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 • 876

  • 99guspuppet
    99guspuppet 2 days ago

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

  • STONEDay
    STONEDay 11 days ago

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

  • Steve Pettersen
    Steve Pettersen 11 days 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!

  • Mile Pavlovic
    Mile Pavlovic 13 days ago

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

  • Dominik Placek
    Dominik Placek 13 days ago +1

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

  • emm_gee12
    emm_gee12 13 days ago

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

  • Steed_Digital
    Steed_Digital 14 days 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.

  • Chelsea Althouse
    Chelsea Althouse 15 days 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.

  • Badri Narayanan
    Badri Narayanan 18 days ago +1

    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

  • KJR Channel
    KJR Channel 19 days ago +5

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

  • Zombie Killa
    Zombie Killa 19 days ago

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

  • Orc Computers
    Orc Computers 20 days ago

    do these idiots relies were paper comes from?

  • Debkanchan Samadder
    Debkanchan Samadder 20 days ago

    4:48 nice

  • Gary Yu
    Gary Yu 21 day ago

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

  • fractal
    fractal 24 days ago

    hemp boxes

  • Andrew Nuttall
    Andrew Nuttall 25 days ago

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

  • Peppermint
    Peppermint 27 days ago

    The background music is disrupting

  • Durahl
    Durahl 27 days ago

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

  • Николай Помещенко

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

  • Jermaine Harris
    Jermaine Harris Month ago

    They aren't even worrying about the environment

  • sean bouker
    sean bouker Month ago +2

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

  • GravySauce171
    GravySauce171 Month ago

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

  • Jeeto
    Jeeto Month ago +1

    12:21 she's wearing a Starbucks apron?

  • spiralgoddess
    spiralgoddess Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Todd Kelly
    Todd Kelly Month ago

    How is it possible that this video totally ignored hemp?

  • Amit Kumar
    Amit Kumar Month 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 Month ago

      Tell be about it! Hate those plastic mailers!

  • Novaximus
    Novaximus Month 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 Month ago +1

    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 Month 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 Month ago

    I am a cat and I approve.

  • JPD
    JPD Month ago

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

  • Paweł Furman
    Paweł Furman Month ago

    Where's Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Inc.?

  • ArthursHD
    ArthursHD Month 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 Month ago


  • Ash S
    Ash S Month ago +2

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

  • holdmybeer
    holdmybeer Month ago

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

  • Kenneth James
    Kenneth James Month ago

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

  • S Douglas
    S Douglas Month ago

    Non-recyclable packaging is wrong.

  • Endel SMA
    Endel SMA Month 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 Month ago +1

    how is plastic better for the environment than paper?

  • jctoad
    jctoad Month ago

    International Paper is a big box store 😜

  • Nanu Arora
    Nanu Arora Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Gabbie McGuire
    Gabbie McGuire Month ago +4

    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 Month 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 Month ago

    I want the minion cardboard box!

  • DarkShadowsX5
    DarkShadowsX5 Month 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 Month ago +5

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

  • Yankee Inventions
    Yankee Inventions Month ago

    Turn off the stupid irrelevant music. It’s annoying

  • Gags GAGS
    Gags GAGS Month ago

    banning straws will cure the issue. lmao

  • Sunset Cliff
    Sunset Cliff Month ago

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

  • Joe Sterling
    Joe Sterling Month 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.

  • Maverick Versus Everything

    On. Fire. Thank you for helping to boost us - means a lot. --Daddio

  • 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 Month 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 Month ago +1

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

  • Rolfy Paulino
    Rolfy Paulino Month ago

    no plastic

  • john STEPP
    john STEPP Month ago

    Dunder Mifflin

  • King MartinXVI
    King MartinXVI Month ago

    Can we ever have a big business like amamzon?

  • K.D.P. Ross
    K.D.P. Ross Month ago

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

  • Ellenor Bovay
    Ellenor Bovay Month 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 Month ago

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

  • Sid Bhowmick
    Sid Bhowmick Month ago

    He pronounced Amazon as emazone in the beginning

  • Sfiso
    Sfiso Month ago

    Wow Amazon! 27,
    7 billion on shipping.

  • Frankthetank21
    Frankthetank21 Month 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 Month 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 Month 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 Month ago


  • Victor M.
    Victor M. Month ago

    Using Amazon Prime is being accomplice of modern slavery.

  • Relio
    Relio Month ago

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

  • BirdsAreFly
    BirdsAreFly Month ago

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