The Business Of Amazon Shipping Boxes

  • Published on Jul 9, 2019
  • 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

Comments • 845

  • Jermaine Harris
    Jermaine Harris 3 days ago

    They aren't even worrying about the environment

  • sean bouker
    sean bouker 3 days ago

    I feel like Amazon should have a box/mailer return day where they take back undamaged boxes

  • GravySauce171
    GravySauce171 3 days ago

    I'm here because i received curtain in a huge box half filled of Plastic bag filled with air.

  • Jeeto
    Jeeto 3 days ago +1

    12:21 she's wearing a Starbucks apron?

  • spiralgoddess
    spiralgoddess 3 days ago

    I hate when my Amazon order comes in a plastic envelope. I can recycle, reuse, re-purpose the cardboard box, but the plastic goes in the trash. They even use the plastic pillows instead of the paper now. What will I use for Christmas wrap?

  • Aaron Lang
    Aaron Lang 3 days ago

    I agree the boxes are getting more reasonably sized, and smaller. More "custom" sizes too.

  • Todd Kelly
    Todd Kelly 4 days ago

    How is it possible that this video totally ignored hemp?

  • Amit Kumar
    Amit Kumar 5 days ago +1

    Their plastic packaging is far from frustration free. I would prefer a boxed package for both ease and impact on ecology

    • Henry Brimmer
      Henry Brimmer 4 days ago

      Tell be about it! Hate those plastic mailers!

  • Novaximus
    Novaximus 6 days ago

    Soooo how can I invest? Nothing worst than knowing a good opportunity but not knowing how to get a piece of it.

  • Clarity
    Clarity 6 days ago

    They think millennials will instagram their amazon boxes if they put minions on them? It's amazing how out of touch from reality advertisers are.

  • Michael Rada
    Michael Rada 7 days ago

    AMAZON counts to the market leaders. The number of shipments is growing and expected to grow, so is the number of boxes and packaging. To change this and reduce the impact on the environment, the shifting of responsibility (from AMAZON to ITEM SUPPLIER) is not the true solution for within the supply chain the same, or even bigger waste volume would be generated. I have heard several times from AMAZON representatives that cardboard is best, durable solution and can be recycled or reused, but I have not seen any single returnable packaging or even reusable or intentionally repurposable packaging in the whole video.

    If AMAZON wants to reduce its impact on the environment, it has to start to prevent waste happen. It can be achieved by the reduced volume of shipments and use returnable or reusable packaging delivering the end users the idea of NOT WASTING.

    If support needed just contact me, for six years I implement the INDUSTRIAL UPCYCLING and INDUSTRY 5.0 in companies, businesses and factories.

  • moh206cc
    moh206cc 7 days ago

    I am a cat and I approve.

  • JPD
    JPD 7 days ago

    You sure don't hear those environmentally friendly liberals complaining about all that waste

  • Paweł Furman
    Paweł Furman 8 days ago

    Where's Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc.?

  • ArthursHD
    ArthursHD 8 days ago

    At least Amazon is doing something! Local electronics distributor in Latvia usually ships product in it's original packaging non extra. Amazon and had unnecessary extra boxes

  • Art Monkey
    Art Monkey 8 days ago


  • Ash S
    Ash S 9 days ago +2

    cnbc is only qualified to talk about boxes and lick amazon's boots. thank you corporate mockingbird media.

  • holdmybeer
    holdmybeer 9 days ago

    i wish they would use less ink. i put inkless cardboard boxes in my garden compost.

  • Kenneth James
    Kenneth James 9 days ago

    Yeahhh, why use recyclable cardboard when you can use plastic?

  • S Douglas
    S Douglas 9 days ago

    Non-recyclable packaging is wrong.

  • Endel SMA
    Endel SMA 9 days ago

    There is NO SUCH THING - FREE Shipping! someone somewhere paying for those free shipping. Regular consumers when they are sending packages to their kid in college or grand kids. Retail Shipping went up over 200% because big Shipping companies like UPS, USPS, FedEx bend backward for amazon! Those 2nd day air Prime only cost amazon less than first class postal stamp! soon enough everyone has to work for amazon in return for their foods and housing. the new 21st century of slavery not Amazon 's is consumers' fault simply in the name of CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP

  • Leo Perez
    Leo Perez 9 days ago

    how is plastic better for the environment than paper?

  • jctoad
    jctoad 9 days ago

    International Paper is a big box store 😜

  • Nanu Arora
    Nanu Arora 9 days ago

    I am with the environmentalists as in no boxes but it kills the privacy of a person's order. What about that?

  • Bo McGillacutty
    Bo McGillacutty 10 days ago

    They should test the abuse deliberately caused by box handlers who are griped by heavy contents.

  • Gabbie McGuire
    Gabbie McGuire 10 days ago +2

    And this, ladies and gents is why Jeff Bezos makes the money he makes. He built a dream team able to over think every.single.aspect of his brand to enhance his client's experience as well as the public's perception.
    THIS is how you do it!

  • Paul OregonUSA
    Paul OregonUSA 10 days ago

    China is buying a lot of forest trees in Siberia for cheap. They pay about 1 or 2 dollars per tree to russia. They already cut down about 40% of the Siberian Tiaga forest. Most Russians are saying that that is theft and it has to stop!

  • mel saint
    mel saint 10 days ago

    I want the minion cardboard box!

  • DarkShadowsX5
    DarkShadowsX5 10 days ago +2

    11:25 fake staged scene. none of the boxes have markings and the box the guy is handling is not taped on the bottom.
    he's essentially holding an open box upside down...

  • Hayley Smith
    Hayley Smith 10 days ago +4

    I was an intern at WestRock last summer! One of my roles was entering daily Amazon orders.

  • Yankee Inventions
    Yankee Inventions 10 days ago

    Turn off the stupid irrelevant music. It’s annoying

  • Gags GAGS
    Gags GAGS 10 days ago

    banning straws will cure the issue. lmao

  • Sunset Cliff
    Sunset Cliff 10 days ago

    Clearly the answer is to ban single use plastic bags at stores.

  • Joe Sterling
    Joe Sterling 10 days ago

    Shipping boxes going from drab to bright yellow, with big, smiling cartoon characters, dropped on your front step where everyone going by on the street sees them. What could possibly go wrong?
    I was livid when Amazon sent me an expensive video card in its own box only, with Prime tape and stickers all over it. It sat on my front porch, advertising itself and the likely equipment inside my home, for hours. This consumer wants the plain outer box for protection, and to keep what I order private.

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  • Unreliable Narrator 66

    Paper is better than plastic. Paper is a renewable resource and the box is recyclabe. Plastic is mainly based on oil and shipping bags are virtually never recycled becaise the adhesives of the surface are contaminants that make this impossible. Instead of plastic bags, higher quality paper bags work fine and are more commn in Eurpope and parts of Asia. USE LESS PLASTIC.

  • /dev/random
    /dev/random 10 days ago

    Amazon doesn't care about "sustainability" or making things easier for the customer. This is all about costs because brown paper prices have sky rocketed within the year. This is just Amazon looking for a way to cut costs and cutoff the box makers and mills. Amazon will push for plastic as much as possible because it's cheaper.

  • Everything Tech Review

    I sell sealedair?

  • Grand_Opus
    Grand_Opus 10 days ago +1

    2:00 It bothers me they didn't show the whole box stack.

  • Rolfy Paulino
    Rolfy Paulino 11 days ago

    no plastic

  • john STEPP
    john STEPP 11 days ago

    Dunder Mifflin

  • King MartinXVI
    King MartinXVI 11 days ago

    Can we ever have a big business like amamzon?

  • K.D.P. Ross
    K.D.P. Ross 11 days ago

    That's not what 'beg the question' means.

  • Ellenor Bovay
    Ellenor Bovay 11 days ago

    There was a study done recently that showed we could eliminate "climate change" if we planted a forest of trees the size of the US. Unfortunately, while you are planting the trees, Amazon will be cutting them down much faster than you can plant them. "Climate change" is said to be a very serious problem, but not enough for it to interfere with us getting those gadgets and gizmos from Amazon. So if it's real, you'll just have to learn to survive it, because Amazon is more important.

  • Inez Qtaish
    Inez Qtaish 11 days ago

    INEZ Qtaish is writing" I am getting the sensation of my nose burning inside.

  • Sid Bhowmick
    Sid Bhowmick 11 days ago

    He pronounced Amazon as emazone in the beginning

  • Sfiso
    Sfiso 11 days ago

    Wow Amazon! 27,
    7 billion on shipping.

  • Frankthetank21
    Frankthetank21 11 days ago

    This gives me flashbacks to that one episode when Squidward watches how boxes are made on tv... and it’s on every channel...

  • Telencephelon
    Telencephelon 11 days ago

    What's a box?

  • ꧁꧂Hel Raiser꧁꧂

    Why am I watching this? I now hate hearing the word box.

  • ꧁꧂Hel Raiser꧁꧂

    This is fake news.. We all know they ordered there boxes on and received it from there drones.
    They didn’t buy them from other companies.

  • Crowbar44
    Crowbar44 11 days ago

    My mom is an executive for one of those "box makers". Given how much she makes I am willing to bet that buisness is amazing.
    People buying stupid useless crap on Amazon is great for me! Keep it up sheep! lulz!

  • alex xu
    alex xu 11 days ago


  • Victor M.
    Victor M. 11 days ago

    Using Amazon Prime is being accomplice of modern slavery.

  • Relio
    Relio 11 days ago

    10 years later.. Amazon builds its own box.
    20 years later Amazon becomes a monopoly in the 📦 market

  • BirdsAreFly
    BirdsAreFly 11 days ago

    i couldn’t afford a gift this year, so i got you this box

  • younguy1979
    younguy1979 11 days ago

    with the technological advances we are in, still can't make trash recycling machine that can sort out plastic and other things from perishables? SMH. wrong side of history

  • Master Shake
    Master Shake 11 days ago

    We could follow Japan in this moment. Make people take their garbage to community recycling center nearby there they dispose of garbage and recyclables. Of course Japan also has learned to harness human waste as an energy source too so I don't see why we can't do that also

  • Loic Thomas
    Loic Thomas 11 days ago

  • ke6gwf
    ke6gwf 11 days ago

    I haul a lot of the giant paper rolls out of some of the Georgia Pacific paper mills, as well as some others on the west coast, and deliver it to several GP and Westrock and PCA box plants down throughout California, as well as hauling recycled cardboard bales to the mills, and delivering to Amazon Fulfillment centers, and I am a Prime member, so this video has a lot of familiar sights in it! Lol
    Most of the boxes that I see being produced in California, and this is not surprising, are for food related products, produce, etc, but at least one of plants I regularly go to (westrock in the bay area) has a dedicated Amazon box line.

  • Derek Smith
    Derek Smith 11 days ago

    they jest need to make a better paper mailer the job i work at has two big green bin one for trash and one for recycling wich for us a fast food chain is mostly cardboard i also use to work a place that did cardboard recycling and some plastic making balls of cardboard was easy when we did plastic it took a lot more to make one 800ld bail and whoud allwas bind up and melt do to the heat caused from friction when compting it to bale let alone how much work it was jestto sort the plastic

  • hope lafrance
    hope lafrance 11 days ago

    I clicked on this because I thought they would explain how Amazon always has the perfectly sized box for everything..

  • GL Studios
    GL Studios 11 days ago

    *I work for INTERNATIONAL PAPER - we are hiring*

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    Now it’s CNBC vs. Vox vs. Cheddar vs. AJ+ for USclip documentaries.

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    This is the longest ad for boxes I have ever watched.

  • Whole Food Plant-Based Man

    Next, Amazon will ship predictive shipping speeds before you even ordered it.

  • mBabe
    mBabe 11 days ago

    America is NOT the Saudi Arabia of trees, but rather a Saudi Arabia of boasting.

  • barta andel
    barta andel 11 days ago

    Use vegie fiber based boxes..

  • Kyle Brock
    Kyle Brock 11 days ago

    When has Wall Street ever been wrong?

  • Silverstone
    Silverstone 11 days ago

    Packaging uses more resources than anything. The consumer will not save the environment. Only corporations and governments are capable of that.

  • Kyle Brock
    Kyle Brock 11 days ago

    America is never Saudi Arabia. We just take their oil. The end of Saudi resources come and we drive Teslas to remind them.

  • Southern Pimp
    Southern Pimp 11 days ago

    People are complaining about too many boxes? Wow, talk about 1st world problems...

  • Patrick Abbo
    Patrick Abbo 11 days ago

    It’s NOT free 2 day shipping your paying for it with the prime membership smh. Amazon is far from the cheapest online

  • shani angarkadu
    shani angarkadu 11 days ago

    I didn't get the Saudi Arabia joke.

  • Al
    Al 11 days ago +1

    the paper and plastic mailers dont recycle well bc it's mixed, and if it doesn't go in bin nobody will recycle

  • Satori Wryter
    Satori Wryter 11 days ago

    Are by recycling they meant, "Shipping it to China."?

  • Luis Orozco
    Luis Orozco 11 days ago

    reusable boxes? anyone?

  • Trebor Ironwolfe
    Trebor Ironwolfe 11 days ago

    Perhaps we should hope that AI technology can achieve a singularity before we consume ourselves to death. 'Tis sad, and I hate to even say this, but we hairless apes may actually need overseers to either manage us or extinguish us to save this planet.

  • HaMoOoD95
    HaMoOoD95 11 days ago

    What an awful narrator!

  • Mikeyz94
    Mikeyz94 11 days ago

    Put subtitles for voip calls

  • xJuiCYxxJaYx
    xJuiCYxxJaYx 11 days ago

    Nice a video promoting world enders, thanks for using an absurd amount of resources

  • Dominic Warren
    Dominic Warren 11 days ago +1

    The story of how two brothers... and five other men, parlayed a small business loan into a thriving paper goods concern is a long and interesting one.

    And here it is.

    It all began with the filing of form 637/A - the application for a small business or...

  • Lucifer Morningstar
    Lucifer Morningstar 11 days ago


  • Lautin
    Lautin 11 days ago

    I wish my distribution center went to roll tainers instead of a pallet on the stock pickers/muops. I feel like it would be better for the environment.

  • Poke-R-Us
    Poke-R-Us 11 days ago +1

    Yo can I get some cardboard boxes n stuff?

  • Memoreism
    Memoreism 11 days ago

    I just throw away all of the packaging in the trash.

  • Jose E
    Jose E 11 days ago

    15 mins

  • Timmy Turna
    Timmy Turna 11 days ago

    Lol no respect for this video because they didn’t mention Solenis

  • Ivivion
    Ivivion 11 days ago

    I need a job

  • Meowlody
    Meowlody 11 days ago

    The problem with those plastic mailers is most of them don’t have a recycling symbol! Much easier to recycle cardboard! I did some research and found out many grocery stores will accept the plastic envelopes and bags to recycle. Most people don’t recycle the bags and envelopes! I’m one of the rare few that sort all trash in my house and will separate the bags and drop them off at the grocery store! Main concern should be using environmentally friendly packaging! Maybe amazon can pick up used plastic mailers and reuse them and gives customers a few cents for the returned mailers?!

  • Allen Learns To Budget

    As An eBay And Amazon Seller, I Reuse Every Bubble Mailer, Box, And All The Packaging Materials That Gets Sent To Me.... I Carefully Slit Open The Bubble Mailers And Place My Outgoing Label Over The Blacked Out One - And There - It's Recycled.... BUT Saving Me Money Instead Of Costing Me To Take It To A Recycling Facility.... Boxes, Packing Peanuts, Everything Gets Reused....

  • J Segal
    J Segal 11 days ago

    Uh, you know the empty boxes fold flat, right? I have a place set up to discretely store flattened cardboard until trash day. The key to less cardboard waste seems to lie in having more sizes available. Plastic is turning out to be a bad option, so more paper and cardboard tech is needed.

  • Jason Tempel
    Jason Tempel 11 days ago

    Why not Hemp?

  • Yiran D
    Yiran D 11 days ago

    AMAZON has an issue of over-packaging. I do believe they should be more responsible to take care of the extra trash they created during the process.

  • AlixLuu
    AlixLuu 11 days ago

    “China certainly doesn’t have trees” ~ oh really now?

  • joueboy M
    joueboy M 11 days ago

    Do we still believe the myth of cutting all the trees to make paper and boxes? The tree they use for paper are very specific trees not just random tree not even an apple tree. The factory plant those trees on regular basis just like a job security. My workplace literally put a picture of an apple with the caption save the trees. People are just ignorant and stupid now what have we done. Because of our ignorance we polluted our environment with plastic because we taught we’re saving a random trees.

  • JoMo's Dipped in Chocolate

    I wish there was a recycling bin in every block in town. Or the garbage company would give us a free bin for plastic and cardboard.

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  • jay sin
    jay sin 11 days ago

    I worked at a box company that made boxes for Amazon

  • Speedking_A1
    Speedking_A1 11 days ago +1

    Lol I just ordered something 😂💀