How many shipping boxes should I keep on hand (and how on earth do I store them)?

John M DaThoreau -

It's important to keep several weeks worth of shipping boxes on hand if you frequently ship items, especially if you're running a business. Having an organized and stocked warehouse can help you streamline your shipping operations, reduce errors and costs, and improve customer service and satisfaction. 

  1. Flexibility: Keeping several weeks worth of shipping boxes on hand gives you the flexibility to ship items as soon as you receive orders without having to wait for new boxes to arrive. 

    Sometimes, you may experience a sudden increase in orders due to a sale or promotion. Having extra boxes on hand can help you handle this increase in order volume without having to wait for additional boxes to arrive.

  2. Cost savings: Purchasing shipping boxes in bulk is usually cheaper than buying them in smaller quantities. By having several weeks worth of boxes on hand, you can take advantage of bulk purchasing discounts and save money in the long run. 

    To predict how many shipping boxes you will need next month, you can use your historical sales data as a starting point. Here are the steps you can follow:

    Review your sales data: Look at your sales data for the past several months or even a year to see how many orders you typically receive and how many boxes you use per order.

    Identify trends: Look for any trends in your sales data, such as seasonal changes or increases in demand due to promotions or sales.

    Project future sales: Use the trends and patterns you identified to project how many orders you are likely to receive next month.

    Calculate the number of boxes: Based on your projections, calculate how many boxes you will need to fulfill your orders. Multiply the projected number of orders by the average number of boxes per order to get an estimate of the total number of boxes you will need.

    Adjust for other factors: Consider any other factors that may affect your box usage, such as changes in the size or weight of your products or changes in your packaging materials.

    Order extra: To be on the safe side, it's always a good idea to order a few extra boxes just in case you receive more orders than you projected or encounter any unexpected issues.

    Checkout our Standard Box Size savings - we keep truckload quantities of these sizes, saving you even more on popular sizes - up to 15%. 


  3. Time savings: If you don't have to constantly order new boxes, you'll save time on the ordering process and the time it takes to receive the boxes.

  4. Better organization: By having a stockpile of shipping boxes on hand, you'll be able to keep your storage area organized and ensure that you always have the right box size available.

    Speaking of organization, here are some tips for storing your shipping boxes: 

    • Choose a storage area: Select a storage area that is dry, cool, and well-ventilated. Avoid areas that are prone to dampness or humidity, such as basements or attics.

    • Keep them clean: Make sure the area is free from dust and debris. Clean the area regularly to prevent any build-up of dust or dirt.

    • Keep them organized: Sort the boxes by size and label them accordingly. This will help you quickly locate the boxes you need when fulfilling orders.

    • Keep them dry: Make sure the boxes are not exposed to moisture or humidity. If you store boxes in a damp area, they can become weakened and lose their structural integrity.

    • Store them flat: To prevent the boxes from getting crushed, store them flat rather than standing them up on their ends.

    • Use pallets or shelves: To keep the boxes off the ground and prevent them from getting wet, use pallets or shelves to store them.

      By following these tips, you can ensure that your folded corrugated shipping boxes stay in good condition and are ready for use when you need them.

  5. Avoiding shipping delays: If you run out of boxes and need to wait for new ones to arrive, it could delay your shipping times, which could result in unhappy customers and lost business. Having several weeks worth of boxes on hand helps to prevent these kinds of delays. lead times range from 1-3 business days with purchase of Rush Production for Standard Sizes (normally a 4-6 business day lead time) and 7-9 business days for non-Standard sizes. Shipping lead times vary by shipping destination - so be sure to include 3-6 days for shipping in addition to production lead times.

Overall, keeping several weeks' worth of shipping boxes on hand can help you run your business more smoothly and efficiently. 

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