How To Reduce Your eCommerce Shipping Costs by Choosing the Correct Box Size

June 7, 2022

Shipping is an expensive part of running a business, especially for online retailers, and like many businesses, we’re always looking for ways to reduce costs. There are a few things you can do to reduce your overall shipping costs, and one of these things is to choose the correct box size! Choosing the most efficient box size for your products can not only help you cut costs on packaging products, but also allows you to ship your items at lower prices.

Improve profitability by reducing shipping costs and investing in other aspects of your business. While changing couriers may seem the easiest way to reduce costs, it can be detrimental to simply choose the cheapest shipping courier without considering the consequences. Investing in quality and affordable shipping boxes can help you reduce costs without sacrificing on quality; allowing you to maintain your positive reputation while still reducing the amount spent on shipping your products.

How The Size of Your Shipping Box Can Reduce eCommerce Shipping Costs

When it comes to considering where the costs lie in shipping your products, it is uncommon to first consider the size of the shipping box itself. However, the size of the boxes you use for shipping can play a key part in how costs are calculated and reducing their size may just save your business more than you think.

While each shipping company is different it is common for couriers to charge you based on the size of your parcels. Each price point usually has a size category which each box is measured against. A larger box will be placed into a higher category and will then cost more to ship. Choosing to purchase, or custom make, smaller boxes will mean your boxes fit into a smaller category and cost less. Over time, this small reduction in cost can add up to quite a large saving for your business. With custom boxes, you can start reducing your shipping costs now to see long term benefits. Invest in the future of your business with boxes from Jetbox!

Jetbox offers a range of ready made and custom made boxes. We can make ecommerce shipping boxes in any size and any thickness to suit the needs of your business! Look no further than some of our most popular shipping boxes:

How To Reduce Your eCommerce Shipping Costs by Choosing the Correct Box Size - Jetbox Melbourne

Our Mailing Boxes are by far the most popular choice for eCommerce shipping. They are self sealing, durable for transport and fit perfectly into Australia’s Post A5 / BX1 Mailing Box size requirements.

How To Reduce Your eCommerce Shipping Costs by Choosing the Correct Box Size - Jetbox Melbourne

Our 50 Litre Biodegradable Carton is another popular choice. Made using super strong board, these boxes will keep your products safe across the country and the world! Jetbox currently offers the cheapest price for 50 Litre Cartons in the country, so don’t miss out on these incredible boxes.

How To Reduce Your eCommerce Shipping Costs by Choosing the Correct Box Size - Jetbox Melbourne

Lastly, our durable 12KG Shipping Boxes can help you ship larger products, or large quantities of products, with ease. These boxes are an affordable and easy to assemble option for eCommerce businesses.

Another way smaller boxes save you money is by reducing the amount of packaging products you need! Where before you may have relied on a large amount of bubble wrap, butchers paper or other void fill, custom made boxes create a snug fit where little to no packaging product is needed. Think of all the waste you are saving, as well as money!

Switching to smaller boxes can reduce shipping costs, lessen the need for packaging fillers and can have a better impact on the environment. We’d say that’s a win-win-win!

Understand How eCommerce Shipping Costs are Calculated by Your Chosen Courier

In some instances, shipping is calculated by weight, by box size, or by a combination of the two. We always recommend speaking to your chosen courier before making changes to reduce shipping costs as it is important to understand how it is calculated to then make the most appropriate changes.

We recommend creating the smallest, lightest packages possible to ensure you are shipping at the lowest price point. Choosing boxes that are the perfect fit decreases the size and the weight that might be added as a result of extra packaging products.

Another way to decrease ecommerce shipping costs is to ensure one customer’s items are shipped together! One large parcel costs less than many small parcels, so try to keep orders to one box where possible.

Choose Affordable, Quality Boxes with Jetbox

Jetbox is a Melbourne based box manufacturer with over 10 years of experience in creating boxes for Aussie businesses. We understand every business is different and create custom boxes to suit any and all needs.

Our Australian made boxes are perfect for small, medium and large businesses. We offer a range of ready-made boxes that can be ordered online now alongside our custom boxes and other custom products. Visit our website to see the full range. We can’t wait to work with you and your business!

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.