There Is No Way Around Reusable Packaging

Retailers, the food service industry, the packaging industry, consumers, politicians, and the judiciary: the issue of reusable packaging is currently occupying many sectors and authorities. In some cases, the road to less waste is still long. But progress is being made.

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Reusable For the Retail Trade

Reusable concepts in food retailing are on the rise. Sustainability in shopping is important to consumers and retailers. The HDE has published a special guide on this topic. The IFCO Group is one of the major reusable suppliers for fresh food -– but there are more packaging solutions that offer an alternative to single-use systems.

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Green Industrial Packaging

The University of St. Gallen has presented a comprehensive study on sustainable industrial packaging. Companies such as Bosch, Tchibo, Swiss Post and the packaging specialist Smurfit Kappa were involved.

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Robotics For Fast Fashion Shipping

DHL Supply Chain, the business unit of Deutsche Post DHL Group specializing in contract logistics, has put its largest fully automated warehouse with robotic picking into operation for its customer Peek & Cloppenburg Düsseldorf at the logistics center in Staufenberg, Lower Saxony.

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Deposit Machine Accepts Packaging

Reusable containers for beverages have long been the norm. Now, packaging for coffee or cocoa, for example, should also be able to end up in the deposit machines. This is made possible by stainless steel containers from the Frankfurt-based start-up company Circolution, which are compatible with existing deposit machines in supermarkets. The resulting new returnable system can be extended to all food segments and sales channels, explain companies such as Nestlé, which are participating in it.

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A Reward for Returning the Box

If the start-up “wir.kiste.kreis” has its way, shipping packages will no longer end up in the waste paper container in the future, but at a take-back point. The new system should be sustainable and economical for retailers and still offer a reward for customers.

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Packaging Shortcomings Dampen E-Commerce Appetite

DS Smith, a leading provider of sustainable, fiber-based packaging, reveals in a new representative survey that more than half of the people in Germany intend to spend more time at home due to the rising cost of living. These stays are to be embellished with “comfort purchases.” Four out of ten say they will spend their money on small luxuries instead of going out.

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