DHL rethinks packaging

DHL has released a report looking at sustainable packaging in the logistics industry called ‘Rethinking Packaging’. It looks at how new packaging innovations should help greener and more efficient logistics operations, looking at industry trends that are accelerating change.

The international delivery company surveyed its customers and found that in 90% of companies, packaging will play an important role in the next 3-5 years.

There is significant customer demand for more sustainable shipping, and this is driving new packaging technology development to minimise waste, use sustainable materials and to improve recovery systems. It is the logistics industry’s tole to reduce the cost, inconvenience and environmental impact of packaging.

Matthias Heutger, SVP, global head of innovation and commercial development, DHL, said, “The trend report and our customer survey illustrate just how important easy, recyclable and robust packaging is to an overall positive customer experience. The acceleration of changing needs of companies, consumers, and the wider environment however increase costs and reduce effectiveness. We believe that the adoption of new packaging optimization tools, materials and handling technologies will significantly boost efficiency and productivity. That in turn, will drive changes in the operation of supply chains and logistics processes.”

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