The value of the humble cardboard box is on the rise, with demand for deliveries and online shopping not slowing down as the coronavirus pandemic nears an end.
Materials needed to make cardboard boxes, called corrugate, cannot be produced quickly enough, and facilities like Welch Packaging in Elkart, Indiana are feeling the impact of triple the work and not enough supplies.
“We’re operating three shifts, full time,” Welch Packing Vice President Andy Reith told FOX Business’ Jeff Flock. “And we run about eight million square feet every day.”
In 2020 alone, the industry produced more than 407 billion square feet of corrugated material due to heightened demand – enough to completely cover the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.
Reith explained that the bottleneck holding back