Box Cycle takes a simple, environmentally conscious business concept, and makes it a success by offering a buy and sell service for recycled boxes to consumers.
Packing to move, arguably one of the world's biggest annoyances (unless you like that kind of thing), made worse only by the epic journey that is required to seek suitable boxes to house your valuables on the big day.
We've all been there, crossing our fingers that retail and grocery stores alike have just received and unpacked a big delivery while hoping that the large, suitable boxes haven't already been scooped up by others in a similar predicament. And even when you do get lucky and come across some that may get the job done, you risk putting your cherished items in a container with a funky smell (likely from the dumpster behind the store) or a potentially unstable bottom.
Sure, you could purchase brand new boxes and other packing supplies, but you might have to be prepared to give up your first born to pay the hefty fee. So, instead, why not use a service like Box Cycle. Not only are you doing your part for the Green movement, you also can be sure what you're getting is quality.
Believe it or not, Box Cycle does require certain quality box standards from its sellers. Recycled boxes must not smell (well, actually the site says "do no smell", but we'll put aside the fact that they could use the services of a good proofreader), they can't have residue from food or any other substances, they can't have been wet in the past or present, they must have all of their original components, they can't be deformed, they must be as strong as the day the were manufactured (or comparably so) and they must come broken down. While these are only the minimum standards, even once you've made your order to the seller, you are not required to take any boxes that do not pass your inspection.
Instead of anxiously searching dumpsters or soliciting stores for large boxes for moving, such as those that once contained diapers (in my experience, these are quite wonderful!), or those that meet the requirements of the parcel you need to ship, Box Cycle categorizes its boxes by size and purpose. Type categories include Moving Boxes, Wardrobe Boxes, Shipping Boxes and more, and even include a handy description so you know which boxes are appropriate for your needs.
All prices are pre-determined by Box Cycle based on their categories, so all sellers can be competitive without having to enter into stalemates of prices increases or reductions and consumers can shop by requirements rather than price. There is a minimum of $2 per order, but sellers may set a higher quota.
The site is easy to navigate from both a buyer and seller perspective. If you are familiar with EBay (who isn't!), you will find that this is a breeze. With box listings, there are maps to show you exactly where the inventory is available for pickup as well as the hours that the seller is open for business.
While Box Cycle's overhead costs would naturally be quite low, since inventory rests with the sellers, they have taken a risk in making their business plan tangible because their revenue is commission based only.
Currently their recycled box distribution network is functioning within the United States only, and shipping is not available; leaving expansion opportunities or an open market that has yet to be captured.
Box Cycle proves that when a simple, fundamental need can be fulfilled in a convenient manner by the establishment of a business, there is a profit to be had!