Posted: July 24, 2018
In a message to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said the world needs to unite to “beat plastic pollution”. He urged consumers to stop buying one-use plastic products and “refuse what you can’t re-use”.
But while most consumers are also conscious about the benefits of purchasing products that come in recyclable packaging, many say supermarkets aren’t doing enough to help them.
Indeed, a recent survey by Greenpeace found that 72% of consumers think supermarkets could do more when it comes to tackling the problem of plastic pollution by addressing plastic packaging. This is further highlighted by the fact 84% of consumers said they find it difficult to avoid plastic packaging in their regular supermarket shop.
A Potential Incentive For Manufacturers
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Here in the UK, we all love summer until it gets unbearably hot. It’s the best chance we’ve got each year to enjoy some proper sunshine and maybe even experience some Mediterranean-esque temperatures. But as this summer gets into full swing, additional challenges are presented for companies that ship perishable goods.
For businesses, ensuring perishable items successfully withstand hot temperatures during shipping is the key to keeping their loyal customers happy every summer.
With that in mind, follow these steps to help protect your perishables during shipping in hot months:
1. Choose a shipping company with perishable experience
First and foremost, you should look to partner with a company that has experience in shipping perishable items like the ones you are sending. That’s because no matter how well you package your goods - and how much care you take to ensure they are able to withstand hot temperatures - a carrier that’s ill-equipped to handle them, o
Posted: July 17, 2018
The world is being swamped by plastic waste. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, just 14% of all plastic packaging used is recycled, and vast quantities escape into the environment. If the current trend continues, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050!
Cheap, lightweight and versatile, plastic is an innovation that has, unfortunately, become a victim of its own success.
Nevertheless, it’s impossible to deny the benefits plastic has afforded in terms of flexibility, lightweight protection and significantly extending the shelf-life of products.
One segment that has experienced impressive success is flexible plastic packaging. In fact, it’s now the fastest-growing packaging segment, with global demand in Europe expected to grow by 2% per annum. In the Americas, global demand for flexible plastic pac
Few things disappoint an excited customer more than receiving a package and opening it to find the goods they’ve ordered have been damaged during the shipping process. And while sometimes it’s genuinely not the fault of the sender, the general feeling of disappointment often comes out in the subsequent returns procedure that ensues.
To ensure incidents like this are kept to a minimum, shippers use protective packaging fillers. These seemingly simple additions to packages can actually have a direct impact on a company’s image and its bottom line.
Not to be confused with protective packaging, such as bubble wrap and foam padding, aptly named ‘fillers’ are designed to take up excess space inside a package, providing an extra measure of protection. They prevent jostling, rattling and breakage while goods are being shipped.
However, with many different packaging fillers available, how can you be sure you are using the right one for the job?
Here’s the lowdown on
Posted: July 03, 2018
The microplastic particles in the world’s oceans “now outnumber stars in our galaxy”. That was the stark, somber warning made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres during a message to mark World Environment Day on Tuesday 5 June.
According to Guterres, a staggering eight million tons of plastic waste end up in our oceans every year, and “from remote islands, to the Artic, nowhere is untouched”.
Unless something drastic is done to address the amount of harmful plastic waste that is swamping our planet, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish. At that point we may have crossed the Rubicon in terms of being able to retrieve the situation.
Since it was first celebrated back in 1974, World Environment Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns. It is poignant that Guterres chose this year to focus on the impact of plastic packaging on the world’s oceans, a reality that highlights just how dir
Posted: June 24, 2018
Summer’s just around the corner. In fact, it begins on June 21 in the UK, officially, according to the Met Office. That means warmer temperatures, longer days and holidays.
However, for businesses that ship products to customers, summer presents a unique set of challenges, and it’s not just perishable goods, like items of food, that companies need to worry about.
Here are 5 items that need special shipping/packaging considerations in the summer:
1. Perishable food items
Okay, so we couldn’t have a post about special shipping/packaging considerations in the summer and not mention perishable food items. They are the first things that come to mind when people talk about the challenges of shipping during warmer months.
Actually, the shipping of perishables presents challenges all year round for companies. The key is to choose the right packaging, refrigeration and i
It wasn’t that long ago that drones were the preserve of the military and dystopian science fiction movies. But today, drones are everywhere, impacting our daily lives on an increasingly regular and innovative basis.
Some of the reasons for this mainstream adoption in the consumer market include more competitive drone pricing, smaller sizes and more widespread availability. Whether it’s a kid using a drone as a toy or a serious photographer utilising one to capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot, drones are fast becoming household favourites.
Another area where drones are really taking off and making a significant impact is in the business of delivering packages.
It’s no secret that consumers today demand levels of service that are almost instant – seamless online ordering, immediate dispatch and same-day delivery are all things that consumers are coming to expect. Drones hold the key when it comes to delivering on consumers’ same-day delivery expectations.
Consumers today are more informed, more connected and more fastidious than they’ve ever been. It’s a reality that affords both benefits and challenges for modern businesses.
On one hand, you’ve got customers who put a lot of thought, effort and consideration into their purchases, which means they are engaged throughout the process and, as a result, more likely to complete the transaction.
On the other hand, the amount of information today’s consumers are armed with makes them a formidable force when it comes to securing the deal. They know the best prices, the most attractive retailer policies and the places with the best customer service.
The bottom line is that retailers (both online and offline) must do all they can to stand out from the crowd. We already know that price isn’t the great differentiator it used to be, so more innovative concepts are needed to help solidify sales.
One area where retailers can genuinely differentiate themselves is through t
What is E-Commerce?
Definition of E-Commerce
E-Commerce - noun - commercial transactions conducted electronically on the internet.
E-commerce Definition: E-Commerce (Also written as ecommerce, e commerce & electronic commerce) is the activity of buying or selling of any products and/or services online or over the internet. Electronic commerce draws on technologies such as mobile commerce, electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange (EDI), inventory management systems and automated data collection systems.
Mobile Commerce (M-Commerce)
Mobile Commerce; also known as M-Commerce and m commerce, was coined in 1997 by Kevin
Posted: March 20, 2018
We've already touched on exactly what e-commerce is - If you haven't read that article, check it out here - but now we're going to take a look at what "e-commerce models" are, and how they vary from business to business.
We touched on 5 different e-commerce models during our "What is E-Commerce?" post; these were:
- Business to Business E-Commerce (Also known as B2B)
- Business to Consumer E-Commerce (Also known as B2C)
- Consumer to Consumer E-Commerce (Also known as C2C)
- Consumer to Business E-Commerce (Also known as C2B)
- Business to Government E-Commerce (Also known as B2G)