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10 Things to do Before you Buy wooden shipping crates

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If you're in the market to buy wooden shipping crates for your product then you've landed at the right place!

Experienced buyers know that buying too soon can cost their company money with space being taken up by empty wooden shipping crates.

Buying too late can lead to high expedited fees to get the crates delivered on time to meet deadlines.

Valley Box is here to help walk you through some of the information you should have prepared before you make the call to request a quote.


Before calling to buy wooden shipping crates, you should clearly define your objectives:

1. When does your production start?

This question will help you to communicate to the wooden shipping crate manufacturer when the finished crates need to be delivered to your facility.

2. How many units and at what release dates?

To buy wooden shipping crates, you need to know how many you need in total, and also if you would like smaller quantities delivered on specific dates. Delivering in smaller quantities will keep your warehouse from becoming overwhelmed with bulky wooden shipping crates.

3. Where do you need them delivered?

wooden shipping crates deliveryMake sure that whoever you buy wood crates from can also deliver them to your location.

Paying huge freight fees can throw a wrench in the deal.

Check out Valley Box service areas here!

4. What's the physical size and weight of your items?

Don't forget to consider how many finished units need to fit inside each wooden shipping crate. Need help measuring your part? Watch Valley Box's 1-minute video

5. Do you have physical samples, drawings or 3D files you can provide?

wooden shipping crates 3dIf your part is complex or has a variety of size differentiations consider sharing 3D files to better communicate with your supplier.

Wooden shipping crates are custom-designed for each product going inside. Every detail of your part matters!

6. What are your quality expectations?

Discuss with your team how long you expect the wooden shipping crates to last. Questions like: Do we plan to reuse the crates? Do we require long-term preservation? Does the end user have special handling requirements?

7. When should you involve a wooden shipping crate manufacturer?

This question will help you determine when you need to start the design process. Here is a link to a helpful post that will help you determine when to involve your wooden shipping crate manufacturer.

8. What is your desired budget?

Sometimes you just don't know, but if you do - we suggest communicating that when you buy wood crates. This can help get both parties on the same page when it comes to determining which upgrades are most important to stay in line with budgets.

9. What values are the most important when selecting a wooden shipping crate manufacturer?

What values do you look for in your vendors?

  • Competitive Price
  • Fast Lead Time
  • High-Quality Standards
  • Flexibility
  • Fast & Responsive Service
  • 3D Capabilities

10. What special services or requirements do you need?

Be sure to discuss with your team the importance of the following factors in your selection of a supplier.

  • Quality Assurance
  • ISO certification
  • Direct Shipping
Valley Box Company

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.