With the quantity of stationery products on the market, how do you choose among all the different envelope options available to you?


It's easy if you have a plan before you shop. Follow these simple steps to make the process quick and efficient.

1. Be clear about the purpose of the mailing or presentation the envelope is being used for.

In many cases, the envelope is the very first contact the recipient will have with you. What type of image do you want to project? The envelope itself, and what you put on it, will determine the impression you make and to what degree the recipient will follow through.

Columbian offers a wide variety of styles, sizes and papers to ensure that you always have the right envelope for whatever purpose you need.

2. Know the exact size of what will be going in the envelope.

How will you fold the piece and how thick will the final package be? The size of the contents should determine the size of the envelope, not vice versa.

3. Determine the size envelope you need.

Envelopes come in many sizes. Fortunately, the industry has standardized sizes to make it easier for you to identify your needs and to compare different brands. Your envelope should be slightly larger than the final, folded size of the contents so that they are easy to slide in and out of the envelope without the edges getting creased.

Columbian envelopes come in a wide range of sizes. Use the Products section of this Web site to find the envelope with the specific dimensions you need.

4. Think about weight and color.

As with paper, envelopes come in different weights and colors. In general, the higher the weight, the thicker and more firm the envelope will feel and the more upscale an impression it will make. Higher weight also gives some extra protection. Check for the weight in pounds when you order.

Most business envelopes come in white and brown. Invitation and other special use envelopes can be found in other colors. Also, the type and weight of paper can affect the appearance of the envelope's color. Today's printer technology gives more flexibility and options for color printing than ever before. Keep in mind the overall appearance you want to achieve and the equipment you're using when choosing your envelopes.

Columbian offers envelopes in a variety of weights and envelopes specifically designed for use with ink jet and laser printers to absorb ink correctly.

5. List any other special requirements.

When you think about it, there's more to an envelope than meets the eye. Consider the type of seal or closure you want (Gummed, Clasp, Self-Seal®, Grip-Seal®), whether you want to use recycled materials, if you need a window (often used for invoicing, for example), and if you need a security tint to prevent see-through for mailing checks or other private material.

Columbian envelopes offers a wide variety of choices. Visit the Products section of this Web site to find envelopes with the exact specifications you need.

6. Think about the level of protection you want for your mailing.

Columbian offers a wide variety of strong, durable envelopes that provide the extra protection needed to resist today's shipping and mailing stresses.

Visit the products section of this website to find our Tyvek®, DuraShield®, DuraLok®, and DuraGuard® protective envelopes.

7. Make a list of your exact specifications.

Whether you're shopping in person, by catalog, phone, mail or Web, using these tips to develop a list of exactly what you need will make the job quick and efficient. You'll know that you're getting the right envelope for your business.

With Columbian, the envelope expert, you can always find the right product for the right price.