Besides the famous toilet paper roll, mailing tubes, poster tubes, and shipping tubes are a close second.
For everybody needing to “think outside the box”, these round solutions can be seen passing through every UPS, FedEx, and USPS, terminal throughout the world every single day. Structurally superior to triangular, corrugated “shipping tubes”, spiral paper tubes, maintain their integrity from Point A to Point B, keeping the product(s) inside safe and secure.
Depending on what you’re shipping, there are a few different ways to go about it. For example, if you’re shipping 18″ x 24″ custom posters…
Option 1: Roll the poster from top to bottom, so the rolled-up poster is 18″ wide. If you roll the poster from left to right, you will end up with a rolled-up poster that is 24″ long – this will require you to use a longer mailing tube and will result in higher postage. Place one small rubber band around the poster. Insert in the poster in to the poster tube.
Pros and Cons
Everybody always like the most economical option when shipping posters, so rolling the poster lengthwise is nearly always the preferred method. Using a rubber band adds some additional labor and cost but allows the end user (the person who opens the shipping tube) to easily remove the poster. Rubber bands are so lightweight that they will not significantly affect the total shipment weight.
Roll the poster from top to bottom, so the rolled-up poster is 18″ wide. If you roll the poster from left to right, you will end up with a rolled-up poster that is 24″ long – this will require you to use a longer mailing tube and will result in higher postage. Avoid using a rubber band and insert the rolled poster into the poster tube. When you let go of the poster, it will expand and sit gently against the inside of the mailing tube.
Pros and Cons
By not using a rubber band, the recipient of the poster will have to gently remove the poster. Without a rubber band, it is not as easily removed from inside the tube and will affect the experience the recipient has when removing the poster.
Both options are effective and efficient and are simply a matter of preference.