The recent decrease in box shipments reported by the Fibre Box Association (U.S. box shipments fell by 8.4% in the fourth quarter os 2022) is a wake-up call for companies to review their inventory management practices and ensure that their boxes are stored and handled correctly to avoid damage.
But that’s not all – it also applies to companies that, even though they haven’t reported a drop in product shipments, have a good inventory of boxes to manage. As we always point out here on the Racer Boxes blog, buying boxes in bulk is always a great option for companies that want to save money when making larger purchases, since most suppliers are able to negotiate better prices this way.
If that’s your case, continue reading this post as it contains precious tips to keep your boxes safe and in good condition for longer.
How to Keep Cardboard Boxes Well Stored
Here are some tips on how companies can manage their inventory and keep boxes intact:
- Proper storage: Cardboard boxes should be stored in a dry, cool, and well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight and moisture. Stacks of boxes should be neatly arranged and not too high, as this can cause boxes to buckle or become crushed.
- Avoid overloading: Overloading boxes can cause them to break down, especially if the boxes are not designed to handle the weight. Companies should follow the recommended weight capacity of each box and distribute the weight evenly to prevent damage.
- Use pallets: Pallets can provide added support for stacks of boxes and reduce the risk of damage. Pallets also make it easier to move stacks of boxes around the warehouse or onto delivery trucks.
- Label boxes properly: Labeling boxes clearly with their contents, weight, and handling instructions can help prevent damage during transit or storage.
- Regular inspections: Regular inspections of inventory and boxes can help identify any potential problems and take corrective action before boxes break down.
- Implement a preventive maintenance program: Regular maintenance of equipment and facilities can help prevent damage to boxes. This can include cleaning and repairing equipment, fixing any structural problems in the warehouse, and ensuring that storage racks are in good condition.
By following these tips, companies can manage their inventory effectively, reduce waste, and ensure that their boxes remain intact, regardless of whether they are in storage or transit. By taking a proactive approach to inventory management, companies can avoid the costs and headaches associated with damaged boxes and ensure that their customers receive high-quality products.
Time to buy Cardboard Boxes
As we commented in the first paragraph of this post, box shipments dropped at the end of 2022 in the United States. This number contrasts with the latest trends announced in the sector, that online shopping would continue to rise over the next few years, a number that would be pulled mainly by the ease and practicality of this style of shopping. Among the main causes pointed out by the survey are fear of recession and inflation, which may be making consumers spend less.
It is still too early to know whether the trend will continue throughout 2023 – however, it may be a good time to stock up on cardboard boxes and avoid price increases or material shortages in the future, as we saw happening in early 2022. If you are in the Vancouver area, please contact us and we can help you.