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October 11, 2022

The warehousing industry is full of terms and jargon that are hardly used outside of the industry. If you were to approach someone on the street, odds are an individual wouldn’t know what “Gaylord boxes” are unless they work or have worked in warehousing. 

Gaylord Boxes are large boxes for storage about the size of a standard GMA pallet. This box type was built with many uses in mind and has become a staple in the industry. 

Why Is It Called a Gaylord Box?

The answer is about what you would expect. The Gaylord box name comes from the San-Fransico-based company “Gaylord Container,” which was created in the late 1980s. They produced a variety of cardboard boxes that are most commonly used among businesses and farmers to ship different types of produce easily. 

Apparel, book, & industrial companies also find it beneficial to use these boxes to organize, stow, and ship their products due to the many benefits that these boxes offer. 

Gaylord Container is no longer in business today, but they made enough of an impact where the name just stuck. 

What Are The Different Types of Gaylord Boxes?

Gaylord boxes are customizable to your needs. They are found in various wall thicknesses. For example, you can purchase them with a single, double, or triple wall, depending on the weight capacity.

You will see businesses use three main types of Gaylord boxes regularly. Each has its own benefits, but all store various products. 

  1. Original Rectangular Gaylord Box - There are two types of original Gaylord boxes. They are the D-container and the E-container with different capacities. 

  1. D-Container - The D-container is a large corrugated box with various dimensions. Due to the different sizes available, the weight capacity will change. So be sure to double-check before placing an order to make sure it fits within your weight limits.  

Typically ordered in bulk, these are easily shipped & stored flat, which significantly reduces shipping and storage costs compared to other means available. These boxes usually come in 4 pieces and are disassembled, but assembly is incredibly easy and no staples or glue is needed to put them together.  

  1. E-Container Box - Much like the D-Container, the E-container is also a sizeable corrugated box commonly used in the logistical aspect of warehousing. 

These boxes are a popular option for many companies. This box type is typically used as a storage, moving, and shipping box because it is durable, efficient, and convenient.  

  1. Octagonal Box - The Octagonal box container is similar to the rectangular Gaylord, but the main difference is that it has eight sides. The extra sides spread out the weight among eight walls instead of just four. This feature provides excellent stability to place more loads on top and within the box.

These boxes are commonly used to carry heavier fresh produce. For example, watermelons are typically stored in these boxes. 

  1. HPT Series Tote - Most likely the heaviest duty type of Gaylord box on this list. HPT stands for “high-performance tote.” It is a trademarked item from Toteco Package that allows for a more significant increase in storage density by providing a sturdier box that can handle greater loads. 

These totes can easily be stacked to increase the storage density of whatever item you store because of their heavy-duty nature.

What Are The Uses & Benefits of Gaylord Boxes?

Eco-Friendly - The boxes are made from a unique blend of paper pulp material which is mainly made from various types of timber. The boxes are completely recyclable and biodegradable. 

Durable - Many Gaylord boxes can hold up to and sometimes exceed 1200lbs capacity due to the solid construction. In addition, you can easily reuse it. 

Customizable - Sometimes unique shapes and designs are needed for select companies to perform at their peak. Corrugated boxes are easily customizable to fit your needs, whatever they may be. 

Increased organization - Due to their customizable nature, you can easily increase the organization of your warehouse, business, or store. Gaylord boxes provide an incredible solution to help group products for easy access. 

Cost-effective - Gaylord boxes are slightly reusable and made with cost-effective materials. In addition, their massive size makes it easier to ship large amounts of inventory in only a few shipments, significantly reducing shipping costs. 

Easily stackable - Many varieties of Gaylord boxes come with lids. Lids are a great way to add extra rigidity to the boxes, allowing you to increase their stackability at a cost effective price. 


Gaylord boxes are an incredibly cost-efficient and valuable item in any warehousing operation. Both large and small businesses benefit from these simple items to keep things organized and costs low. 

These boxes are beyond a one-time use item and can be used over and over again. Once their life span has come to an end, they are completely recyclable.  

If you would like to get a custom quote on a set of Gaylord boxes, feel free to reach out and a specialist at Hoj Innovations can get you a quote as quickly as possible.

Jeremy Barth
Jeremy Barth

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