Cost Effective Mailing Boxes
Cardboard boxes with foam lining for protection whilst shipping
Perfect for use as ecommerce postal boxes – where your business needs to ship different combinations of products from order to order – foam lined boxes protect items during transit and help with staff efficiency and fulfilment times.
The convoluted foam helps brace the contents, cushioning and eliminating movement. Supplied ready assembled, foam lined postal boxes can help reduce packing times, and can be printed externally with logos, graphics and more. Read More
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More info on Foam Lined Boxes
Whilst foam end caps provide arguably the highest level of protection when shipping products, they have one potential limitation – they are tailored to a specific product and / or pack size.
This means they are not suitable for businesses – such as those selling online – that ship varying combinations of products depending on customer orders.
This is where foam lined boxes can be useful. As they work across a range of products, they can be used across a wide number of different items, and combinations of these.
And whilst the overall size of the outer cardboard boxes can be custom manufactured bespoke to your requirements, they otherwise all work in the same way. The convoluted foam to brace the items within (i.e. hold them in position) which in turn means that the do not move around whilst in transit. This, in turn, prevents damage.
Besides this, the foam lined boxes can protect products in a number of other ways. This includes cushioning against shock, impact, and vibration, whilst the non-abrasive foam material also protects the surfaces of the product being shipped too.
Additional benefits of foam boxes
Foam lined cases and boxes can also help your business in a number of other ways.
For example, the boxes can be supplied ready assembled, eliminating the time taken to assemble them (helping improve efficiency and fulfilment velocity).
As the boxes can accept varying products, it also helps to reduce the size of your packaging inventory. This can not only reduce costs (through economies of scale when purchasing) but also further improve packing times (as there is less time spent selecting the appropriate box).
And finally, all mailing boxes with foam inserts can also be printed with logos, graphics, instructions and more. They are also available in white or brown (Kraft) corrugated material, with the foam lining available in various colours too.
Key Benefits of foam lined boxes at a glance
- Reduces packing times (staff simply place items within boxes)
- Supplied ready assembled to further improve efficiency
- Minimises transit damage, reducing customer returns (and associated costs)
- Non abrasive foam also protects product surfaces
- Single foam lined box can be used for varying products / combinations
- Ideal for ecommerce shipping where items shipped differ order to order
- Convoluted “egg crate” foam helps secure items in place
- Custom sizes and print for exterior boxes available
- Can also specify foam lining of Correx® (plastic boxes)
Common questions about foam lined boxes
The below highlights the most commonly asked questions regarding foam lined boxes – hopefully answering any queries you may have.
But… if you are still looking for further information, please get in touch. A member of the GWP team will be happy to help.
What size foam lined boxes are available?
Whilst many online sellers of packaging will only offer foam lined boxes in set sizes, by sourcing your mailing boxes from GWP you can specify these to (virtually) any size that you require. This can help you minimise transit costs (by minimising the volume / size of box you are sending) and can also allow them to be tailored to specific guidelines, such as Royal Mail PIP.
What foam is used to line boxes?
Are there any benefits to using these instead of foam inserts?
The main benefit that foam lined boxes have over types of insert such as foam end caps, is that they are not tailored to a specific product (as per foam blocks also). This means that if your business frequently sends lots of different combinations of items – such as ecommerce orders – then this can be easily accommodated whilst still providing good levels of protection.
What does “convoluted foam” mean?
Convoluted foam – also referred to as “egg crate foam” – is the name given to the undulating foam sheets that have a series of peaks and troughs machined on to the materials surface. These are used to help brace the items within the foam, minimising movement and thus reducing damage in transit.
What are foam slider boxes?
Foam slider boxes are a type of package where two sheets of foam are able to “slide out” of the main box, which the product can be placed into. These can be slid back into the outer carton ready for shipping.
Is foam better than polystyrene?
Polystyrene is only effective at protecting items for one drop – making it unsuitable for many products to be shipped via couriers. It is also not environmentally friendly. Foam on the other hand maintains performance over multiple drops / impacts and can be recycled at the end of its life as well.