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7 Types of E-commerce Packaging for Faster Dispatch

No Comments    |        |    January 9, 2024    |    Reading time 5 minutes
Cartoon illustration of a man at a packing bench, surround by cardboard boxes and tape, with a thought bubble containing the words "There must be a faster way to do this?"

Do you run an e-commerce business? Is your packaging slowing you down? Then this blog post is for you!

In the bustling world of online retail, the right packaging does more than just protect products; it's a crucial part of the customer experience. Efficient e-commerce packaging can be the difference between a smooth operation and logistical headaches.

So, let's jump into what makes efficient e-commerce packaging key in the world of online shopping.

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What is E-Commerce Packaging?

E-commerce packaging is the cornerstone of successful online retail. It's more than a simple box or envelope; it's a thoughtfully designed solution tailored for the unique demands of digital commerce. This packaging genre is all about maximising efficiency and minimising fuss.

Firstly, speed is of the essence. E-commerce packaging often comes flat-packed, boasting features like quick-assembly pop-up bases that save precious time during packing. Storage is another critical factor. These packaging solutions are designed to be space-efficient, helping to keep storage requirements at dispatch points to a minimum.

Innovation doesn't stop there. Integrated peel & seal tape eliminates the need for additional sealing steps, streamlining the packing process. Then there are the ingenious built-in features like inserts and variable capacity retention systems, accommodating a range of product sizes with ease.

Size adaptability is another hallmark. Products like wrap-around book wraps and expanding envelopes demonstrate how e-commerce packaging can flexibly cater to various item dimensions.

And let's not forget the customer's unboxing experience – easy, frustration-free opening mechanisms like tear chords and perforated strips make a world of difference.

1 FlyPak® - A New Type of E-commerce Packaging

A dramatic stage with an ecommerce box FlyPak illuminated under a spotlight

Enter FlyPak, the trailblazer in e-commerce packaging. This isn't your average box; it's a cost-neutral upgrade from traditional crash lock boxes, designed with efficiency and versatility in mind.

FlyPak's swift pop-up construction not only saves time but also significantly cuts down on labor costs. It's a packaging solution that understands the value of time in the fast-paced world of e-commerce.

The beauty of FlyPak lies in its ability to adapt. Thanks to its rigid variable-height retention system, one size fits many. This means fewer box sizes to manage, yet it's capable of securely shipping a diverse range of product sizes.

Security is another cornerstone of FlyPak. By minimizing the risk of damage or theft, it effectively reduces the headache of returns – a feature so reliable that even DPD gives it a nod of approval.

When it comes to branding, FlyPak doesn't shy away. Thanks to it's unique design, you can opt for cost effective single-sided printing to save money, while still making a statement with your brand's artwork proudly displayed under the lid.

But it's not just about looks and efficiency. FlyPak stands as a testament to sustainable packaging, boasting certifications for being sustainable, recyclable, and plastic-free. It's the eco-conscious choice for brands that care about their environmental footprint.

In terms of logistics, FlyPak has it all figured out. Supplied flat and at a mere 2-ply thickness, it's a dream to palletize and store, ensuring that your packaging process is as streamlined as your shipping.

FlyPak ecommerce packaging reduces storage requirement as it's better for palletisation

2 Crash Lock Boxes

crash lock boxes custom printed for online cosmetics retailer space NK (AKA SPACENK)

Crash Lock Boxes are the unsung heroes of e-commerce packaging, known for their robustness and user-friendly design. They offer a secure locking mechanism that snaps into place, providing unparalleled protection without sacrificing ease of use. Imagine a box that sets itself up in seconds - that's the Crash Lock Box for you!

These boxes are not just about secure locking; they are about enhancing packing efficiency. Our range, including innovative features like "sureseal" and the "x-lock" base, ensures your products are not only secure but also presented in the best possible way. This ingenious design minimizes the need for additional packing materials, reducing both costs and environmental impact.

The Crash Lock Box is an ideal solution for businesses looking for a blend of speed, security, and simplicity. It's a testament to how traditional packaging can evolve to meet the demands of modern e-commerce.

Best packaging for shipping ecommerce orders, book wraps

3 Book Wraps

Book Wraps are the perfect choice for those looking to ship books, DVDs, and other flat items. They offer unparalleled protection, ensuring your products arrive in pristine condition. Our Book Wraps are designed to snugly fit around your products, providing cushioning and protection against the rigors of transit.

The adaptability of these wraps means they can accommodate a range of sizes, making them a versatile choice for various products. Their sturdy construction and secure sealing ensure that your items are not just well-protected but also presented professionally upon arrival.

eco-friendly e-commerce shipping envelopes custom printed for Sky Mobile

4 E-commerce Envelopes

E-commerce Envelopes are an excellent choice for sending smaller items. These envelopes come in various styles, including heavy-duty corrugated options, providing an extra layer of protection for delicate items. Our range offers different sizes and types, catering to a wide array of products.

These envelopes are not just about protection; they're also about presentation. They offer a sleek, professional look, enhancing the unboxing experience for your customers. With easy-to-use sealing mechanisms, they ensure efficiency in packing and security in transit.

custom printed mailing bags

5 Mail Bags

Mail Bags, particularly our Kraft Paper Mailing Bags, are the go-to for businesses seeking a balance between durability and environmental responsibility. These bags are sturdy, lightweight, and flexible, making them ideal for a variety of products.

Their eco-friendly construction appeals to environmentally conscious consumers, adding an extra layer of appeal to your brand.

6 Padded Mailers

Eco-friendly Padded Paper Mailers are an sustainable alternative, to traditional bubble mailers. They provide the necessary cushioning and protection for delicate items without the environmental footprint of plastic.

These mailers are perfect for businesses looking to reduce their environmental impact while ensuring their products reach customers safely.

Fluted Corrugated Mailer White 470 x 350mm

7 Flutelopes

Flutelopes (also known as fluted envelopes or fluted mailers) are a unique solution, they're super light weight and low cost, yet their fluted paper interior offer a decent level of protection. They are perfect for shipping items that need a bit more cushioning protection than what a standard envelope can offer.

Their fluted construction provides an excellent buffer against shocks and impacts, ensuring your products arrive in top-notch condition.

Conclusion

In the fast-evolving world of e-commerce, packaging is much more than a mere necessity – it's a critical component of the customer journey. From the innovative and environmentally conscious FlyPak to the sturdy and efficient Crash Lock Boxes, The Packaging Club offers an array of bespoke solutions designed to meet the diverse needs of online retailers. Each type of packaging we offer comes with its own unique advantages, ensuring that no matter your product, we have the perfect solution to dispatch it safely, effectively, and in an eco-friendly manner.

Alternative to cardboard boxes - FlyPak

Are you ready to revolutionise your e-commerce packaging? At The Packaging Club, we specialise in custom e-commerce packaging solutions that do more than just protect your products. They amplify your brand and enhance the unboxing experience, leaving a lasting impression on your customers.

Dive into the world of custom-printed packaging with us and see how we can help elevate your brand while optimising costs through efficient packaging solutions. Explore our extensive range of packaging options and become part of a community of satisfied customers who have transformed their shipping process into an unforgettable branding opportunity.

This article was written by...

Nathan Calvert

Nathan is Head of Digital at The Packaging Club. He has worked in the packaging sector for over 15 years across food, consumer electronics, FMCG ecommerce and more, both directly in-house or as a freelance consultant.

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