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Increased Cost of Doing Business: 5 Ways for Manufacturers to Save!

Dell did it and so can you. The technology giant’s goal to decrease packaging costs led to nearly $8.1 million in savings and thousands of jobs saved.


No, the company did not stop packaging products, it changed the way it packaged products. With a quick switch to sustainable packaging products like the products sold here at Valley Box, the company reached its goal in 2012. For many companies, however, other areas may need tweaking as well.

From tax increases and rising fuel costs to vehicle repairs and material cost increases, the cost to run a business is at an all-time high, while revenues are at an all-time low. But less working capital doesn’t have to be a death sentence. You can make it work. Besides adopting sustainable practices to decrease packaging costs, you can save money by:

  • Obtaining Competitive Quotes
  • Consolidating Errands
  • Investing in Alternative Fuel Vehicles
  • Checking Inventory and Ditching What You Don’t Need

#1 Obtain Competitive Quotes

crate-manufacturers-measuring-for-QCLoyal to one vendor? That may have been ok in the glory days, but not so much today. If your vendors know that you’re on the hunt for competitive quotes, they will sharpen their pencils and give you their best price.

Don’t forget that old saying—third time’s a charm.

Aim for no fewer than three competitive quotes for each purchased product. That third quote may end up being the one. Valley Box offers free quoting and will even review your current packaging needs to find any potential cost saving opportunities either with a re-design or through a different vendor.

#2 Consolidate Errands

Avoid making multiple trips throughout the day in company vehicles. Consolidate errands or delegate the responsibility to one staff member on a certain day of the week.

#3 Invest in Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Electric cars, hybrids, and clean-diesel models may cost more upfront, but the long-term savings will add big bucks to your bottom line, which will help support other company initiatives. Valley Box uses Smart Cars that offer a whopping 45 miles per gallon!

#4 Ditch What You Don’t Need

wooden crates in yardGeneral rule: If you haven’t sold it or used in a year, it might be a waste of money and space.

Think about it, by carrying less inventory, you can free up valuable storage space and working capital.

Valley Box offers just in time services and vendor maintained inventory to help meet your lower inventory needs.


#5 Stop building in-house

Nail gun to inside of long boxWhile most manufactures opt for buying crates from a supplier, some still choose to build the wooden containers they need in-house. If your company is a member of this dwindling group, before you begin building, there are a few points to consider that might make you rethink your decision.

Your core business should be your priority. When you decide to build wooden crates in-house, you are ultimately taking time away from your core business activity, which could slow production and profits! Ask yourself, "could these employees be better utilized in other more important areas of my business?" Consider, what are your true costs!


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Written by Valley Box Company

Valley Box demonstrates what is possible beyond just the typical wooden crate. This specialty crating manufacturer works with a wide variety of materials from wood to plastic, corrugated, metals and more. Discover how to take specialty crating to the next level.