Fulfilment and mailing
As a result of the pandemic, e-commerce increased by 46 per cent in 2020 generating rising demand for efficient fulfilment of orders. As the number of home deliveries increases, packaging constitutes a greater proportion of household waste putting pressure on recycling services.
Packaging considerations include how well items will be protected as part of the final mile as well how it can be adapted for returns. The box-opening experience can affect brand perceptions, so it is important that the packaging reflects your values post-purchase. But nothing will drive customers away like unnecessary over-use of packaging especially if this is perceived to have a damaging effect on the environment.
Cardboard fittings are becoming more and more sophisticated like these hexagon-shaped cardboard containers based on the shapes found in sushi that can deliver crease-free clothing items. If you opt to use cardboard alternatives, always check that sources can supply the appropriate environmental accreditations.. Alternative packing materials include wood wool or vermiculite, a naturally occurring mineral that is lightweight, non-toxic, and sterile.
Mailing packs are available in many different variations and need to be chosen carefully to select the right gauge that will provide protection for the goods inside. Made from low density polyethylene (LDPE) or high density polyethylene (HDPE), the amount of recycled content varies and can be improved using co-extruded materials that add strength through multiple layers.
Don’t forget to review how your packages are sealed as any tape used will also be covered by the plastic tax. Gummed paper also known as water-activated tape contains no plastic, is 100% recyclable and doesn’t need to be removed from the box before recycling.