Understanding & Choosing Your Box Type

The first step of choosing a box for your product is to pick the style of your box. Different styles of boxes fit different application. Depending on what your products is and the weight of it, you may have a couple of options to choose from. It is important that you choose a style which fits your product and provide the best experience for your customers.

There are many options for the style of the box. In this section, we will introduce some of more popular styles and the applications they are used for. Seal End Cartons, Tuck Top Cartons, Sleeves, Auto Bottom Cartons and Two-Piece Cartons are most common.

All Box Types

Seal End Folding Cartons/Boxes

Seal End Folding Cartons/Boxes are side seamed boxes which are best for high-speed machine filling. This style of boxes are used for Cereal, Cookies, Frozen Meals, and many other high production products. You can always add an Auto Bottom to this carton if you plan to hand fill your products.

Tuck Top Folding Cartons

Tuck Top Folding Cartons are the most commonly used boxes in the market. You can choose from Straight Tuck, Reverse Tuck, or a Tuck Top with an Auto Bottom style for your products. Straight Tuck means that the flap on both end of the cartons are on the same side, as a Reverse Tuck means the flap is on the opposite side.


Sleeves are open on both ends, which are designed to slide over your packaged product and leave the ends open. The Sleeves are normally used to go around packaged products to provide more information and/or branding.

Auto Bottom Folding Cartons

Auto Bottom Folding Cartons are boxes which the bottom forms automatically as you open the box. The top can be tuck top or seal end. These Style of Cartons are best suited for hand packing as they form much faster and require very little time for assembly.

Lock Bottom Folding Cartons

Lock Bottom Folding Cartons are similar to Auto Bottom Cartons, but the bottom has to be assembled by hand. The flaps locks together to form a tight and durable bottom. These boxes are best suited for heavier products such as candles.

two piece boxes

Two-Piece Boxes

Two-Piece Boxes have a bottom tray and a lid. The lid goes over the tray and make a tight fit. These are durable boxes as they offer additional layers of walls around the product. They best suited for products which are used often and stay in the box. The box can easily be opened and closed. Applications for Two-Piece boxes include chocolate, Candy, board games, and cosmetic.

No-Glue Cartons

No-Glue are specially designed boxes which form into a box by locking the walls into the base, without using any side seam glue. These cartons are best for short run products and smaller quantities. They are not a good option for longer runs and/or higher production products.

POP Display

POP Display provides brand viability, accessibility, and improves the shopping experience for the potential customers. It serves both as a carton to hold your products and also a marketing tool to promote your products. POP Displays are often placed near the check out register for easy grab by shoppers. This is one of the most underutilized tools in retail marketing.

Not sure which type of box is best fit for your product?

One of our Sales Advisor can work with you to choose the best style of carton for your product. The more information you provide, the better we can assist you. There are many options for packaging and displaying of your products on the shelve. We can custom design a style which capture all your product requirements, brand recognitions, and help your product stand above the competitors.

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