Customised shipping boxes - The answer to rising shipping costs
Already in a press release of the Verband der Wellpappen-Industrie e.V.. (VDW) in October 2017, the association's managing director, Dr. Oliver Wolfrum, warned of an impending catastrophe for the paper processing sector. From the VDW's point of view, the permanently rising prices for corrugated base papers since 2017, as well as the shortage of raw materials on the world market, are leading to a very tense situation in the corrugated board industry.
As the association reported, prices for recycled papers have risen by around 100 euros per ton since the beginning of last year 2017, and the cost of kraftliner by as much as 150 euros per ton. For corrugated base papers, as the most important raw material for shipping cartons, this means an inflation rate of about 27 percent within a few months. At the same time, the average price per square meter of corrugated board sold fell by 0.8 percent in the first three months of 2017 compared to the same quarter last year. "The cost-revenue gap is widening at an alarming rate. This means that it is hardly possible for our members to operate adequately," was the conclusion of the corrugated board lobbyists.
To ensure that packaging manufacturers do not have to face insolvency in a row in the future, it is imperative to absorb these cost guzzlers. In principle, there are two ways of doing this: Firstly, the prices for packaging materials made of paper, cardboard and corrugated board can be increased, thus passing us on to the customers, or secondly, the efficiency of one's own production can be improved. However, a lot of time can pass before these optimizations take effect, time that many manufacturers no longer have.
Custom shipping boxes are the solution
The packaging material and system manufacturer labelprint24 has decided to go a third way as an alternative: Shipping cartons with individual dimensions. While many packaging material manufacturers offer shipping cartons mainly in standard sizes, in the online store it is possible to calculate and order online unprinted cartons made to measure for shipping and printed folding boxes with completely individual dimensions. Without price surcharge, without large minimum order quantities and in short production and delivery time.
As much as necessary, as little as possible
At labelprint24, the savings effect is achieved by minimizing the material required for the shipping carton without neglecting the protective function of the packaging. Every centimeter of cardboard saved counts in more ways than one. For example, only a minimum of filler material, or none at all, is required for goods or product packaging. In addition to the basic materials cardboard, paper and paperboard, the filling material is a high cost factor. After opening and unpacking, it often ends up in the trash or has to be disposed of at high cost.
Customized shipping cartons are one of the latest trends in product packaging. In addition to the price, it is the variability in size, printing and finishing that in most cases determines which folding carton manufacturer the customer chooses. He checks these requirements before placing an order for printed folding cartons.
A customized folding carton tailored to the product not only gives the carton contents a perfect fit and an appealing design, but also helps to reduce material usage to a minimum.
Order custom shipping boxes online
Many box manufacturers are aware of their customers' desire for custom-fit shipping packaging. With most producers, it is possible to start a request for customized cartons by e-mailing a print shop clerk or packaging technologist. With far fewer manufacturers, the individual dimensions of the folding cartons can already be calculated online and a production order started immediately.
At labelprint24, even completely free dimensions for printed folding boxes and unprinted shipping boxes are possible. As a system manufacturer for packaging materials, we enable our customers to make the individual packaging dimensions of the printed or unprinted folding boxes directly in the browser. Two factors in particular, time savings and the simplicity of the ordering process, are of primary importance to us. Both factors ensure ever shorter order and delivery times.
Typical applications for shipping cartons
The moving box
The shoe box
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