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Streamlining supply chains: the impact of effective shipping packaging

In the harsh economic climate of today and with the European Union introducing stringent regulations to address packaging waste, businesses are prompted to optimize warehouse space and other aspects of their supply chains. In this article, we delve into the strategic shift away from traditional cardboard boxes to more efficient and cost-effective shipping packaging solutions. Join us as we explore how this transition not only aligns with environmental concerns but, more crucially, contributes to significant increases in supply chain efficiency and allows e-commerce businesses to comply with EU packaging regulations.

Leave cardboard boxes in the past

In the bustling world of e-commerce, the humble cardboard box has long played a pivotal role in transporting goods from manufacturers to consumers. However, the use of traditional cardboard boxes comes with a significant downside – they consume a considerable amount of space, both in warehouses and during transportation.

Warehouses are often stacked with rows upon rows of these boxes, creating inefficiencies in storage and limiting the overall capacity for inventory. This spatial inefficiency translates into increased operational costs for businesses, as they are forced to invest in larger warehouse space to accommodate their growing inventory.

Traditional cardboard boxes take too much warehouse space

Switching to smaller, more fitted shipping packaging, such as padded envelopes or courier bags, presents a compelling solution to this issue. By adopting a packaging strategy that maximizes the use of available space, you can effectively reclaim valuable square footage in your company’s warehouses. This is not only a way to optimize warehouse space, but also – to minimize the need for expansive warehouse facilities, leading to significant cost savings.

But the benefits extend beyond the warehouse. When it comes to transportation, smaller and more fitted packaging reduces the overall volume of each shipment. This reduction in size allows for more packages to be loaded onto a single transport vehicle, optimizing the use of space and fuel efficiency.

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Fitted shipping packaging contributes to transport cost reduction

The ‘dimensional weight’ of the package, a pricing technique used by courier and postal services, makes shipping smaller items in boxes significantly more expensive than shipping in fitted packaging, such as courier bags.

Moreover, in a world where environmental concerns are at the forefront of discussions, this shift towards smaller packaging brings about a positive ecological impact. With more packages being transported in a single journey, the carbon footprint per item decreases, contributing to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly shipping process.

Minimizing empty space: it’s time to ditch the void fillers

Ensuring the safe transport of goods is a primary concern for e-commerce businesses across all industries. However, the conventional approach of utilizing void fillers in traditional corrugated boxes has unintended consequences for our environment. 

Most void fillers are crafted from unrecycled or unrecyclable materials like virgin plastic or cardboard sourced from unsustainable production practices. Of course, biodegradable options do exist, but their higher price point often deters companies from making the switch.

Space optimization in the warehouse? Choose shipping envelopes!

Mailers provide a snug and secure fit for your products, eliminating the need for additional void fillers or padding altogether. By making this switch, businesses can bid farewell to the wasteful void fillers and embrace a packaging solution that not only safeguards the integrity of their products but also aligns with sustainable practices.

 Void space reduction: an alternative to fillers that really works

Benefits extend beyond ecological considerations too; the financial implications are equally compelling. The elimination of void fillers not only reduces material costs but also streamlines the packing process. It translates to valuable time savings in preparing packages, allowing businesses to redirect their resources towards other goals…

Switching to smaller, fitted shipping packaging, like padded envelopes or courier bags, doesn’t just save space and money – it’s a time-saver too. When we move away from traditional boxes and opt for courier bags, workers benefit from a more straightforward packing process.

Increasing your supply chain efficiency by saving time

Unlike boxes that need to be put together and filled with extra padding, courier bags are ready to use, cutting down on the time and effort required by workers. Unlike boxes that demand a 4 or 5 step assembly, tape, and often placing void fillers, poly mailers come ready to use straight off the shelf. It’s simply insert the item, seal the mailer, and affix the shipping label – it’s that easy! The simplicity of using courier bags makes the whole packing process smoother and more streamlined.

PAC Worldwide’s 2021 research has shown that using courier bags significantly boosts efficiency. While a person can load around 50 to 70 boxes per hour, they can handle between 60 and 90 poly mailers or courier bags in the same timeframe.

Choosing packaging that doesn’t require assembling is a logistics optimization

This jump in productivity means workers are able to complete more packages or focus on other important tasks that require their expertise, contributing to a more efficient and productive work environment. The time saved in packing operations can be used for other crucial aspects of the logistics chain, making the entire process more agile and responsive to the demands of a fast-paced market. 

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Not only do envelopes and courier bags save space and money, but they also make the workday easier for those responsible for getting your company’s packages ready for shipment. All in all, doing away with boxes and void fillers in favor of smaller, fitted shipping packaging is a win-win situation for businesses, workers and the planet alike.

Get ahead of the new EU packaging regulations with a logistics optimization

A sustainability paradigm shift is underway for e-commerce, and forward-thinking businesses are already positioning themselves to navigate upcoming changes. The European Commission, recognizing the escalating issue of packaging waste, is set to enforce a number of new regulations, ranging from recycling targets to unifying eco-labelling.

With a headline target of reducing packaging waste by 15% by 2040, the new EU packaging directive emphasizes recyclability, but also minimization. One of the PPWD goals is to mandate a 40% limit on empty space in packaging. This includes areas typically filled with void fillers like partitions, kraft paper, bubble wrap, and packaging peanuts.

The implications of these regulations are clear: businesses will need to adapt their shipping & packaging strategies to align with the proposed standards. The 40% limit on empty space will apply, with some e-commerce packaging being exempt but still subject to provisions on packaging minimization.

Minimizing empty space: the smartest strategy towards the proposed EU packaging legislation

One key aspect of this transition will be the efficient utilization of space – which in the reality of transport translates to less CO2 emissions. Cardboard boxes, with their inherent wastage of unused space, will become increasingly unsustainable in the face of the new regulations. 

Fortunately, alternatives exist, and businesses can proactively address this challenge by making a strategic switch from traditional cardboard boxes to eco-friendly shipping packaging. By embracing more space-effective options such as envelopes and courier bags, businesses can not only comply with the impending EU regulations but also unlock warehouse space and reduce operational costs.

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Beyond mere regulatory compliance, this shift towards more compact packaging is part of a broader movement towards real sustainability in shipping practices. As Europe strives to meet ambitious emissions reduction targets, consumers too increasingly favor companies that exhibit social responsibility by aligning with values such as environmental commitment, among others.

Meet the growing demand for eco-friendly shipping solutions

The gravity of the ongoing environmental crisis is widely recognized by consumers, with a 2021 report from Pew Research revealing that 72% of individuals across 17 advanced economies express concerns about personal harm from climate change during their lifetimes. This heightened awareness highlights the growing acknowledgment of the imminent threats posed by climate change, leading to an escalating demand for sustainable solutions among consumers.

While it was previously thought it was the younger generations, specifically Gen Z and Millennials, who were the primary advocates for sustainability, presently, individuals across various income levels and age groups express a desire to support sustainability. Notably, it is not merely a shift in consumer attitudes; their actions are also evolving. 

A 2020 McKinsey US consumer sentiment survey highlighted the significance of environmentally friendly packaging as one of the key attributes that matter most to consumers, while in 2022 the IBV has found that over half of consumers are willing to pay a premium for sustainable packaging, indicating a tangible commitment to their values.

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A harsh economic climate calls for streamlining supply chains – and shipping packaging can help

As the cost of living crisis and inflation continue to impact countries across Europe, striking a balance between sustainability and costs has become crucial. In this challenging economic climate, both companies and consumers are reassessing their budgets.

Businesses are faced with the dilemma of incorporating eco-friendly practices while managing rising expenses. In response, choosing more space-efficient packaging emerges as a practical solution. 

Instead of investing in expensive options like biodegradable fillers, which might strain their budgets further or cause them to raise product prices, businesses can achieve sustainability goals by opting for packaging that saves space. It’s a smart strategy that helps businesses navigate financial challenges while still contributing to a more sustainable future.

Beyond regulatory compliance in packaging: embracing sustainability is a smart business move

The collective shift in consumer preferences reflects a broader societal transformation towards prioritizing sustainable practices and products. By proactively embracing more sustainable, space-effective alternatives, businesses can simultaneously comply with regulations, save on operational costs, and contribute to a more environmentally conscious and efficient future for the e-commerce industry. 

It’s not just about regulatory compliance in packaging anymore; it’s a smart move towards a more sustainable and competitive business model. Companies that understand and respond to this shift stand to gain not only in terms of consumer loyalty but also in meeting the evolving expectations of an increasingly socially conscious market.

Streamlining your supply chain with eco-friendly shipping packaging has never been easier

As we conclude our article, it’s evident that the traditional cardboard box is undergoing a reevaluation. In the dynamic world of e-commerce, where spatial efficiency is currency, those familiar boxes are revealing a significant downside – consuming excessive space in both warehouses and transit.The switch to smaller, fitted shipping packaging, like our eco-friendly bubble envelopes and courier bags, is a win-win situation for businesses and the planet alike.

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Save on time and warehouse space

Embracing packaging that optimizes available space allows businesses to bid farewell to the need for pricey and unsustainable fillers and oversized warehouses, freeing up funds for more critical endeavors.

But another facet of streamlining supply chains with this switch comes in the form of a different resource: time. Using envelopes or courier bags is easy – no need for complicated assembly or putting in extra fillers. Packing becomes smoother and faster, so the workers can get more done in the same timeframe, or dedicate their time to other pressing tasks.

Increase your supply chain efficiency with space-saving packaging techniques

This shift away from cardboard boxes only unlocks many cost-saving opportunities but it also aligns with the growing global consciousness towards eco-friendly practices in logistics and transportation. As consumers’ preferences continue to evolve, embracing innovative, eco-friendly packaging solutions becomes imperative. This is further reinforced by the aforementioned changes in the EU packaging regulations. 

The European Commission’s proposals are a clear indication of the coming paradigm shift in the shipping packaging landscape. In a tangible commitment to sustainable practices, the EU is set on proving that businesses should be able to protect their products during transit without compromising on environmental responsibility. 

As e-commerce business’ owners navigate the delicate balance between economic viability and ecological stewardship, adopting innovative solutions that promote efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability becomes paramount. 

Switching to more space-efficient shipping solutions, like bubble envelopes or courier bags, is a simple and smart change you can make right now to streamline your supply chain and get ahead of the competition.

AT FILMAR we take pride in offering a diverse range of eco-friendly products that contribute to a healthier planet but at the same time allow businesses to increase their efficiency through logistics optimization. Explore our durable Bubble envelopes, crafted from 70% recycled materials and FSC-certified paper and our 80% recycled courier bags that not only save space and money but also help reduce emissions during transportation.

Additionally, we offer 50% recycled and fully recyclable bubble film, for all the items that need that extra layer of protection. Together, these products mark our commitment to supplying e-commerce owners with sustainable and affordable shipping packaging solutions.

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