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Creative Branded Mailing Tube Packaging for Your Business

on 09/28/2015

Branding your company is more important now than ever. With the amount of information and options available to consumers, it’s essential to leave lasting impressions that will lead to building brand loyalty and trust.

Shipping and mailing tubes are an effective way to not only ship your products safely, but to make a bold statement to your customers. Here is some creative shipping tube packaging that is ideal for branding your business.

this is a brick custom branded packaging
Via Francesco Mugnai

t-shirt packaging design

joco coffee cup branded packaging
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unique branded packaging for buiness
Via Design Sponge

custom branded shipping tube packaging
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Via printsome

creative packaging for direct mail


There are thousands of ways to make an impression on your customers. Custom designed packaging can be your first impression for your brand.

Get all of the shipping and mailing tube packaging supplies you need for your business from Erdie. We also offer custom designed packaging to help make a lasting impression on your customers. For big orders, we offer fulfillment services as well. Just send us your material and we will package it in your custom mailing tubes and safely ship to your customers.

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Should I use round or triangular shipping tubes?

on 09/03/2015

A common question we get is what are the advantages of using a triangular mailing tubes versus the traditional round shipping tube? Much of the time either one will work just as well, but here are some of the major differences to keep in mind.

Stackability of triangular tubes

One of the biggest differences is that triangular mailing tubes will stack better, especially in the back of a truck. They will interlock with each other and not roll, and take up less space as well.

rolling a tri-hex mailing tube

Triangular mailers are more common in Europe because shipping companies prefer them, mostly for their superior stacking. It should not be long before they are preferred in the US as well.

Conveyor friendly

For similar reasons triangular shipping tubes are conveyor ­friendly­­ and will not roll around on conveyor belts. This is a major advantage for shipping fulfillment services.

Lighter than round shipping tubes

Triangular tubes are lighter than their comparable round mailers. This makes them cheaper to send when shipping costs are based on weight. When it comes to strength in withstanding shipping and bending, there is no difference between the two. (the Tri­-Hex design of a hex within a triangle makes it incredibly strong for the weight.)

Triangular tubes ship flat

Triangular mailers come to the customer in flat sheets so they can be rolled as needed, so they take up much less space before they are used. on the down side, they must be rolled before being used, and though this is an easy enough process, it takes a bit more time.

When to use a round shipping tube

While both types can be used for storing things, the Twist­-n­-Pull® caps make the Twist­-n­-Pull® mailer the better choice for storage. They can be opened and closed repeatedly ­even reused as a mailing tube.

Browse our selection of Tri-Hex® triangular shipping tubes and Twist-n-Pull® Mailing tubes and find exactly what you need for your home or office.

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Shipping basics for small business

on 08/27/2015

shipping tubes basics for small business

Shipping is essential to any business. It can be one of the most challenging parts of business, especially small businesses and entrepreneurs. You’ve made some online sales, now you have to get your customer their products safely, quickly and without spending a fortune on postage and supplies. Here are some shipping basics every small business should consider when it comes to shipping products to customers.

Pick a shipping carrier

Before you start shipping products out to customers, be sure you have the best carrier for your company’s specific needs. Do some research and make sure you’re comparing prices on weight and size of packages as well as delivery time frame. All of these can make or break customer loyalty if they can get the same product at the same price from another company that can get it to them quicker.

Negotiate shipping charges with your carrier to get the best price you can. Even if you’re a small business, there is still plenty of room for negotiation. Lower shipping charges means happier and more loyal customers.

Develop a solid shipping policy

Once you’ve got your shipping carrier in place and you’ve negotiated a great price, now it’s time to develop a solid shipping policy that will not only help the company, but is also good for your customers. Again, keep in mind that charging too much in shipping can turn customers away. Breaking even on shipping can be the best way to keep loyal and returning customers.

free shipping cardboard box

Customers love free shipping so if it’s possible, consider offering it. If the products you offer have a high profit margin, than free shipping is a great way to attract more customers.

Offer free shipping as part of a promotion can be a great call to action for customers. It can give them a sense of urgency to order as soon as possible so they don’t miss out on free shipping deals.

Once you’ve decided on how much to charge customers for shipping, have a section of the shipping policy pertain to returns and exchanges. Expert say that in most cases, companies should eat the shipping expenses when customers want to exchange or return products. It’s good for loyalty and trust and can be a small price to pay in order to keep customers returning again and again.

Picking the right shipping supplies

Now that you have everything in place with your shipping carrier, cost and policy, it’s important to pick the right shipping supplies. You want inexpensive supplies but you also want to make sure that your customers products are delivered safely. If the products are light weight like paper, choose cardboard mailing tubes and boxes. For heavier products like fishing poles and golf clubs, choose heavy duty triangle shipping tubes and boxes that won’t damage your products. For more information on the different types of shipping supplies, check out Picking the right shipping materials and supplies.

Ready to ship products to your customers? Erdie has a wide selection of mailing and heavy duty shipping tubes to fit the needs of your business. We also offer custom tube design to help brand your company. Whatever shipping supplies you need for your business, Erdie has it, including fulfillment services for your big orders.

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Back to school – cardboard shipping tubes to store school supplies

on 08/20/2015

The back to school rush will soon be in effect and that means pencils, crayons, and other supplies take over your house and office. There’s nothing worse than being disorganized before the school year begins. Cardboard mailing tubes can be a creative and effective way to store school supplies. Here are 5 great ways to use cardboard tubes for storing pencils, pens, markers and other supplies you need for back to school.

Shipping tubes is where the art is
shipping tubes are where the art is

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If you are lucky enough to be extremely organized and want to sort color pencils, markers, and crayons by color, using cardboard tubes is the perfect solution for you. Decorate them with your own style using wrapping paper or newspaper for added touch.

Shipping tube art and supply storage
cardboars shipping tubes hung on the wall

Via Oddee

If you’re a little more liberal with your organizational skills, using cardboard tubes you have readily available is also a great solution. Hang your tubes of all sizes to the wall creating wall art that couples as storage for all of your art and school supplies.

Cardboard shipping tube backpack
kids backpack made from cardboard shipping tube

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For a new twist on transporting school supplies, create a one of a kind carrying case from a large cardboard shipping tube. A cardboard tube carrying case will not only store school supplies neatly, it’s durable enough to keep everything safe. Decorate it with your kids favorite colors, characters and stickers and add a over the shoulder strap from colored duct tape. Once the school year is over, use the cardboard tube as storage for artwork throughout the year.

Shipping tube pencil cases
pencil case made from cardboard shipping tube

Via iKat Bag

This is a great project for the whole family. Use cardboard shipping tubes to create jumbo pencils filled with school supplies. A great gift idea for teachers and students on the first day of school.

Cardboard office supplies organizer
office supplies organizer made from cardboard shipping tubes

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With a little extra time and creativity, you can turn cardboard tubes into a multi-functional desk organizer for school supplies. Have the kids help to show them how to recycle items to be used for something else.

Need to stock up on cardboard shipping tubes for back to school? Erdie has a wide selection of shipping and mailing tubes to keep you and your kids organized for the entire school year. Choose from a variety of sizes to fit your needs and are durable enough to store your most important school supplies.