As a wholesale box manufacturer in Vancouver, the team at Racer Printing and Box Manufacturing have seen how the internet has changed the way people shop. Thanks to smartphones and e-commerce, it’s possible to buy just about anything from anywhere in the world. And that convenience has made the humble brown cardboard box the undisputed king of packaging.
The cardboard box industry will be worth over $200 billion globally in the next few years, and was already almost $170 billion back in 2017. Most of this is driven by the continuing growth of e-commerce, especially in developing countries. India’s e-commerce industry alone is predicted to jump from $40 billion to $200 billion by 2026.
Technically called “corrugated cardboard,” the origins of the cardboard box date back over 3000 years in China, but the term itself was supposedly first recorded by novelist Anne Brontë back in 1848.
Corrugated paper was first patented in 1856, originally as a liner that would help top hats retain their shape. Robert Gair invented the pre-cut paperboard box in Brooklyn in 1879, which became incredibly popular and launched a packaging revolution.
The success of cardboard packaging is generally attributed to its remarkable engineering. The corrugated folds in the board help reinforce the boxes, and the air trapped between provides a stable cushion, protecting the contents during shipping. They also provide some protection against moisture, which is also important.
The machines that create these boxes have evolved over many years. Today, the fastest box-making machines in the world work at a speed of 400 boxes a minute.
One of the many benefits of cardboard is its reusability. They are 97% recyclable and can be produced from recycled materials. Around 90% of all cardboard produced is recycled, according to the EPA. This reduced environmental impact makes it an attractive choice for many people who require large amounts of packaging for their business.
Beyond its green cred, the simple brown box is also a great marketing tool—for example Racer Boxes offers box printing in Vancouver, which can bring emphasis and attention to brands.
Racer Boxes was founded in Richmond, BC by two Hong Kong immigrants who produced cardboard boxes in Vancouver. With flexible delivery options, affordable pricing, and superior quality, today Racer Boxes works with businesses, entrepreneurs, and organizations across the lower mainland.