Our top 10 blog posts of 2014

As another year comes to a close and the new year starts, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past and revisit our some of our favorite blog posts of the last 12 months. The topics covered in these posts range from sustainability to dimensional weight; but all are informative, helpful, and quick to read. The posts are ordered chronologically below.

10. Our take on the Rapid Packing Container

A student project promises to revolutionize the box industry and subsequently goes viral on YouTube. What is the Rapid Packing Container? And does it live up to all of its promises? This is a great primer on some of the unseen challenges in the packaging industry. Read more…

9. Know your different styles of corrugated cardboard boxes

In a follow-up to one of our most viewed posts of all time, we break down something you never knew you wanted to know—the different styles of corrugated cardboard boxes. There are eight different series of corrugated packaging. Can you identify them all? Read more…

8. What happened to all the clean air?

This award-winning blog post shows some of the effects pollution has had on our local Utah environment and the potential effects it can have when left unchecked. Packsize is strongly committed to improving the environment and hope that some of the actions we’ve taken (which are listed at the end of the article) will encourage other businesses to promote a sustainable company culture. Read more…

7. What The Matrix can teach us about E-commerce and fulfillment

There’s a pretty big difference between doing business in the real world (fulfillment), and doing it in the digital world (E-commerce). This is a lesson that came painfully to several different companies when large numbers of consumers didn’t receive their Christmas presents in time. Packsize’s VP of Global Strategy and Marketing, Brandon Brooks, writes this provocative piece. Read more…

6. Fulfillment center packaging is broken and a huge pain. Here’s a solution…

When you think of the most wasteful package you’ve ever received, chances are you’ll think of something shipped from a fulfillment center. Why do fulfillment centers send out so much oversized packaging? And how can On Demand Packaging® help fix that? Read more…

5. How Bongo International cut their shipping costs by 20%

“Before Packsize’s box making machines were implemented, Bongo would often have to manually cut a box-to-size when dealing with multiple items. This meant that Bongo employees could spend up to 15 minutes packaging a single order.” Learn more about how Bongo cut their shipping costs (as well as many other costs), by reading the case study and watching the video contained in this blog post. Read more…

4. Not sure if you’ll get hit by dimensional weight charges? Check this handy chart!

The news that major shipping companies will start charging for dimensional weight on all packages was a pretty big deal throughout the second half of the year. Now that the new pricing is going into effect, it’s more important than ever to understand just how much the changes will cost. The chart in this post shows the dimensional weight of 25 of the most common box sizes, and explains the effect that could have on your packaging costs. Read more…

3. What will be the cost of the dimensional price increase?

Did you know that a 12″ x 12″ x 12″ box has a dimensional weight of 11 pounds? That means every cubic foot you package will cost as much as a bowling ball to ship if you’re not careful. We talk about which companies are going to be hit the hardest by the dimensional price increase and what you can do to minimize its effects. Read more…

2. Six reasons everyone will be using custom boxes in 10 years

Custom packaging is going to be a big deal soon. Dimensional weight charges, increased pressure to be sustainable, and the opportunity to provide a better branding experience are just a handful of the reasons everyone will be using them in 10 years. Read more…

1. No, there isn’t an excuse for oversized boxes anymore

A recent article suggests that consumers should be more forgiving to online retailers when it comes to their oversized boxes. After all, there are “certain realities” that make getting a right-sized box every time nearly impossible, right? Wrong! Fulfillment companies have solved many problems, if they haven’t solved the oversized box problem yet, it’s because they haven’t made it a priority. Read more…

 

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