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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.

3 thoughts on “Big Demand for Corrugated Boxes and Other Packaging”

  1. So are the prices for boxes, the suppliers I’m buy from have raised prices 20-30% in the last couple months IF you find them in stock.

  2. Honestly, this shouldn’t be any big surprise at all if you have followed the news about new home construction where prices have gone through the roof (pun not intended). The prices to build a stick-built wood framed house are beyond horrific at this point. Fortune magazine says lumber prices are up 171% since Covid started:

    https://fortune.com/2021/03/31/lumber-prices-2021-chart-wood-production-high-why-is-lumber-so-expensive-right-now-home-prices-data-update/

    Cardboard boxes, paper and similar packaging are made using wood pulp as a base. If new wood is involved the prices are skyrocketing. If manufacturers can use recycled products, it will make a huge difference.

    Probably this article focused on “Corrugated” boxes (instead of “cardboard”) because those make up about 80% of the boxes we use to ship things, but corrugated is essentially is a cardboard box with a “fluted” inner layer between two flat sheets that adds strength to the walls.

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