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Dump Bins: The Complete Guide

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We see this often at retail and club stores: simple, non-custom Dump Bins that get the job done. How can you expect to hit your sales target if you don't invest in your presentation at the store?

You have a great product and a beautiful package, but you left out one thing—your display! A Dump Bin is a great way to grab your customers' attention on the store floor. It's easy for most brands to overlook, but this is exactly the issue we aim to solve. There are just so many benefits to these displays!

Though customers are taking fewer trips to retail every year, each trip has tripled in value, meaning you must catch their attention.

We help upgrade brands from plain to premium with our custom digitally printed Dump Bins. A Dump Bin is a point-of-purchase retail display - or POP Display - used to promote and sell products.

Talk with Bennett today about your next Dump Bin

Aspects of Dump Bin

  • Billboard style size allowing for brand awareness opportunities
  • Vary in size and shape depending on products
  • We create a unique one-piece design
  • Great for bulk and sales merchandise in high-traffic areas
  • Full print options to allow for bold, attention-grabbing aesthetics
  • We are pre-approved with most retailer and club store requirements

Step 1: Determine Your Needs

  • What type of product do you have?
  • Are there new innovations you can implement?
  • How many units do I need?
  • How can this be an extension of my brand?
  • Which retailers/club stores are you selling at?

Step 2: Starting Your Dump Bin Design

Designing can be a fun process. Whether you’re tackling it yourself or working with our Creative Services team, you need to consider key things about your retail display and your customers. 

  • Who is your target demographic?
  • How tall are they?
  • Are you selling multiple items?
  • Is this a promotional item?
  • Can you create alternate designs for seasonal/regional messaging?

Working with the right team during the design phase is crucial to your success.

Step 3: Choose A Printing Style

Choosing a printing option is more than simply evaluating cost factors. Technology has changed over the years, and while some older methods are still proven and effective, newer methods have introduced completely new ways to attack the marketplace.

Here are three printing options to consider:

Lithography Printing

When it comes to commercial printing needs, lithographic printing is the most used solution. And it’s great if you are creating a single design to print over and over without much customization.

One of the main issues is the upfront costs for the printing plate and the lead time for the project. If you choose Litho, you’re committing to waiting and spending a portion of your budget before you even get your first box.

This is the way to go if you want a high-volume production run of a single design.

High-Speed Digital Printing

Bennett's digital presses are game-changing for the custom retail display industry. While other companies might tell you that Digital isn’t competitive when running large orders, what they aren’t telling you is that with Digital, you can run a variety of designs and be extremely cost-effective.

There is no need to pay for or wait for new printing plates to be made!

Digital has been growing in the industry, but only a few brands have actually started to take advantage of this enormous opportunity.

Imagine creating regional messaging, designs for different stores, and seasonal or product variation sizes—all without additional costs.

We were the first to invest in a high-speed, single-pass, direct-to-corrugate, 6-color digital press in North America. To learn more, visit our Digital page.

Related: Digital Printing Can Help Make Your POP Display More Sustainable

Flexography Printing

Flexographic printing will lower your printing costs, and tooling costs are typically lower. It has a fast turnaround time and can use both water-based and oil-based inks. However, compared to Lithography and Digital printing, Flexography has a noticeably lower printing quality.

It cannot create photo-quality images; smooth colors or gradients will have visible banding. 

The colors aren’t as vibrant or crisp as the other two options, but this printing format is inexpensive. It also doesn’t require much attention to detail and can be produced at very high speed.

High-Speed Digital Printing

Digital Printing has opened up completely new avenues for brands to create dump bins. The biggest advantage of a digitally printed Dump Bin is the ability to use alternate print designs.

One of the key advantages of digital printing is its flexibility. Whether you need to create seasonal messaging, regionally targeted messaging, or simply want to refresh your display, this approach can cater to all your needs. 

Thanks to digital, each new print won’t incur additional costs because you don’t need printing plates. There’s no slowdown to get you to market.

There are no minimum quantity orders, which is great for the initial proofs and even better if you run four versions of a display rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Digital opens up a whole new world of possibilities - and we were among the first to invest in this game-changing technology. That has put us ahead of the learning curve in the industry.

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Designing Dump Bins With Digital

Here are some design tips to create an effective Dump Bin from the ground up:

Strategic Location

From a customer’s perspective, many club stores can have dim lighting - which means bright, bold, and contrasting colors will stand out.

Information Architecture

Messaging needs to be clear and motivated. What should your customers know as they pass by the display? What can they see from across the store? Keep it concise and focused! Only the essential benefits should be included here.

Dump Bin Product Showcase

Dump Bins are all about bulk inventory and showcasing sales items for impulse buys. These are a great way to collect things like DVDs, toys, electronics, and other products in a colorful pile to draw in customers.


Remember to restock with new items. Rotating merchandise can attract repeat customers who will look again at your products.

Color Science

All designers know that each color speaks to the customer on a different emotional level. Why not use that knowledge on the store floor? Here's an actual opportunity to put that knowledge into practice and create something that powerfully matches your brand. 

Match Your Brand Colors

Most manufacturers claim they will match your brand colors accurately, but they're not actually equipped to do that. We have some of the best printing capabilities in North America, and promise we can match with 100% accuracy. 

Refreshing Your Look

Consider how often you will need to replace your display over the year. Each time you do, you have a chance to attract more customers, so why not harness the power of digital printing and create a fresh look for your display at a fraction of the cost without slowing your speed to market.

Turnkey Solutions

A great display is key, but don’t forget about warehousing and fulfillment. You need a plan to get your display made, packed, and sent out to retailers.

That’s why we offer turnkey solutions, including Contract Packaging, Shipping Boxes, and Packaging Supplies. The more downtime you have with a display, the less money you make. More on that later.

Dump Bin Retailer Compliance

When creating a new display or updating an existing design, it’s important to be confident that your new partner understands all the current retailer and club store compliance guidelines.

If you design a Dump Bin for Walmart that isn’t approved, you’ll have to start over. 

You need a partner that not only designs and manufactures dump bins, but also understands the entire production process to get you to the storefront as fast as possible.

Step 4: Establish Your Budget

A successful Dump Bin program depends on your understanding of the entire budget and the economics of the whole process.

Setting a budget for your display is an essential step before beginning the design process.

Without a budget or even a range, the process will not just become inefficient, it will also lose its direction. When creating your budget, consider the price of your product, your profit margin, anticipated sales, and the length of time you expect your display to be in place.

The higher the sales price of your product, the more you should consider investing in your Dump Bin display. 

How Quantity Affects Cost

After material costs, the best way to manage per-unit display costs is volume. Each display design will require tooling, set-up time, and upfront costs.

The longer the manufacturer can run, the more units you can use to spread those costs out.

Thanks to Digital Printing, we can create multiple graphic designs for your display without increasing the cost of those changes.

Using a single design shape but unique seasonal designs, you can look brand new at retail and keep your costs relatively the same.


If you order 2000 Units at once, You would need to pay all upfront tooling costs, wait for the project to be prepped, and purchase all the materials upfront. Then consider the entire supply chain, including storage, of your 2000 Displays.

If you choose to order 5 runs of 400 Units over 3 Months, you would need to pay all upfront tooling costs, wait for the project to be prepped, and purchase only the initial materials upfront. This strategic approach not only allows for more design flexibility but also empowers you to adapt to market changes, making your decision-making process more effective.

While both orders are purchasing 2000 units, it's crucial to note that the second order offers more design flexibility and lower upfront costs. This information equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the trade-offs involved, making you feel more informed and aware in your decision-making process.

Because of Digital Printing, the difference between short runs and long runs is no longer a significant factor in cost.

Step 5: Creating a Dieline

Now that you have your design in place, it’s time to transfer it to the structure template, a.k.a, the dieline.

A few dieline and artwork preparation and requirements need to be noted by your designated designer, even if your artwork is done and ready to go.

If you don't have a designated designer, don't worry. Your packaging company will step in and take care of the dieline and artwork preparation for you.


A dieline is typically created on a computer using a design tool such as Adobe Illustrator, Artioscad, or InDesign. Measurements need to be precise to save time and money.

Step 6: Preparing The Artwork

When working with your packaging partner, you have the power to deliver high-resolution quality artwork for printing. We encourage you to engage in direct communication with the company to determine the exact specifications for their CMYK printing, putting you in control of the process.

At Bennett, we offer access to our award-winning Creative Services to help you design, prep, and deliver all your artwork to our manufacturing teams and ensure your project details are correct every step of the way.

Pro Tip: Need more clarification on preparing your artwork? Reach out to Bennett if you need help with any of your designs!

Step 7: Creating Prototype Dump Bins

You should always request a prototype display to confirm the structure and printing for final production, especially if you have a very large order.

Once the prototype is created, it can be delivered to you in person or via mail carrier.

In our Creative Services Department, we have an array of equipment that matches the exact quality of our high-speed digital printers, allowing you to get prototypes quickly and move your project along to production.

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Step 8: Production + Shipping

Once you finalize everything, your retail display is ready to go into full production. You can sit back, relax, and wait for the arrival of your display!

Receiving your shipment all depends on your requested timeline, the size of the display, the method of delivery, etc.

It is different depending on your situation, but your account manager will keep you up-to-date with the production and shipping process, ensuring you are always on track.

Key Questions:

  • Will your Display be shipped fully assembled or KDF?
  • What is the weight of your Display with your Shipping Box and Supplies?
  • Where will you store your Display?
  • What is the cost for Packaging Supplies?
  • Fulfillment costs, if any?
  • How will you account for returns?

Learn more about our Contract Packaging


Pro Tip: If you need to order on a consistent basis, speak to your packaging specialist to map out your inventory expectations and schedule. This will make maintaining a healthy inventory flow easier and allow the manufacturer to know exactly when you need it.

Shipping Dump Bins Fully Kitted

Over the years, we have delivered fully kitted displays for customers across the United States without issue. You would want to choose this option to cut down on costs.

The less hands your Displays and products have to touch, the lower your costs.

Shipping Dump Bins Knocked Down Flat

Shipping KDF is an excellent option if you want to assemble in your own facility and prefer the safer and cheaper shipping method. Thanks to the stacking efficiency, it’s easy to see why this is a great way for some companies to cut down on cost.

However, you will need to create and include clear assembly instructions, a parts list, and any required tools. 

Selecting The Right Box And Shipping Supplies

To ensure your Display arrives safely, it's important to pick the right type of corrugated material and packaging supplies for the job. You’ll want to talk to your manufacturer or 3PL provider to determine the best shipping box and packaging material.

Learn more about our Packaging Supplies


ISTA Testing For Dump Bins

International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) testing helps brands create packaging that protects against shock, vibration, compression, and any other atmospheric hazards in the distribution environment.

This allows you to eliminate the need for multiple trial shipments, get your products to market faster, and ensure their survival.

It can also help you negotiate lower freight and cargo insurance rates - due to the confirmed lower risk of shipment damage.

We conduct a range of shipping tests (vibration, drop test, etc.) so that you are certified and ready to go. We partner with you through the entire process and ensure there aren’t any surprises - and if there are, we are prepared to solve them.

You’ll want to make sure your provider can safely deliver your Displays as a 3PL.

Step 9: Following Up On Your Dump Bin

One of the most important things you must do is stay on top of maintenance.

Don’t neglect your display upkeep. Even the best displays will lose appeal if they look dusty or worn down. Remember, your display represents your brand and your product - if you invest in a great display, you should make sure it stays presentable.

Displays should be checked regularly, even throughout the day. That way, you can be confident they never appear “shopworn”.

If you invest in a great Dump Bin display, you should make sure it stays presentable.

Retail Store Audits

Brands and product companies should regularly perform retail audits to ensure stores’ merchandising is compliant with agreed-upon standards. The retail store audit process checks merchandising execution, including:

  • Correct product placement, including location in the store.
  • Product expiration dates.
  • Item counts on shelves and in back-room inventory.
  • Count of facing items per SKU.
  • Sufficient and accurate signage.
  • Usage of floor and shelving space.

Several people can perform audits for you. Retail staff, brands, or even third parties can complete the task, but be sure to give them a checklist and get photos.

Retail store audits serve as a mutual accountability tool for retailers and brands. Once all the agreements for floor space allotment, signage, and other elements are in place, audits verify the compliance, leading to a win-win situation for all parties involved.

Thanks to the latest innovations, you can use software that includes inventory management and automated audit-based reordering - all great tools that can further the benefits of audits and help keep your supply chain moving.

Bennett Creates Custom Dump Bins

Bennett is a premier packaging and retail displays manufacturing company striving to protect and promote our clients' products with customized corrugated solutions. When you work with us, you’re part of the family. We will partner with you every step of the way.

With our fully integrated design-to-delivery process, we can be the single supplier source. We are an award-winning manufacturer of virtually anything corrugate. We offer everything from plain brown shipping boxes to sophisticated, high-graphic printed point-of-purchase displays and everything in between.

Talk with our team today about your next Dump Bin

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Dump Bins?

A Dump Bin is a display typically used to sell bulk or sale merchandise. Items are typically “dumped” into these containers, but they can be more organized. These are best used to encourage impulse buys and are placed in high-traffic areas. Some customers love them because they can become a treasure hunt for great merchandise.

Are you retailer and club store compliant?

Of course! We have great relationships with all major retailers and club stores and are current on the latest specifications and guidelines for complete compliance. If you want to go to Walmart, Target, CVS, Walgreens, Costco, Sam’s Club, Bjs, or any other store - we can get you there.

Where can I order retail displays?

Bennett offers a wide variety of retail displays. No matter what kind of product you have or display you need, we can make it. Just contact us, and we’ll get back to you ASAP!

What Printing Styles do you offer?

We can produce Litho and Flexo and specialize in Digital printing. We were one of the first manufacturers to invest in Digital Printing, and that’s put us ahead of the curve. Typically, customers think Digital printing is only useful for small runs, but Digital allows you to create printing variations and multiple runs of different targeted designs—using some of the latest innovations in marketing!