Remittance envelopes or “remits” as they are known in the envelope biz are very commonly used for fundraising and other similar applications.
What distinguishes a remittance-style envelope from a regular reply envelope is the deep, wallet-style flap. The flap on a remittance envelope extends almost to the bottom edge of the envelope. The flap is used typically to include marketing/promotional information about the non-profit or other entity soliciting the contribution or payment.
Remittance envelopes are a form of reply mail but with the added benefit of slightly added security on the return as well as more space for communicating your message.
As a full service envelope converter and printer, Quality Envelope can produce these envelopes in three different ways. They are listed in order by most popular along with a brief description of when each would be most appropriate and the costs/benefits.
- Offset or digital printing on a stock envelope – There are two stock sizes for remittance envelopes that are generally available. These are the 6 ¾ size (3-5/8 x 6 ½) and the #9 size (3-7/8 x 8-7/8). These envelope are generally packaged with the flaps extended which enables them to be run through a printing press and print on both the inside and outside of the folded envelope. This is the most popular and least expensive way to print remittance envelopes in small quantities up to around 100,000 or so.
- Flexo, inline printing – This method involved the envelope to be manufactured and printed at the same time. Flexo printing (see previous blog posts for a description) can produce excellent results although not quite as clean and sharp as offset printing. However, depending on your design, the amount of print coverage, and other factors, it can be a cost-effective solution especially on longer runs over 100,000 and up.
- Litho print and convert – This method involves printing your envelope on flat sheets on a flat sheet litho or web press and then die-cutting and folding after the fact. This is the most expensive method but for designs which can’t be printed in the other two methods, e.g. with full color ink coverage all over the envelope including bleeds, or on coated stock, it would be the only way to go. Quality Envelope has the capability to print and convert in this style all under one roof.
Occasionally the remittance envelope is produced with a perforation in the flap and what’s called a “drop seal” which is basically a line of seal gum just below the perforation. This enables the flap to be used as a tear-off coupon on which someone can write their name and other information and enclose it in the envelope for return. The seal gum on the short portion of the flap that remains can be used to securely close the envelope for mailing. This style is sometimes referred to as a “hitch-hiker” envelope.
If you have any questions about which might be the right method for you to use, please contact our customer service team and we’ll be happy to help you figure it out.