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Advantages of Plastic Boxes for Storage and Shipping

Introduction

Companies and industries that utilize plastic packaging boxes to store and ship their products have been enjoying the significant benefits from plastic boxes. As a matter of fact, any company that wants to be successful in business should understand the essence of proper storage and safe transportation of its products.

Most companies store their products and goods in warehouses awaiting transport/shipping. Proper storage using the right storage containers is crucial at preserving your products and shielding them from breakage and damage. A popular alternative for packaging that has gained popularity recently is the plastic packaging box.

This article will primarily focus on the benefits of proper storage/shipping and the advantages of plastic boxes for storage and shipping activities.

Benefits of Proper Storage of Products with Plastic Boxes

1. Proper plastic storage helps you save more space for other essential activities.

2. A store that is well organized makes the business have a sense of professionalism which attracts many customers.

3. A proper plastic storage system ensures that the activities of the store happen in a quick manner saving you valuable time.

4. An effective plastic storage system ensures that less money is spent on renting bigger storage facilities such as warehouses.

5. Damages are reduced when products are stored in an organized manner.

6. A sound storage system ensures that the safety of people handling the commodities is safeguarded.

 Advantages of Plastic Boxes for Storage/Shipping

1. Most Plastics Are Recyclable
According to research, over 40% of plastics are recycled yearly. On the other hand, approximately 20% of glass can be reused every year. The statistics confirm that the recyclability of plastics is twice that of other storage materials such as glass. In other words, plastic packaging boxes are more environmentally friendly than their glass packaging counterparts.

2. Plastic Boxes Are More Flexible and Versatile
Since plastics are flexible, most of them can be molded easily into different shapes. Flexibility is a plus for materials to be used for storage and shipping. It ensures that the packaging boxes can be molded into different shapes to accommodate the products being transported easily. In addition, it takes less energy and professionalism to convert plastics into different shapes that are suitable for storage and shipping.

3. Plastic Packaging Boxes Are Lighter
Most packaging boxes are designed using polythene, which has a density of 0.975 grams per cubic centimetre. Glass, on the other hand, has a density of 2.53 grams per cubic centimetre. The difference in densities makes plastic boxes lighter in weight than glass boxes. That means that transport and packaging of plastic boxes will be easier as their weight per unit volume will be reduced significantly.

4. Plastics Require Less Energy to Reuse
The melting points of plastics vary between 100-120 degrees Celsius. In contrast, most glasses melt at temperatures between 1400-1600 degrees Celsius. The difference in melting points implies that a company that recycles glass products will spend more resources on energy than a company that focuses on recycling plastic materials.

5. Plastic Boxes Are Waterproof
When comparing plastic and wooden boxes, plastic boxes are more weather resistant than wooden boxes. Wooden packages absorb moisture and can easily break down when subjected to adverse environmental conditions. However, most plastics are water-resistant and can withstand severe weather conditions without breaking down or deteriorating in quality.

6. Plastic Boxes Have Longer Lives
Since plastic boxes can withstand different weather conditions without undue damage, they can be used longer than glass/wooden boxes. Glass is fragile and any slight mistake risks breaking the packaging box. Also, wood soaks water quickly, and its joints loosen up, reducing its packaging strength.

7. Plastic Boxes Are Easily Stackable
Science has verified that it is easier to stack more plastic packaging boxes than wooden/glass boxes. Plastic packaging boxes can withstand more loading pressure than highly fragile glass boxes. That implies that one trailer can carry a larger number of products packaged in plastic boxes than those it can carry with glass/wooden boxes.

8. Plastic Can Be Branded Easily
Undoubtedly, several techniques can be used to brand plastic packaging boxes. These methods include silk screening, pad printing, and hot stamping. Most of these branding techniques are affordable and produce exceptional results. Even more, you can easily print your company's logo, name, mission, vision, and graphical images on plastic packaging boxes. Although branding can also be done on glass/wooden boxes, the process is costly and limited in terms of flexibility.

9. Ease of Cleaning
In comparison to wooden/metallic packaging boxes, plastics can be cleaned easily and faster before/after use. Most plastic boxes have smooth inner walls that minimize the hustle of cleaning them. As a result, a plastic box can simply be cleaned by wiping it with a damp cotton cloth. In contrast, cleaning wooden/metallic packaging boxes is labour demanding.
In summary, it is apparent from the above points that plastic boxes are a great choice when it comes to choosing a packaging box. Although there are a few downsides of plastics boxes, their advantages and benefits far outweigh their shortcomings.