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  1. The Worst (And Best) Return Policies for UK Retailers

    The Worst (And Best) Return Policies for UK Retailers

     

    When 1 in 3 of all items bought online are returned, you want to make sure the retailer you’re buying from can be trusted. In fact, returns have become a huge challenge for eCommerce businesses, with Financial Times reporting that unwanted parcels cost retailers in the United Kingdom approximately £60 billion a year.

     

    A major reason for that huge number will be that 19% of consumers deliberately order multiple variations of a single item (such as different colours and sizes) to choose their favourite and return the rest. When 20% of retailers say that they’d increased the cost of their prod

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  2. 7 Visualisations That Show How We're Destroying Planet Earth

    7 Visualisations That Show How We're Destroying Planet Earth

    7 Visualisations That Show How We're Destroying Planet Earth

    Humans are slowly destroying the planet - and it's predicted we don't have too long to save it, according to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). From overpopulation, to over-fishing and even world deforestation - There seems to be an endless list of ways we're slowly crippling the planet.

    Below you'll find 7 visualisations showing just how drastically we're changing the planet, and if these don't make you think twice about your affects on the planet, then we're not sure what will.

    World Population

    In the last 50 years, world population has risen from 3 billion people to 7.7 billion people, with more and more people born every second - It's estimated there will be around 10 billion human beings living on Earth by 2050. This massive explosion in human population has a much bigger impact on the Earth and biodiversity than most people realise. With an

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  3. Ocean Pollution: Plastic Pollution in the Ocean [Infographic]

    Ocean Pollution: Plastic Pollution in the Ocean [Infographic]

    The oceans remains one of the most expansive, unexplored places on planet earth, covering around 70% of the planets surface. Yet despite making up the majority of our planet, more than 80% of our oceans is unmapped, unobserved and unexplored - Not only have we not yet discovered the majority of the oceans, but we're already managing to destroy it.

    The United Nations Environment Programme (Also known as 'UNEP') is urging everyone to try and eliminate the use of microplastics, as well as aiming to put an end to the excessive and wasteful use of single-use plastics, such as bottles, plastic bags and more - With up to 80% of all litter in the oceans being made up by plastic.

    It's said that as much as 51 trillion microplastic particles litter the oceans - This is around 500 times more than the stars in our own galaxy. "But just how bad is the problem exactly?" you might ask yourself, well, we decided to take a look, and the statistics are shocking.

    Check out our infographic

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  4. How To Make Your Packaging Greener

    How To Make Your Packaging Greener

    The packaging you use to ship your products says a lot about you as a company. For example, by choosing packaging that’s overkill for the purpose and results in a significant amount of waste, you could unwittingly portray a message that you are a company which doesn’t take its corporate, environmental or social responsibilities very seriously.

    Today, consumers appreciate businesses that go out of their way to take important issues, like the environment, seriously. That’s why businesses that utilise greener packaging options can actually differentiate themselves from their competition and even stand out in their respective marketplaces as a result.

    Reduce The Amount Of Packaging You Use

    First and foremost, one of the best ways to make your packaging greener is simply by using less of it. We’ve all received a huge box through the post, only to open it and find that it contains something much smaller.

    The key is to choose the right size cardboard box for the

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  5. Why The Future Of High Value Item Packaging Is Hexagon-Shaped?

    Why The Future Of High Value Item Packaging Is Hexagon-Shaped?

    When was the last time you purchased a large, new appliance and had it delivered to your home? What packaging did it come in?

    Chances are it arrived in a cardboard box with moulded polystyrene and plastic straps holding it in place.

    It’s a common packaging setup for safely shipping large, expensive items to ensure they don’t get damaged, even scratched before they’ve arrived at their new home.

    However, while cardboard boxes can be recycled and reused, the moulded polystyrene used to secure large appliances isn’t so easy. That’s because expanded polystyrene (EPS), the type often used for packaging, is considered an end product. In other words, there’s very little you can do with it except shred it into more EPS.

    Furthermore, because polystyrene is extremely lightweight for its size, and often comes in bulky pieces, it makes recycling it disproportionately costly. Unfortunately, as a result, old polystyrene often finds itself adorning the sides of roads, wate

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  6. Tips For Choosing The Right Cardboard Box For Your Product

    Tips For Choosing The Right Cardboard Box For Your Product

    While the type of cardboard box you use to package your products might seem like a trivial business consideration, it’s actually one that requires a certain degree of thought – especially if you want to delight your customers and save some money in the process.

    You see, the thing about packaging is that it actually says a great deal about you as a company. For example, use inadequate packaging and your customers may feel as though you don’t really care about them or the products they’ve purchased from you. Go overboard and you might be accused of wasting packaging and not caring about the environment. It’s a very fine line.

    So what about the good old cardboard box? Surely that’s not something you need to spend too much time worrying about? Wrong! The sheer range of cardboard boxes available today can make choosing the “right” one slightly bewildering.

    Here’s the lowdown on choosing the right cardboard box for

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  7. Packaging Considerations For eCommerce Fashion Businesses: Make Your Deliveries Pop!

    Packaging Considerations For eCommerce Fashion Businesses: Make Your Deliveries Pop!

    Manchester has always been a popular destination for fashionistas in search of the latest industry trends. But in recent years, the city has also witnessed a steady boom in the number of online fashion houses that call it home.

    Brands like Boohoo, Missguided, PrettyLittleThing and Lavish Alice have helped to firmly establish the Greater Manchester area as a thriving hub for fashion eCommerce.

    One of the reasons for Manchester’s online fashion success lies in the city’s emergence as a technology hotspot, offering eCommerce excellence outside of London. It’s a reality that is great for fashion graduates, enabling them to follow their dreams in the industry without having to necessarily live/work in the capital.

    Speaking about Greater Manchester’s invigorated online fashion industry, Tim Newns, chief executive officer of Manchester’s inward investment agency MIDAS, told Manchester Evening N

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  8. 5 Different Types Of Green Packaging

    5 Different Types Of Green Packaging

    Consumers today are more conscious about the environment than ever before. By showing that you are a company that takes proactive steps to reduce its carbon footprint and utilise sustainable packaging where possible, you could stand to differentiate yourselves from your competitors.

    Here are 5 different types of green packaging that are proactively tackling the problem of packaging waste:

    1. Refillable containers

    Nothing screams “sustainable packaging” more than refillable containers. Any container that can be used more than once can be considered reusable and it’s even better if a container can stand multiple uses during its lifetime.

    One area where refillable containers are being used in anger by consumers is for their morning coffee. Reusable coffee cups are all the rage and they are having a significant impact on the amount of packaging waste being produced in the UK.

    According to a report in the Independent, the UK throws away 2.5 billi

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  9. Paper Honeycomb Packaging: Use Cases In Industry

    Paper Honeycomb Packaging: Use Cases In Industry

    In today’s post, part two of our two-part series on paper honeycomb packaging, we’ll be showing you just some of the multitude of use cases for this amazing innovation.

    If you haven’t already read part one of this series, we highly recommend you do before continuing as it will provide you with a much more valuable overview.

    Here’s how paper honeycomb packaging, and its durable, lightweight construction is being used in various industries around the world:

    Automotive Industry

    Paper honeycomb packaging is frequently used in the automotive industry for shipping parts. Everything from engines and headlights to bumpers and filters can be shipped using paper honeycomb packaging that’s been die cut to shape. The use of returnable packaging for this application is often prohibited due to uneconomical costs involved.

    In addition to being used for the shipp

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  10. Paper Honeycomb Packaging: What Is It & The Amazing Benefits

    Paper Honeycomb Packaging: What Is It & The Amazing Benefits

    More emphasis is quite rightly being placed on producing packaging solutions that are sustainable and more environmentally friendly. But while things like single use coffee cups can be easily replaced with reusable ones, other day-to-day packaging applications aren’t quite so easily switched.

    Nevertheless, this hasn’t stopped innovative packaging manufacturers from seeking to develop solutions that can replace and surpass more traditional uses. One such example is paper honeycomb packaging and its variants.

    In this first part of our two-part series on this amazing packaging innovation, we’ll be looking at some of the benefits afforded by this revolutionary packaging material.

    What Is Paper Honeycomb Packaging?

    Paper honeycomb is a durable, lightweight and cost effective packaging solution that is custom engineered using kraft paper material. Inspired by nature, the unique panels usually feature a honeycomb core – just like the type found on the inside of a be

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