How to Reduce Boxes and Packaging Waste in Your Business

In case you hadn’t noticed, packaging waste has become one of the most significant environmental issues of our time. This is at least partially down to the throwaway culture in which we live, while the sustained use of non-recyclable materials has created a problem that is now evident across the globe.

Fortunately, businesses are taking proactive steps to tackle this issue, as they look to reduce the packaging and waste within their ventures and change existing customer behaviours. The gradual withdrawal of the plastic carrier bag represents a key battle in this ongoing war, but it in truth it’s only a small part of a much larger and more comprehensive process.

In the post below, we’ll discuss the challenge facing businesses and the key steps that they can take to reduce the amount of packaging used throughout their venture.
1. Investing in the use of Recyclable Materials
In order to truly get to the heart of a problem, you’ll need to consider it in simplistic terms.

In the case of packaging, this means focusing on the materials that you use to ship individual packages and products. The challenge here is ensuring that you identify sustainable and recyclable materials that do not compromise on your ability to package and ship products securely.

So, while this would rule out single-use cardboard boxes, there are a number of efficient and cost-effective alternatives for you to consider. Take corrugated cardboard containers for example, which are among the cheapest cartons on the market and constructed using almost entirely recyclable and reusable materials.

Not only can these containers enable you to save money and reduce your firms’ carbon footprint, but they are also capable to safeguarding your products from breakage, fire and water damage.

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The Top Benefits of Using Corrugated Boxes in Your Business

There’s no doubt that we’ve seen a rise in the prevalence of corporate social responsibility in recent times. This has been largely inspired by a change in consumer behaviour, with around 35% of global customers willing to spend more on green and sustainable products.

This is reflected by the nature of modern packaging, with items such as corrugated boxes offering an effective solution that is made up primarily of recycled materials.

There are other benefits of using cardboard boxes, however, and here a few that can really support the growth of your business.
1. Corrugated Boxes Protect your Products
When shipping your products, it’s crucial that are kept safe during long-distance transportation and various handling procedures. So, aside from ensuring that your products are insured while in transit, you’ll also need to invest in effective packaging.

This is where corrugated boxes come into play, as they provide a secure and sturdy environment for your products. Corrugated cardboard is also available in various sizes and levels of thickness, so packaging can be adapted to suit different types of product.

Corrugated cardboard can also keep moisture away from the goods contained inside, which is particularly important for food items or products that need to be shipped overseas.
2. Corrugated Boxes are Cost-effective
With the recent Business Confidence Survey revealing some key concerns among companies in Ontario, it stands to reason that entrepreneurs would strive to prioritise cost-effectiveness in the current climate.

The question is how do you achieve this?

Reducing non-strategic costs such as packaging is actually an excellent way to create a more cost-effective business, particularly if you want to spend less without compromising on the quality of your product or service.

Interestingly, corrugated boxes are some of the least expensive cartons [...]

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    4 Ways You Can Turn Your Corrugated Boxes into Brand Building Tools

4 Ways You Can Turn Your Corrugated Boxes into Brand Building Tools

The goal of any business is to make more money than you spend. There are many ways you can increase revenues, but one area that many product-based companies forget about is the branding power that their corrugated boxes provide.
This idea may seem odd at first, but every corrugated box that you ship out has the potential to help you develop and build your brand.
1. Easy: Custom Corrugated Boxes
This is the simplest answer. No matter what products you are shipping, you should always use custom boxes to ship them. You want your products to be seen through every step of the shipping process. This is a form of free advertising and it can help you build brand awareness.
Think about it like this…
People often see your box in transit, at the post office, sitting on your doorstep, or it may even be seen after it has arrived through the recycling process, as storage, or for many other reasons. You want this free advertising to be effective and nothing captures someone’s attention like a custom box. Need proof, look no further than the classic Amazon A-Z logo. That is branding in action.
2. Packing Peanuts
For more environmentally-conscious companies, biodegradable packing peanuts provide you with a rare opportunity to show your customers that you care about the environment. While not every one of your customers will care about the environment, those that do, tend to REALLY care about it. Show them you care about their business by making a small, environmentally-friendly change in the way you pack and ship your products.
If you can manage to make your more vocal customers happy, there is a good chance they will recommend your products, [...]

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    5 Steps to Help You Master Packing Your Boxes for the Shipping Process

5 Steps to Help You Master Packing Your Boxes for the Shipping Process

There is nothing more frustrating than receiving a damaged shipment. Damaged products will almost always lead to returns, damaging your profit margins in the process.
In this article, we are going to talk about the shipping process and how you can master packing your boxes in order to reduce damage returns, and anything else that takes place when you hand your product over to your shipping company.
1. Understand Your Products
If you want to be able to better ship your products, you need to understand what you are shipping and what flaws your products have.
Here’s a quick example.
Maybe your products have a specific weak point. When packing this product into your boxes, make sure that weak point is protected. Most shipping companies aren’t trying to break your products, but the fact of the matter is that the shipping process is unpredictable and sometimes boxes are moved around roughly.
Know your products and understand how they need to be shipped in order to arrive in the hands of your customers without any damage. DVDs are best shipped in thin padded envelopes, a pair of shoes will likely need edge protectors for the box, but not much else, and glassware will need to be secured very well in order to stop it from bouncing around and breaking.
2. Choose the Right Boxes for the Job
Some companies simplify the shipping process and assume that any box will do. The majority of shipping mishaps happen because a company chooses the wrong box for the job. There are many boxes available and each type is better suited to specific products or a certain type of shipping.
This is what we recommend.
Your products need to [...]

Ship Safely with Corrugated Boxes and Save Money Too!

Shipping corrugated boxes has never been easier than it is today. Priority, same day or overnight distribution of your products are efficient and sent in a timely manner. With the advancement of technology our society has the capabilities to track large shipments via satellite. There are many more shipping alternatives that are more costly. At McLeish Corr-A-Box, we don’t want you to pay more for something than necessary. Corrugated material is inexpensive compared to the alternatives as well as environmentally friendly. Eco-friendly is the way to go. There should be sacrifices made for quality or eco-friendliness for our valued clients. McLeish Corr-A-Box is a packaging and design firm that specializes in providing quality, durable corrugated boxes for your company’s shipping and storage needs in Toronto and across the GTA.
Advertise Your Products Using Customized Corrugated Boxes
Customizing boxes is our speciality. We have been excelling at servicing our clients for over 40 years. When we started McLeish the creative process was very different than it is today. We have kept our reputation on track and our loyal customers satisfied, because we take our customer relations seriously. There was a time when companies didn’t think much of advertising on their boxes. They felt it was unnecessary and originally this was a foreign concept that many didn’t embrace. Our clients didn’t realize the impact customization on boxes would have. Once we convinced our clients of the potential missed opportunity of brand awareness and inexpensive product promotion, there was no stopping this economical form of marketing. Now the vast majority of our clients see the value in customization of boxes in different shapes, sizes and designs. Promoting your product has never been easier than it is now, [...]

Stake Your Reputation on a Durable, Reliable Corrugated Box

At the end of the day the most valuable asset a company has is their reputation. Are they reliable? Will the product get to its destination in one piece? A company can offer a good price but if the product is damaged, it makes for bad business. It is very important that our corrugated boxes are made of top quality materials to ensure durability during the shipping process. We provide timely delivery and cost effective corrugated products using high performance technically superior linerboard. The reliable supply of raw materials ensures that we meet our customers’ needs in today’s competitive marketplace. McLeish Corr-A-Box is a full-service packaging and design company that provides sturdy, durable corrugated boxes for all your shipping and storage needs. We have been serving our valued customers for over 40 years, and look forward to many more years of high quality service and value.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: What Else are Boxes Good For?
We care about the environment and know that our clients rely on us to ensure sustainability and follow the 3 R’s. Other great uses for boxes once they have served their purpose for your needs are:

Storage – why pay for fancy containers when boxes are easily accessible and stackable in an efficient and orderly manner. We offer many sizes and shapes to choose from.
Kids love boxes – Toys are great, but the long-standing joke is that kids like the box as much as the toy! Boxes add adventure and a sense of fun! Most of us fondly remember playing with boxes as children.
Packing for future moves – boxes are easy to take apart and store. Once they are folded they can be placed in a small space [...]

Save on Shipping with Trusted Corrugated Boxes

Shipping products has become extremely important, especially in recent years when online shopping has overtaken the retail world. People rely on getting quality product intact when they order online. Whether it is for a birthday, holiday or other important even, it only makes good business sense to ensure your client receives products in perfect condition. The best way to do this is with corrugated boxes. The money you will save by not having to replace broken products or even losing the business of frustrated customers will make switching to corrugated boxes worthwhile. Our team at McLeish is well-versed in shipping and storage containers, specifically boxes that house all types of products. Whether you are shipping near or far, you must have a reliable, durable container to ensure your business success and growth. McLeish Corr-A-Box is a packaging and design firm that specializes in providing quality, durable corrugated boxes for your company’s shipping and storage needs in Toronto and across the GTA.
Customize Corrugated Boxes to Optimize Marketing
Optimizing your marketing strategy economically is win-win. There are very few ways to advertise effectively yet inexpensively, but the design on the outside of a box can do this for your company. Our team can fully customize boxes to match the size and shape of your products, and can add artwork to the outside of the packaging to ensure your product is not forgotten. In the meantime, you are building brand and product recognition since boxes are durable and last for many uses. Let us sit down with you and review your products to see which type of customization may work best for your needs. We have many decades of experience in this area, and a large [...]

Premium Corrugated Boxes Serve Many Purposes

Premium corrugated boxes serve many purposes, from shipping, storage as well as being a great marketing tool. The best part of this type of box for any packaging and design requirement is durability. Trusting that your product will arrive intact to your clients is very important. Broken or damaged products make for bad business and lost business. With sturdy, reliable boxes from McLeish Corr-A-Box, you can rest assured your shipment will be safe and your stored goods will be intact. As a bonus, our customization allows for a marketing vehicle for products that would otherwise be extremely expensive to advertise. Simple artwork on the outside of the box will show the consumer your logo, brand and business name, for the life of the box. McLeish Corr-A-Box is a packaging and design firm that offers a wide array of packaging and design services, including creating and designing sturdy, reliable corrugated boxes for all your shipping needs. We have been serving our valued customers for over four decades, and are happy to work with you to find economical solutions to all your shipping and storage needs.
Shipping or Storing: Why You Can Rely on McLeish Corrugated Boxes
Boxes are the best way to ship or store your products for many reasons, including:

1. Durability. There is no other material that is lightweight, cost-effective and environmentally friendly that can protect your product as it is shipped across the city, country or even the world. The advent of online shopping has made the corrugated box an imperative tool for all business that ship products.

2. Advertising. There is no better, less expensive way to get the word out about your company or product than printing on the outside of a [...]

Corrugated Boxes for Shipping and Storage

McLeish Corr-A-Box is a packaging and design firm that offers a wide array of packaging and design services, including creating and designing sturdy, reliable corrugated boxes for all your shipping needs. Corrugated boxes are used in so many types of packaging today; it’s hard not to see one on a shopping trip. Why are they so popular? Price, reliability and strength. Made strong by layers of cardboard separated by fluting, the corrugated boxes you receive from McLeish Corr-A-Box will not only be well-made but will hold and protect your valuables during the shipping process as well as during short or long-term storage. Our team at McLeish can help you decide on a packaging and shipping solution for your business that will not only meet and exceed your requirements, but it will meet your budgetary needs as well. We can work with any sized company to optimize your shipping and storage plans and to ensure your product arrives safely and in one piece to your valued clients.
Corrugated Boxes are the Best Way to Ship Your Products, Hands Down
Corrugated boxes are advantageous for shipping and storing your products. Use boxes because:
1. They are cost-effective and reliable, which is an unusual combination! Sometimes low cost may imply low reliability – not in the case of corrugated boxes, where the price point is excellent and the durability matches it.
2. They are the epitome of the 3R’s – they are reusable and recyclable. Our team strives to leave a small carbon footprint from the production of our products.
3. They are a great way to market your company, product and brand, via customization on the outside of the box. [...]

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    Let Us Help Make Your Company’s Shipping Seamless and Safe

Let Us Help Make Your Company’s Shipping Seamless and Safe

McLeish Corr-A-Box is a packaging and design firm that specializes in providing quality, durable corrugated boxes for your company’s shipping and storage needs. In today’s market of online sales, it is doubly important to ensure the safe arrival of products into consumer’s hands. Enter the corrugated box – strong, durable, reliable, inexpensive and customizable. This box has everything going for it and can work for your products in this highly competitive market. We promote corrugated boxes because of the amazing track record they possess – there is nothing stronger than layers of cardboard supporting your product through the shipping process. Make your shipping and storage easy and safe with a corrugated box from McLeish Corr-A-Box.

Look No Further than Our Team to Design and Create Boxes for All Your Needs

Our design team at McLeish is one of the best in the business. With our four decades of experience, we have seen trends come and go, but one thing remains constant – the importance of the box for shipping. Boxes come in all types of shapes and sizes and once logos and colour are added, you have a mobile mini-billboard for your product and company. Our team can help create and design packaging that fits with your company’s style and can also guarantee safe arrival of your product with a sturdy corrugated box. With our years of experience combined with our flair for creativity and input from you, we are confident we can come up with a packaging and design solution that would include corrugated boxes to ship and store all your products safely. Ensuring safe arrival into your clients’ hands is only [...]