When we first heard of Dorm in a Box, we were hoping it would be one of those cool, design-y cubes that unfurled into a Maxwell-Smart-type living pen; instead it's just a collection of objects every student needs to live in a dorm.
Closer inspection revealed that the Dorm-In-A-Box team, "founded by a small group of outdoor enthusiasts with wide ranging senior level consumer products disciplines...a strong environmental ethos, and labor-friendly point of view" took a careful look at inefficient product-to-market cycles and has come up with a better way to get products into people's hands (see chart below). Dorm-bound college students are the perfect test-run for this "best practices"-based method of product distribution, as they all need the same basic staples, rather like an army unit.
We design comprehensive, high quality, bundled Residence Hall Essentials and ship them via shipping container directly to your University on behalf of your freshmen class. These residence hall kits are then unloaded by Dorm-In-A-Box and placed in every freshman room while saving students 65% or MORE as a result of our efficient process.
...For only $349 students receive over $1200 worth of residence hall essentials. With real savings of $843 per student, even low-income students will have equal access to residence hall basics, offering a much needed boost to those who would otherwise begin their college experience at a deficit.
Check out their different packages and learn more about the organization here.