4 Ways Packaging Optimization Can Improve Business Processes!

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If there is any stage that can affect the supply chain process, it is the packaging and packaging optimization.

Shipping companies and fulfillment centers package products to guarantee protection and ensure the end-user receives them in good condition. However, if suitable packaging materials are not used, the items might get destroyed. So when goods get destroyed, there are high chances of customer complaints, which can cost a company’s reputation.

While you might not have control over what happens during transportation and delivery, optimizing your packaging solution is the only way to reduce such issues.

Here are factors worth your consideration about this critical supply chain management element.

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Sustainable Packaging is Here to Stay!

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Do you know what all big brands have in common? Eco-friendly packaging and sustainable packaging! Well-known brands all over the globe have made slight modifications to their packaging to cater to conscious and educated consumer needs.

This change will help shape the future of retail, help companies retain and grow their customer base with the rise in awareness of environmental issues.

Let’s have a closer look at why sustainable packaging is beneficial. 

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4 Ways to Run a More Sustainable Business!

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A business owner has many responsibilities. They have to make sure profits are made while also ensuring that their employees are paid, taxes are filed, and so on. However, there is one aspect that has grown significantly in terms of importance and visibility in recent years: running a more sustainable business

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What are Microplastics and Why Should You Take Notice?

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Plastics are in the news a lot lately. From the elimination of single use plastics to curtailing plastics pollution society seems to be taking plastics management seriously. But what about microplastics?

Taking care of the larger plastics issue is truly important. But if we don’t also manage the creation and disposal of microplastics we are only solving a part of the problem.

What exactly are microplastics and why should we care?

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The Toilet Paper Supply Chain!

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Our recent trips to Costco and Walmart, in mid March 2020, had one thing in particular in common. Both stores were sold out of toilet paper, with no knowledge as to when more was coming in to the store.

A few weeks ago, in mid February 2020, when the panic was starting to set in with respect to the Coronavirus we saw some people buying a lot of toilet paper. At the time we bought more packages than we should have, just in case, not realizing there was going to be a full blown run on toilet paper.

This seems to be the story everywhere, even on Amazon. Every store is sold out of toilet paper. Why is it sold out? It’s such a common product that’s merely made out of paper. Does it all come from China, where their factories are shut down? Is that the problem?

In light of the current situation we thought it was time to learn more about the Toilet Paper Supply Chain.

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Sustainable Packaging! (Infographic)

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Sustainable packaging is the type of packaging that reduces its environmental footprint over time. In simple words, sustainable packaging is entirely for the businesses to reflect these values for the sake of the environment as well as for their brand.

Eco-friendly packaging not only saves the environment but also increases the loyalty of your brand amongst the eco-conscious consumers.

A1 Quality presents the detailed infographic on everything you need to know about green packaging or sustainable packaging.

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McDonald’s Supply Chain Challenge: Switching from Frozen to Fresh Burgers!

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Back in early 2018, McDonald’s – a pioneer in cold chain distribution – announced that it was testing out using fresh patties instead of frozen in burgers at 300 of its U.S. locations.

Which doesn’t sound like a huge deal, but for one of the world’s largest Supply Chains – one that’s been using frozen burgers in its stores for decades – it represented an interesting test case in how companies can use supply chain strength to pivot as the market changes.

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Reverse Logistics and the Power of Your 3PL!

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For many companies, reverse logistics has become an integral part of their business plan, offering them the ability to maximize the efficiency of their operations.

Generally, reverse logistics is defined as “the process of moving goods from their typical final destination for the purpose of capturing value, or proper disposal. Remanufacturing and refurbishing activities are also may be included in the definition of reverse logistics.”

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4 Ways to Reduce Energy Grid Reliance!

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The purpose of an energy grid is to provide more efficient electricity transmission, delivering power to residential, commercial, and industrial properties nationwide.

An energy grid consists of complex electrical systems that generate energy from various sources to quickly restore power after energy disturbances. Moreover, an energy grid can reduce utility operations, management costs, and consumer electricity bills. 

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With Covid-19 Supply Chain Professionals Are More Important Than Ever!

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A few weeks ago, we wrote about the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on Supply Chains – specifically, how the emerging crisis in China had placed new pressures on companies importing finished goods and raw materials from overseas.

In that post, we wrote: “an epidemic striking at the heart of global manufacturing is a stone thrown into the ocean of the global economy, and the ripple effects are sure to be felt downstream. In the west, they may just be starting.”

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The Recycling Benefits of Mono-Material Flexible Packaging!

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Mono-material can be described as a product only made from one resin type. Packaging using this option is rapidly gaining popularity when compared to multi-material packaging.

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How to Safely Handle Chemicals!

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Every time I am asked about how to handle and transport chemicals I answer that it is all about being well-informed.

Indeed, there are various elements that one has to know when it comes to the storage and handling of chemical products.

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The Nature Positive Supply Chain!

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There is a lot of information floating around in the media about the environment, climate change, sustainability, pollution, nature preservation and more. It cannot be understated how important these topics are to our present and to our future.

But a phrase that recently caught my attention from the World Economic Forum (WEF) was the “Nature Positive Economy”. That sounded like phrasing that would capture the interest of environmentalists and business people alike.

What did they mean by a “Nature Positive Economy”? And given that nothing can happen without a leading and supportive Supply Chain, by extension what is a “Nature Positive Supply Chain”?

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Food Waste and World Hunger – The Food Supply Chain is Broken!

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There are many different Supply Chains in the World covering every industry, every business or institution and every aspect of our lives.  But the single most important Supply Chain is the Food Supply Chain!  Our very survival depends on there even being a Food Supply Chain.

But there are two very opposite, yet unacceptable, problems in this Supply Chain.  On one hand there is a horrendously large amount of Food Waste.  Yet on the other hand an enormous portion of humanity suffers from Hunger!  The Food Supply Chain, the most important Supply Chain in the World, is BROKEN!

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How Australia is Dealing with Packaging and Waste!

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Many businesses are taking active steps to manage waste, including in their choice of protective packaging and packaging supplies. They are alert to the challenges of sustainability and to the demands of the circular economy (reusing and recycling waste products), as well as to customers’ interests in eco-friendly packaging. How is Australia dealing with packaging and waste?

The government has developed initiatives to help business in their endeavours with ongoing research and guidance.

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