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A Look at Custom Packaging Products vs. Stock Packaging Products

When it comes to ordering packaging for your products, there tend to be a couple of options available from your distributor. You can order their pre-made stock cartons, or you can have your cardboard packaging customized to your products and company. There are advantages to both options, as well as disadvantages. It’s important for you to consider both the pros and cons of each type of packaging material before placing your order. Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of ordering your distributer’s standard and custom cardboard boxes.

Stock Cartons:

  • You can order what you need, when you need it. This can help if you’re having cash flow issues. There’s often a lower minimum order requirement on materials that your distributor keeps in stock.
  • Store only what you use. If you don’t have to order as much material, you don’t need to store as much. This can save you much in the way of warehouse space.
  • Since your distributor keeps these containers on hand, you always have them available when you need them. Many distributors have no lead time needed to send these materials.
  • Sizing options are numerous. Most distributors keep a wide variety of different sizes of their packaging products on hand. This can enable you to order what you need when you need it.
  • Custom sizing is not available. If you need a very specifically sized package that your distributor doesn’t keep in stock, you will need to special order them.
  • Fewer cardboard grade options. If you want to choose your own grade, you will probably have to order custom cartons.

Custom Cartons

  • Most distributors require that you order a certain quantity of materials to make it cost effective for them to produce your packaging. This probably means that you will pay more upfront, which could hinder cash flow. 
  • You will have to reserve storage space for your packaging materials. This could possibly take up several pallet spaces in your warehouse.
  • Customized packaging often requires several weeks of lead time. This means that the materials will not be ready for shipping for some time after you’ve ordered them.
  • Custom sizing can fit your products precisely. This is one of the great benefits of a custom order. You can reduce waste and breakage by getting packaging that is made for your product.
  • Choose your own grade of cardboard. This is a cost saving measure you can take with your custom materials that may not be available for stock cartons.
  • Pre-printed branding is available. You can use your packaging to market your products by having information or logos printed on the outside for consumers.

ABL Distribution has the wholesale packaging your business needs. We can customise your boxes to the needs of your company or you can choose from our large selection of in-stock products. Ordering is available online, and if you have any questions at all, please give us a call at 1800 984 822 today! We are a family owned and operated distributor of packaging products and would love to help your business!

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