If you are the proud owner of a small business, it’s a good idea to invest in custom boxes to package or ship your products in. They will make your products stand out on a shelf, or create a more pleasant unboxing experience for your customers.
But what can do you with all the custom boxes you have ordered? How can you store them? These few tips should help you.
1. Keep your custom boxes flat
When you receive your custom boxes, they will probably be flat. Unless you need to use them right away, don’t assemble them right now. They will take up less storage space if you keep them flat.
If you have already assembled some of your boxes because you were impatient to see how they looked, decide whether you should flatten them again, or keep them this way so they can be used immediately.
2. Stack boxes of the same size together
If you have different sizes or shapes of custom boxes, you should obviously keep them stacked together so it will be easier to find the ones you need.
You could make different bundles and keep them together by wrapping them with a piece of twine. This could be particularly useful if you are going to store your stacks of boxes upright.
3. Keep them away from moisture
You need to store your custom boxes in a dry place. Too much moisture could damage them, and the last thing you want is to find out one of your bundles of boxes is falling apart when you are ready to use it.
However, keep in mind that storing many cardboard boxes together can be a fire hazard, especially in a very dry place. The ideal room to store your custom boxes should have a reasonable level of humidity.
4. Decide how you want to store your bundles of boxes
Once you have found the perfect storage room, you can either keep your bundles of boxes upright against a wall or a table, or stack them flat on a shelf.
The right way to store them depends on the size of your boxes and on the amount of storage space you have. You also need to be able to access your boxes easily when you need to use them.
5. Don’t keep too many boxes
As you can see, storing custom cardboard boxes is not that difficult. However, keeping too many boxes at a time can end up causing you a few problems. Huge bundles of boxes in a small room can become a fire hazard, or they can attract bugs and pests.
Keeping too many boxes can also simply be a waste of storage space. So next time you run out of custom boxes, try not to order hundreds of them if you know you won’t need to use this many in the next few months.
6. Try to estimate how many boxes you really need
Look back at how many boxes you have needed in the last month, and in the month that came before it. Then, try to anticipate if there is a special event coming up where more people might be buying your products.
This will help you estimate how many custom boxes you will need in the near future. To avoid storage issues, try to keep only the boxes you will need, plus a few extras.
7. Find the right manufacturer of custom boxes
If your current manufacturer of custom boxes requires you to place a high minimum order, it might be a good idea to change for one that allows you to order any quantity of custom boxes. This way, you will be able to keep the inventory you need.
You should also try to choose a manufacturer with a fast turnaround time.