Well folk, here it is. The ultimate Subscription Box shopping list. All the items, tools and little things that will make your life easier during packing, shipping and all the times in between.
It’s the shipping list I wished someone would have given to me when I first started.
Each of these items, gadgets and goodies have been field tested by Subscription Box entrepreneurs all over the world thanks to the help of the students in the Subscription Accelerator Program – My private membership community
Without further ado…
Desktop Packing Tape Dispenser
This baby has saved me hours and hours of fighting with tape. This sounds totally stupid I know, but not having a simple way of dispensing tape, getting it caught on itself, ripping the box because the stupid tape is stupid…
Yeah you get it. Tape is annoying and having a trusty tape dispenser is a MUST.
This is the one I personally use because it fits heavy duty packing tape, weighs a ton, and has room for my pens.
Dymo 4XL Labeller
This is a beast of a label printer. Basically this is s thermal printer which means it doesn’t use ink. So the only consumable you use is the labels.
Use this to print out your shipping labels in a nice neat roll and then spend the evening on the floor slapping these bad boys onto your parcels.
It is SOOO much quicker using these because it just …works.
These are the official labels for the dymo and you kinda need them. You CAN get off brand versions but it’s buyer beware.
Shipping label 4 pack
These labels are super handy if you don’t want to shill out for the Dymo. They print out 4 x of the standard shipping label size onto a single sheet of paper. I highly suggest these if you are just starting out because it gets you going in a cost effective way. Try to buy quality ones because the cheaper ones can have pretty bad adhesion to boxes (not something you think of unless you are doing hundreds of boxes at a time).
Lazer Printer – Xerox
Get one just for labels. I use the Fuji Xerox because it’s cheap to run, prints perfectly and has a wifi printing option.
Don’t bother with an inkjet, I just find them too unreliable.
DO NOT BUY CHEAP STUFF.
Seriously – you boxes need to survive transit trhough the hands of the postal system. You want your boxes to be stuck down and never come open. Get the highest rated tape you can find. Most of the cheap packing tape you can buy tends to peel up, come unstuck and then end up spilling the precious cargo out into the wild.
Don’t cheap out on this stuff.
This whiteboard has been a saving grace for my forgetfulness. The amounts of times I have arranged to do something custom for a customer however forgot by the time shipping day comes around… yeah.
I use this as my “go-to” before I ship anything out.
Needing to add a few things to a box “check”
Planning a new feature for a few months’ time “check”
Need to brainstorm ideas “check”
These things are G-O-L-D
Big Giant Black Tubs
I’ve used these tubs since I first started for two reasons:
1 x To hold all the bottles in them when I get hem made up
2 x To store all the boxes for transport when I am taking them to the post office depot
For you, these are a great way of separating all your stock into “stations” where you can simple pick the item you need as you add it to the box. Having product separation is vital to an effective “pick and pack” session so things don’t get all confused, duplicate products placed in customer boxes and just keeping things neat.
An easy way so setting up your tubs is to buy a few of these handy folding tables. This will form the “line” in your production line as you or your staff pick and pack all goods. The good thing about them is that they fold down super neat and can easily be stored at home. We have 2 x of these plus a massive table. Works a treat.