The Retailer Spring_09.05_FA

The optimum box – engineered to the right specifications, right sized and filled – can transform the environmental impact of products and reduce supply chain costs.

The direct benefits of packaging optimisation include savings in international freight which average between 8% and 15% and improvement in pallet and rack utilisation between 6% and 20%. In addition, product damage and garment creasing are reduced, and improved product consistency is achieved across stores. Importantly, retailers improve their environmental impact by reducing paper and corrugate usage, miles travelled and carbon footprint. IMPROVE DENSITY AND SUSTAINABILITY IN 4 STEPS Step 1: Set up clear and accessible packaging standards Design and size the optimum box, set up clear packaging specifications and quality standards. Step 2: Train and educate at supplier and factory level Provide technical and packaging engineering support to assist vendors interpreting standards. Step 3: Manage compliance at pre-shipment stage gate Ensure that products do not move forward until pre-shipment compliance protocol is complete and packaging has been optimised according to requirements. Step 4: Roll out an IT solution to optimise data capture and visibility Centralise data under a platform where packaging standards and validation rules are maintained, and suppliers can request carton dimensions approval as needed. Optimised packaging standards and enhanced governance can unlock the value hidden behind boxes and lead retailers to a more sustainable supply chain, reducing the overall environmental impact of their products.


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