Some of you may have heard in the media recently of the cardboard shortage the industry is facing. With the increase of online shopping due to store closures, retailers need packaging, particularly cardboard packaging to ship goods to customers.
Just to provide you with an insight into our industry and what RAJA have experienced; during the lead up to Christmas, we had to revise our delivery time to up 72 hours instead of next day. These new level of sales have never been experienced. From March 2020 just after the first lockdown was announced, sales across our product range were at a new high, increasing more so with the lead up to Christmas (consumers were shopping online for gifts, and retailers needing supplies to send their products). Now in 2021 although sales have decreased, we still find ourselves experiencing incredible numbers – with shops still closed and people not able to travel – goods are being shipped meaning packaging is required. We are servicing the increased demand from our existing customers, and also, welcoming an incredible rate of new customers.
At the beginning of 2020 we were close to moving into our brand new and bigger warehouse, completing the move in July 2020. You could say we were very lucky, to not only successfully relocate during a pandemic, but also had the opportunity to stock up across our product range, enabling us to service customers through Christmas 2020, and now hopefully continuing throughout 2021.
Packaging is a necessity, and this trend will not be slowing down any time soon.