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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Crating & Containerization Services
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Crating & Containerization Services?

What is the average price of Crating & Containerization Services?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Crating & Containerization Services. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Crating & Containerization Services been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Crating & Containerization Services yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Crating & Containerization Services?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Crating & Containerization Services with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

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Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

The market for containerization services is fragmented, and the four largest companies have a combined market share of less than 25.0%. About 1,380 containerization companies operate in the United States, and most have little market share. The fragmented nature of the market is due to its low barriers to entry.... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Optimizing Product-Specific Packing

How often do you package products with similar specs to mine?

How have you tracked your success with these products?

How does the cost of my product-specific package compare with the average for similar products?

How does your containerization service ease handling and storage and, thereby, minimize my shipping or warehousing costs?

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?


What insurance do you offer with your containerization service?

What is covered in the event of breakage during packing or shipment?

In the event of product damage, does the time of damage (e.g. during containerization or during shipping) matter to my claim?

In the event of damage, how am I compensated for costs beyond repairing or replacing the broken product (e.g. lost business, reshipping, administrative work)?

Materials & Options

What are the advantages of the protective covering and type of padding that your crates or containers use?

What thicknesses of plywood are used in your crates?

What options do you offer to make a crate or container lighter weight without sacrificing protection?

What add-ons do you offer that your competitors do not that will improve the safety of my shipment?

How have your input materials advanced to keep pace with recent improvements in foams, plastics and metals?

Supplying Materials

Can I procure the shipping supplies and container materials and pay only for services associated with container assembly and packing?

Can I warehouse your materials to aid you in making bulk purchases now (because prices for materials will continue rising)?

How will warehousing your materials affect my pricing for containerization?

Can I have your packing materials shipped directly to my facility to reduce the price of onsite containerization?

Developing In-House Containerization

What are the barriers preventing my firm from performing containerization?

Can I provide a member of my staff to help you work in exchange for your assistance with training them to containerize goods?

If I develop the ability to perform in-house containerization, are you still available for consulting work?

If so, how much will you charge for consulting service?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should explicitly state the amount of the contract award.

Buyers should explain whether they expect to pay for services after each shipment or at some other point during the life of the contract.

Buyers can consult the Benchmark Price section of this report to determine how much they should pay for each contract.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate the experience of the team that will be packing the goods.

Buyers should make sure the provider offers appropriate types of crating and containerization materials.

Buyers should evaluate providers based on the estimated costs of the crating and containerization services they are offering.

For a detailed list of key selection criteria, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers need to include the date when proposals are due and when award information will be made available.

Buyers should provide the timelines for their packing needs.

Buyers should also include any other benchmark dates relevant to the project that suppliers will need to be aware of.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

The level of supply chain risk for crating and containerization services is medium. Although some direct and indirect suppliers to market firms have low risk levels, the effects of these suppliers are outweighed by those of medium-risk suppliers that pose a greater threat to the supply chain, such as truck... Subscribe to learn more.