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Packaging - Common box sizes

What are the most common box sizes you use?

     
3:53 am on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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I'm going through a bit of a consolidation of the various types of packages we use in our small operation.

We have padded envelopes for single book / dvd type purchases and then we have a number of other boxes for multiple purchases / toys and other products.

Care to share what are the common sizes? Looks like Amazon has a pretty standard set of boxes they deliver the products in.

5:17 pm on May 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

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around 9" high 11" wide and 11" deep.

Odd question

1:32 am on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Well, we're trying to streamline the shipping process and I am just trying to reduce the number of boxes we order. :)
2:41 am on May 23, 2006 (gmt 0)

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Great question

Couple of our sizes:

12 x 12 x 6
12 x 12 x 12
14 x 14 x 18
14 x 6 x 6
16 x 12 x 10
24 x 24 x 18

Most of our orders are 2 - 7 pieces of somewhat random size and shaped items. We found it was considerable cheaper to use peanuts, paper or air pouches to fill the empty space vs more box sizes. We now by the boxes by the pallet per size and have a smaller storage area.

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we ended up ordering custom boxes so that we could do the same consolidation. The intial dies were a little pricey, but we ended up saving a huge amount on the packing material we used to need to fill empty space.

And it seems that cardboard is a competite business, and it really paid to shop around a little.

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So much of determining sizes is based on the products you carry. What I did was go back and look at my orders for the last 60-90 days. I then calculated what would have been the best size to pack the orders in. I also looked at how many orders were multiple products and how this impacted packing. My general goal in doing this was to avoid excess void fill, and also to be mindful of dimensional weight problems for UPS next day, 2nd day, and 3 day shipping.

One of the outcomes of this is I ended up with a new size box (16x6x4) which is now my most popular to use. This replaced an 18x6x6 box. Some of my other standards are 10x8x6, 12x12x6, 18x14x4, and 20x6x6.

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I have a hard time finding appropriate boxes for my small products that will hold a mailing label.

The perfect box for my products are about 3" x3" x3" and hard to find. Then the postal service grumbles at trying to get a 3x 5 mailing sticker on there.