Why use custom boxes or bespoke packaging? If you have an online store or your daily activities even minimally involve logistics, you know that space is gold: all transported volume costs money, although some of that volume (space) is empty. It is the volumetric weight of the packages which is what determines the final cost of transport. You can be transporting an object that in total does not weigh more than 5kg, but if it has a strange shape and standard boxes cover it leaving large gaps, your business or your client will pay to “transport” those gaps that carry nothing.
This is one of the reasons why custom boxes are a significant innovation at the production level that allows packaging manufacturers to make custom boxes for any business. With a custom-made box, your packages do not carry “air” and both you and your customers only pay for the actual volume transported.
Here are 4 reasons why you should use custom boxes in your business.
- With custom-made boxes, you do not have to pay for the die
In the production process of traditional packaging, there are many boxes that by their shape need a die. The die is the matrix intended to cut and shape the box, and in general if the box has an unusual shape it is necessary to use a die. Depending on the size of the box and the complexity of the shapes, slits and cuts, the cost of a die can range between £300 and £2,000 per box format. But currently, with innovative custom box production processes, such a die is not necessary.
And if your company does not work with a single box format but with several, you have to consider the cost of several dies.
- You can choose unlimited shapes and figures
As there is no die, there are no limitations regarding the shape of the boxes: these can include the shapes or figures that you want, because the cutting pattern is designed and programmed in situ in the same cutter. With the boxes made to measure there is no limitation to what can be done.
By making bespoke packaging you can add handles, windows to give external visibility to your products, curved finishes … and you can also apply the cuts and creases you want and with the shape you want in a much simpler and cheaper process than with a die.
- You can buy 1 unit if you want, there is no minimum order
Traditional packaging companies always ask for a minimum amount of manufacturing (for example, 1,000 boxes of each measure). But with modern innovative production methods, you can forget about the minimum purchase of hundreds of boxes necessary to make the cost of the die and the machinery to produce them profitable: with modern custom-made boxes, you can request only a few or even a single unit and you will not be bound to a minimum order.
- You can create very small boxes
With custom boxes, it is possible to get very small boxes, that is, sizes and shapes that you would never find among standard boxes. Due to the thickness of the corrugated cardboard, there are always some minimums, for example, there are models of boxes whose minimum execution is 3.5cm in height; but they will always be smaller than a standard box, allowing you to take better advantage of the volume transported.
With this system, you can create very long, very thin or very small boxes, allowing you to pack products in unusual ways. Do you have to pack a tripod, an umbrella or a set of golf clubs? Or maybe skis or a bicycle? The best solution is custom-made boxes, which will adjust to your product like a glove and prevent you from paying more for transportation than what the product really warrants.