Where Are The Manufacturers?
When you’re on the hunt for a corrugated box manufacturer, it can seem like a daunting task to find the right one. Where do you even start? What if the good ones don’t show up on an internet search? You can rest easy because this blog will walk you through a few great ways to find your next custom cardboard box, manufacturing partner.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Ask Your Network For Recommendations
- Run A Few Internet Searches
- Look Through Online Indexes
- Thumb Through Social Media
- Read Customer Testimonials And Reviews
Ask Your Network For Recommendations
You’re probably already doing this, but don’t forget to get recommendations from all of your industry peers. Whether it’s a new business relationship or an established vendor that you want to work with again, always ask people in your network for their recommendations on who does quality work.
Your network is the best place to start your search because they are already working with manufacturers, and they can give you first-hand reviews.
Another great avenue is to ask your network about other options too. If they are currently working with a certain manufacturer, but you’re not happy with the quality of service, then ask for other recommendations.
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Run A Few Internet Searches
The internet is your best friend when it comes to finding the perfect manufacturer for your box needs. If you’ve spent any time on a search engine, you probably know that not all manufacturers are created equal. What might surprise you is how many of them are out there.
In order to narrow down your list, consider using some of the following keywords in your search: “custom corrugated box manufacturer near me”, “cheap cardboard boxes for sale” and “online printing services”. These are just a few ideas to get you started. You’ll probably find that there are scores of manufacturers every bit as good as the ones that you found through recommendations.
Doing specific searches within search engines is another great way to find custom corrugated boxes nearby. For example, let’s say that your business manufactures wooden furniture and you need some help with packaging it for shipping. A simple search in Google would look like “wooden furniture packaging.”
This will bring up the relevant businesses in your area as well as those who specialize in larger shipping boxes. This is an important factor to consider since you’ll want to work with someone who has more than just one or two corrugated boxes on the shelf.
Look Through Online Indexes
While general searches can typically help you find what you need, there are other options out there. There are a handful of online indexes of manufacturers you could use worldwide. And even some packaging blogs contain profiles on different manufacturers.
These indexes can have a great focused search that helps you find a range of manufacturers. So give them a look!
Thumb Through Social Media
A great way to find a manufacturer that is fairly new to the industry and may not be as well-known as some of their larger counterparts is by using social media. Facebook groups specifically for corrugated boxes, especially those dealing with a specific type of project or material, are a fantastic resource to make connections.
If you aren’t sure where to start, take a look at the top corrugated box manufacturers on Google and see if they have an active account with any social media sites. If they do, then try to find them there too! Chances are, this will lead you right to their doorsteps.
A great way to find who you are looking for is searching hashtags. If the packaging companies are worth their salt, they’re posting content with the right tags online so you can find them.
Follow The Likes
Sometimes you can take a look at the likes, and find a packaging company that is active on social media. There are so many ways to use social media to
You can also post on social media asking for people to review manufacturers they have worked with. You might be surprised how quickly you get a response.
Read Customer Testimonials And Reviews
There’s nothing better than hearing what previous customers have to say about a product or service provider. This means so much more than what anyone can tell you over the phone or through email. Manufacturers are no different.
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Customer reviews will help you find out how customers feel about the products and services they receive from these manufacturers. This is a great way to narrow down your options and choose a manufacturer who understands your needs and delivers on their promises.
Once you have several manufacturers in mind, start doing your homework on them. We recommend using Google Search and Yelp reviews because this information is publicly accessible by anybody so it comes from real customers.
Get An Idea Of Who They Are
Reading reviews for packaging companies can help tell you how it is working with them. While not all of them get customers to leave reviews, especially if they’re larger manufacturers. But the bigger companies will have customer testimonials somewhere on their site.
One of the biggest benefits of using online reviews as a starting point is that good practices often get good reviews while bad practices tend to get bad reviews. That means you’ll be able to skip past most of the bad manufacturers before wasting any time on them and immediately start screening the best ones based
Don’t Forget To Try Bennett Packaging!
At Bennett Packaging, we service packaging for a large area of the United States, and POP Displays nationwide. We’re always looking forward to new and exciting packaging challenges. If you need a custom box made for your business, we’d love to hear from you!
We are more than a manufacturer, we’re your partner through the entire process. Our team makes sure to not only process your order with the best quality, but we educate you and your team about why we make certain design choices. This helps us work together in the future, and we can build on top of a great foundation in customer service.
At Bennett Packaging, our goal is to create and maintain long-term relationships with our customers by providing them with the highest level of service possible. Contact us today to get started on a custom packaging quote.