|Thu Dec 26 2013 23:00:40|
A Shipping Box that Can Save Sellers Time and Money?
By: Ina Steiner
"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door." That's the phrase that came to mind when a reader sent a YouTube video showing a demonstration of a better shipping box. It appears some students are counting on lots of knocks at their front door.
Inventors of the "Rapid Packing Container" claim it uses 15 - 20 percent less cardboard and is faster and easier to assemble, pack and seal. In addition, it's easier to open and is reusable.
While it may seem as mundane as a mousetrap, a better shipping box could lead to significant savings for online sellers both in time and money. And think what it could mean to company like Amazon - even if it shaves off a small amount of time per order, multiply that by the volume Amazon does in a year.
The Rapid Packing Container was one of ten inventions produced by student teams in the Invention Factory Program during the summer of 2013 at the Cooper Union, according to the YouTube video, which went viral just before Christmas. In the video, the students say their next step is to patent the design.
Watch the video, and let us know what you think of the design. Would you pay a premium for such a box?
Also let us know where you purchase your shipping supplies - year-end is always a good time to consider making business purchases you can deduct this year to reduce taxes owed in April.