Case Definition & Labeling Requirements
A case refers to a shipping container made of corrugated fiberboard, not boxboard or chipboard. Construction must be sturdy enough to facilitate multiple handlings, both by hand and with material handling equipment, such as pallet jacks, forklifts, clamp trucks, conveyors, gravity shelving, trailer movement and vibration, etc.
In general:
  • The DC preferred style is what is referred to as a Regular Slotted Container (RSC)
  • For cases weighing less than 40 lbs. the corrugated fiberboard should meet a minimum burst strength of 175 lbs.
  • For cases weighing more than 40 lbs. the corrugated fiberboard should meet a minimum burst strength of 200 lbs.
  • Cases should also meet an edge crush test (ECT) strength of 48 lbs. to facilitate stack ability.
  • Cases are preferred to be sealed by glue or with reinforced or plastic tape.
  • Inner cartons should have a minimum burst strength of 125 lbs.
  • Cases should contain a standard quantity of a single SKU; there should not be multiple SKUs within the same case.
  • Dimensions of the case will vary, but it is preferred that it fit on a standard pallet with dimensions of 48” x 40”. (Oversized merchandise will have a unique set of packaging configurations).
Questions regarding this information should be directed to:
The case should be marked with the following information:
  • Some description of the type of merchandise, including color/size to distinguish
  • Vendor Part Number (VPN) (optionally MFF SKU number)
  • Case quantity (and inner quantity/number of inners if applicable)
  • Burst strength and edge test certifications
  • Any required hazardous labeling required by government regulations
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An additional label for each VPN should also be affixed to the shipment containing:
  • Vendor name and Ship From point
  • MFF Purchase Order number
  • MFF Destination from the Purchase Order (Store number if known)
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