We’ve all seen companies ship a product inside of a package that goes inside of another package. Total waste. Now, you might be thinking, yeah just get foam inserts in place your product in that boom I have a solution. You don’t need to do that either. Not only is that more costly but it’s unsustainable too. Cardboard inserts on the other hand, are wildly underrated.
Maybe people just automatically think foam is more protective or whatever but that’s simply not the case. Cardboard inserts can be made of recycled material recyclable and printed on. Can’t do that with foam. Certainly not with packing peanuts. Sustainability aside it also creates a great unboxed experience when you go the sIoc route
ships and its own container. I want to welcome Mario Paganini from Chicago to talk shipping with us. Ship bow is a Shopify partner that helps manage your orders with their shipping software Martin thanks for joining us. Awesome really appreciate you having me here today. Great so Maria what opportunities exist to optimize my packaging and save on shipping.
Really great question. So the reality is a lot of shipping pricing is weight based. So when customers ask us questions related to packaging we regularly refer them to a service level called priority mail Kubik. OK cool. So in layman’s terms how would you define parody mail. Yeah so proud email cubic is a bit of a Secret Service level from the USPS where they price shipments
based on the outer dimensions of the package instead of the weight. And this is going to be applicable for shipments under 20 pounds and up 2.5 cubic feet in size. So how would you use that as an example. Yeah so I can imagine, it’s really hard to kind of visualize. So he’s a really great example.
A lot of merchants that we work with kind of their first instinct hey I’ve got to ship something I’m going to go grab one of these. This is a medium size USPS priority mail flat rate box. And so let’s say I’ve got a 10 pound item I need to ship this halfway across the country I’m going to throw it in here. Drop it off at the post office that’s going to run me roughly $15.
And so let’s say I want to take advantage of this private email cubic pricing and I had my own box. And for sake of example let’s say that my box is the exact same size as this. So this box here is roughly 11 by 8 and 1/2 by six inches, which is well under the range of 0.5 cubic feet. So it qualifies for pretty well cubic pricing
and the same shipment the same weight of 10 pounds the same destination under this service level is going to run me about $10. So just from doing that all the same I’m saving about $5 per shipment. So if you’re choosing to go custom versus USPS you’d essentially be saving $1,000 per month. If you’re shipping out 200 orders the money. If I wanted to go even further.
I could essentially customize a box to perfectly fit my product and save even more. Is that right. Yeah absolutely. So again let’s compare a couple examples we just talked about the medium size priority mail flat rate box. But let’s take a look at this nice unicorn box here got my own custom packaging and this box is roughly we’ll say three by 6 by 8.
And the way that priority mail cubic pricing works is it’s in five tiers 0.1 cubic feet. 0.2, 0.3, 0.4 0.5. So this larger box here fits into the second most expensive tier whereas if we can get the size down to this small box you’re going to land in the cheapest priority mail cubic tier which is going to run you
for the same shipment roughly $8 as opposed to 10 to saving even more. How would I access this service. Yeah so private email cubic is going to be available through ship though or another shipping partner that you can find in the shop Vi app store. Great dude. Awesome thanks so much. And don’t worry if any of that went over your head, we will provide a spreadsheet for you
to play with at the end of the course. Thanks for joining me. Awesome thank you so much for having me.