Innovative box design doesn’t just mean a cool way to open up. Innovation also means making luxury packaging more cost-effective, so that products big and small can enjoy upscale value.
And in the case of our new sleeve box, it’s all of the above.
Believe in the Sleeve
The sleeve box is another example of hybrid packaging. Unlike custom pads that are a hybrid of box and book, the sleeve box is more like a hybrid of materials.
This custom piece opens like a matchbox. That retro slide action delivers elegance right from the start. Something familiar, but with a twist. The outer O-sleeve is made of SBS paperboard. Paperboard is lightweight, foldable, and extremely customizable. A pure canvas for crisp digital printing if there ever was one. But possibly it’s most-celebrated feature is the price. Printed paperboard is much more affordable than chipboard and transfers images better than corrugated. Chipboard is still the sweetheart of presentation packaging, but an SBS alternative keeps the cost per unit substantially lower.
But the sleeve box also utilizes the stability of chipboard for its inner tray, giving your custom packaging the heft of luxury. Since the tray is rigid, it is available with all the trappings of an upscale presentation piece. Turned edges, custom wraps, embossing, debossing, even foil stamping. Of course, this also means a perfect fit for custom inserts; a thermoformed tray or die cut foam padding. A little more security never hurt, right?
What this new custom box design means is even more products can get the luxury treatment. Upscale packaging is a must for retail, but for lower-priced products it can be hard to justify. With a sleeve box’s lower cost, items like flash drives, thank-you cards and invitations, and confections can have the same shelf appeal as fine jewelry.