How Effective Packing Can Help with Efficient Last-mile

How Effective Packing Can Help with Efficient Last-mile

Yoni Brandsen

maandag 4 maart 2024

Those who place online orders every now and then are no stranger to the development of parcel packaging. Packages and packaging come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Whether it’s filling material, or boxes to ship suits without a wrinkle, the possibilities are endless. By all means, the industry is thriving on the growing numbers of the ecommerce industry causing rapid developments of different options for shippers.

In this blog, we jump on a journey through the evolution of parcel packaging. Uncovering its impact on last-mile delivery operations and highlighting sustainable practices driving change in the industry.

The Dynamics

From the warehouse to the cargo-bike, parcel packaging plays a crucial role in ensuring your goods arrive safely and intact. It’s worth the research to see what best fits your products. Factors such as size, weight, and durability are paramount in optimising the last-mile delivery process, minimising transit damage and maximising efficiency. 

Speaking of efficiency, shipping air is a no go! In an era where sustainability reigns supreme, optimising parcel size is key to minimising waste and maximising efficiency. As technology advances we see the rise of automated packaging machines calculating the optimal box for an order. When done on a large scale this significantly increases the efficiency of last-mile delivery.

Durability is king when it comes to parcel packaging. Think of it as the backbone that ensures your goods withstand the bumps and squeeze of transportation. Whether it's navigating busy distribution centres or braving the elements during outdoor delivery, durable packaging is essential for safeguarding your purchases from damage or breakage. No wonder cardboard boxes and plastic bags have been the way to go for a long time! And with the knowledge of now, the latter isn’t that wanted anymore.

The Plastic Dilemma

Plastic shipping bags have dominated for a long time, prized for their affordability and convenience. However, their environmental impact cannot be ignored. With millions of plastic bags ending up in oceans and landfills each year, the need for change is evident as only 9% of the world's plastic is recycled between 1950 and 2015.

Fortunately, businesses are stepping up to the challenge, exploring alternatives such as biodegradable plastics and recycled materials. 

Sustainability As a Pillar of the Industry

With a strong focus on going green, sustainable packaging will be widespread in the near future. This is a necessity as the worldwide production of plastic packaging stretches up to 144 million tonnes per year. As consumers become increasingly more eco-conscious, the demand for sustainable alternatives is driving innovation in the industry. From recyclable cardboard to compostable paper shipping bags, companies are embracing greener packaging options to reduce their carbon footprint and minimise environmental impact.

The Advantages of Cardboard

Cardboard has long been the unsung hero of parcel packaging, revered for its versatility and reliability. From corrugated boxes to cushioning inserts, cardboard offers a myriad of solutions for safely transporting goods. But what sets cardboard apart is its sustainability. Unlike plastic, which lingers in landfills for centuries, cardboard is recyclable and biodegradable, making it a greener option for eco-conscious businesses. Plus, don't underestimate its strength – cardboard's sturdy construction ensures your parcels arrive intact, even in the face of rough handling.

Paper Shipping Bags

Recently, paper shipping bags have emerged as a beacon of sustainability in the packaging industry. Made from renewable resources such as wood pulp, paper bags offer a greener alternative to their plastic counterparts. What's more, they're fully recyclable and compostable, further reducing their environmental footprint. With their lightweight yet durable construction, paper bags strike the perfect balance between eco-friendliness and functionality. No wonder we see our clients going for this option.

Circular Packaging

With circular packaging, every parcel has a story to tell, transitioning from raw material to product to packaging and back again in a seamless cycle. But achieving circularity isn't just about recycling – it's about reimagining the entire packaging process. By embracing strategies such as reusability, recyclability, and closed-loop systems, businesses can minimise waste, conserve resources, and pave the way for a more sustainable future. 

Take Woola for example. This start-up creates envelopes that are a sustainable alternative to bubble wrap mailers, with padding made of waste wool. With their success, they’re helping two brands at LVMH Group transition to zero virgin fossil-based plastic packaging. Aligning with their goals in their environmental performance roadmap. 

Not to forget about the fact that there’s a ton of possibilities when it comes to marketing attributes. Unboxing a parcel can be elevated to a special event when the actual box is printed the right way.

Impact on Last-Mile Deliveries

In essence, parcel packaging dynamics are the cornerstone of a smooth and efficient last-mile delivery process. From durability to size and weight, every aspect plays a vital role in ensuring your products reach their destination safely and securely.

We are happy to see that sustainability is stretching beyond the actual delivery itself and can not wait to see the new generation of packaging arrive at our sorting hubs. 

Reach out to our team if you want to learn more about our last-mile solutions.