2017 Dec by Mike Davis
If you're like us, you spent several years supporting ULINE for your shipping and packing materials and office supplies. Huge variety, good prices, fast delivery, what wasn't to love? Then the giant catalogs started to show up once every few weeks. Then you started hearing maybe they were kind of Republican but it was OK cause just look at all those mailing envelopes! And the first aid kits and packing tape!
Then the company president Liz Uihlein (get it? They named the company after themselves) unnecessarily published a letter jam-packed with racism, veiled racism, and varying degrees of subtle racism. Then we found out her husband, Richard Uihlein donated ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS to a group trying to help get accused pedophile and devout bigot Roy Moore elected to Senate. WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?
So now you're stuck, wondering where the hell you're going to find all the great packing, shipping, and office supplies your business depends on without having to send money to a company who is afraid of brown people and gay people, but thinks pedophiles are A-OK??? Well, here is a thorough list of great alternatives to ULINE! Please support these companies, please share this list, and please send us any other suggestions to add to it!
----------> PACKING / MAILING SUPPLIES
- wide variety of paper for printing and packaging, kraft paper, packing tape. Twin Cities based!
- eco-friendly shopping bags, custom printed bags, zip-top and paper bags
- bags for LPs, comics, baseball cards, photos, stamps + shipping supplies
- corrugated boxes, mailers, foam, tape, twine, media mailers. Recommended for record dealers!
CEDAR BOX COMPANY
- custom cardboard boxes and wooden shipping crates, wooden pallets, and more. Twin Cities based!
- poly bags for food & gifts, envelopes, decorative boxes, shipping boxes
CORNELL-ROBBINS PAPER AND BOX COMPANY
- corrugated boxes, mailers, mailing tubes, styrofoam, tape
ECOENCLOSE (we love this place and order from them often!)
- biodegradable / sustainable packaging, custom size mailing boxes
- custom shopping bags, sustainable packaging
- kraft paper, bubble wrap, packing tape, poly bags, paper mailers
LCH PAPER TUBE
- sturdy, custom cardboard tubes - great for shipping posters! Minnesota-based!
THE PACKAGING GROUP
- industrial packing supplies, cardboard boxes, tape, plastic sheeting, edge protectors
- corrugated boxes, chipboard, custodial supplies, mailers, bubble wrap, stretch tape
- eco-friendly / custom printed packaging for food, gifts, store display
PRIME PACKAGING CORP
- custom sized cardboard boxes, shipping labels, tape, mailers
- office supplies, ink and toner, Office Max alternative
- food and beverage packaging, industrial fabrication
RUSSELL LABEL & PACKAGING CO
- bags for shopping, food, merchandise, boxes, pricing labels. Twin Cities based!
SUNSHINE CANDLE & SOAP
- small cardboard display boxes
TRINITY PACKAGING SUPPLY
- corrugated boxes, packing tape, packing film, wooden pallets, void fill
- corrugated boxes, packing and shipping supplies, glassine, carts, poly bags
VAN OWNERS PURCHASING BUREAU
- packing, shipping, moving materials, Long Island-based company
- sturdy cardboard mailing tubes, great for posters.
----------> INDUSTRIAL / HARDWARE
- custodial supplies, hardware, plumbing, storage and shelving
GRAINGER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY
- tools, hardware, safety supplies, electrical, custodial supplies, shelving
1-800 GRAINGER (472-4643)
- hardware, electrical, lighting, storage, shipping
----------> ARCHIVAL SUPPLIES
- archival binders, boxes
- archival folders, document preservation, exhibit display, storage, shelving
- archival boxes, archival pages, photo display and handling supplies
- order fulfillment
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- Bullshit. Uline makes the best boxes. If I had to worry about the political affiliation of every company I made a purchase from, I imagine I could come up with something I did not like about them. I want a box, thats all. Go take a chill pill, or smoke a pipe.
- WOW!! Thanks so much for the heads-up! I haven’t bought anything from them but was looking at their site just recently….
- Wow, that letter is gross. And poorly designed. I didn’t know Uline was so awful. Thanks for spreading the word and listing these other suppliers.
- Another excellent company is Archival Methods (866-877-7050), for archival storage and presentation products. www.archivalmethods.com email@example.com
- Excellent list, thank you! I’ve been trying to avoid ULINE for the last few years but hearing they supported Roy Moore is the final straw. I love Clear Bags (GREAT customer service and super fast if you’re on the west coast) and would also add Mailers USA to this list, they saved my bacon this holiday season.
- Thank you so much for this enormous list of suppliers! Would you be able to recommend any european-based eco-friendly packaging company? Thank you!
- Andrew – there are some great articles online about debunking the myth of “black on black crime” which her Chicago bullshit refers to. Republicans and neo Nazis love to bring this up as a way to make it look like African Americans do nothing but destroy their own communities while everyone else is a bunch of perfect angels. Building the wall is 100% racism. It’s white people trying to keep immigrants out of our country. The marijuana thing is not much more than trying to put African American men in prison for minor offenses. While on the surface, she’s not yelling racist slurs, it’s easy to read between the lines to see what she’s really getting at here. And it’s awful.
- Decided about a week ago to make our shop Uline-free as possible from now on and was about to start the task of compiling this. Shouts out. Will share a ton.
- Can you point out the racism in the letter you linked? I am not saying it isn’t, I just can’t seem to see any racism (politics aside). Thanks!
- Shippers Supply. Located in the Twin Cities. They carry boxes, mailers, bubble wrap, stretch wrap, safety supplies, etc. www.shippers-supply.com 952.929.2664
- Thank you for compiling this list and bringing to light what Uline stands for. I am going to cancel my account with them and explain exactly why.
- BMK Solutions Everything from paper and post-its and soda and sweets and anything in between. Local (twin-cities) women-owned, next day delivery www.redcheetah.com 952-746-3195
- Please add ClearBags (clearbags.com) to your list! They are awesome. I have been using them since the 1990s, and they’ve consistently maintained great customer service and products.