Who else besides me analyzes their package that was just delivered before you open it, while you’re opening and after you’ve opened it? Do you take the time to inspect every detail about the packaging? Then you start to form theories in your head why they sent that tiny little box of garbage liners in a 6 x 6 x 4 single-wall box, using water-activated tape to seal it and why there was 10 (yes, ten) air pillows inside to keep the garbage liners protected? Because you know, garbage liners are fragile, right?
Please tell me I’m not alone because my friends and family are beginning to think that it’s borderline OCD when it takes me 10 minutes to open and take out what the UPS delivery person just put on my doorstep.
If you’re one that’s never looked at a package the way I do, then it’s time to take a walk on the wild side and start digging in. To slowly ease you into the world of packaging, we’ll start out simple with THE BOX. Some may call it a carton, corrugated, package or cardboard (Gasp! – we’ll talk later about why corrugated isn’t the same as cardboard), we’ll take some time to help you understand all the ins and outs of the corrugated carton world.
In this three-part series, we’ll cover linerboards, carton types, and flute sizes. Up first: LINERBOARDS
Check back tomorrow for Part 2 of All Boxed Up: Making Sense of All Those Acronyms.
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