It costs approximately $3.63 to transport a cubic foot of shipping space from a typical bag factory to a local retail store “everywhere” in America. Since shipping cube is directly related to costs, the typical importer or freight manager usually attempts to reduce the shipping cube to as small a cube as possible because a typical factory ships bags to a port where they are loaded into a vessel for transport overseas, unloaded in a USA port, transported by truck in pallet loads onward to individual stores.
The longer the supply chain and the more distant the retail store, the more it costs for transportation and handling. The larger the bag, usually filled with stuffing paper or other inert filler, the higher the cost to transport and to handle.
Since consumers buy handbags by the billions, large, avoidable sums are expended by the handbag luggage industry. Most of the shipping cost is due to the bulky stuffing paper now used to give the bags a full, commercially acceptable, in-store, consumer eye-catching appearance.
The best retail appearance is currently described as “fully stuffed. Variations which require less stuffing paper are “half-stuffed,” “mid-stuffed,” or “partially stuffed,” which offers a less salable, unflattering, rough appearance.
Barclay Brown offers a much better approach. Auto-Expanders minimize the costly shipping-cube, usually by more than 50%, by permitting the bags to be folded over small and neat, several to a carton now used to ship one paper-stuffed bag. The compact spring causes the bags to open automatically upon unpacking to their ultimate display appearance.