How Can I Reduce Packaging Material Costs

Are you running a company and looking for ways to reduce costs? One of the ways will involve checking your packaging costs. 

Following are some of the best ways to reduce costs with your packaging material. 

1.Research Your Options

Currently, you have a lot of choices when it comes to packaging material. You can choose boxes or any other materials, designs and technology. 

Remember, your package needs to be designed efficiently but should be durable to make it through the journey. 

When looking for the best packaging material for your needs, you need to consider the following things: 

Total cost of the packaging material 

Resistance to the environment/pests

Durability of transport

Ease of handling


Government regulations 

2.Assess The Necessary And The Unnecessary Costs 

Start by itemising the cost of any packaging material you are currently using. Next, you should break down the costs into the aesthetic and performance components. 

You need to go through each cost honestly for the right justifications. Here are some things to consider in this aspect. 

Do you need both an inner and outer carton for your product?

Do you really need to print the information present on the box? If not, you can provide only the essential information and leave out the rest.

Do you need full-colour printing? If not, you can always use black and white printing for the best results.

Do you need a clear viewing window on the package? If not, you can print a photo of the product and attach it to the package for the best results. 

Do you need to print the label? If not, you can print the information directly on the box and save a lot of money.

3.Handle With Care 

Yes, you need to place the necessary caution on the packaging but be careful not to go overboard. 

For instance, you don’t need to use heavy-duty packaging for something that’s lightweight unless it is actually fragile. 

Remember, you are supposed to protect the product inside the package. 

Doing so will bring a lot of benefits such as savings on damaged goods, returns, product rework, replacements and much more. 

Therefore, you need to take the right product dimensions to make sure the packaging material protects the element accordingly. 

4.Lose The Extra Weight 

You can’t go wrong with choosing lightweight packaging materials. They are easy to handle and will reduce shipping costs considerably. 

Of course, you should know that lightweight products are not necessarily cheaper to ship compared to heavyweight products. 

Some shipping companies can calculate the shipping costs for bulky and lightweight products. Basically, it’s the space the products will take when being shipped. 

Therefore, if they are not heavy, you will pay a lot more in bulk. 

5.Invest In Testing 

Your packaging material is integral to your shipping process. Remember, the product will travel a long distance through rail, air or road. 

Therefore, it will be subjected to different environmental conditions. For instance, it might be subjected to a few temperature extremes.

On the other hand, some people might fail to handle the product with care. 

Remember, when the product is shipped it needs to reach the destination as flawless as when it was first packaged. 

Make sure your package is adequately protected from vibration, compression, shock and atmospheric influences. 

By testing for such conditions you should be able to choose the right packaging material. 


Packaging material plays an important role in your shipping costs. 

Therefore, take the advice mentioned above to choose the right packaging material to avoid further costs and save a lot of money.

When it comes to packing and packaging materials, Pinpak has all of your requirements covered. 

If you need something special, save yourself the leg work and the stress and let us find it for you. Our motto has always been “Get the Service You Deserve”.

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