1. What are hanging boxes?
Hanging boxes (folding boxes with integrated Euro hang tags or slots) can be hung on shelf hooks to promote sales or allow for self-service. It is impossible to imagine a modern presentation of goods in a shop, DIY store, or supermarket without them. They promote the sales of smaller items, saving space by not taking up precious shelf space. Hanging boxes are often found near cash registers in shops. They are therefore ideal for temporary sales promotions.
Hanging boxes are among the most frequently used packaging materials for food, small electronic articles, pharmacy articles, and other merchandise.
2. The construction of hanging boxes
Hanging boxes are available in several versions, but they all have more or less the same basic construction except for a few details. They always consist of a lid with a punched out slot for hanging, a base, and four walls.
The box body is punched out of a single sheet of carton, folded and then glued along a lateral or a longitudinal seam. After assembly, a cuboid container made of sturdy chromo, natural, or recycled carton is created that can be closed on all six sides. Dust flaps keep dirt out and ensure that the lid does not open on its own.
The individual types of hanging boxes can be distinguished by the design of the lid and the bottom. How these parts are constructed depends on how they will be hung, the weight of the packed box, and the protection required to keep the contents from slipping out. The heavier the product, the more tightly the base must be sealed and the more robust the hang tag must be.
The most common are hanging boxes with Euro slot hangers. These are standardised so that they can be slid onto standard shelf hooks in use throughout Europe. But the hang tag can also have a circle, handle, or hook shape, too. Which type of hang tag is preferred by the customer for the packaging depends on the design, intended look, and purpose of the hanging boxes. Large openings for hanging can also be used as handles, for examples.
3. Possible applications of hanging boxes
3.1 Functions of hanging boxes
Hanging boxes perform all the important functions of a packaging material. As primary and secondary packaging, hanging boxes protect the products they contain. The solid carton and the box shape offer very good resistance to mechanical influences. The surface of the hanging boxes can be printed on all six sides and thus offer important information and advertising space. In order to further improve the advertising effect and to be able to better distinguish individual products at the POS, hanging boxes are often finished after printing, including punch-out windows that give a peek inside at the contents.
3.2 Typical applications for hanging boxes
Hanging boxes are closely linked to the requirements of modern product presentation and the self-service principle. Wherever lots of small items are offered for self-service in shops, you will find plenty of hanging boxes.
Anyone who has ever been to a DIY store will find hanging boxes filling entire shelving areas. All imaginable products are packed in such boxes: screws, nails, washers, plumbing parts...
Such self-service shelves can be easily stocked. If a product is no longer on the shelf, this is quickly evident.
Also toys like dolls, small cars, animal figures, knights, and various mini monsters hang in hanging boxes in the shelf. These boxes almost always have a window so that the child can see the contents without having to unpack them.
Media markets also have hundreds of small electronic articles packed in folding boxes with Euro hang tags. These include ear buds, software, ink cartridges, and mobile phone cases.
4. Printing and finishing hanging boxes
High-quality printing that matches the box is extremely important for every folding box. At Labelprint24, hanging boxes are printed using digital offset printing. The advantages of this technology compared to conventional offset printing are:
- immediate drying which enables seamless further processing
- affordable small and medium-sized production runs
- personalised print jobs possible
- high print quality similar to offset
- no lead times, because no printing form is required
- use of different printing substrates (paper, plastic films, self-adhesive material) without retooling or special inks
In addition to printing, a finish tailored to the purpose also plays an important role in the production of these boxes. As a professional folding box manufacturer, we can offer you a variety of finishes, some of which can ordered directly using the online calculator.
Finishes can be selected directly in the online calculator:
- Dispersion coating (matte/glossy)
- Protective laminate (matte/glossy)
- Form punching
- Warning triangles for people with visual impairments
Other optional finishes include:
- blind embossing
- cellophane wrapping or lamination
- hot foil stamping (gloss and matte effects; gold/ silver)
- punching and grooving
- UV coating (high-gloss, full-surface, digital)
5. Range of services
As a box manufacturer, our services range from consultation, development, and production to packaging and delivery.
Special advantages with labelprint24:
- any format of your choosing
- orders accepted for as few as 10 pieces
- sample runs on request at any time
- online calculator with instant price
- fast delivery times and free shipping
We can deliver your individually printed boxes in just 7-10 business days. We can also off rush production in 5 working days and express production in just 2 working days.
labelprint24 is one of the suppliers with the largest selection of paper types and carton types with different grammages for printing your boxes and boxes.
Suitable materials in our portfolio:
- white standard carton
- high white carton
- colour carton
- thicker carton
- recycled/organic carton