Why buy boxes for moving?

Whether you are hauling a few items across Michigan or moving your household possessions across the country, dumping your stuff in just any old container is an ineffective and potentially costly way to transport your items. Commercial movers, truck rental services, and pack and ship stores have a great number of shipping box options available to purchase which will ultimately protect your items and simplify the whole experience. 

Pre-purchased boxes have many advantages over just grabbing boxes found by the checkout of the supermarket and warehouse club. Pre-purchased boxes have no stress on them from the wear and tear of previous uses.  They haven’t been stacked upon each other while sitting on a palate. All sides of the box are available to seal and secure, unlike in a warehouse club where the fronts and tops have been opened as part of a display.  Some of the stronger walled boxes are used by produce distributors, so they may have food residue in them.  

Purchasing boxes makes sense as part of a total moving solution. Moving and storage companies have two metrics that they work with to calculate the costs they charge: how much space an item takes in a truck and how much it weighs. Purchasing the right box for specific items makes the move that much more efficient. You also readily know the items that are in each box. That combination of efficiency is then translated into time and cost savings for you. 

If you are also direct shipping items, it makes more sense to use the right box for the right job. Common carriers, such as FedEx, USPS, and UPS, also have requirements for boxes in terms of dimensions and strength to ensure your contents arrive in the same condition in which you packed them. Most pre-purchased boxes have been engineered to meet or exceed these standards.

More Than Just a Rectangle

Most people think of boxes in square or rectangles shapes. Pre-purchased boxes have come a long way in the past several years. These custom packing solutions are now available to fit and secure specific items, including sporting goods, electronics, apparel, and dishware.  

Some examples of commonly available options include:

* A Sports Utility Box is perfect for storing, moving, or shipping tall broad items such as golf clubs and other sporting equipment, plants, and tents.

* Wardrobe Box is perfect for moving, storing, and shipping clothing and garments. Tall wardrobe boxes allow you to move garments on hangers. Other wardrobe boxes are designed to fit under most beds and are wide enough for most hangers. 

* Dishware packs will protect fragile items such as dishes, dinnerware, glassware, crystal stemware, porcelain figurines, antiques, fine china, and more while they are being moved, stored, or shipped.

* Bottle Shipping Kits are designed with a protective Styrofoam base to hold multiple bottles of wine or alcohol securely in place.

* Art/mirror boxes fit are designed with totally adjustable sizing and to protect your mirrors, pictures, and artwork.

* Flat Panel TV boxes work to safely move or store your flat-screen TV. They feature heavy-duty and double-walled construction for maximum protection and adjust to the size of the TV. 

* Lamp Box is ideal for moving, storing, and shipping a variety of tall or oddly-shaped household items such as lamps, telescopes, vases, and more.

Better Packaging by Design

Someone has to coordinate the design and manufacturing of a variety of box options. This is where the science of package engineering comes into play. Packaging technology and packaging science is a broad topic ranging from design conceptualization to product usage. The findings of this scientific approach have been embraced as best practices by the moving and storage industry. 

Packaging engineers work with a combination of art and science which includes industry-specific aspects of industrial engineering, presentation, materials science, industrial design, and logistics. Package engineering is an interdisciplinary field integrating science, engineering, technology, and management to protect and identify products for distribution, storage, sale, and usage. It encompasses the process of design, evaluation, and production of boxes. 

Corrugated Fiberboard – the heart of your Cardboard Box

The term ‘cardboard’ is actually a misnomer. The materials from which most boxes are made are corrugated fiberboard, a remarkably sound and sturdy product consider what’s asked from it. 

Typical corrugated fiberboard is made of three-ply construction — two smooth outer faces with a wavy, fluted corrugation layer sandwiched in the middle. Corrugated fiberboard is excellent for container construction because it is easy to cut, bend, fold, and drill, yet has quite a high strength to weight ratio. This strength is due to the stability from the arches inherent in the fluted corrugated inner wall. 

Just like a piece of wood, sheets of corrugated fiberboard have a “grain” to them. This is because of the orientation of the corrugation layer. The fiberboard is much more resistant to bending against the grain and easier to bend with the grain.

There are a number of different thicknesses of corrugated fiberboard available. Looking at the bottom of a box, you may see a letter designation. Corrugated fiberboard is designated by the fluting letters ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’, and ‘F’. The most common, used in most typical shipping boxes, is ‘A’ flute, which is 3/16″ (4.8mm) thick.  Paperboard is also used to make tubes, such as those found in wrapping paper, paper towels, and toilet paper rolls. Matboard is the material used in picture frame matting. It is a multi-ply, coated fiberboard with at least one smooth side. 

How To Make a Smooth Move?

Most moves are a stressful experience. Movers can help to make this process more effective by using the right pre-purchased box for the specific item they are shipping. Fragile items can be protected from breakage while in transit. Other specific items can be monitored and disbursed easily once they have reached their final destination. Reusing old boxes could result in a costly mishap. An investment in new boxes when moving is money well spent. 

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