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Welcome to the Future of Crates

March 6th, 2014
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Wooden crates have been around since the early 1900’s and have improved only slightly during that time. Wooden crates are typically constructed of plywood and either nailed, screwed, or clamped together. They are notoriously difficult to construct, heavy and expensive, but serve a useful purpose for protecting valuable large items when shipping via motor freight or ocean freight.

Finally, an improvement on the wooden crate has been made and it’s light, easy to assemble and includes an endless array of design capabilities! EcoBox is proud to introduce our customers to Kubox. Kuboxes are comprised of 3ply heavy duty corrugated panels and specially engineered angle boards that can withstand 10,000 pounds of distributed loading. Nylon reinforced plastic hubs join the angle boards to the panels. The corrugated panels are light yet strong and custom printing can be applied to the panels to enhance a customer’s brand (see image below). The Kubox you see below will assemble in less than one minute with no tools required. Kuboxes typically weigh 40 per cent less than wooden pallets, which can translate into lower freight costs. For more information or a quote on a custom Kubox please contact us at 210-957-8833.

Kubox Shipping Box

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EcoBox Gives Back During the Holiday Season

December 31st, 2013
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The Holidays are a special time where family and friends can get together and share laughter, gifts and best wishes for the New Year. While many are fortunate enough to buy and share gifts for the holiday season – others are not. This is why EcoBox decided to help Toys for Tots, a toy drive for children, in a vital way.

Each year for Winter Celebration, a Toys for Tots drive is put on for participating local schools as a friendly competition for a good cause. Due to the government shut down this year, there was a delay in getting those boxes. Bryan Franklin, Manager of EcoBox, along with his team, were happy to donate 100 boxes to ensure a successful toy drive.

We’d love to hear about how you may have helped another in need this holiday season. Feel free to comment or connect with us on social media. Wishing you a happy New Year and prosperous 2014.

The EcoBox Team

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Let it Snow… Packing Peanuts?

December 13th, 2013
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The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Texas A&M had a great idea when they decided to use packing peanuts from EcoBox for their annual Pajama Party this year.

The party served a philanthropic purpose, with admission requiring a contribution to a toy drive for underprivileged children in the Bryan/College Station area. A Christmas themed set was built around a pit that was then filled with 28 bags of packing peanuts to mimic snow. Alpha Epsilon is one of the biggest fraternities at Texas A&M and the largest North American social fraternity. Check out the pictures below!

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What Happens When McDonalds Accepts Bitcoins?

November 26th, 2013
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The day when McDonalds accepts Bitcoins may be closer than you think.  The path to gaining wide acceptance for this new digital currency will be paved first with smaller merchants accepting bitcoins. Take for example EcoBox located in San Antonio, TX.  EcoBox sells new and used moving boxes through six retail stores located in Austin and College Station, TX.  Why would a distributor of boxes be accepting bitcoins?

“We’re always looking for ways to streamline the purchasing of boxes and feel that Bitcoins in the long run will make customer and vendor transactions more efficient”, explains Dale Malone, Managing Partner of EcoBox. EcoBox has vendors outside of the U.S. and current payment methods can take several days to clear and costs up to 3% in fees. “Bitcoin transactions make funds available in a few minutes and there are little to no costs to transfer Bitcoins,” explains Malone.

Bitcoins were introduced in 2008 and have quickly gained acceptance for 3 main reasons:

1)    Ease of transferring Bitcoins (no intermediary fees)

2)    Fixed supply of currency (no devaluation by central governments)

3)    International acceptance (freely move multi-currencies worldwide)

So what is a Bitcoin? Bitcoins are not a physical currency that you can hold and touch but instead a virtual currency that is passed from one computer to another.  A customer creates a “virtual wallet” on a computer which will hold the Bitcoins.  The Bitcoins can then be transferred from his/her wallet to any other person in the world almost instantaneously and with no fees!

Who created Bitcoins? This is where the Bitcoin story has all the trappings of a hit Hollywood movie.  Bitcoins were anonymously created in 2008 by a person or group of people who go by the pseudo name Satoshi Nakamoto.  No one knows who Satoshi Nakamoto is and that has created unwarranted fear and doubt about the validity of Bitcoins.  However, when you dive deeper into the framework setup by Satoshi you discover that he, the creator, is no longer relevant to the development and distribution of Bitcoins.

Who’s in charge of Bitcoins? I know you’re asking “Who’s in charge of this currency?  Where’s the central bank?”  No one’s in charge and there is no central bank.  The beauty of the currency is that its existence lives on a peer-to-peer network of computers around the world.  No one computer or individual controls the currency.  The distribution or money supply is governed by math and the equations originally designed by Satoshi Nakamoto.  This is one of the biggest reasons the currency is gaining in value.  No country or central bank can devalue the currency by printing or creating more.

How secure are bitcoins? Arguments are being made that Bitcoins are much more secure than credit card transactions or other forms of payment.  For example, when you go to a restaurant and give the waiter your credit card you are creating a huge security risk.  Your card visibly contains all the information for the waiter, busboy, chef or anyone else who comes in contact with the card to use it for illegal purposes.  Bitcoins are much more secure as the unique “key” is only known to you.   When you “send” Bitcoins to a merchant, the merchant doesn’t know your unique “key”.  The merchant simply receives the payment.

Currently, Bitcoins are experiencing volatile price swings but as time passes and Bitcoins are widely adopted the price is predicted to eventually stabilize. The worldwide number of Bitcoin transactions per day has grown tremendously in the past year (see graph below). However, compared with other payment forms (i.e. Visa, Mastercard) the current level is very small.

 Bitcoin, Ecobox

Bitcoin is still in its infancy with a market cap of $10 Billion (see chart below).  As the currency matures to a toddler, some investors predict the market cap to reach $400 Billion.

Bitcoin, Ecobox

So let’s come back to the question of when McDonalds will be accepting bitcoins.  Each day we read about a new business, like EcoBox, accepting Bitcoins.  There is a Subway franchisee in Allentown, PA who has gained a lot of attention for pioneering the acceptance of Bitcoins.  What happens when the executives at Subway decide that all 38,000 worldwide franchisees will now be accepting bitcoins?  You can bet that McDonalds will quickly answer the challenge and start accepting the new digital currency as well.  When this day arrives, Bitcoins will be as ubiquitous as the US dollar, Euro, or Renimbi and will be as easy to use as simply pointing your cellphone at the merchants point of sale.

Whether Bitcoin exceeds those expectation or not, the currency shows much promise in changing the way money is exchanged on a global scale as well as a local scale.

 

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Turning Cardboard into Caring

October 7th, 2013
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EcoBox, a local provider of moving boxes and shipping supplies, presented the first annual donation check to SAMMinstries in the amount of $1016. “We thank all of our customers who donated their used boxes enabling EcoBox to match the donation dollar for dollar”, explains Dale Malone, EcoBox Managing Partner.

SAMMinistries is an interfaith ministry whose mission is to help the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless attain self-sufficiency by offering, with dignity and compassion, shelter, housing, and services. SAMMinistries also provides volunteers opportunities to be renewed and fulfilled as they serve.

EcoBox buys back used moving boxes after homeowners have completed a move. Homeowners can sell their used moving boxes back to EcoBox or instead of payment, they can elect to donate their proceeds to SAMMinistries. EcoBox will match the donation dollar for dollar.

2013 EcoBox Donation Check to SAMMinistries
From Left to Right: Dale Malone-Managing Partner EcoBox, Navarra Williams CEO & President SAMMinistries

 

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Moving Boxes for Flat Screen TV’s

June 4th, 2013
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Are you looking for a box to move your 75″ flat screen TV?  Well, we have a box for that!

Regardless of the size of your TV, at Eco Box, we have a box and the right packaging to ensure your TV is moved and shipped safely and securely.

Since 2009, EcoBox’s patented UBlox foam block, along with our line of TV boxes, has provided hundreds of thousands of customers an easy and cost effective way to pack and ship their TVs.   

From a 23″ desktop monitor to a home theater 75″ TV, EcoBox has everything you need to pack, ship and move your valuable TV.  With larger TV’s becoming more affordable and in demand, EcoBox is proud to introduce our newest 65″-75″ TV box, the largest TV box in the packaging industry!  It is now available at EcoBox.com and store locations in San Antonio and Austin, TX.

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One of the Best Compliments We’ve Been Given

May 16th, 2013
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In today’s fast paced world, traditional customer service is hard to come by. Call us old fashion, but we believe wholeheartedly the key to success for any business is customer service. At EcoBox, we follow through on this belief by providing our customers the best customer service experience while delivering the lowest cost packaging solution possible.

It is an absolute privilege to serve our customers and to be part of our customer’s growth in San Antonio, Austin and Bryan since we first opened our doors in 1994. We are so honored to be featured by one of those special customers, Spruce Upholstery on their recent blog post. We have been serving Spruce Upholstery in Austin for more than 5 years, witnessing their tremendous growth. It is because of Spruce Upholstery that we exist and we are deeply appreciative of your continued support!

If you didn’t catch the blog post, you can check it out here:
https://www.spruceaustin.com/2013/03/local-business-snapshot-ecobox/

With EcoBox being fairly new in Bryan, College Station and San Antonio, we hope our prospective customers will give us a chance to earn their business and see how “old fashioned” we are when it comes to caring about our customers. To learn more about EcoBox and how we can help you, contact us today!

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Make Handling Moving Boxes Easier For You

May 10th, 2013
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Do you ever wish every box had hand holes for easy lifting? Well, the wait is over, you can cut your own handles with our newest Box-Buddy box handle cutter!  

Box-Buddy™ is an innovative, lightweight and low-cost tool that safely and easily cuts handles in the side of cardboard boxes, eliminating the awkward handling and carrying of heavy loads that could result in lower back pain and injuries.

No other cutter offers such a simple way of cutting “C” shaped holes on opposite sides of any typical style corrugated box.

• Safe and easy to use for cutting handles into cardboard boxes
• Lightweight tool
• Consists of a retractable cutting blade & guide base
• Stores easily and safely

Box-Buddy is now available at EcoBox.com and store locations in San Antonio and Austin, TX.

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We Have a Box for That! All about EcoBox’s Custom Boxes

January 22nd, 2013
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Did you know that a year’s worth of moving and shipping boxes used in the United States amount to a total of 21,318,000 cut trees? Did you know that 113,267,000 cubic feet of land will be filled with these used boxes? As a response, EcoBox sells custom boxes so you aren’t using extra boxes or too-large boxes with wasted space when you ship. Each size can be customized to be single wall, double wall, or die cut – and these boxes fit your items perfectly, only using the amount of cardboard necessary to ship your item safely. Read the rest of this entry »

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Where Can I Buy Boxes for My Move?

January 8th, 2013
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Whether one is moving out of a childhood home or moving into a new house, moving boxes, from small ones to big ones are always the first thing you look for to prepare for your move. Unlike ordinary boxes, moving and shipping boxes are specific for holding fragile items since they are made of double walls, compartments, and safety pouches. They are also customized to hold the weight of the material they are made for.

EcoBox has a variety of moving boxes with different shapes, sizes, and designs. EcoBox is also dedicated to providing recycled boxes to our customers. Here are some other great reasons why EcoBox is a great place to find boxes for your move: Read the rest of this entry »

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