It may still be pumpkin latte and apple-picking season, but it's also the season for retailers of all stripes to start gearing up for the holidays—and that includes ordering custom boxes for holiday shipping and holiday gifting. Attending to important details such as premium custom packaging can boost your business bigtime during the upcoming holiday shopping season. Here's why you should put custom holiday packaging on your fall to-do list and three ways to order custom holiday boxes today.
2018 Holiday Season: The Biggest One Yet?
The good news for retailers coming into the 2018 holiday shopping season is that all signs point to strong U.S. spending, according to both the National Retail Federation and Deloitte. Deloitte expects a 5 to 5.6 percent overall spending increase over last year with total holiday sales to exceed $1.1 trillion between November 2018 and January 2019. E-commerce looks especially strong, with Deloitte predicting a 17 to 22 percent increase in 2018 compared with 16.6 percent in 2017, for a total ecommerce spend between $128 and $134 billion in the 2018 holiday season.
In an Online World, Packaging Replaces the Physical Storefront
To make sure your business gets a piece of that 2018 holiday consumer spending increase, attention should be paid to your overall shopping experience. For many online shoppers, their first physical interaction with a brand is the box in which products ship, making the shipping or gifting box the equivalent of a storefront experience. Even though packaging is the final step in the purchasing chain, it's important to prioritize spiffing up your mailer boxes, shipping boxes, and gift boxes for the holidays in the same way you prioritize decorating your brick and mortar shop or updating your website. Learn more ways custom packaging is important in branding your business.
3 Easy Ways to Order Custom Holiday Packaging
1. Design a box yourself.
Creating custom packaging doesn't have to be difficult. At Distinct Packaging, choose from a variety of mailer boxes, shipping boxes and gift boxes in multiple standard sizes, and then customize your box using the site's easy-to-use tool—with Distinct Packaging's helpful 3D preview, what you see is exactly what you get. You can also download Distinct Packaging's box templates to your favorite design program and design offline. Either way, you're free to add color, text, artwork, or photos to make your box the perfect extension of your brand. See 10 tips for creating pleasing package designs.
2. Connect with a design professional.
Whether it's because you're too busy to design a box yourself or because you want a designer's eye on your custom packaging, Distinct Packaging's Design Assistant can help. Use this simple form to communicate your design ideas and attach any logos or other relevant creative assets. From there, Distinct Packaging's team of professional package designers create a custom box design just for you and send the completed project to you for final approval. See a box created by a Distinct Packaging designer for a supplement company.
3. Go 100% custom.
If your box needs don't fit in the typical 10x10 shipping box, Distinct Packaging can work with you to create the custom box of your dreams. Use this simple form to start the conversation—browse this list of customization options for ideas—and incorporate everything from unusual sizes to custom inserts, foil stamping, and more to your custom packaging. A package designer responds within one business day to get your custom design rolling. Read how Distinct Packaging helped the movie "Pup Star" create a special promotional box.
Why Choose Distinct Packaging?
Quick turnaround: Distinct Packaging ships orders within 10 business days of being placed, with optional upgrades to faster shipping when needed. Think it's already too late into the holiday season to order? It's not!
No minimum order: There's no need to order thousands of custom holiday boxes you don't need. At Distinct Packaging you can order the exact number of holiday boxes that are right for your business.
Responsive customer service: Help is just an email or phone call away. The U.S.-based Distinct Packaging team responds to all communication within one business day. Call (877) 464-1959 Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or email email@example.com.
Don't Forget the Extras
Distinct Packaging is more than just packaging. It's easy to add custom tissue paper and shopping bags to your order for a true one-stop shopping experience.