By: Hadyn Oliver
4 Minute Read
Let me guess … you’re sitting there right now, reviewing your current packaging? Or looking at ways to reduce your packaging spend. We’re envisioning the struggle to look something like this:
“What is better a box or mailer bag for shipping my products?”
“Which do the customer prefer?”
“Which is more cost-effective?”
“Which is more sustainable?”
We get asked these questions all the time, so, instead of you having to drop us a message, you can quickly read through this short guide to find your answer. Simple!
Many organisations have been in similar situations, not knowing which packaging to go for, the bag or the box. To help out, we will address the positives and negatives of each, and what other companies have done.
Let’ started with the definitions …
Definition: The mailer is available in a range of materials, sizes, thicknesses and styles. They are heavy duty envelopes with a self-sealing strip for a secure seal. They have expandable sides or bottom to allow for extra space when packing.
Other names: mailer bag, shipping envelope, flat mailer, polymailer
Common Uses: Shipping samples, single products, and smaller products, storing items.
Definition: Made from corrugated cardboard and primarily used for packaging goods and materials. Often with a self-adhesive strip, interlocking wings, and double side walls for additional protection.
Other names: Corrugated box, shipping carton, mailing box
Common Uses: Shipping large, heavy or fragile items. Or shipping a lot of items at the same time. Storage
Let’s get down to comparing the two…
Mailer bags? Or mailer box? There isn’t a yes or no answer to this question. OK, each have their own benefits, but it’s down to the product, the business, and what feels right.
At Sustabio, we don’t persuade you to choose one or the other, we aim to give you an honest comparison of both types. At the end of the day, we want to be here to help you, not force you to purchase a product.
Moving on …
Let’s do a quick breakdown of the good parts of each product:
When it comes to making the choice between these 2 packaging options, the answer lies in your personal preference, you need to think, test, and gather feedback on which one would work best for you.
Ask yourself these questions:
Provided your products are non-fragile and not huge, we would recommend the mailer bags due to them being more sustainable and cost-effective.
But, the shipping box is a great choice for larger, bulkier items or creating a luxury unboxing experience. Whatever you choose, we are here to support you all the way. Any questions, concerns or confusion, drop us a message, give us a call, come visit us, anything, our friendly staff are always here to give you a helping hand.
Both mailer bags and shipping boxes can be printed with your branding, logo and colours. A great way to promote your brand and create the ultimate experience for your customer is to add your own logo, own colours, own design to the box or bag.
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