Ecommerce needs cardboard boxes & packaging more than ever

Ecommerce needs cardboard boxes & packaging more than ever

Ecommerce needs cardboard boxes & packaging more than ever

 

What is Ecommerce?

“Business that is conducted on the internet”

https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/definition/english/e-commerce

Ecommerce Trends

Online sales have been steadily increasing year after year and based on current trends are anticipated to continue to grow for years to come. Wouldn’t you like your business to share a part of this growth?

Although not intended to cover every base, the below statistics are just some of many available that show current levels.  However, these figures only take into account the start of 2020, so don’t include the full impact of the Coronavirus pandemic which is bound to have a tremendous effect on the stats for the year.

If you’re involved in business and ecommerce is not already a part of your day to day operations, then perhaps now is the time to start. After all, other statistical analysis also shows that growth may slow in the future as the number of online stores increases, resulting in more competition. Wouldn’t it be good to beat some of that competition right now?

  • “Revenue in the eCommerce market amounts to AU$29,730m in 2020.
  • Revenue is expected to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2020-2024) of 5.0%, resulting in a market volume of AU$36,152m by 2024.

  • The market’s largest segment is Fashion with a market volume of AU$9,904m in 2020.

  • User penetration is 72.8% in 2020 and is expected to hit 78.5% by 2024.

  • The average revenue per user (ARPU) currently amounts to AU$1,602.18.

  • In the eCommerce market, the number of users is expected to amount to 20.9m by 2024.

  • In the year 2019 a share of 27.6% of users is 25-34 years old.

  • In 2020, 89% of total eCommerce purchases in the country is domestic”

The above statistics sourced from 

https://www.statista.com/outlook/243/107/ecommerce/australia?currency=aud

Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic

Australia is often referred to as the lucky country and in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic that certainly rings true when we compare ourselves to many other countries. According to Australian government regulations, thankfully many businesses have been able to continue to operate in order to keep our economy going and for many that’s a great relief.

Prior to the Coronavirus some businesses and warehouses already had well-established online sales strategies, whilst others out of necessity have turned towards ecommerce as a way of enabling them to survive and even thrive. As a consequence many businesses are now experiencing the thrill of people buying their products online at a higher than normal rate and some are experiencing this for the very first time.

The spike in demand  due to the Coronavirus means that it’s almost certain that online sales will gain market share and become much more popular in the future.

“Coronavirus is, inevitably, changing the way that we’re shopping — and as more restrictions on movement come into effect, that means a shift away from brick and mortar stores to online catalogues.”

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-04-06/coronavirus-covid-19-self-isolation-online-shopping/1212283

Vital elements of ecommerce

If you’re currently involved in an ecommerce business or you’re contemplating a shift in that direction, it’s highly likely you’ll need to find a convenient and cost effective way to pack and protect your goods.

Cardboard boxes are one of the most economical means of packing; and packaging supplies such as packing tape, bubble wrap and void fill go hand in hand with boxes in order to secure and further protect your goods. And depending on what your business does, you may find that mailing bags are also very useful for sending out smaller items to your precious customers.

Now more than ever, cardboard boxes and packaging supplies are an essential part of many ecommerce businesses. Some might even go as far to say that without these packaging products, a large part of the ecommerce world would come to a grinding halt. Imagine that!

Boxes For Business can help

At Boxes For Business we offer a comprehensive range of cardboard boxes and packaging supplies to help ensure your ecommerce business runs as smoothly as possible.

After all, we offer an online solution ourselves and understand the importance of customers having the convenience of being able to shop online.

With just a few clicks you can chose what you want and easily navigate your way through our simple cart and checkout process. 

And more than that, when you deal with Boxes For Business you don’t need to throw your environmental conscience out the window because many of our products such as second hand boxes are eco-friendly and therefore help reduce your carbon footprint. 

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Can cardboard boxes help our future?

Can cardboard boxes help our future?

Can cardboard boxes help our future?

 

Help make the earth a better place

Future generations are dependent on us

Today, we hear common catch phrases like climate change, global warming, greenhouse gas and carbon footprint. Our impact upon the environment is regularly on the mainstream agenda, including the media, the science world, environmental organisations, and even government policies.

Is it possible that how we treat the environment now, could have an impact on future generations?

Is it also possible that some of the changes going on around the earth today might have negative consequences within our own lifetime?

What can we do?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

— Dr. Seuss, from The Lorax

We’re happy to say that there are small and large things that can be done at both individual and corporate levels. Some suggestions for contributing to a healthy earth are quite simple and easy enough for any of us to do – which is good to know, isn’t it?

For example,

  • SAVE ENERGY by using energy efficient lights or switching off appliances when they’re not in use.
  • TRAVEL SMARTER by using more public transport or car pooling.
  • CONSERVE WATER by using water efficient appliances or fixtures such as shower heads that reduce water consumption.
  • REDUCE WASTE by buying reused or recycled.

There are three easy ways to cut down our waste and together they can make a big difference to the amount that ends up in landfill, as well as saving energy and other valuable resources. All important for the environment, right?

These 3 methods are often referred to as the Three R’s

  1. REDUCE – Produce less waste by being more careful about what we buy or use.
  2. REUSE – Use the same item more than once instead of throwing it out.
  3. RECYCLE – Send suitable waste products to where they’ll be converted into material that can be used again.

Cardboard boxes can help

In line with these recommendations, cardboard boxes have environmental benefits which can help you feel great about using them. There’s plenty to choose from at our online shop.

Cardboard boxes are . . .

  • Reusable which means any energy or resources that’d be required to make a new box is eliminated and the boxes don’t go straight into landfill.
  • Recyclable and are often made using recycled content, which means reduced energy and water consumption, as well as less waste.
  • Originate from trees which are renewable resources. If care is taken the trees can be replenished.

Recycling and reusing are also recommended by the Australian government,

“Buying or using products which have either been used before or are made up of recycled materials keeps valuable materials out of landfill. It also reduces the need to manufacture new materials, meaning less energy and water is consumed.”

https://yourenergysavings.gov.au/

Make the earth a better place

Just imagine, if we buy new cardboard boxes made from trees or better still from recycled material, or if we buy second hand boxes, we’re actually contributing to a healthier earth – and that’s an awesome feeling. Of course, cardboard boxes aren’t going to solve all our environmental problems, but combined with other measures, such as those mentioned, we can be part of the solution. We can all help make the earth a better place, not only for ourselves, but also for future generations – wouldn’t that be rewarding?

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How cardboard boxes are made

How cardboard boxes are made

How cardboard boxes are made

 

Made from renewable resources & easy to recycle

Making corrugated cardboard boxes involves a number of processes, which can be quite interesting. Would you like to learn some of the basics?

Trees into Kraft paper

One of the first steps is that trees have to be converted into Kraft paper. The most common trees used for this process are pine, spruce, fir and silver birch. These kinds of trees have long fibres, which gives the Kraft paper a high tear, split and burst resistance – which are all good qualities for stronger paper, aren’t they?

Trees such as these above are natural and renewable resources, which means they can be replenished over time. Responsible management involves planting new trees when existing trees are harvested, and that means less harm to the environment, doesn’t it?

The look and colour of Kraft paper can depend on the trees it’s made from. It can vary from light to dark brown and even a yellowish colour at times.

The process of making Kraft paper involves pulping wood chips, which starts with the tree trunks being stripped of bark and torn into small chips. These chips are then placed in a large high pressure tank and cooked in a solution of mainly alkaline based chemicals. The wood chips convert to fibres after the pressure is released. Quite amazing, don’t you think?

In trees there’s a glue like substance called lignin which binds the individual fibres of the tree trunk together. This lignin is no good for making paper, so it needs to be removed.

The alkaline solutions used in cooking help dissolve the lignin and increase the strength of the pulp. This is often referred to as the sulphate process and is where the name Kraft comes from, as it’s the Swedish word for ‘strength’.

After various other steps, the fibres are made into heavy rolls of Kraft paper ready to be made into cardboard.

Kraft paper into corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard usually has at least three layers – an inner and an outer liner with a wavy corrugated section sandwiched in between. This corrugated section helps give the cardboard its strength and impact protection, which is important when packing, isn’t it? The corrugating process occurs on machines called corrugators which can be as large as football fields. Picture that!

Some rolls of Kraft paper can be used for the corrugating medium in between, and other rolls can be used for the inner and outer lining. In the corrugator the various rolls of paper are crimped and glued together to form the corrugated cardboard which is ready to be made into new cardboard boxes, some of which you can buy here.

Corrugated cardboard into boxes

After the Kraft paper has been converted into corrugated cardboard a slitter scorer then scores and cuts the continuous sheets of cardboard into large box blanks ready to go to other machines for further processing, which commonly includes trimming, gluing and printing.

For instance, various machines fold the boxes along the scored lines and then glue or stitch (staple) the blanks in the appropriate places. The sections are folded together to form the finished product which is a corrugated cardboard box, something you’ve probably used many times before, right?

The finished flat boxes are then banded together and stacked ready for shipping. You can easily buy new cardboard boxes on our site.

Recycling

We’re pleased to say that environmentally friendly processes, such as recycling, have continued to grow in importance and it’s very common these days that instead of virgin fibres from trees being used in the manufacture of cardboard, that most of the content of cardboard is recycled material – which seems like a step in the right direction, wouldn’t you say?

In Australia most, if not all, new cardboard boxes have a percentage of recycled cardboard in them. Even with boxes predominantly made from virgin Kraft board, the corrugation in between the liners is usually made of recycled board.

Today many boxes are made from 100% recycled material, sourced from existing cardboard, such as second hand boxes, and also from other second hand paper products. Instead of tree fibres, the recycled materials are the starting point and they go through processes such as de-inking and removal of other impurities and then continue through many of the same processes that virgin Kraft does when it’s made into cardboard boxes.

Recycled board is usually distinguishable by the minor imperfections in its appearance when compared with virgin Kraft.

One of the qualities that makes cardboard so simple and environmentally effective to recycle is that the fibre has already been processed. According to Planet Ark, using recycled material to make cardboard boxes means that,

“…large amounts of water (up to 99% less) and energy (up to 50% less)” are saved

In addition, there are also less by products and wastes associated with recycled cardboard, which also seems great for the environment, doesn’t it?

A win for the environment

Another incentive for manufacturers to make cardboard from recycled material is that it’s much cheaper to make. Recycled material doesn’t have to be cooked or washed to have the lignin removed and this means reduced costs.

As a result of both its ease of recycling and the cost savings involved, it’s likely that the use of recycled material to make cardboard boxes is only going to continue to grow in the future – and isn’t that a tremendous win for the environment?

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Why is our packaging tape peeling off?

Why is our packaging tape peeling off?

Why is our packaging tape peeling off?

Many people think packaging tape is just packaging tape. They assume it’s all the same. However, when you’re running a business you can’t afford to see things that way. Not if you want to keep all your products safe and in one piece, and isn’t that what any business wants?

Tell me more . . .

Packaging tape is used for a wide variety of purposes. It’s one of the most common ways to seal a cardboard box and it’s regularly used to hold all sorts of things together. The most common width of packaging tape in industry is 48mm. There’s tape for use by hand, often combined with a handy tape dispenser and there’s also machine tape which is used with various tape machines. The good thing is, it’s easy to buy packaging supplies such as packaging tape online on our website.

People are often unaware of the differences in packaging tape and end up buying something that’s not suitable for the job they’re doing. Can you imagine that?

Packaging tape consists of a backing film with an adhesive on the surface. The backing film is usually measured in microns and generally the thicker the microns the stronger the tape and the more resistant the tape will be to tearing. However, the stickiness is due to the adhesive. When it comes to packaging tape, there’s three main types of adhesive, and in order of adhesion quality they are – Rubber solvent, Hot Melt and Acrylic, with the best adhesion coming from the Rubber Solvent adhesive.

Where do people go wrong?

Where many people go wrong is that they go for the cheapest because they don’t understand why the rolls at their packaging supply specialist cost more than the rolls at their local supermarket. The cheapest tape is usually the Acrylic adhesive, although price can also vary according to the backing film thickness.

Naturally people want to save money so they buy the acrylic tape unawares, go back to work and start sealing all the cardboard boxes which contain their treasured products. This all seems fine until they send products out and discover that some of the tape is starting to come off, or worse still, they get complaints from their customers because the boxes have come apart in transit and products have been lost or damaged. Wouldn’t you rather avoid these kinds of problems?

Many time’s people don’t understand why the tape is peeling off and are therefore unable to address the problem effectively. We’ve heard many stories like this before.

But we only want to seal up some boxes!

These days, many cardboard boxes are made using recycled material. This is great for the environment and for keeping manufacturing costs down, but it’s not always compatible with the acrylic adhesive used in many cheaper packaging tapes sold these days. You can usually tell the Acrylic tape because the roll appears very clear and transparent, unlike the slightly more opaque colour of the Hot Melt and the honey coloured tone of the Rubber Solvent adhesive tape.

At Boxes for Business we recommend a good rubber solvent adhesive tape for sealing all your boxes. Why not shop for tape now?

Rubber solvent might cost a little more initially but in the long run it’ll save a lot of hassle and potentially save you more money because your boxes of goods will be kept secure. Wouldn’t that be nice? Acrylic tape will stick better to plastics and other surfaces like that, than it will to cardboard, but it’s still not going to have the same adhesion as the rubber solvent tape.

At the end of the day you‘ve got to choose what’s best for you and that’s why we’re happy to share this information, so you can make a more informed decision.

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Where do second hand boxes come from?

Where do second hand boxes come from?

Where do second hand boxes come from?

We often get asked this question as many people aren’t familiar with the business of second hand boxes. Fortunately, we’re experts in the field having been involved with second hand boxes since 1992 and we’re happy to give a brief overview of the process to help satisfy that curiosity. Would that be of any interest?

Re-use is one of the best ways to help the environment as it reduces waste and conserves energy, water, and other resources that’d be required to make new cardboard boxes. You can play a part in helping the environment whenever you buy second hand boxes.

These days many businesses are becoming more aware of the benefits of reuse and are looking for ways to dispose of their waste in an environmentally responsible manner.

At Boxes For Business, we proudly help businesses solve this problem by providing a tailored service for collection of good reusable boxes, and where agreed,  businesses can also deliver their good used cardboard boxes to our warehouse for processing.

Why do businesses have excess boxes?

This can be for a variety of reasons, such as where businesses import products that come in cardboard boxes. Once their products are unpacked they have to dispose of the leftover boxes, knowing it’s best not to throw them into general waste where they’ll just end up in landfill. Other times, companies have production lines where various items are unpacked along the way. Often these items come in cardboard boxes and once again the business has to dispose of these after they’ve finished with them.

On occasion, a business’s operations may change leaving them with the problem of obsolete boxes that are no longer suitable. Human error also comes into play as sometimes people order the wrong quantity or size or even the wrong print, and they then have to organise to dispose of the boxes they can’t use. Our service helps alleviate some of the stress that occurs in such circumstances. Wouldn’t that be good?

We come across these kinds of scenarios on a regular basis and we’re able to provide a responsible solution, which regularly makes people happy. We usually deal in bulk boxes, which are stacked on pallets or sometimes stored in bins or cages. We encourage businesses as much as possible to separate different kinds of boxes from one another.

Perhaps you’ve got a business that needs to dispose of bulk cardboard boxes? Contact us to discuss whether we can offer a handy solution.

What do we do with the boxes we receive?

We carefully inspect all our second hand boxes to sort out the good from the bad, and to make sure all the boxes are organised by size, so that like boxes are kept together.

Good reusable boxes are stacked neatly onto pallets and stored in our warehouse ready for sale. Our aim is to supply quality second hand boxes to all our clients. Check out our online shop for second hand boxes.

Any boxes that are damaged or aren’t suitable for reuse are either baled or stacked onto pallets and taken to be recycled where the process starts all over again. 

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Not all cardboard boxes are created equal!

Not all cardboard boxes are created equal!

Not all cardboard boxes are created equal!

It might come as a surprise to some, but there’s more to cardboard boxes than first meets the eye.

Most people don’t give it much thought, as cardboard boxes are so common they’re sometimes seen to be of little value. However, they serve a very important role because they contain, carry, store  and protect products and other things that are of value to people, especially in business.

If that’s the case then isn’t it logical to give some thought to which cardboard boxes might be suitable for you?

Knowing some of the basics can help you buy new cardboard boxes wisely and potentially save you a bit of money at the same time. Just imagine!

What’s the difference?

Corrugated cardboard generally has at least three layers – an inner and an outer liner with a wavy corrugated section in between. This corrugated section helps give the cardboard its strength and helps provide impact protection. The corrugation is commonly known as the flute, and comes in a variety of different thicknesses. Would it help to know what they are?

Some of the most common types of flute and their rough thicknesses are shown below

  • C Flute                  4mm thick
  • B Flute                  3mm thick
  • A Flute                  5mm thick
  • R Flute                  2mm thick
  • BC Flute               6-7mm thick
  • AC Flute               8-9mm thick

There’s also more flute types that we haven’t mentioned here, for sake of time.

Thicker cardboard usually provides more impact protection so can be ideal for more fragile items. However, it’s often more expensive and takes up more storage space, so it’s good to decide on your highest priority. For many, the extra cost of a thicker cardboard is well worth it when they consider the money it saves in damages to their products. For others, a thicker cardboard might be overkill. Being aware that there’s a difference means you’re more likely to choose the right boxes, especially when you buy new boxes online.

Is that all?

The thickness of the flute is not the only thing to consider when choosing new cardboard boxes. The weight and hence strength of the cardboard used also plays a part and this is often referred to with numbers. Different companies often use different codes and have variations between the cardboard in their boxes, but some generic  terms do exist across the industry.

For example, the numbers 1,3 and 4 are fairly standard and usually appear before the flute letter to further indicate strength. When it comes to corrugated cardboard there’s  1C, 3C and 4C as well as a 1B, 3B and 4B just to name a few. When it comes to these generic codes, typically the lower the number the stronger the corrugated cardboard. For instance, 1C is stronger than 3C and so on. Most reputable cardboard box companies will understand these terms, even if their own codes are quite different. To make the process easier for you, we’ve used more user friendly terms on our website when describing our boxes.We’ve indicated whether a box has a single or double corrugation and we’ve referred  to rough strength of the cardboard with the terms Light, Medium and Strong. See for yourself at our new boxes shop.

But wait, there’s more!

If you didn’t know already hopefully you’re becoming more aware that not all boxes are created equal. However, we’ve only just scratched the surface, so if you’re interested in finding out more, then a good starting point could be https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrugated_fiberboard

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Choosing the right cardboard boxes & packaging supplies

Choosing the right cardboard boxes & packaging supplies

Choosing the right cardboard boxes & packaging supplies

Would you like to save time and money and make your job a whole lot easier in the process? With these helpful pointers you’ll be on the right track to doing just that, whenever you buy cardboard boxes and packaging supplies.

How to choose the right boxes

  • Heavy items require stronger boxes that are capable of holding the weight.
  • Smaller boxes are ideal for heavy items as they don’t get too heavy to carry.
  • Boxes being stacked on top of one another need to be stronger to support the extra weight.
  • Boxes that are a close fit for your items help prevent movement and damage within the box.
  • Solid level items, such as cans, provide internal support to a box, so a lesser strength, lower cost box may be sufficient.
  • Boxes with thicker cardboard or extra board corrugations in the walls provide more impact protection.
  • Boxes that are all the same size, are easier to pack, stack and transport.
  • Do you want to choose the right boxes?

To help guide you, the product section of our website indicates size, strength, board corrugations and cardboard thickness which makes it easier to shop for the right new cardboard boxes and second hand boxes.

How to choose the right packaging products

  • Good quality packaging tape, with rubber solvent adhesive, sticks better to cardboard.
  • Items needing extra protection can be wrapped in bubble wrap or protective foam before being packed into boxes.
  • Products like void fill, butchers paper, and bubblewrap can fill empty space in boxes and help prevent shift and damage.
  • Stretch wrap helps hold everything together on a pallet and provides some weather protection.
  • Heavy items may require strapping to secure them safely during transit.
  • For some items boxes aren’t suitable and its more effective to wrap them in single face corrugated cardboard, protective foam or bubblewrap, or perhaps pack them into a padded mailer.
  • Do you want to choose the right packaging supplies?

To help guide you, the product section of our website indicates the relevant details when you want to buy packaging supplies.

More packing tips

  • Pack boxes to their capacity to prevent items shifting and boxes crushing.
  • Fill empty space inside boxes to help pack them to their capacity.
  • Don’t over pack boxes. If they can’t close they may burst open or be unstable when stacking.
  • Pack heavy items on the bottom, so the boxes don’t overbalance.
  • Wrap fragile items before packing, to help provide more cushioning protection.
  • Seal each box securely with packaging tape to contain what’s inside.
  • If wrapping items rather than boxing them, then wrap them well. It’s better to overwrap rather than under wrap.

These valuable tips help ease frustration and can even keep money out of a swear jar!

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Fun at Boxes For Business

Fun at Boxes For Business

Funny Business

 

Doesn’t it feel good to laugh?

At Boxes for Business we take business seriously but we believe it’s possible to have some fun in the process. If we can put a smile on your face, or even better, encourage you to have a laugh, then we all feel great, which makes business better for all of us. Feel free to shop online and in the process, we hope you enjoy.

Unfortunate Business

Once upon a time a couple decided to go into business together. They worked out their business plan and over a period of time put in a lot of hard work and effort to help bring it about. They began operating from their home in Sydney, but their business expanded and it wasn’t long before they needed larger premises. A small warehouse unit would be ideal. This was all very exciting as their dreams were finally starting to be fulfilled. They did a lot of promotion about their move and word got around.

Some of their friends decided to send a bunch of flowers to help commemorate the occasion. The flowers arrived and the business couple were really happy to have such supportive friends. They opened the card to see who the flowers were from and saw that the message inside read “May you Rest in Peace”.

The couple were a little shocked and rang their friend to let them know what the card had said. The friend wasn’t happy and contacted the florist to let them know about the error.

The florist apologised and said how sorry they were for the mistake. However, they pointed out that things could have been far worse. Somewhere nearby a funeral was taking place and they have a bunch of flowers with a card saying “Congratulations on your great new location”

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