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Good news for folding cartons:

Retail is on the rise, bringing e-commerce up with it.

And when retail goes up, the demand for folding cartons does, too — opening a huge growth opportunity for printers.


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But there’s a wave of change

The way people are shopping is shifting as well — opening a door to opportunity.

  • 21.3% of total retail sales in 2020 were online (5% increase)2

  • 100,000 more brick and mortar stores to close by 2025 in U.S.3

Both a first impression and a final touchpoint

As retailers and brands from big box brick and mortar to out-of-home online businesses compete for consumers’ attention and dollars, folding cartons take on a more powerful role as a marketing tool — driving the trend towards shorter runs and print on demand.

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33% print runs under 5K4

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3x digital folding carton volume growth projected from 2018 to 20245

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90% of U.S. consumers find personalised experiences appealing6

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Average grocery store stocks 4X as many SKUs than they did in 19757

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Own/Private label products are growing as part of the retail mix with a 30% or higher share8

Shift toward supporting small marketplace sellers

Just as Ecommerce revolutionised retail, the pandemic revolutionised Ecommerce with an explosion of small-scale businesses selling through online storefronts on places like Amazon Marketplace, Shopify, Etsy and eBay. These entrepreneurs have unique needs that only digital print can meet, such as cost-effective short runs and quick turnarounds, with customised embellishments that make their packaging stand out from the big brands.

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Unit sales from Amazon Marketplace sellers accounted for 53% (an increase of 60% from 2019 to 2020)9

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57% of consumers willing to purchase from new and independent businesses for the first time10

Unboxing: Now the new everything

As the final touchpoint a brand has with the customer as well as the first impression a consumer has with the product, the unboxing is key to driving loyalty. With advances in technology and short-run digital print, creating a personalised and memorable unboxing experience is only limited by your imagination.

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40% of online shoppers would share an image of their purchase on social media if it came in branded packaging11

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90,000+ people type “unboxing” into YouTube every month12

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Soluzione digitale integrata e in linea per la realizzazione di imballaggi che abbina più componenti in un unico potente sistema per la produzione di astucci pieghevoli.

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The opportunity is big, and it’s now

And we’ve got everything you need to get in on it. From the Xerox® iGen® 5 Press, Beyond CMYK and Xerox® Speciality Imaging fraud deterrent technology to personalisation and versioning and web-to-print solutions. All customisable in one brilliant, scalable package.

Soluzioni di stampa digitale per astucci pieghevoli

La linea di prodotti Xerox® iGen® rappresenta la gamma di soluzioni di stampa digitale per astucci pieghevoli più adottata dal mercato. Il motivo? Xerox abbina i vantaggi della stampa digitale (qualità, velocità, accuratezza del colore e risparmi di costo) alle soluzioni di pre-stampa e finitura digitale. Il risultato? Tirature ridotte, diversificazione e personalizzazione per rendere unico ciascun astuccio, offrendo un maggior valore ai titolari dei marchi e ai produttori di astucci pieghevoli.





4. Digital Printing for Folding Carton Converting: An Analysis of User Adoption Practices and Opportunity SGIA / Keypoint Intelligence, 2017

5. The Future of Folding Cartons to 2024, Smithers Pira



8. Opportunities and implications of a “Universal Graphics Engine” for labels and packaging. Sean Smyth

9. Amazon

10. Shopify, 2020

11. Dotcom Distribution, 2019