The Group’s consolidated sales rose slightly from EUR 1,142.2 million to EUR 1,150.3 million. Both divisions contributed to this rise. At EUR 102.1 million, operating profit was EUR 8.7 million or 7.9 % below the value for the first half of the previous year (EUR 110.8 million). Thus, the Group's operating margin was at 8.9 %, following 9.7 % in the first six months of 2016. Financial income of EUR 1.3 million (1st half of 2016: EUR 1.6 million) was offset by financial expenses of EUR -2.9 million (1st half of 2016: EUR -3.2 million). Owing to the deconsolidation of the Tunisian packaging companies, a one-off expenditure of EUR 2.3 million was incurred due to the accumulated foreign currency translation, which is reported under “Other financial result – net”. Click Read More below for additional detail.
Sutherland Packaging, a producer of corrugated point-of-purchase (POP) displays and packaging for retail locations and club stores, has introduced a program that aims to make e-commerce shippers more vibrant and “brand-worthy” while keeping down costs.
Its new E-COMplete™ e-commerce printing program enables customers to create corrugated shippers that are direct extensions of their brands, transforming bland containers into valuable customer engagement tools.
To date, Sutherland’s enhanced e-commerce shippers have been used by retailers sending boxes of food, health and beauty aids, and clothing to consumers on a regularly scheduled basis. But the shippers are applicable to online pharmacy orders as well.
One of Sutherland’s customers is New York-based Elysium Health, a maker of cognitive health, skin, and cellular products/supplements, that sells products via its website, available either through individual purchases or via monthly deliveries.
Elysium says it is creating “a new category in the health industry by translating advances in science and technology into effective, scientifically sound health products.”
Until recently, says Sutherland, “many brands have relied on e-commerce packaging that was unremarkable in appearance and not adequately representative of their brick-and-mortar brand expressions. However, many are waking up to the importance of their brands permeating the entirety of their sales efforts—including e-commerce. Online-only retailers are discovering the benefits of extending branding far beyond their websites, identifying their packages for what they are: their first actual touchpoint with customers.”
Sutherland Packaging’s E-COMplete™ program incorporates lithographic printing that avoids the need to mount a lithographic label over corrugated substrates. The company also features digital production as well as customized hybrid solutions such as combining direct-to-corrugated with litho printing or conventional printing methods with digital.