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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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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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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