The world of custom rigid boxes can be confusing for those not familiar with the industry. There are many options to choose from and several factors to consider when selecting your box type.
Here is what you should know about each option:
1. Semi-Rigid Boxes
Semi-rigid boxes are the most popular choice for packaging, storing, and shipping products. They’re typically made of kraft paper or corrugated fiberboard (aka cardboard) covered with exterior material to create a more durable box. The interior can be lined with polyethylene, foam, or bubble cushioning.
Semi-rigid boxes are best suited for apparel products with hanging hardware like pants and shirts that may need to be returned. However, they’re also popular in the foodservice industry for storing tableware, glassware, and dishware because they can handle some wear & tear during transportation without sustaining damage.
2. Rigid Boxes
Rigid boxes offer more protection than semi-rigid and corrugated box types because they consist of two or three pieces glued together to form a single, sturdy part (totes & cases). They can be manufactured from paperboard or plastic. The most common type used for retail packaging is a rigid box with lid.
Rigid boxes are popular for storing and shipping products with a rugged exterior like electronics, sporting equipment, or glassware. They can handle more shock during the delivery process than other custom rigid boxes.
3. Corrugated Boxes
Corrugated boxes are made of two or more layers of corrugated fiberboard (aka cardboard) with a printed liner. They come in various shapes and sizes to meet your specific needs for storing, shipping, mailing, and marketing products.
The most common use is for retail packaging, where they’re popular for storing and shipping products with a soft exterior like apparel, bedding, or towels.
In conclusion, each type of custom rigid box has its unique benefits based on the product being packaged, stored, or shipped.