What is Smart Packaging?
The design of a package is vitally important for the entire supply chain. The design secures the goods during the distribution process and keeps costs low.
Savvy businesses optimize how goods and products are enclosed and protected while they are transported. The process of protection and security of a package begins with how we secure the goods using straps and protections, and how everything is safely loaded on the mode of transportation. The results of optimizing your package are cost savings, a lower carbon footprint and greater efficiency.
Packaging optimization means designing containers that use the least amount of materials for the least amount of money. This may include reducing weight and aspect ratios to allow more units per pallet, or adding lighter recyclable packaging materials to a shipment.
One cutting edge development is smart packaging. Smart packaging systems use active packaging sensors for real time tracking and intelligent designs to distribute packaged goods and ensure the freshness of food, medicine and other perishable items. This is particularly important for high value goods as well, like electronics and expensive parts.
Smart packaging is also effective in finding missing items and reducing the risk of theft.
With smart packaging and wireless technology, items are fully traceable, allowing customers to track, trace or even detect products that did not originate with their manufacturers, that were redirected during transportation, or were reintroduced to the supply chain after theft.
An example of smart packaging is called active packaging, which monitors package contents for changes in moisture or temperature, and then releases protective substances or absorbs harmful substances to maintain product quality.
Smart packaging is on the cutting edge of how to ship valuable contents. For your most sensitive cargo, it represents the advantage you need.
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