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10 December 2020

Need Boxes Fast? Beat the Cardboard Lead Times


Cardboard box manufacturers are now quoting lead times in April 2020, that’s 4 months from now! At a time when many businesses will be taking advantage of a much needed boost in sales in the weeks leading up to Christmas, it’s vital they have a good supply of packaging.


So why are lead times getting longer?

There are a number of reasons manufacturers are struggling to deliver your cardboard boxes on time.

  1. Increased Demand for Cardboard Packaging

More businesses than ever are trying to be more sustainable. Consumers favour cardboard over plastic packaging as it is easy to recycle and more environmentally friendly. Due to consumer demand this has encouraged many businesses to rethink their packaging and opt for cardboard alternatives. This has increased demand for cardboard.

  1. Board Price Increases

Paper is in high demand and the mills are working at maximum capacity. Even recycled cardboard boxes require a percentage of new pulp. This is expected to lead to an increase in board prices in January 2021.

  1. Shortage of Pallets

Due to supply chain issues there is a shortage of wooden pallets, which are needed to transport cardboard boxes.

  1. Uncertainty over Brexit

Uncertainty over Brexit has led to supply chain issues which is expected to continue well into 2021.


All of these problems compounded have led manufacturers to increase their prices and extend their lead times, many are now quoting April 2021 and these are estimates  are constantly subject to change.


What’s the Solution?

It’s clear the demand for cardboard packaging is only going to increase and being a finite resource, the only likely outcome is that prices and lead times will increase substantially. But there is an alternative that allows you to continue packing your products in cardboard but without the increased expenditure or lengthy lead times.


Choose to Reuse

At Reuseabox we specialise in new surplus or used cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are strong and durable and can often be used multiple times before they need to be recycled and reprocessed. Used cardboard boxes do not need to be manufactured, which means we can pass on those cost savings to our customers.


What if I Need New Cardboard Boxes?

Industry bales millions of brand new boxes every year. These boxes are usually surplus to original requirements. Reuseabox rescues these boxes and makes them available as low cost packing boxes to a whole range of businesses.


Choosing to Reuse Cardboard Boxes is Better for the Planet

Reusable packaging is the most sustainable option you can choose to package your products. We wanted to find out just how much better it is than buying new cardboard boxes. So we worked with academics and environmental consultants to develop a Carbon Footprint Tool. We discovered some impressive statistics!

For every tonne of cardboard boxes that are reused, you save

  • 5 Trees
  • 21,578 Litres of Water
  • 4,386 KW/H of Energy
  • 5 Tonnes of Carbon


Place an Order, Plant a Tree

Trees planted

Place an Order, Plant a Tree

We also know that planting trees is vital to preserving our planet for future generations and helping to tackle climate change. That’s why we plant a tree for every order placed for our new or used cardboard boxes.





Join our Reuse Revolution today and choose to pack your products in truly sustainable packaging. To find out more about purchasing truly sustainable packaging for your products, check out our Full Range of new and used cardboard boxes.

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