How To Buy Boxes

Boxes Next Day wants to make sure the box you order is the box you need!  Please read our buyer's guide below to help you evaluate your requirements, and get exactly the right box.

1.  Styles

There are many shapes and styles of boxes that businesses need – and we can do them all. Let’s take a look at some common styles:


Regular Slotted Carton (RSC) are manufactured from one piece of corrugated board which is scored and slotted to form a body having flaps for closing on each of two opposite faces. The lengthwise flaps normally meet at the centre of the box when folded. This is a highly effecient design for many applications as there is very little manufacturing waste. The RSC can be used for most products and is the most common style of box. 


Half-Slotted Carton (HSC) is very similar to the RSC but without 1 set of flaps. 


Full Overlap Slotted Boxes (FOL) - All flaps are the same length, approximately the width of the box. When closed the outer flaps come within 1" of a complete overlap. This style is especially resistant to rough handling. When stacked on it's bottom panel the overlapping flaps provide added cushioning. When stacked on it's side the extra thickness provides added stacking strength.

Date2For next day delivery, we can ship all of the box styles described above.  If you want a different style, a custom designed package or would like to talk with a packaging expert……call 416-253-7350


2.  Size

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There are three dimensions that define the size of corrugated boxes, and we always define these using the inside measurements so your box will fit your products perfectly:

Length - to the closest 1/16"
Width - to the closest 1/16"
Depth (or height) - to the closest 1/16"

Dimensions are based on the opening of an assembled box. Once open find the longer of the sides - this is considered the "Length". The shorter of the 2 sides is considered the "Width". The side perpendicular to the length and width is the "Depth" of the box.


For next day delivery, we can ship boxes from 6" x 5" x 5" inches to 24" x 23" x 17" inches. Need a different size? Talk to us and we’ll create a box to fit your needs.  Call 416-253-7350


3.  Box Strength

The strength of a corrugated box starts with its material. A corrugated sheet consists of 2 major components - liner and medium. Liner is the flat paper that covers both sides of the sheet and the medium is the fluted paper found between the liners. The flute, when glued to the linerboards with a starch based adhesive resists bending and pressure from all directions. When placed vertically on its ends, the flutes form vertical columns that are capable of supporting considerable amounts or weight.

Flutes come in several heights, the most common being C flute which is used for RSC's and B flute which is used for die cut boxes.

Edge Crush Test (ECT) - ECT measures how much resistance the box has to being crushed. The factors that calculate ECT are the liners (flat part of box wall construction), the medium (fluted material), and the type of flute used (C, B, A, E).  Boxes Next Day offers corrugated boxes in:

Single Wall ECT: 23 – 26 – 29 – 32 – 40 – 44
Double Wall ECT: 42 – 48 – 51 – 71
Triple Wall - Special Orders

Flute – The flute is the arched paper that is adhered to the liners on each side. C Flute (3/16") and B Flute (1/8") are the most commonly ordered single wall flutes and BC (5/16") is the most popular double wall combination.


For next day delivery, we ship single wall 32 ECT, C Flute - the most common material / grade used for shipping. If you are not sure what ECT or flute you need, let us know what you are shipping and where it will be stored, and we’ll make sure you get the right solution.


4.  Closure

Most customers choose boxes that are sealed with a glue tab on the inside of the carton. We can also provide specialty closures such as stitching. 

Date2For next day delivery, we ship glued boxes.


5.  Colour / Printing

Corrugated box liner is normally kraft (brown). Oyster (white) liner can be also ordered in most flutes and strengths. 

Oyster (white) liner is ofter used where graphic and colour quality is an important factor. Standard colours are available for Next Day delivery whereas special inks can be ordered for 5 day delivery.

Boxes can be printed up to 3 colours using flexographic printing, the most commonly used process in box printing. The designs can be provided by you or our graphic designers can create custom graphics for you.

Date2For next day delivery, we can deliver boxes printed with three colour (standard inks) if the print plates are supplied to us at time of order.


6.  Quantity

How many boxes do you need? Many companies need fast turnarounds and don’t want to carry boxes in inventory, so Boxes Next Day has invested in ultra-fast machines that can deliver high volumes right away.


For next day delivery, Boxes Next Day can ship anywhere from 50 to 10,000 boxes next day within a range of sizes - guaranteed. If you need larger quantities, and other custom requirements, we can ship 50,000+ boxes within 5 days.


7.  Shipping Requirements

Where do the boxes need to go? We ship all over Canada and the United States. Boxes can be bundled on standard skids, CHEP pallets, or configured for your warehouse / storage specs. We can also create samples for you to try in your warehouse before committing to full orders.

Date2For next day delivery we use non returnable 48" x 40" skids.


Do You Need Something More Custom? A Special Design Or Samples Prior To Ordering? 

If your requirements are highly customized, Boxes Next Day can work with you to design and produce boxes that fit your needs perfectly.  Call Us at 416-253-7350 to discuss your needs.