In addition to my article yesterday, about the shift to online retailing having unintended consequences, another is breaking down of boxes. In my younger days, I spent time working at a retailer, unloading trucks, cutting open boxes, stocking shelf, a bailing cardboard into bundles to be hauled away.
Breaking down boxes was a significant amount of the work. Now, that work has been passed onto the consumer. Wasn’t online retailing supposed to be about convenience?’
It was at first billed that way. When I received one box online every few months, it was unnoticeable. Cutting open and breaking down a box once every few months isn’t a problem. Now, I have box breaking down time in the week. A new chore.