Carton right-sizing is the practice of using a container that will minimize empty space while still offering adequate protection and is critical to optimizing supply chain savings. Choosing the right protective carton for shipped products involves multiple considerations including protection, warehousing, sustainability and DIM weight optimization. This guide to right-sizing a box to its contents will help your business not only save money, but also ensure your products arrive intact and on time to your customers. The more space in a package, the more likely contents will shift during transit, increasing the incidence rate of breakage and other damage. More space also equals more fill which adds cost and time to the fulfillment process. In order to adequately protect products being shipped to reduce return/replacement rates, it’s important to use the smallest box available for its contents. Training is key to this piece of the supply chain as it requires not only selecting the right container but also packing it correctly to ensure minimal movement. click Read More below for additional detail
UPM Raflatac will be showcasing its sustainable labeling solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2019 in Brussels from September 24-27. UPM Raflatac’s innovative solutions can help printers and brand owners reach beyond their sustainability goals by offering solutions to reduce, recycle and renew.
The company’s thinner and lighter film materials reduce the use of raw materials. The UPM Raflatac PP Lite range combines a lighter face material, a lower coat-weight adhesive and a lighter backing which makes them incredibly lightweight and optimizes the use of raw materials and resources. Ultrathin UPM Raflatac Vanish™ PCR labels are another good example, featuring 90 percent recycled content face and liners.
The company optimizes the recycling process of plastic packages by ensuring that labels can be easily removed. UPM Raflatac wash-off adhesive is an excellent way to enable the recyclability of PET containers. Turning waste into a resource is a key concept in the circular economy and an important part of UPM Raflatac’s approach to sustainability. The RafCycle® by UPM Raflatac recycling programme supports this by offering a new life for label waste.
In addition, UPM Raflatac helps to reduce the use of fossil raw materials by offering renewable options, such as certified materials and other bio-based alternatives. UPM Raflatac’s revolutionary new Forest Film™ is the industry’s first wood-based polypropylene film material. Another innovative labeling material that will be showcased at the exhibition is UPM Raflatac Fossil-Free Adhesive – a renewable multipurpose solution, which together with other responsibly sourced label materials like the forest positive UPM Raflatac RAFNXT+, forms a comprehensive solution making each layer of labeling even more sustainable.