Posted on March 4, 2019 by Dennis Salazar

Small Boxes Produce Big Savings for e-Commerce Companies

Right-size your e-commerce boxes for big savings

There are many reasons to “right size” or minimize the size of your e-commerce boxes. For example, many of our customers utilize a fulfillment operation and it is no secret that they charge per pallet to store your products and packaging until they are needed. In addition to storage costs, INBOUND freight charges can really add up so the smaller the box, the more we can put on a pallet, the fewer pallets are needed and the total savings can be quite significant. The largest potential savings however can be in the area of OUTBOUND shipping cost. In this era of dimensional freight charges, whether you ship via UPS, USPS or FedEx, your cost to ship is determined by the cubic inches your box takes up on the plane or in the truck. The cost difference between one size bracket and the next can be as much as $2.00, which more than covers the cost of a box that is typically well under $1.00 each.

Salazar Packaging | custom packaging for e-commerceThe “just in case” box sizing mistake

Many new companies, new to packaging and shipping, often make the mistake of oversizing their box, just in case they ever ship something larger. Most of the times, that need never materializes, so they unintentionally end up over-paying on all their boxes for all the reasons listed above. Recognizing that savings opportunity for our customers, we are pleased to add four new small boxes and will remind you of four other small sizes we have available for you. These include:

3-7/8” X 3-13/16” X 2-1/8” tuck top die cut corrugated mailer

4” X 4” X 4” lock front Indestructo style die cut corrugated mailer

4-9/16” X 4” X 2-1/16” tuck top die cut corrugated mailer

5-1/2” X 2-1/2” X 2-1/4” lock front die cut corrugated mailer

4-1/4” X 4-1/4” X 3” lock front die cut corrugated mailer

5” X 3-1/2” X 1-1/2” tuck top die cut corrugated mailer

5” X 4” X 3” lock front die cut corrugated mailer

5-1/2” X 4-1/8” X 2” tuck top die cut corrugated mailer

Other DTC e-commerce shipping box sizes?

Keep in mind that these are only eight of nearly 200 available sizes. Some are shown on our store, most are not, so if you have a size in mind, please ask us. We may have a close size you can use which may eliminate the cost and delay of a custom cutting die. If your size requirement is very specific, we can create a custom size cutting die for you at minimal cost.

 Small box custom insertsSalazar Packaging | wide variety of small sizes available

One of the things that truly sets us apart from our competition is our ability to design an insert for almost any box that we make. No matter what the product being shipped is, from jewelry to electronics to personal care products, whether it is a box, a tube, a bottle or any other type of direct on product packaging, we can create an insert that will enhance the customer’s unboxing experience without void or loose fill of any type. See bottom related post below.

Small e-commerce box minimums?

The MOQ on most of our boxes is 1,000, but on some of these smaller ones, it can increase to 1,500 or even 2,000 because of board color, print requirements, and corrugated sheet size.

Of course, printing on the outside or inside of the box as well as the insert impacts pricing There is no price list because every box and customer are different as well. What I can assure you is that we create the most effective, best looking boxes (see our gallery) at the lowest possible cost.

Salazar Packaging | We've added more small sizes for youCall us at 630-551-1700 or email us at Salazar Packaging for a no cost, no obligation review of your specific needs.

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