As lockdown continues and many retailers experience “record breaking” orders for their goods online, some are also managing the difficulties of corrugate shortages driven by the unprecedented demand for boxes.

If you are struggling to source boxes to fulfil customer orders, here are five alternatives that you may want to consider switching to:

Mailing Bags

Obviously taking the size of your items into consideration, soft mailers are a great way to ensure that your products can be delivered through the letterbox, reducing the need for to leave parcels on the doorstep or “whilst you were out…” notifications.

For non-fragile items with no hard corners, like clothing or soft furnishings, mailing bags are a great option. Traditionally available in plastic, there are now 100% paper options available if you are looking to improve the sustainability of your packaging.

Cushioned Envelopes

For more fragile items, or items with rigid corners that could incur damage, use a cushioned envelope. Available in a variety of linings including bubble wrap, paper fluting or padded with recycled paper, they offer cushioning to protect your products from knocks and drops in transit.

Padded Mailer

Solid Board Envelopes

For items like books or video games, consider using solid board postal envelopes. The rigid outer provides good product protection and they are gusseted to expand to a width of 30mm, making them suitable for use with a variety of item depths.

Postal Envelopes

Postal wraps

Not quite a box and not an envelope… a postal wrap falls somewhere in between. Cleverly designed, these wraps fit tightly around flat profiled items – like books, board games and jigsaws – and close with a self-sealing strip.  No additional packaging is required.

Postal Wraps

Postal tubes

Postal tubes have been traditionally used to transport posters and technical drawings but, they are also great for longer “odd” shaped items too – umbrellas, golf clubs, flask bottles and cooking utensils for example.  They come with a plastic end cap to hold your products in place but, if you are shipping heavier items it’s a good idea to seal the closure with tape too.

Postal Tubes

If you are looking for a packaging solution to meet your product range, why not contact Macfarlane Packaging today?


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