Month: April 2020


A Handy Calculator For Determining Empty Box Weight

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It is helpful if you ship to know the approximate weight of a box for determining overall shipping weights. It’s possible that you don’t want to order every single box size that you might be using for orders in order to weight it. You might own an online business and you might need a fast way to get your total weight prior to putting those values into your website’s shipping calculator. Never fear, the corrugated box calculator is here. Look for the direct link at the end of the post.

When I first used this calculator, my biggest concern was over accuracy. I need the calculation to be as close to real life as possible so I don’t wind up inputting empty box weight along with packaging and product weights only to find I am losing money on each and every order that I send out because I have the weight underestimated. If I underestimate every order by half a pound, the result is I am not making as much as I thought because I am not charging the correct amount for shipping. For me, I want to know each cost as closely as possible. That way, I get to decide how much of that weight I will give to the customer on shipping price at checkout if I want to offer shipping as a freebie, a flat anount, ir some other shipping cost as an incentive to buy. This way, I don’t have to guess. It is also possible that I am including shipping in my price for product to make checkout simpler and faster. This allows me to do that much easier.

The calculator that I found is very close to actual weights. I weighed one of my boxes and then calculated the same box size using the calculator and it was very close to my measured weight. For me this will keep me from having to buy a box for each new size just to weigh to determine overall shipping weight on an order.

The site is a little clunky, but once you get there and familiarize yourself with the calculator, you can calculate all the box sizes that you need in no time.

The link below takes you to skunkworks packaging. You will see a container that looks like it is filled with orange juice. Look closely at the options and select the calculator for boxes.

Once there, skip the first two fields (“blank” fields) and just enter the three dimensions for your box. Tap the “square footage” field which is grey and all fields will self calculate (mobile version). You can recalculate any size by entering new values and tapping the calculated weight field. By doing this, you are given weight in both lbs. and grams.

This calculator will calculate two weights or “gauges” of cardboard. Since this calculator offers calculation of a basic board thickness or weight, this is a great calculator for me. Make sure that you hace the correct type checked (“ECT” type).

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