There’s a reason why companies look forward to “Black Friday” and the shot at considerable income and profits it offers them. We can add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of those raking in the revenue this holiday season. Recent media reports indicate that the USPS expects to deliver 10 percent more packages this winter compared to last season. Specifically, that means 15 billion pieces of mail and some 850 million parcels between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Freight carriers also expect a holiday boon according to news reports! UPS expects to transport 750 million packages this holiday season, while FedEx could transport anywhere between 380 million and 400 million, which might set a record for the company.
Between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the rise of online shopping, Americans are clearly placing a lot of online orders for goods and gifts this holiday season. This is great news for those tasked with shipping those orders. But for companies who are grabbing goods off the warehouse shelves and putting them into oversized cardboard boxes, it’s time to realize that you’re leaving money on the table.
We’re sure you’re wondering how that’s possible, given that this is the busiest time of year and your shipping department has been in overdrive for weeks now. It has everything to do with the boxes you’re using and the indisputable drawbacks of the traditional packaging model. By obtaining a Packsize custom box-making machine and placing it next to the conveyor belt carrying outbound orders, you can craft a box to the dimensions of the product that’s headed out. This is important for a variety of reasons, starting with minimizing the need for filling the void in those half-empty boxes.
At Packsize, we know that approximately 40% of the average package is empty space. By eliminating that 40%, you cut down on void filler such as packing peanuts and air pillows. Having a custom box-making machine does away with the stockpiles of corrugated cardboard boxes. In exchange, you’ll have more space to store product and provide customers with timely orders—not “IOU” slips for post-holiday fulfillment.
Another reason for why custom boxes that fit your outgoing items like a glove is so important is that shipping companies have changed the way they calculate shipping costs. Through dimensional weight pricing, you’ll be paying for the size of the box; in addition to the weight of the item inside. Obviously, a custom box-making machine could make a major difference in DIM weight savings.
With the holiday shopping season in full swing and deadlines now set by your customers for a guaranteed delivery by Christmas morning, now’s the time to consider modernizing your own packaging department and ensuring that your company is positioned for the next peak season.