Returnable Packaging Vs. Disposable One-Way Packaging

Returnable packaging is the best solution in for many applications. Over the years, it is becoming the preferred packaging material for shipping.

Here are the pros and cons of returnable packaging vs. one-way packaging.

Returnable Packaging Advantages

  • Inexpensive in the long term as cost is made up with repeat shipping
  • Durable and long lasting
  • Stackable for easy storage
  • Nested or stacked for easy return transportation
  • Custom design for improved efficiency
  • Brandable to reinforce product loyalty
  • Trackable
  • Weatherproof
  • Recyclable
  • Easy to clean

Returnable Packaging Disadvantages

  • Greater upfront cost
  • Heavy compared to cardboard
  • Loss of packaging material if not returned

One-Way Packaging Advantages

  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight material
  • Good for one time shipments overseas
  • Recyclable

One-Way Packaging Disadvantages

  • Must be purchased in bulk
  • Disposal fees
  • Wasted storage space
  • Time wasted assembling packaging
  • Susceptable to weather damage