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Confidently Ship Your Frozen Goods with an Insulated Container


With companies shipping more and more perishable food and drink products—thanks in part to subscription-based snack boxes, meal kit delivery services, and food-centric eCommerce startups—we’ve gotten more and more interest in insulated containers and other cold chain solutions as of late. These handy, food-grade shipping containers are insulated so that they help keep food and beverages fresh, even during long shipping journeys. Continue reading

Insulated Containers for Fish Farming

When it comes to farming fish, the one thing that fish farmers simply can’t do without is a safe, reliable way to transport live fish as well as support various fish farming activities. Insulated containers are the perfect solution for both raising your fish as well as shipping live fish. These containers are lightweight, durable and cost effective. These containers are made from industrial grade heavy duty plastic which allows them to be used over and over again for many years without worry of leaking, warping or cracking.
Insulated ContainerContainer Exchanger offers new and used insulated containers for sale for fish farmers who are looking for quality insulated containers to raise and transport fish in. They work with one of the largest networks of companies that offer both new and used insulated containers for sale in order to be able to offer you the best prices on these flexible storage and shipping solutions. By buying your insulated containers from Container Exchanger, you can save money on your insulated containers and improve your bottom line significantly. With suppliers located throughout North America including Mexico, Canada and the United States, there are insulated containers available in many different shapes, sizes and colors which can not only help you grow and transport your fish, but can also help you organize your fish farm for more efficient operations.
So, if you are a fish farmer who is in need of quality insulated containers or are looking for a cost effective way to address your shipping and operational needs, look no further than Container Exchanger. They have the perfect solution for your needs. For more information regarding the insulated containers offered by Container Exchanger or to inquire about how insulated containers can help you save money and improve the operation of your fish farm click here.

Applications of Insulated Shipping Containers for Sale

You probably have seen insulated shipping containers for sale but have not yet comprehended what they are or what they are used for. These are large boxes that are used to handle and ship heavy and voluminous goods. The containers are available in different types, each type being specially designed for a particular purpose. Nowadays, these containers are in high demand for both home and industrial use and for different purposes. The following are some of its uses.
Insulated shipping containers are mostly used as cargo storage containers for transporting Insulated Containerlarge volume goods. They can be used for both local and international transport of merchandise. Different types of containers can be used for this purpose depending on the nature of the goods being transported. For instance, steel storage containers are used to transport unstable materials and chemicals.
Food preservation
Insulated shipping containers can also be used to preserve food items for later use. At homes, these containers can be used to house seasonal crops after they have been processed. In addition to this, these containers may also be used to store water, especially in rural areas where water supply is inconsistent.
Storage containers can also be used when moving to relocate home appliances and goods from one place to another. You can rent different sized containers for this purpose from the container rentals.
Stockroom extension
Sometimes, you may notice that your apartment or house is not big enough for all your belongings. When this happens, the best thing to do is to look for insulated shipping containers for sale or rent. These containers will allow you to store your goods safely and close to you.
As for the expense, you can choose to acquire a used container rather than a new one so as to save money. In case you would want to hire a container, always shop around for a reputable container rental firm that can guarantee the safety of your goods.

One Small Change Creating a Huge Impact on Packaging Waste

Global Packaging by the Numbers
The waste produced by shipping containers on a global level is predicted to increase in the coming years. The amount of harm done to the Earth is extensive when you combine the waste produced by expendable packages with the amount of greenhouse gas emissions released for the creation and transport of these packages. It is becoming increasingly important for companies to consider feasible, reusable options when it comes to packaging materials. Packaging should be reused whenever possible to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills. Additionally, sturdy alternatives to cardboard and wood such as plastic totes or metal pallets should be adopted to reduce waste and increase the life cycle of packaging material. These types of items can withstand many more uses than items made of more traditional materials. Ultimately, recycling and reusing packaging containers will reduce the amount of time and money expended on traditional, single-use materials.
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Discover the Difference Made with Bulk Size Insulated Containers

Large bulk size insulated containers constructed from food grade plastics and materials are ideal for storing, shipping and displaying fish and other food items that must be kept cold. Bulk can help restaurants, shipping companies and food markets store their food at safe temperatures for a wide variety of industry applications.
Restaurants are required to keep fish and other perishable foods at safe temperatures that prevent the growth of dangerous bacteria. While walk-in freezers and other industry refrigeration methods can be used for cold storage, insulated bulk food grade containers can help keep food at the ideal temperature even when food is out on the counter during preparation. Insulated containers are ideal for sushi preparation or any other restaurant situation where raw foods must be kept at a low temperature right up to the moment they are served.
Shipping companies utilize food grade containers when transporting highly perishable foods such as fresh seafood and dairy products. Insulated containers are perfect for dry ice storage, and can help keep foods cold even when outside temperatures soar. Shipping companies are often required to store and move perishable goods in various and sometimes unpredictable environments and food grade containers allow them to exercise more control over their storage situations.
In markets that sell fresh meat, seafood and other perishable items, insulated containers allow them to display their products in an appealing way, keeping the food at a safe low temperature while allowing customers to shop in the comfortable warmth of a heated market. Storage containers the keep displayed food cold help shop owners arrange food for more appealing displays, while preventing the growth of harmful bacteria that thrive in warmer temperatures. Insulated containers can even help preserve food in outdoor and open air markets where temperatures and conditions can change unexpectedly.

Used Bulk Containers

Container Exchanger specializes in used metal and plastic bulk containers. We sell and distribute bulk bins throughout the nation. We supply collapsible bulk containers and rigid bulk containers to large and small companies throughout North America. Our bulk containers can take many different forms. We generally handle three types of bulk storage bins. Each type is made of a different material. We have inventories on Plastic bulk containers, Metal bulk containers, and Cardboard bulk containers.

Collapsible Bulk Containers
Plastic Bulk Containers
Rigid Bulk Containers
Rigid Plastic Containers

Metal Tubs
Metal Tubs

Metal Bulk Containers
Wire Baskets

Cardboard Bulk Containers

Cardboard bulk Containers

(Gaylord Boxes)


Plastic Bulk Containers

The plastic version of bulk containers are usually collapsible. Here at Container Exchanger, we call them “Pallet Containers”. You can browse through our selection of used plastic bulk containers in our Pallet Containers section. They are made from a rigid structural foam material that is extremely strong and durable. This style of bulk container is well suited for many manufacturing applications, such as part storage or part transport. The weight capacity on bulk plastic containers varies, but generally, the capacity ranges from 1,500 lbs to 2,500 lbs.
Bulk containers also have several size options and feature options. The sizes can be any of the following footprints:

  • 3230: 30″x32″ Bulk Containers, available in 18″, 25″, 30″, 34″, and 39″ heights
  • 4048: 40″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 16″, 25″, 30″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 4548: 45″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 25″, 29″, 33″, 34″, 39″, 42″, 48″, and 50″ heights
  • 5648: 56″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, and 42″ heights
  • 6448: 64″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 42″, and 50″ heights
  • 7048: 70″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 19″, 25″, 34″, 41″, and 50″ heights
  • 7848: 78″x48″ Bulk Containers, available in 25″ and 34″ heights
  • Fixed Wall: Plastic bulk containers in varying sizes that are not collapsible

The other primary options with plastic bulk storage bins is the color and the number of drop doors, or access panels. Drop doors provide a way to access product that may be in the bottom of the bin without an operator leaning over the sidewall of the container. This ergonomic feature is present on virtually all containers. The only time you don’t want drop doors is if you are storing loose, bulk materials in the bins and the product is creating excessive sidewall pressure.
Some containers are more common than other containers. Follow this link to see a full list of our used bulk containers. We may have different or more containers available, so don’t hesitate to contact us with specific requests! From a compatibility standpoint, many of these containers from different manufacturers are actually stack compatible with each other. That is, Ropak, Xytec, and Buckhorns usually stack together, assuming that they are of the same footprint size.

Metal Bulk Containers

The metal version of the bulk container can be collapsible, but most often, they are rigid. We have a very nice inventory of metal bulk containers throughout the nation, but most of the containers tend to be located in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and Ontario. Metal bins are a nice and heavy duty way to handle parts within a manufacturing environment.
Metal bulk containers that are collapsible tend to be lighter duty than the rigid metal storage bins. bulk bins tend to be weight rated between 1,500 and 4,000 lbs. The bulk metal bins are a nice option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant.
Wire bulk containers are another version of the metal bulk container. These bins are made from wire mesh, as opposed to steel tubing and steel sheeting, as is often the solid metal containers. Wire bulk containers often have less carrying capacity, as they are a lighter-duty and made from light-duty materials, such as 1/4″ or 3/8″ wire mesh. These bins do, however almost always lighter in weight and they are collapsible, which makes them much more economical from a shipping standpoint.
We can find just about any bin. Follow this link to see a nice representation of our used metal bulk bins or our used wire baskets. This list is not always complete, please contact us with any specific request that you may have!

Cardboard Bulk Containers

Cardboard bulk containers are generally referred to as Gaylord Boxes. Most bulk cardboard boxes come from plastic injection molders, where the boxes once held raw plastic resins. Other boxes can come from storing food products, such as watermelons or lettuce. Clearly, due to the different uses for large cardboard boxes, there are many different styles, thicknesses, and weight capacities. No matter what your requirements are, purchasing used gaylord boxes can be challenging. There is often more demand than supply, and significant quantities are going to be the minimum purchase amounts.
These bulk containers are not necessarily bulk in a traditional sense, especially when they are compared to the metal and plastic bulks. However, they could be considered bulk in that they are folded down flat for transport. Some businesses use these boxes over and over again, but the useful life of a cardboard bulk container is probably about 5 uses.
Sizes of bulk cardboard boxes can vary significantly, but many boxes are sized for either 40″x48″ pallets or 45″x45″ pallets. Thickness of the boxes can range from 2 layers of cardboard all the way up to 5 layers of cardboard. The number of wall layers is a pretty good indication of the overall strength of the box, where the more layers of cardboard indicate a stronger box. However, this is not always the case, as some bulk cardboard boxes have thicker individual layers than other boxes. Some boxes are rated for a particular capacity, so it is often recommended that you inquire about this feature before purchasing a box.
Here are some things to think about before purchasing a load of used gaylord boxes:

  • How much will the product within the gaylord weigh when it is fully loaded?
  • What size of pallets do you use primarily?
  • Are you planning on stacking the gaylords?
  • Is the product in the gaylord static or dynamic (dynamic loads require stronger sidewalls)?
  • Do you need full bottoms for the boxes?
  • Do you need top flaps for the boxes?
  • Do you need lids for the boxes?

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Reducing Landfill Waste with Returnable Packaging

In today’s increasingly globalized and fiercely competitive world, the ultimate goal of businesses in all sectors is to maximize profits while reducing expenses in manufacturing and shipping their products. However, in recent years, an increasing number of enterprises in the United States have become aware of their corporate responsibilities in acting as models for environmental protection and energy conservation. They have recognized and are now actively promoting the benefits of using returnable packaging.
Returnable packaging, utilizing materials such as metal, high-quality woods and plastic, can be reused repeatedly. These durable materials enable returnable packaging to last many years, so that it is not uncommon for one returnable container to replace up to 50 expendable packages. By avoiding the use of expendable packaging, businesses are able to save a considerable amount of money on purchasing new packages and disposing of old ones.
In the United States, most expendable packages, such as corrugated boxes, paper and disposable wooden pallets, end up in the landfills. According to statistics provided by the Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia-based non-profit environmental organization, almost one third of the waste generated in this country is packaging. Although American businesses use approximately 21 million tons of paper each year, only one-tenth of all solid waste in the nation gets recycled.
Worse, according to WorldChanging, American businesses send hundreds of millions of wooden pallets into landfills each year, spending approximately one billion dollars in the process. If reports by this Seattle-based non-profit media organization are accurate, then about 40 percent of all hardwood harvested in the United States is for pallets, about two-thirds of which are used only once before disposal. Up to 25 percent of all wood in landfills is from used pallets.
Much of this waste of paper and wood can be avoided if returnable packaging is used. Because a package reused is one less package that will end up in the landfills, the general cost, time and manpower required for packaging material disposal can be greatly reduced. Using high-quality wooden returnable packaging further reduces impact on the environment, as it is highly sustainable. Businesses are able to reap the benefits of promoting their policies to protect and preserve the environment.
Finally, although initial costs for switching to returnable packaging can be significant, the savings businesses are able to generate over time is more than sufficient to justify the expenses. Industry experts such as Container Exchanger have proved that pay-off time for investments on returnable packaging is generally less than one year. This means that companies large and small can easily rationalize their capital expense and receive a relatively short return-on-investment.
Enterprises of all sectors and sizes are urged to use returnable packaging, not only to reduce their operational costs and create savings in time and labor, but also to act as industry leaders in protecting the environment. Professional dealers such as Container Exchanger can help businesses analyze their manufacturing and shipping processes and select the kind of returnable packaging that best suits their needs.
If you’re ready to start reducing landfill waste by putting resuable packaging to work in your business, contact Container Exchanger, the only marketplace you’ll need for recycling and repurposing containers, baskets, bins, totes, and pallets.