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Options for Folding Packing Slips & Lists

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Packing List Evenlope SleeveIf your business ships products out of a warehouse on a daily basis, you are probably familiar with packing slips. These slips of paper typically include an address, a list of items shipped and other pertinent pieces of information.  These are sometimes placed in the box and other times are inserted into an adhesive plastic bag and stuck to a box. Regardless of the type of packing slip you use, you probably want it to look professional. Paper folding machines (found here) offer a professional and effective way to do just that.

As mentioned earlier, packing slips typically included on the outside or inside of the box being shipped. This is often for the warehouse to ensure everything has been properly packaged and also for the customer to see that everything was shipped at the right price. When it comes to folding these, I have seen several different types of folds used. The type of fold depends on the way thePacking Slip / List Folding Machines business or organization does things.

While there are sophisticated machines out there that interface directly with a laser printer, fold the packing slip and insert it into a bag, many small or medium-size businesses don’t need something that sophisticated or on that large a scale. This is where a paper-folding machine is a great option. Paper folding machines can be used to fold a few dozen to a few hundred (or more) packing slips a day.

There are three very common folds used for packing slips.

Letter Fold / C FoldLetter Fold – A letter fold (aka C fold) is THE most common fold used today. This fold consists of three equal panels and two folding points. When used on letter-size paper, the fold ends up being about 8 ½” x 3.6”. A packing list folded like this can be easily placed in a box and is sometimes placed in a larger packing envelope sleeve.

Cross Fold – A cross fold (aka French Fold) consists of a sheet of paper that has been half or letter folded and then folded in half again. This makes the sheet of paper very small. This is what most businesses do when using 5.5” x 7” packing list envelopes. Not all paper folding machines can create a cross fold, so be sure to check before purchasing a machine.

Cross Fold / French FoldManual Cross Fold – A manual cross fold involves creating a letter fold on a paper folding machine and then manually folding it in half again. This is probably one of the most affordable ways to create a cross fold. You can purchase a cheaper machine that can’t do a cross fold and then manually finish the job. The end results still look very professional.

In each of these scenarios the paper-folding machine is used to fold the paper and the slip is then manually inserted into the plastic sleeve envelope or placed in a box. The plastic sleeves are usually 5.5” x 7” in size although some people use larger sleeves that eliminate the need for a cross fold.

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