Packaging can be purchased from retailers, wholesalers and online, but how do you know how to choose your supplier?
Buying retail means you can have what you need there and then, off the shelf when you need it. But you will pay a premium for the privilege. If your volume is fairly small and buying in bulk isn’t of interest then retail should be an option to consider.
Online is brilliant for researching products and gauging a price point. But more importantly, if you’re time poor and find yourself looking for suppliers after hours, then an online shop is the way to go. The down sides of buying online would be price and delivery. You may not get the best market price by selecting an online option, if a supplier talks to you, understands your overall volume and needs, then you have a better chance of negotiating a price.
Before you find all your products and add them to a shopping cart, check out the delivery fee. It might also be worth seeing if they’re in your state. You may find free delivery options in your own city when you reach a certain dollar value order. Furthermore, you could also get an option to collect the goods direct.
Personally I don’t think you can go past the old school method of picking up the phone and speaking to a wholesaler. There will be minimum order values to spend, but there’s likely to be better price points available.
Even if its a private sale, and you’re moving house, you will see yourself in a better position calling a wholesaler.
The minimum order value at UBEECO is $125+ gst. It doesn’t take much to get to that amount and you’ll be getting more product for your money.
Explore all of your options and look into things ahead of time so that you avoid being cornered into paying a premium for something that can be bought at a budget rate.
Feel free to get in touch with our experienced team, we’re always happy to take your call to hear about what you need to pack and send.
When handled correctly, a Plastic Crate should last you around 10 years! Meanwhile a Wooden Crate might last around 5, this is the nature of using a natural product. As an added bonus with Plastic Crates, they are UV resistant seeing them stand the test of time even when left outside in the elements.
Unless you’re looking at container loads of Plastic Crates they cannot be custom made. There are a number of styles to choose from, but you’re somewhat restricted if you need custom made.
Wooden Crates are all custom made and can be designed to hold 10′s of tons of weight. If you’re shipping overseas your timber can be ISPM 15 Certified to meet export regulations.
Plastic Crates are hands down the best solution when hygiene is a priority in your warehouse. You can clean these with a high pressure cleaner and easily sterilize them.
This is not so black and white but in all likelihood, buying a Plastic Crate WILL be a more expensive investment $ for $ versus a Wooden Crate. In saying this, it really depends on what you need the crates for, and what is important to you. If you need to leave your crate outside, then its worth paying for a plastic one, but if the standard sizes don’t suit, then you really only have one option, and that is to get a Wooden Crate.
At the end of the day, just make sure you ask your packaging expert all the right questions so that you’re sure you’re getting a product that ticks of the needs you have.
Feel free to call or email us to see how we can help.
There was a news story this week regarding an American Pallet company using a fraudulent ISPM15 stamp! They coped a record high fine of $100,000! Can you imagine what damaging affects this could have on a business and its reputation, why would anyone risk it?!
American Pallet Recycling,LLC didn’t fight it, they pleaded guilty to the charge. The former president and owner Raymond Viola was personally fined $1000 and relinquished the company to his son.
For Pallet Manufacturers like UBEECO, we follow the rules, and these rules carry an overhead that in turn gets passed on as a cost to the customer and what they receive is quality, and reassurance that they’re getting what they paid for. Its pleasing that falsified certification IS being caught out, after all, its only a stamp, and unless the timber is visibly covered in pesticides, how are the inspectors meant to easily identify what is or isn’t legit. So hats off to the inspectors!
I’d be curious to read a follow up story on this, and the customers that unknowingly purchased these pallets without certification, what happened to the products they were shipping, and what delays did they experience because of this.
If you’re wondering how you can protect yourself from this type of situation, the best thing you can do for yourself is check on the Australian Wood Packaging Certification Scheme Register. This register is kept up to date and will give you a list of all of the approved manufacturers in Australia.
If you’re in need of more information or a price on timber packaging for your export, then get in touch with our experienced team today;
Over the past year, I’ve noticed a number of overseas articles about Pallet Suppliers burning down and causing huge scale damage. These news stories come up every month. Its not something we read about with Pallet Suppliers in Australia, but does that mean we’re not at risk?
You’ll find with most incidents, the the “rubbish tip” style of storage contributed to the damage that was caused. It got me wondering, how safe and reliable are some of the Pallet Suppliers in Australia? Is it something that customers even look at.
I have driven past some second hand pallet suppliers and wondered, would anyone actually buy from this company if they saw the way in which these pallets are stored? I know we’re conditioned to buy the cheapest product we can to save money, but the risks with dealing with some of these businesses could eventually outweigh the savings you’ve chased down.
The 3 key points that stand out for me is the way the quality of the pallets and the way they are stored. Its important to note these 3 points and consider the following;
Pallets stored on dirt have a higher chance of termite infestation. Depending on your business, this could be catastrophic.
Are you being sold a pallet that’s been picked up for free off the street without any repairs done to them at all?
How long can these prices be sustained? Is this Pallet Supplier going to be around to see through to the end of the contact and beyond.
If you’ve got the time, and the inclination, go and meet with your Pallet Supplier, if you don’t have the time, look at their premises on Google Earth make sure you’re dealing with a company that meets the standards you expect.
As a manufacturer of Wooden Boxes, we need to know your application before we can accurately quote to custom make the wooden box you need. After all, what you’re using it for will determine how we pull it all together.
The directors at UBEECO would probably be able to write a book on the variety of items they’ve manufactured boxes for over the past 45+ years. We still get surprised as well as pleasure out of some of the more exciting and unusual applications our customers have had over the years.
TO SEND YOURSELF TO ANOTHER COUNTRY
It was only this week that I was reading an article about a Man, “Reg Spiers” who had a wooden box custom made for the purpose of shipping himself from London to Perth in 1964 (read more here). Whilst the entire article is quite an interesting read, I was most impressed at the effort that went into purpose building this box. Even down to having straps built inside to avoid injury with the excess movement from being thrown around like standard cargo…
A recent application for us was a couple of wooden boxes for Batman & Robin Lego statues. These were being shipped to trade shows around the country. Whilst the boxes themselves weren’t anything to write home about, its not every day we get to box up a couple of super hero’s.
One from our history books, and quite a rewarding job at the time, was to make wooden shoe boxes, 800 of them to ship to Darwin after Cyclone Tracey in 1974.
The boxes were needed to transport new shoes to the defense force during their bid to repair the damage.
All in all, every application is always unique and should be made to fit the purpose of what you need it to. Our team might ask a lot of questions when you contact us, but this is the best way we can ensure you get a product that is perfect for YOUR application.
No matter what you’re packing, get in touch with us today.
“How Much Does Packaging Cost”; This is the number one question we get asked when an enquiry comes into the office. Whether its a new customer looking at what options are available or existing customer checking to see that they’re using the right products to save time and money.
There is no one set answer to this as there are many variables to consider; What are you packing. Where is it going. How much storage do you have, just to name a few.
With mail order products being so popular, I thought it would be worth looking at the packaging options for an A4 item, say a book, or something around that size.
Below is a chart with 5 options in order of cheapest to the most expensive.
There’s no doubt that by far, the price of using cut down secondhand materials, or sheets of board cut to size and wrapped with bubble will be the absolute cheapest material cost you’ll have. BUT there’s something more important than material cost that some times gets forgotten.
What is your time worth?
Looking at the same chart, but weighing up time, the ‘cost’ does a complete flip! With the cheapest packaging option taking more than twice as long to pack as the more expensive one.
So when you look into the options for your packaging don’t forget to consider the time it takes to pack. What is your time worth?
Needless to say, storage should also be taken into consideration, but that will probably need to be article on its own!
If you would like to review these options in more detail, get in touch with us on 02 9670 9800 or email@example.com
The trick is not to drown yourself in the packaging but to be clear on what you want to achieve with your shipment. For me, I think the options are easier to narrow down when you look at the following 2 points.
Consider what your customer is expecting to see. Have they spent significant money buying this product from you? The importance of your customer’s experience from placing the order to receiving it cannot be underestimated. If you sell books via mail order, imagine your customers reaction to the packaging you’ve used. If you’ve used second hand cartons cut down and wrapped around the book with half a roll of packing tape, i suspect your end user experience is going to memorable, but it will be due to the frustration of not being able to open the parcel.
This is equally the case with larger shipments. If you’ve sold a new machine and decided to ship it on a ratty second hand pallet with layers of stretch wrap applied to attempt to secure the machine to the pallet, you’re customer is likely to be somewhat disappointed.
Whether or not you have a product that’s sensitive to being damaged its vital that you understand the weak points. Its not just about protecting the corners, you need to consider movement to avoid damaging your products. Taking the time to talk to a Packaging Expert could save your business money with reducing claims on damaged goods.
If we use the book example again, imagine your order in a mailing bag. A hard covered book in particular is likely to move around risking corners turning and being damaged. Using a secure mailing carton, or adding a layer of bubble wrap would be essential in reducing your risk.
Hopefully we’ve been able to help you consider your options in a new light. We have a team of expert consultants ready to help you work out the best solution for packing your products so feel free to get in touch with us today.
Even if you’ve ordered Wooden Pallets in the past, its not always easy to work out what size you need to get or even what style of pallet you can choose from for that matter.
As a manufacturer I would say, its all about YOUR product rather than what pallets we have. Getting a Custom Made Pallet won’t carry an MOQ of 100′s of pallets. You will find manufacturers to be open to make as few as 1 Custom Pallet Size so don’t disregard the idea in fear of not having the right order quantity.
But if a standard pallet size is what you’re looking for, then you’d find the 1165 x 1165 (Aust Std) or 1200 x 1200 (Euro) to be the most readily available, holding around 1 tonne in weight.
If these sizes don’t look like they’ll work, then you can have a chat to our team to establish how we can ensure you have the right pallet.
We’ve made a video to showcase the options you can consider, hopefully it’ll give you some ideas of the possibilities;
We look forward to hearing how we can find the right pallet for you. get in touch with our team on:
If you need to export products you’re likely to here about this certification requirement, but what is it, who needs it, and how do you get it?
ISPM stands for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. The 15 is because its the 15th publication. This certification is a requirement for the export or import of wooden packaging. This includes items like PALLETS, WOODEN BOXES, SHIPPING CRATES and even DUNNAGE (pieces of timber). So if you’re shipping overseas and using a wooden pallet it will need to carry the ISPM 15 stamp.
This is not something you necessarily need to manage. Depending on the timber you need, you will find your timber manufacturer will take care of this for you. You just need to mention your exporting needs at the time of being quoted. Note, than in some country towns there might be restrictions on what treated timber they have on site, so longer lead times may occur.
Here is a short video giving you some more information about ISPM 15 certification;
If your questions haven’t been answered, feel free to comment below or get in touch with our team today. We’d be more than happy to help in any way we can.
ISPM 15 Certification was established a little over 10 years ago to protect the importing countries from pests that live in RAW WOOD. It was established by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), this is a multilateral treaty for international cooperation in plant protection. Australia is a member or ‘contracting party’ to the treaty.
Australia and New Zealand were 2 of the first countries to comply with this regulation. Over the past 10+ years more and more countries have come on board. You can see updated lists of which countries require this regulation here.
If you export your timber packaging without the certification stamp you may find of the following will take place; The importing country may refuse to allow your goods to enter the country, dispose of them or if yo’re lucky, they might sent it for treatment at your expense. This will also occur if your timber shows signs of being infested.
The IPPC state that you’re able to re-use wooden packaging that carries the ISPM 15 certification providing that there have been NO ALTERATIONS made. If you replace pieces of timber to the pallet, then the new pieces must also be treated and stamped.
It’s in your best interest to follow these rules properly and make sure that the supplier you choose is authorized to provide this to you.
Our experienced are always happy to help with any questions you may have. So don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us any time on
Hi Anne, Thanks for your message. We don't carry that exact size in stock but would like to see what we can do to help you. Please call our office on 02 9670 9800 and ask to speak to Katryna to see what we can work out.