06 Mar 5 Tips for How Subscription Box Companies Can Save on Packaging
It’s not surprising to say that packing materials are necessary to keep items from getting damaged when shipping – but they need to look good to. Unfortunately, they can quickly become a big expense for a subscription box company. Here are five ways that you can cut down the cost of packing materials without risking damage or the quality of your customer’s “un-boxing” experience.
- Buy in Bulk
Once you decide on the box sizes and types of packing materials you will need, purchase them in bulk to save money. A simple search on the internet will show where you can purchase the items for the best price. Amazon, ebay, and Walmart all offer shipping materials at reasonable prices. If a certain item will require a different sized box, plan for that ahead of time so you can have it on hand when it comes time to ship that month.
- Use the Correct Size Box
It’s impossible to stress the importance of using a box that is the right size for your items enough. Shipping in a box that is larger than necessary contributes to a much higher shipping charge, as well as extra packing material. Reducing the box size by just an inch can make a difference in shipping costs, and if it can fit in the mailbox, even better!
- Recycle, Recycle, Recycle
Items such as boxes, bubble wrap, peanuts, plastic air bags, and envelopes can all be reused. Just make sure the items are in very good condition and clean before using them again. Many “new” packaging materials are made from recycled materials as well. Using these types of products can have a great appeal to many potential customers.
- Free Shipping Supplies
If you are able to, take advantage of free shipping supplies from your carrier. USPS, FedEx and UPS all offer some items for free. For example, the USPS offers free flat rate boxes and free mailing tubes for Priority Mail. If you find items that are suitable for your shipping needs, you’ll maybe even save enough to offset slightly higher shipping costs.
- Search for Sales
Sometimes, retailers run sales or promotions on certain shipping supplies. Office Max and Office Depot offer coupons if you register on their website or at their stores. These coupons can be used for tape guns, boxing tape, and tape guns.
With just a little effort, subscription box companies have many options for cutting down on the expensive packaging materials.