression.

The best postal boxes

Try not to feel overwhelmed by the range of postal boxes & mailing on the market, that is where we at Quickbox are on hand to help you choose the right cardboard box for your needs. We even have an instant box quote calculator if you require a box that doesn’t quite fit the normal size standards.

Postal boxes come in all shapes and sizes, and they even have different cross-sections linings and lids. It certainly can be confusing, although the one thing they do have in common are sealable lids! One thing to be aware of is that postal boxes & mailing boxes are different from cardboard boxes as the latter often have extra inserts which can be added to prevent movement during transport.

Closable lids are often integrated into the design of postal boxes, to ensure that the package isn’t accidentally unboxed before it reaches the hands of your customer. Depending on what you are wanting to send, you can even purchase speciality mailing boxes & postal boxes for books, mugs and other precious items. These will all have self-adhesive seals on the lid for extra protection during transit.

Cardboard boxes

Cardboard boxes still have their place within the world of eCommerce, particularly as they are a sustainable type of packaging. Standard boxes can be used for storage as well as shipping, in order to protect your inventory from dust and dirt. They are also much better suited for shipping products like wine and bottled goods. Card inserts can be manufactured which neatly separate the bottles within the cardboard box, as well as providing extra protection against knocks and bumps as they are transported.

You may also want to consider a cardboard box with integrated bubble wrap lining if the product you are shipping is particularly fragile. This will make things even more secure, and guarantees that your product will arrive in the hands of your customer in the same condition that it left your premises.

Flat boxes for postage

We can’t write a blog on mailing boxes without discussing flat cardboard boxes – you know, the ones that monthly letterbox subscriptions arrive in. They are ideal for posting thinner items such as magazines, and are more substantial than your normal paper mailing bag. Flat postal boxes are designed to fit standard sized Royal Mail post boxes and home letterbox slots, which makes them a cost-effective way to send smaller eCommerce products. Featuring integral lids, double reinforced sides and quick self-seal options, flat boxes have revolutionised eCommerce packaging.

Foam-lined mailing boxes

One of the types of postal boxes that people are often unaware of is the foam-lined mailing box. These are perfect if you are wanting to send delicate, smaller items in the post such as jewellery. They are a one-piece design made from triple-layer card, lined with non-abrasive foam. The outer card is strong as there are no breaks in the design, and it provides a layer of protection from the outside world. The inner layers of foam prevent shocks and knocks, keeping the item that is inside nice and secure.

If you would like any more information about the wide range of postal boxes, mailing boxes and packaging products that we supply, contact the team at Quickbox today.

Quickbox Manufacturing Ltd, Lorna Donnelly 11 January 2024

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