Nestable containers

Nestable containers are boxes that can be stacked on top of each other without any problems during transport or storage. Moreover, these containers can simply be stacked into each other when empty during return transport, thus saving up to 70% of the original volume. This makes nestable containers a very stable alternative to foldable or collapsible containers.

Nestable containers

Nestable containers are one of the simplest possibilites to reduce the volume of stackable plastic boxes for their return transport. When filled, the boxes can be transported in stacks. For the return transport they are nested, that means slid into each other. This either happens by using lids or stacking braces, or for the nest & stack container version by simply turning the box. This reduces the overall dimensions of the containers, and considerably more empty containers fit onto a truck.


The benefits of nestable containers at one glance:

  • The solid design of the side walls without hinges or joints makes nestable boxes warp-resistant
  • The volume reduction of up to 70% makes them efficient participants in logistic multi-trip cycles

Nestable containers or stack & nest containers?

All nestable containers are united by their special form which makes it possible to stack the boxes into each other and thus save a lot of space. Simple nestable containers can be stacked by closing them with a matching lid. This makes them keep their stability and they can be arranged into small towers on top of each other.


The stack & nest containers form their own category. They only differ in the way they are stacked on top of each other. While simple nestable containers need a lid, the stack & nest containers can do without one. Instead they fit onto the box below by turning the container and thus are securely fixed in place.

Difference: collapsible containers

While nestable containers cannot save quite as much of their volume when empty as collapsible boxes, they still have a great advantage: thanks to their stable side walls they are warp-resistant. Thus, they cannot make a stack instable by buckling. This might be possible for collapsible boxes, depending on the weight they are exposed to.


Thus, foldable containers are suitable for light-weight goods, for example in the food trade. If you want to transport or store bigger weights, it is recommendable to use nest & stack containers or simple nestable containers.

Nestable boxes

Note: available in many sizes and heights.