It may be 2017, but corrugated boxes continue to be one of the most important COGS purchases that a business can make.

Think about it, every day, boxes are used to ship millions of products across the world. Amazon, the world’s leader in online sales, shipped a staggering 1.6 million packages per day and around 608 million in 2016.

Your Reputation Ships with Your Corrugated Boxes

This may seem like a silly statement, but it is exactly the opposite. When you ship a product, your customers expect it to arrive on time and in good shape. If your products are arriving damaged because you elected to buy a large quantity of low quality corrugated boxes, your customers will shop elsewhere because they will assume that your products are cheap.

In 2017, you cannot afford to lose customers because you shipped your products in inferior corrugated boxes. Make sure you ship your products right the first time in order to avoid any embarrassing returns and disputes.

Free Advertising

When you ship products in corrugated boxes, you control the advertising medium. How many random boxes do you see in a given day? Probably a lot, and all of those boxes are decked out in free advertising for the company that shipped them.

Take advantage of this easy method of advertising by planting your company logo and contact details on all corrugated boxes you ship. Even after the boxes have completed their shipping lifecycle, they may still live on and be used by other people that need boxes for moving and storage, and the first thing they will see when they use your box is your company and products.

Do not underestimate the value of planting your brand in the subconscious of your customers. The next time they need a product like yours, they will more than likely think of your company because it has been embedded in their subconscious.

No Replacements in Sight

Despite plastics increasing in popularity, they do not work for every product and corrugated boxes still remain the most popular method to ship products around the world.

Because of this, corrugated boxes will continue to dominate the shipping industry.

In certain industries, wood and plastic containers do not work well at all. For example, in the food industry, plastic containers have to be heavily cleaned in order to ensure that a company is up to code on health and safety standards.

Weight Where it Counts

Corrugated boxes tend to be lighter than their counterparts. In the shipping industry, weight is everything. The heavier and bulkier a product’s packaging is, the more it will cost to ship it.

Not every business has volume discounts on the level that Amazon does, so it is important for you to stretch out your shipping budget as much as possible.

Corrugated boxes are typically lighter than wood or plastic and will allow you to get more bang for your buck when it comes to shipping your products around the world.


If you care about the environment, corrugated boxes may be something you want to consider because they can be recycled and reused for another day.

Wood is the most wasteful, while plastic may be the eco-friendly due to its longevity. However, because corrugated boxes are recyclable, you can recycle and reuse them indefinitely, making them a great middle option for businesses of all sizes.

When it comes to your business, corrugated boxes are almost always the way to go. If you have any questions about McLeish Corr-A-Box, please feel free to contact us today. We proudly service Toronto and the GTA.