What do you want from your packaging? Do you want it to be easy to open? Simple to fold and pack? Branded for your business? Sized to save on shipping? Pose this question to 100 people and you’ll get all kinds of answers. And while we’ve got most of these things covered, there were two additional features people were asking for: self-sealing and returnable.
We get it. Shippable packaging needs to be securely closed. Most of the time, this means packing tape, but it can be a hassle and an extra cost. Think about this: what if you could take tape out of the equation?
Our team of designers took the request seriously and developed something even better. Welcome the Snap2Pack. A mailer who is anything but ordinary. She’s sleek, secure and offers an extra printing surface on the inside (without 2 sided printing!) And for an extra bonus, has the option for a returnable tape strip- which reduces waste and saves on cost.
What does Snap2Pack offer?
We set out to make a product that was extra special, both inside and out.
Secure : Tamper proof seal for mailing important items.
Tear Strip : No cutting to open. Simply pull the tab for a clean entry.
No Tape : Adhesive closure included on all packages.
Returnable : Order with an additional tape strip to allow your customer to return. They just fill, close and reseal.
Standard Sizes : We’ve researched the top 21 sizes and included all of them.
Shallow Depth : For small, thinner products, we’ve brought in microflute material for depths of one inch or less.
Safe : All Snap2Pack boxes are produced using water-based, odorless ink.
If you’d like to get a closer look, start by checking out the 21 sizes Snap2Pack has to offer. If you’re looking for a custom size not offered, contact us and we’d be happy to discuss your options.
Our most luxurious, beautiful option; Luxe printing is sure to set your brand apart. CompanyBox can now offer food-safe printing for both primary and secondary corrugated packaging, requiring no additional barriers. Printed on the new HP C500, Luxe is also a great choice for those high resolution images and perfect tiny details. Nothing will make a bolder statement.
What makes Luxe different?
Food safe & odorless
True water-based ink
Meets Nestle guidance and Swiss Ordinance stringent food packaging demands
In printing, ink is a necessary ingredient. From the very smallest home printer, to the largest industrial printing press. But all ink was not created equal. Different inks are used for different types of packaging applications and printing presses. The digital world is changing and the ink is changing with it.
How is ink used?
When something is digitally printed, pigmented ink is delivered directly to the top layer, bonding to the surface- creating a desired graphic result. As packaging continues to evolve and become more readily available to everyone, brands must be diligent about choosing the right ink for their job, especially with new evidence to suggest ink doesn’t always stay put on that top layer.
A high-profile case occurred in 2005 involving a massive recall of Nestlé baby milk formula. When trace amounts of ink chemicals were found in the cartons, the brand had to recall 30 million liters of products from supermarkets across Europe. It’s estimated that Nestlé lost €1. 6 million worth of products as well as incalculable brand reputation damage.
This issue is called migration. When ink from the surface material enters food or drink contained in a package, it can then subsequently be consumed. It’s no surprise that this case forced retailers and brands around the world to take a closer look at their own packaging. So what are the ink choices for digital printing?
UV-curable inks are immediately exposed to ultraviolet lights as they are printed onto the packaging substrate.This method ‘dries’ or cures the ink when chemicals called photoinitiators react with certain wavelengths of that ultraviolet light.
Because they cure instantaneously, the printed product has a more raised and enlivened look. This process also makes the ink firm and durable, consequently making the print less subject to smearing and resistant to abrasions. UV-curable inks are known to maintain color consistency and contrast. And because these inks are waterproof, they can be used for outdoor applications.
The big downside to UV-curable ink? Those same photoinitiators that cause the instantaneous curing of UV inks can migrate into the interior of the packaging and interact with the contents. Depending on the contents, this can be a very big deal.
Water-based inks are food-safe, odor-free and nontoxic. This option opens up huge possibilities for companies who package food, cosmetics, drugs or even children’s toys. Water-based inks also reduce the environmental impact of food packaging, since no additional material are needed to prevent ink contamination. Plus, all corrugated packaging printed with water-based inks are fully recyclable.
The technology used in HP’s PageWide C500 press extends that reassuring experience by avoiding the use of UV-reactive chemistries, while still delivering extremely high print quality. Instead of using ultraviolet light to cure the ink, the C500 press uses heat.
These inks comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations and industry guidelines. These include the FDA, Nestle Guidance, Swiss Ordinance, EU Framework and more.
In 2018 CompanyBox made the decision to invest in HP’s C500 press in order to expand our digital printing capabilities and open the door to industries that necessitate food-safe printing. We offer water-based ink for runs of 2,000+ pieces, but in an effort to make this option more accessible, CompanyBox has changed the policy for food related packaging to 500 pieces.
Which ink should you use?
Choosing between water-based ink and UV-curable ink truly depends on how you plan to use your packaging. You will need to take into account your order volume and desired production method. We highly recommend water-based inks for any products in the food, beverage or baby industry.
We also encouraged you to consider this type of ink for beauty and cosmetics to avoid potential impact to the product or risk to the consumer. By working with a knowledgeable packaging expert, you will be able to determine the best packaging strategy for your needs.
Don’t be a stranger. CompanyBox can help answer all your packaging and ink related questions. We love collaborating with our customers to design fresh looks, no matter what your industry is.
What’s a Flute? How to Choose the Best Board Strength and Board Type for your Packaging
You’ve got your graphics and design ready. But now it’s time to decide on two things; your board strength and board type. What do these words mean and which one do you go with? It’s one of our most asked questions. We get it; it can be a real head-scratcher.
It’s hard to talk packaging without knowing more about board strength and board type (flutes). So, pull up a chair and let’s discuss more about the most essential part of corrugated material.
In some of our box sizes, you’ll find you need to choose your board strength. Board strength refers to the Edge Crush Test (ECT). This is a true performance test and is directly related to the stacking strength of a carton. It is usually listed as an ECT value (for example 32 or 44). If you are shipping a product that weighs between 25-40 pounds, a 32 ECT single-wall carton should be sufficient, in most cases. You will need to use 44 ECT for anything over 40 pounds and up to 95 pounds.
There will also be times you will be asked to choose your board type (especially when entering a custom size). Corrugated fiberboard (sometimes called cardboard) is comprised of three fiberboard layers; two linerboards sandwich a middle sheet that is in a wave-shaped pattern known as flutes. These flutes give strength and structure to boxes, and also serve as a protector, insulator and cushioning device. Each flute size has a useful function, from shipping strength to reducing storage space and improved printability.
How do you know which flute size to choose?
E-flute — Lighter
Our most popular flute size is also the smallest flute we offer. (Thickness of 1/16″) E-flute has a relatively flat surface, which makes it ideal for high quality printing. This super thin profile reduces outer box dimensions and can help save on storage space. It also provides the greatest crush resistance making it a good choice for glass, delicate instruments, cosmetics, liquor, food, high graphic displays, pet supplies and point of purchase boxes. You will see this type of board used in our Earlock Mailer, One Piece Folder, Tuck Top Mailer and Full Overlapping Carton.
B-flute — Middle-weight
B-flute is our second most used flute, being a good alternative to E-flute when wanting to support heavier items. With a thickness of 1/8″ and shorter flutes, this type of box still provides a rigid, flat surface for printing but also more rigidity than it’s bulkier cousin C-flute. You’ll often see this type of material in retail store displays. We’ve chosen to offer B-flute in our Earlock Mailer, One Piece Folder, Tuck Top Mailer, Full Overlapping Carton, Regular Slotted Carton and Display Header.
C-flute — Heavier
This guy is most commonly used for shippers with a thickness of 3/16″. It’s the most widely used in the world (about 80% of corrugated containers)! The flutes are taller here, giving C-flute somewhat better cushioning properties than B-flute.You are going to be able to pack heavier products with this board due to it’s crushing resistance and stacking strength. C-flute is used with our Regular Slotted Carton, Full Overlapping Carton, and Half Slotted Carton.
As you can see, several of our products come in more than one flute. And to make things just a little more complicated, many also come in different board strengths.
Our team will help you to determine the right type of board strength and type for your corrugated cardboard needs. Talk to us today and tell us about your requirements and we’ll take care of the rest.
CompanyBox Signs for HP PageWide C500 to Establish an All-Digital Packaging Plant
2018 has been a year of big changes for CompanyBox. Starting a new business always has its challenges, and though we started with an extensive background in packaging, we still saw things we that needed to be adjusted.
CompanyBox CEO, Louie DeJesus knew two changes would be key to a sustainable future. The first, we accomplished in January when we moved into our new building. This new space gave us room to grow our team and add several essential stations and equipment for our quickly growing packaging plant. All this was imperative to keeping customers happy.
But we want to do more than just make customers happy. We want to meet your every need. We want greater flexibility, food-safe packaging and faster turn-around times. We can see the future of packaging and want a way to offer it up to everyone; from that fresh, new start-up to those large well-known retail brands.
That brings us to the second big change of 2018.
Welcome to the HP PageWide C500
Read on for the official release from HP and see why we are so excited.
CompanyBox today announced the purchase of a new HP PageWide C500 Press to produce high-quality digital post-print corrugated packaging. The investment supports CompanyBox’s all-digital plant strategy to meet brands’ demand for greater flexibility in corrugated boxes and displays.
Scheduled for installation this fall, the HP PageWide C500 Press will serve as CompanyBox’s cornerstone in expanding its digital footprint in high-volume corrugated packaging. The company sees growing demand for high-quality single-pass digital print, especially with fast-moving consumer goods and food packaging. The C500 will operate in the company’s greenfield all-digital packaging plant in Charlotte, North Carolina. With this strategic site, and its additional plant in Geneva, Ohio, CompanyBox can efficiently serve the packaging needs of some of America’s largest retail brands and subscription service companies with a digital print capacity of over 85,000 square feet per hour.
The PageWide C500 will be CompanyBox’s largest digital investment, following its HP Scitex 15500 and 17000 multi-pass press installations. The C500 will help support the company’s fast-growing packaging business (CompanyBox.com) which is fueled by the national e-commerce packaging growth of over 10% per year.
A huge value of the HP PageWide corrugated solution is its true water-based inks and fluids engineered for food-safe packaging. Unlike most digital corrugated presses on the market, HP PageWide inks contain no UV-reactive chemistries, therefore enabling printing on both primary and secondary food packaging without the need for an additional barrier.
“We needed a digital solution for primary food packaging. After we researched digital presses from multiple OEMs, we knew we wanted to differentiate with inks containing no UV-reactive chemistries,” says Louie DeJesus, CompanyBox CEO. “True water-based ink is a unique feature that will enable us to comply with even the most stringent global food safety regulations, including Nestle guidance and Swiss Ordinance.”
Another differentiator that CompanyBox recognized in choosing the C500 is HP’s investment in high-value workflow solutions. HP’s recently announced One Package workflow portfolio will enable CompanyBox to integrate mainstream digital print into its fast-paced operations. “Efficient, high-volume workflow is extremely important to our continued ability to meet clients’ service level agreements,” says DeJesus. “We trust HP to help us look at the big strategic picture, while addressing many smaller ways to enhance our operational efficiency. The PageWide C500 and One Package workflow portfolio give us the ability to scale.”
CompanyBox is a family owned company that serves a worldwide client base. For more information visit: www.companybox.com.
When we first started CompanyBox we had big dreams. We wanted people to visit us to make their own brands better. We saw a huge open space on the side of boxes and knew we could help fill that space with color, logos and brand information. Think about it. The first experience someone has with a product is the outside packaging. What a huge opportunity to make an impact!
Our startup website launched in 2016 and we loved it. Loved seeing the unique companies out there, both big and small who reached out to us for custom boxes. We loved hearing success stories- those business benefited when they put more time into their brand.
Along the way, we were taking notes. Notes on how to improve, what additional features our customers were looking for and how fast our orders were processed, printed and then delivered. You know the saying “You cannot grow unless you’re willing to change”- well, we are ready and willing.
After listening to our customers and compiling all our notes, we decided to make some changes. Here are the 5 things CompanyBox recently did to improve our business, and more importantly, improve your customer experience.
1. Fresh, new look with improved design tools.
Even though you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, it’s clear a lot can be said by first impressions. We wanted each visit to our site to be easy to navigate. It was important every page was colorful, informative and inspiring. And while the old site worked perfectly well, it was obvious we needed to hit the refresh button.
So, we added more photos, more guidelines, and streamlined the customer process adding in a chat line for quicker response time. We also made sure to improve our 3D preview for you the designer. Now you can see your rendering in a larger size and at a faster rate.
2. New product!
Custom boxes aren’t just for shipping and displays. We wanted to start thinking outside the box (pun intended). Think about the last time you were at a festival or event. Can you remember what the trash containers looked like? Probably not. They normally aren’t something that makes a lasting impression.
Trash/recycling containers are no different than billboards. They both have a space where hundreds or thousands of people pass by. It’s a space to be highlighted, not ignored. Now imagine if you saw something like this.
Here is a chance to grab some attention. Our new Event Trash Boxes are just like small billboards. With a few differences- these are billboards that not only advertise, but serve a function (collection!) and have four sides (not two!).
Each of the four sides can be printed differently or split to promote an event/company on top and then highlight the sponsor on the bottom.
And don’t forget about the top- our event boxes includes customizable lids to designate different waste collection options (waste, recyclable plastic, bottles, et cetera).
Psst…. they are 100% recyclable and have an option of eco-friendly liners too!
3. Custom Samples
This was a big one. In fact, it was our number one request from you. And we understood the need. You wanted to see your design and be able to inspect it before hitting that button to order more.
Now it’s possible. For one set price, you can now choose your size and style, create your design and print in as many colors as you want. Then we’ll mail it to your doorstep for final approval.
4. New shipping options and better cost estimation
Did you know we print everything in-house? We never outsource, which means we don’t need to add hidden costs for shipping or product pricing. Now included is a smart shipper that knows whether you need to ship regular FedEx or freight depending on how much you are ordering.
How about if you live close to our warehouse or want to send your own truck? CompanyBox is now offering customer pickup as a free option.
5. New printers. New building.
We are so excited for this one. Picture us jumping up and down, giving high fives. Our goal has always been to embrace technology and bring a higher level of quality to our customers. That’s why we’ve purchased new printers for our production facility. Coming in the summer of 2018, the HP PageWide C500 Press has the ability to print boxes at a faster rate with even better quality than our current printer. How much can it print? How about a semi-truck load every hour!
To accommodate our new printers along with our growing business, we are opening a larger facility. CompanyBox is setting the bar high- bringing in the most up-to-date printing and cutting equipment in the industry. Slated to be ready by the beginning of February 2018, it will further optimize the relation between speed, efficiency and a quality product.
Our mission is to continually and seamlessly integrate changes to CompanyBox. These are the most recent updates we have made, but know that we are far from being finished. We never want to stop improving. Never want to stop doing something new. That’s a motto to live by.