For large orders (2,000-5,000 or more), Packlane Plus offers a variety of custom packaging solutions and project assistance with pricing and service you’ll love.
Free expert consultations
Whether you’re new to custom packaging or an old pro, our team of packaging experts can guide you through the process with a free consultation.
Additional print methods
Digital printing is a great option for even large packaging runs but we can also help with all of your flexographic and lithographic printing needs.
Custom styles & materials
Not finding what you’re looking for on our website? We’ll source the custom styles and materials your packaging needs from custom bags to void fill.
Our packaging experts will work with you to deliver the most competitive pricing and service to take your concept from proof to press at a steep volume discount.
Prototyping & color matching
Make your packaging design more efficient and cost-effective with our prototyping and color matching services. Never worry about color inconsistencies again.
Prevent damage to your product with custom inserts and foam designed right down to your exact specifications so that your product always arrives safely.
Custom packaging products
Got a large order? Packlane Plus can meet all of your custom packaging needs. We’re your one-stop shop for everything from custom boxes to flexible packaging to tissue paper.
Large order add-ons
Box orders of 2,000 units or more may qualify for custom dividers, inserts, tape and void fill.
Real reviews from real customers
“In the past 8 months, we have began using Packlane for large volume orders of 30,000 units at a time. It has been a pleasure working with them as they’re a full end-to-end solution for our corrugate. They have helped us identify opportunities to produce closer to our warehouse and limit the cost of transport. Perhaps more importantly, their communication is accurate. To date, Packlane has delivered POs on the delivery date agreed upon at order placement.”
VP Operations, MUDWTR
“My company has used packlane for our custom boxes for the past 3 years and couldn’t be happier! I have been in discussions for our box needs with several other companies when I started searching for a distributor and none came close to Packlane in pricing, service, or quality. I worked closely with Lyza at Packlane and felt confident throughout every step of the way. We have grown our box order by nearly 7,000 units from when we first used them and firmly recommend Packlane to anyone who has custom box needs. If you are looking for the best possible pricing, service, and product quality, do not look elsewhere – Packlane is simply the best!”
VP of Operations & Product Development, Now and Forever Studios
“First impressions are everything – particularly for a startup like Peekaboo Ice Cream trying to establish its brand voice. We want to reach consumers before they even taste our ice cream (with hidden VEGGIES) and Packlane has been such a valuable asset in allowing us to interact with the Peekaboo consumer from the moment they see our box sitting on their doorstep. The ability to have this tool of communication with no order minimums and competitive pricing means we get to grow with Packlane, too. We started with a small order of 20 branded shipping boxes and then added mailer boxes for swag and now have increased our orders to the hundreds. There is no reason to ever go anywhere else for shipping products.”
Jessica Weiss Levison
CEO, Peekaboo Ice Cream
CEO, Doughp Cookie Dough
“SendAFriend’s high volume needs have been met with Packlane’s competitive pricing and extremely quick turnaround. Similar pricing to Packlane’s would require us to go overseas for custom packaging, which would greatly increase our lead time and place limits on our output capabilities. On top of that, their pricing breaks have continued to increase our margins with each order, which has only made our business more profitable.”
In the printing world, no singular print method is better than any other. Each method is widely unique and might be better for a specific job for a variety of reasons. The method that best suits your needs will vary depending on your budget, print quantity, style or content of artwork, and the materials on which you’ll be printing.
If you’re looking to order and are trying to determine which print method will be best for your brand, check out the table above or speak with a Packlane Plus expert today.
Print plates are essential investments for high-volume custom packaging production. Print plates are used to apply ink to the box surface to create your custom design. For some print methods, a separate print plate is needed for each color in your design so when overlaid, they can produce the full-color result. It’s important to keep in mind that print plates are custom-made for each design and for the machinery that will be printing your order; any changes in your design or print method will require new print plates.
Cutting dies are used to rapidly cut your boxes, and are also custom-made to your specific box size and shape. If you change your design, but your box size and shape stays the same, you do not need to purchase a new cutting die. However, cutting dies are fragile and cannot be easily transported, and so can’t be transferred to different production facilities.
Depending on the quantity of your order, you can frequently eliminate the cost of a print plate by selecting a digital print method for your packaging. Digital printing offers lower resolution prints compared to litho or flexo, but still provides vibrant and durable print results.
Investing in custom tooling like this helps to decrease your unit pricing in the long run, especially if you plan on reordering the same design or size across multiple orders or thousands of boxes. Cutting dies especially help keep order pricing low by reducing the time and resources needed in the cutting process, even after you factor in the cost of the die tool.
Understanding the difference between PMS and CMYK is important for custom packaging and determining which method best fits your needs. It also helps you and your designers determine the format in which you need to specify the colors in your design files for printing.
PMS stands for Pantone® Matching System, a color standardization system that identifies and matches color. This ensures that between vendors, platforms, and designs, colors are always a true match. It also helps guarantee that reorders of your packaging are consistent to the color and quality of previous orders.
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (Black). These are the primary colors used for printing. For each Pantone color, there is a perfect mixture of CMYK that represents the desired color and ensures consistency of that color every time.
By default, Packlane does not guarantee color-matching between CMYK and PMS colors. Due to the nature of digital printing and variances between manufacturing runs of the board on which packaging is printed, color matching can be a time-consuming effort.
If your order requires PMS color-matching, reach out to our Packlane Plus experts for guidance in artwork setup and a quote that includes the appropriate types of proofing to ensure a great result.
Yes! We can and we’d love to! Fill out this form with your name and delivery address and we’ll send you a pre-printed sample of our digital printing results for you to inspect, feel, and admire. Each kit contains our full range of styles, materials, and print quality for all digital orders. All you have to do is pay for the shipping and the sample kit is yours for free!
Samples showcasing alternative print methods like lithographic and flexographic printing are not currently included in our standard kit, but may be available by request if you’re working with an Account Manager on your high volume project.
If you need a custom-printed, custom-sized sample with your artwork for your bulk order, we recommend that you speak with one of our Packlane Plus experts to walk you through that process and understand the best option for your needs. Start by requesting a quote and begin speaking to a representative today.
There are several factors that go into the price of your packaging, like quantity, dimensions, material–and the same can be said when it comes to printing methods. The intricacy of your design, the number of colors you are using, and any special print effects you may want to incorporate are just some of the factors that will guide your decision. Luckily, we have many options available for you to help get the best price and solution for your needs!
Our packaging experts can consult you on the various print methods to help you make the best decision. First, they will help you decide whether digital printing or more traditional methods like flexographic and lithographic are best for your order.
Why choose digital? Digital printing is a great solution typically used for lower quantities of 5,000 or fewer, because it requires no print plates. This gives you flexibility without having to commit to one specific design. Digital prints may not offer the highest-resolution print clarity of the three methods, and its cost-per-unit doesn’t decrease as quickly as your quantities climb; however, your result will be beautiful prints without the cost of printing plates.
Why choose flexography? Flexographic printing is a great solution for higher volumes of above 5,000 units, because you can secure the lowest cost-per-unit prices at volume. If you have very complex artwork or designs featuring more than three colors this method might not work for you, but it does offer gorgeous, crisp prints for more minimalist designs. This method does require the purchase of plates up-front, which can only be used for that one particular artwork design and size going forward.
Why choose lithography? Lithographic printing is considered the highest quality print solution available today. It is used for packaging that needs a retail look or to accommodate intricate designs with many colors. This quality is also reflected in the cost as this method is typically the most expensive. Order quantities over 10,000 units are the most cost-effective for lithography. Litho also requires the purchase of tooling, which commits you to certain invested costs up-front.
If you’re considering all of these factors and are unsure which method will be best for you, don’t worry–our packaging experts are here to guide you and offer consultation each step of the way. Request a quote to begin working with an account manager today!
If you are looking for astonishing print quality at high resolutions and are planning to place large orders for your packaging (5000 units or more), then litho or flexo are likely the most ideal print methods for you.
While these methods may cost more up front, they typically cost less in the long run if you plan to reorder the same packaging multiple times. Due to the differences in how the ink is applied to the material, litho and flexo printing are also able to offer more clarity and fine detail to your design then what is possible with digital printing. With a variety of print materials, finishes, and available add-ons (think foils, embossing and more!), print methods like litho and flexo are ideal for companies that are looking to take their brand to the next level.
Litho and flexo orders are placed through our one-stop shop for bulk packaging, Packlane Plus. When you order through Packlane Plus, you are matched with a packaging expert who guides you and stays hands-on throughout our relationship.
When it comes to bulk orders, there are a couple of things to keep in mind about shipping and payments. Bulk orders often arrive via freight truck due to the quantities involved. This means they will come loaded on pallets and that you will need to have a plan for unloading. Your Account Manager will help you with this process and will make sure any special needs you have are met, even if it includes unloading the pallets and the boxes for you!
It’s also important to keep in mind that freight shipping rates vary from day to day as conditions change, so most bulk orders aren’t billed upfront for shipping. Instead, they are billed at the time of shipping after your order has been packed, weighed, and measured. By calculating costs in this way, we are able to achieve the lowest and most accurate freight shipping costs for you. However, freight estimates are always available upon request!