Buying packing boxes ahead of time is how you secure the best price and quality. This is what all removal firms are looking for. What they don’t always realise is that planning and buying ahead on a regular basis is the best way to get our best prices. In this blog post, I am going to share some of the benefits of buying your packing boxes in advance and most importantly how you go about it.
Taking the time to plan ahead gives your brain more time to think and make well-informed decisions. Did you know that every minute spent planning saves as much as 10 minutes in execution? I’m not sure if that is precisely true, but it sure sounds sensible!
Benefits to removal firms of buying packing boxes ahead of time
Any removal firm owner would love less stress, to win more work and make more profit. When you make a plan for your packing box requirements and then buy packing boxes on a monthly basis you can achieve all three of these.
Less stress: last minute orders, responding to demanding clients and worrying about simply getting the job all brings stress. When you have planned ahead and know your packing supplies are in stock your team will be less demanding on you and can get on with completing jobs successfully and giving great customer service.
Win more work: when clients are demanding or call you last minute for their move, having the packing boxes in stock enables you to respond quicker and more confidently. It may also help you be more competitive with your price but I think often the quality of service can help close a deal – and maintain your profit.
Make more profit: by buying ahead you are able to access the best possible price from us. We bulk buy for multiple orders at the same time and if you are in this order, you get access to the best price. Many customers ask us for the best price possible. It is hard to do much on last-minute orders but easy to do when we work as the co-operative. Planning and buying ahead gets you the best price we can offer..
Why BAR Services plan ahead
In simple terms, buying packing boxes ahead of time means we get better products at better prices for our customers. We are able to have more choice and more flexibility. Especially when you consider the power we have as a co-operative buying in bulk for all our members and customers. When you ask us for best prices and want quality assurance, we want to give it but it is very hard on last-minute orders. With a bit of pre-planning, we get the best prices and can then pass that saving on to you.
Do not panic if you have last minute orders. We are still here to help you but you can imagine it is a lot less stressful when buying packing boxes is planned ahead of time.
How to plan ahead
The thing you need to realise about buying packing boxes ahead of time, is that it does not mean you have to always buy the same amount. It simply means that you are predicting the amount of work you are going to have and the number of boxes you will need.
Planning your packing box requirements ahead of time might seem obvious to some, and daunting to others. It is actually pretty easy. The most obvious ways are:
- look at last years orders
- take an average of your last 20 jobs
- decide the type of work you want and target those customers
- plan based on live quotes (and your quote success rate)
When to order
Now you have planned what you need, the next thing is to understand how to order your removal boxes in advance.
As a cooperative, we have spent many years helping our customers get the best possible price from our bulk purchasing ability. This has led us to a regular streamlined process that ensures we get the high quality that we are renowned for, and at a great price.
This is how it works:
- Place your order at least 8 working days before the end of the month.
- We bulk purchase boxes within 7 working days of the end of the month.
- These get produced in one print run at the factory and delivered within the first week of the following month.
The supplier builds this into their schedule, meaning they can achieve efficiencies which are passed on to us and then you, in the price. It is about hitting this ‘sweet spot’ so we can all benefit.
As well as getting the best price, another advantage of buying your packing boxes the month before is the extra credit facility it allows you to have. It actually benefits your cash flow. A win-win situation!
I hope you have read this far. If you have there will likely be some of you who are still worried about buying ahead of time. The common misconceptions are:
- I’ll buy too much
- I won’t use it all
- It will be hard to manage cash flow
- I’ve got nowhere to store it
We hear these all the time and have plenty of experience to help you both understand and avoid any issues.
Buy packing boxes ahead of time with BAR Services
Helping you buy great packing boxes and removal materials at the best prices is what we are here to do. Making it happen is not always easy but I trust this blog post on the benefits of buying your packing boxes ahead of time helps you succeed in your business.
Those benefits again are…
- Get the best price
- Take out the stress of last minute
- Able to book client jobs in quicker
- Quality assurance
- Manage cash flow more effectively
- Receive full co-op benefits
With over 40 years of experience working within the Removals Trade Association and with many removals customers, let us help you take unnecessary stress out of your business.
For further details, request a call back and one of us will be in touch.