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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Plastic Shipping Crates
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

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How much should I pay for Plastic Shipping Crates?

What is the average price of Plastic Shipping Crates?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Plastic Shipping Crates. 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 Plastic Shipping Crates 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 Plastic Shipping Crates 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 Plastic Shipping Crates?

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 Plastic Shipping Crates 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 plastic shipping crates has a low level of market share concentration. There are about 2,700 suppliers in the market, composed of 800 manufacturers and 1,900 wholesalers (container management service companies that rent plastic shipping crates are not included). The low level of specialization and low barriers to... 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?

Design & Durability

How do you test plastic shipping crate durability?

How do you test the shipping crate's maximum weight capacity?

What kinds of chemicals can be safely kept in the crates?

How do you ensure uniformity in your crates?

Up to what temperature can the crate withstand?

Scope of Products & Services

What other types of plastic products do you produce or sell?

What additional services do you offer?

Do you offer discounts for bundling various products and services?

What percentage of revenue do additional products and services generate? Are they a core function, or are they ancillary?


How do you win business and maintain a competitive advantage over other suppliers?

What have you done to develop your reputation among customers?

What percentage of your revenue is derived from your largest customers, and what industries do they operate in?

How do you ensure stable relationships with your suppliers compared with other companies in the market?


How many plastic shipping crates do you have readily available at any given time?

How long does it take to make or acquire additional plastic shipping crates?

What is the difference in lead time for a standardized plastic shipping crate compared with a customized shipping crate?

What is the difference in lead time for one-off purchases compared with high-volume purchases?

Customer Service

What is the average wait time to talk to a customer service representative?

What are your standard procedures in the event that a plastic shipping crate is lost or damaged?

Can you describe a recent customer issue and how it was handled?

How do you measure customer satisfaction?

What steps are you taking to improve customer service?

Input Costs

What types of arrangements do you have with your plastic suppliers?

How many different input suppliers do you have?

How do you mitigate the impact of volatile input prices?

What steps do you take to limit dependence on any one supplier?

How have falling plastic costs affected your pricing?

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?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should state their total budget for plastic shipping crates.

Buyers should provide a breakdown of their budget, stating whether additional costs such as shipping are included in the expected contract value.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should assess the durability of the plastic shipping crates to ensure they receive a long-lasting product that does not require early replacement.

Buyers should look at the vendor's history in the market and assess their experience in providing these products.

Buyers should look at the proposed cost of the order, including shipping and transport costs as well as any other fees.

Project Schedule

Buyers should provide a list of key dates that pertain to the RFP process, such as the final dates to submit questions and bids.

Buyers should state delivery dates, specifying the date of the first delivery and the frequency of deliveries if a supply contract is being signed.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

There is a moderate level of risk in the plastic shipping crate supply chain, primarily stemming from potential input cost fluctuations. Plastic shipping crate manufacturers depend on plastic and resin manufacturers for the materials needed to produce the crates. Further up in the supply chain, plastic and resin manufacturers depend... Subscribe to learn more.