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Retailers are struggling with a shortage of cardboard boxes due to lockdown and Brexit delays, delivery company ParcelHero has reported.

Increased demand during lockdown has combined with slower rates of recycling, leading to difficulties for some retailers looking to source the right box size for their goods.

According to the Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI), demand for cardboard boxes is five years ahead of pre-pandemic levels. This means the industry is playing catch-up as growth in demand has far exceeded expectations.

Cardboard box shortage

This has led to an increase in damaged items and costs, as old boxes weaken through re-use, providing less protection and support. Goods may also either move around too much or be stuffed too tightly into boxes that aren’t the right fit.

In addition, using a bigger box than needed may increase costs as rates are based on the dimensions of the box as well as the weight of the parcel.

To make sure your boxes are fit for purpose, please see our packaging guide. Check your box for size, strength and quality of materials before re-using.

You should also avoid re-using boxes that have hazard labels or symbols on them, including UN numbers, as this may cause problems with the courier or with customs.

Source: Craft Business

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