Styles of Shipping Boxes Explained

regular slotted container (rsc)

With a regular slotted container, all flaps have the same length and the two outer flaps (normally the lengthwise flaps) are one-half the container’s width. This allows the two outter flaps to meet at the center of the box when folded. If the product requires a flat, even bottom surface or the protection of two full layers, a fill-in pad can be placed between the two inner flaps. This is a highly efficient design for many applications. The RSC can be used for most products and is the most common box style. There is very little manufacturing waste with an RSC.

full telescope design style container (FTD)

Full telescope containers usually consist of a separate top, or top and bottom that fit over one another. The two-piece box is made from two scored and slotted blanks (trays). This manufacturing process creates two pieces that fit perfectly together without creating much waste. By stacking the top and bottom together, the full telescope container provides added strength and stacking potential.

Wrap around blank

A wrap-around blank is formed into a box as it's folded tightly around a rigid product. The positioning of the product, folding of the blank, and sealing of the carton are all performed by automatic equipment. The finished box is essentially just like an RSC turned on its side so that the bottom and top are unbroken. The joint, however, is not formed until the final closure.


The five-panel folder is a single cut and scored piece of material that features a fifth panel used as the closing flap, which completely covers a side panel. The closed five-panel folder offers added protection and stacking strength through multiple layers of the combined board. This type of box is commonly used to store picture frames, long narrow items, and metal parts. It's often used to create gift boxes or custom shipping boxes as well.


This rigid box includes two identical end panels, a body that folds to form the two side panels, an unbroken bottom, and the top. The flaps used to form the joints can be located on the end pieces, the body, or both. The end panels are attached to the body with special equipment, usually at the user’s plant. Six or more joints must be sealed to set up the box before it is filled. The name Rigid Boxes comes from the fact that once the six or more joints are sealed, the box is rigid.


Formed from a single piece of combined board on a die cutter, the roll end tray design features an unbroken bottom, thick layers of corrugated material, and a locing cover. This box is very protective and is often used to ship delicate materials such as cosmetics or electronics.


Partitions or dividers provide a separate cell for each individual item contained in a box. They are used primarily for glassware and other fragile products that need extra protection. There is an infinite number of partition designs available to you.


The top panels of the box are usually those of a regular slotted container. For a telescope-style box, two self-erecting pieces can be used (International Fibreboard Case Code: 0714). This style would be produced on a die-cutter.