The Business Of Amazon Shipping Boxes

Cardboard boxes are a really big deal in the U.S. Amazon alone shipped over 5 billion packages through Prime in 2017. But as Amazon moves to plastic mailers and paper mailers the corrugated box market is bracing for the fallout.
There are other players in the space but today the four big cardboard box manufacturers that dominate the market are International Paper, WestRock, Packaging Corporation of America and Georgia-Pacific.
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The Business Of Amazon Shipping Boxes


  1. seththebeth

    seththebethHour ago

    I just wanna give a shout out to the person who lapsed the video of the boxes at 2:00. That footage must have taken an hour lol.

  2. JackTalyorD

    JackTalyorD4 hours ago

    All the money has to go somewhere year to year people have the same amount of money to spend and it has to go somewhere

  3. Grid Gaming

    Grid Gaming9 hours ago


  4. Duane Yaiser

    Duane Yaiser2 days ago

    They order them from Amazon, duh.

  5. Chicagoguy84

    Chicagoguy843 days ago

    In Soviet Russia, Box packs you !!!

  6. Nathan Baribeau

    Nathan Baribeau4 days ago

    Plastic PE, HDPE, PETE, are more toxic than brown paper boxes, not to mention standardized sized brown box cost less to ship. Since standard size box are expect! It is not about weight, it is about size. Just look at large freighter-ships that stack standardized "METAL" containers!

  7. Rohan puri

    Rohan puri6 days ago

    Wtf i think paper are formed by the crop in farms

  8. Catsudon

    Catsudon11 days ago

    Yeah that’s what was on my mind every time I saw a Amazon video. “Damn the box manufacturing industry is booming”

  9. rwwbeast1

    rwwbeast111 days ago

    The answer to this question is your mom know get this off my recomended

  10. Orlando Thrifter

    Orlando Thrifter12 days ago

    I worked at union camp in the late 90s. They had one multi million dollar special order German made Machine that ran almost constantly making boxes for 'milko'. They were basically boxes to transport containers of milk or orange juice. Another machine that was as old as wwii was primarily used to make boxes for white consolidated industries. Which owns several major manufacturers of refrigerators. It was constantly running to meet the demand of the super large heavy duty boxes. During the late 90s the demand was high and most corrugated board companies were closing their doors. A person with experience operating flexo presses that cut, print, and fold the boxes typically made more than $20 an hour. This was a time when a standard steel press operator or plastic mold operator might expect to make only around $10 an hour. I know a guy that has been with a corrugated packaging company since then and he is at top pay, almost $40 an hour. That's pretty good for someone who didn't even graduate high school and speaks to the demand of the industry for people operating the machines to make boxes. Swedish companies are recycling tires and plastic bags combined to make materials for building roads. Reinventing the wheel may not prove beneficial but redesigning the box could.

  11. Zahmir Evans

    Zahmir Evans13 days ago

    And that's why I'm working on getting Amazon these hemp boxes, more environmentally friendly, essentially cheaper production, and way more durable. If u wanna invest catch on!

  12. bwvids

    bwvids13 days ago

    When I buy 5 small items, why does Amazon still ship 2-3 boxes and plastic mailers instead of one simple box? 📦 @15:37 I bet all the items could fit in 1 box instead of 5!

  13. Microtic

    Microtic13 days ago

    "Electronics and dinnerware will still require boxes." Tell Amazon that. They just shipped me a 6TB hard drive in a plastic mailer. 😩👎

  14. Tony Mcloughlin

    Tony Mcloughlin9 days ago

    Did it still work?

  15. Troy Hicks

    Troy Hicks13 days ago

    Why dosen't Amazon and other companies like it buy back the boxes and send them back using ups usps fedex or it's own ecommerce.

  16. Andrew Weilandt

    Andrew Weilandt14 days ago

    Paper mailers is the only option. Even if you recycle plastic, new plastic objects can only contain about 3-5% of recycled material. Paper can be 100% recycled.

  17. DisIsMyName

    DisIsMyName15 days ago

    I worked at Amazon for 7months here in the uk and among the workers it was a competion on who could send the smallest item in the biggest box

  18. deltatechdrcroft

    deltatechdrcroft19 days ago

    A waist of trees!

  19. philipface30

    philipface3019 days ago

    They forgot to mention one aspect of the customer experience: when a box is left in the rain without waterproofing the product can be destroyed.

  20. Matthew Klees

    Matthew Klees20 days ago

    Drone "Secure Containers" will replace the cardboard box

  21. Roary Calhoun426

    Roary Calhoun42621 day ago


  22. Adam Hack

    Adam Hack23 days ago

    Should make box’s out of hemp

  23. Luis Serrano

    Luis Serrano23 days ago

    A flexible plastic mailer... also known as a bag.

  24. Jefte Villasenor

    Jefte Villasenor23 days ago

    Cardboard and pallets

  25. Jackson

    Jackson24 days ago

    "We cut down on our use of cardboard by using plastic bags instead" I don't thinks that's better for the environment amazon. I have never received a paper mailer from amazon.

  26. Jarynn

    Jarynn15 days ago

    It is. While the plastic bag takes longer to break down, it produces less greenhouse gases and takes less energy to produce by significant margins. Cardboard is super labor and energy intensive from cutting down the tree to finally shaping the corrugated material into a box.

  27. Ryan Grange

    Ryan Grange26 days ago

    Small box, completely renewable and recyclable. Plastic bag, non renewable and often not recyclable. Yeah, progress?

  28. Jarynn

    Jarynn15 days ago

    Cardboard requires significantly more energy to create than plastic. If you are looking at total carbon production over the lifespan of the product, plastic is considerably better than cardboard for most purposes.

  29. sonal patel

    sonal patelMonth ago

    Goodness line 👊🏼 Box Rome Help Environment fight 🙌🏽 Kitchen Gloves Tow Hand Good 👋 Plastic Resacal Earth , Massi Time

  30. Alan Taylor

    Alan TaylorMonth ago

    A lot of those American boxes are made from Canadian trees

  31. Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor15 days ago

    Jarynn you know it is really hard to find info. It does seam the USA produces more wood products which is insane considering Canada is the largest exporter of forestry products and the USA is the largest importer of wood products. How can the USA produce the most lumber and on top still be the biggest importer that’s insane. Anyways I did get my numbers screwed up sorry. I must have messed up the export numbers with production numbers. Most American wood stays in America where as Canada is exporting most of its wood and most of the exports are making there way south to the USA. Regardless a staggering amount of Canadian wood gets consumed in America.

  32. Jarynn

    Jarynn15 days ago

    @Alan Taylor The US definitely imports a crapton of wood, but everything I am finding suggests the US also produces a crapton of it, a little bit more than Canada does. Per the cited article below, in 2016 the US produced 32,764 million FBM of softwood lumber. Canada, that year, produced 28,522 FBM. If you have sources, by all means. Finding concrete data on wood production is shockingly hard, as it seems the metrics aren't well documented without also including finished lumber products.

  33. Alan Taylor

    Alan Taylor15 days ago

    Jarynn sorry but that’s simply not true. I quick google search would show you that. 80% of the USA’s softwood lumber is imported from Canada. That’s your construction lumber for building houses, decks, sheds, garages, concrete forms etc... the USA’s forestry sector is big but it’s absolutely dwarfed by Canada’s. I work at the biggest saw mill in North America which is located in British Columbia. I’m pretty knowledgeable about the forestry sector.

  34. Jarynn

    Jarynn15 days ago

    A good chunk do, but the US produces 3 times as much lumber as Canada. Canada has more trees, but the US has more developed land, making the US's smaller supply easier to get to.

  35. Roger Moore

    Roger MooreMonth ago

    A cardboard box is sequestered carbon dioxide. It also gets recycled back into more cardboard boxes.

  36. Chethan Sagar

    Chethan SagarMonth ago

    2:20 if you wanna skip to the good bits.

  37. dan112020

    dan112020Month ago

    I pray that they are replanting the trees that they are cutting down.

  38. Jarynn

    Jarynn15 days ago

    Yes. These forests are usually owned by the federal government. Part of the contract the logging companies sign to gain use of a national forest is a large fee that goes toward replanting and sustaining the forest. Not to mention modern forestry tends to be very careful about which trees to cut down. American lumber operations don't clear cut, they selectively cut.

  39. sonal patel

    sonal patelMonth ago

    🤝 Amazon 🐅 Tiger Goodness Timeline Box Transportation / International

  40. Arash Reza

    Arash RezaMonth ago

    Tax the richest 1 % by 2 %. Then you have free hospitals and colleges. The Rich Will not even notice it

  41. nstuckey1990

    nstuckey1990Month ago

    Before we complained about using too much paper now we are feeling sorry about those companies not having enough business

  42. Panda Reid

    Panda ReidMonth ago

    Fed x drivers be like oh no

  43. Tyrone Smith

    Tyrone SmithMonth ago

    Efficiency Timelines and Sustainability

  44. Gtox Gaming

    Gtox Gaming2 months ago

    Absolutely hate the plastic packaging,stuff inside almost always gets damaged also it's not discreet so for example I ordered a fleshlight and if someone touched it they could figure out that there was a fleshlight inside.

  45. dark light

    dark light2 months ago

    wow. 15 min video about cardboard

  46. Eddy Edwards

    Eddy Edwards2 months ago

    Too bad they don’t use any packing for the inside

  47. Steven Sokulski

    Steven Sokulski2 months ago

    Did you know that the phrase “begs the question” isn’t interchangeable with “raises the question?”

  48. PearlJammer07

    PearlJammer072 months ago

    I worked at Amazon seven years ago for eight months and always wondered where they got they're shipping boxes.

  49. ボロ from EU

    ボロ from EU2 months ago

    I have never ever, ever bought a single box to package and send sth I sold on ebay, I've always had some boxes I got sth in before saving quite a lot on buying a new box as they can get quite pricey - especially at post office it's like 1-2€.

  50. 99guspuppet

    99guspuppet3 months ago

    dear amazon please reduce .... reduce .... reduce packaging materials you deliver my purchases in 777PackagingHell

  51. STONEDay

    STONEDay3 months ago

    One month later and this video is already old as Amazon switching to plastic.

  52. Steve Pettersen

    Steve Pettersen3 months ago

    At 6:20 woman is too lazy to flatten box before putting into recycling bin, at 11:40 man doesn't remove bottle cap. Learn how to recycle, people!

  53. Mile Pavlovic

    Mile Pavlovic3 months ago

    why a person that is overweight can be recognized by their voice?

  54. Dominik Placek

    Dominik Placek3 months ago

    Being a postal carrier, I swear half of the big boxes I deliver are filled only with air. Smh.

  55. emm_gee12

    emm_gee123 months ago

    If only we could find a way to turn bamboo into cheap efficient and sturdy boxes.

  56. Steed_Digital

    Steed_Digital3 months ago

    Amazon doesn't care about the recycling. They're worried about bottom line and it's not going to hurt their bottom line if the people complaining about plastic leave.

  57. Chelsea Althouse

    Chelsea Althouse3 months ago

    Why isn't Amazon being held responsible for packaging? They could absolutely take the boxes back. There's no reason to put the burden on the consumer and municipal recycling system.

  58. Badri Narayanan

    Badri Narayanan3 months ago

    All this packaging and the waste generated by shipping is sadly not good for our environment. I hope everyone realizes this and be accountable from their part in respect for the Mother Earth we live on

  59. KJR Channel

    KJR Channel3 months ago

    I think Jeff B should be required to take back all shipping materials and reuse them.

  60. Zombie Killa

    Zombie Killa3 months ago

    nothing changed... 30-50% room waste, when ever i order small things! 1liter bottle in a 5liter box

  61. Orc Computers

    Orc Computers3 months ago

    do these idiots relies were paper comes from?

  62. Debkanchan Samadder

    Debkanchan Samadder3 months ago

    4:48 nice

  63. Gary Yu

    Gary Yu3 months ago

    I googled if amazon plastic mailers are recyclable and this video became next on the autoplay. Thanks big brother Google.

  64. fractal

    fractal3 months ago

    hemp boxes

  65. Andrew Nuttall

    Andrew Nuttall3 months ago

    Amazon boxes could be carbon negative if they switched to hemp paper.

  66. Peppermint

    Peppermint3 months ago

    The background music is disrupting

  67. Durahl

    Durahl3 months ago

    *chuckles* Yesterday I received a DIN-A1 sized Cutting Mat ( ) in an Amazon box large enough to comfortably fit a kid inside.

  68. Николай Помещенко

    Николай Помещенко3 months ago

    So, China has banned the import of recycled paper on time 😂 Poor socialists