World’s Second Largest Internet Retailer Rolls Out New Packaging
FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 27, 2012--
Staples, Inc. (Nasdaq: SPLS), the world’s largest office products
company and second largest internet retailer, announced today the launch
of new packaging technology nationwide that customizes delivery box
sizes to each order. Staples “Smart-size” packaging, developed by
Packsize International, brings more convenience to customers in every
delivery order and improves supply chain sustainability and efficiency:
Customer convenience: With delivery boxes custom fit to each
order, customers don’t need to break down oversized boxes and
excessive air “pillows.”
Sustainability: Smart-size packaging reduces air pillow
use by 60 percent and the average cardboard box size by 20 percent.
This results in an estimated annual carbon footprint reduction of
30,200 tons, equivalent to about 120,000 trees.
Operational efficiency: Customized box sizes allow more
shipments to fit on each line haul and more orders in each delivery
truck. In addition, just-in-time packaging with Smart-size reduces
costs and warehouse space from storing delivery boxes.
“At Staples, our supply chain team works tirelessly to help ensure a
great customer experience with each and every delivery order,” said Don
Ralph, senior vice president of supply chain and logistics at Staples.
“Smart-size packaging is an important example of our commitment to
supply chain excellence and sustainability throughout our operations.
We’re already hearing positive feedback from satisfied customers across
our delivery business.”
“Packsize is thrilled that Staples has adopted our lean packaging
system,” said Hanko Kiessner, chief executive officer of Packsize. “This
is an inflection point for mainstream adoption of Packsize packaging
technology that reduces box inventory, eliminates inefficient use of
warehouse space, and minimizes wasted space and dunnage material within
the shipped product box.”
Staples has implemented Smart-size packaging in several facilities in
its nationwide network of delivery fulfillment centers, and will
continue the roll-out through 2013.
About Packsize International LLC
Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Salt Lake City, Packsize
International LLC is the world’s leading provider of lean packaging
systems for businesses with complex corrugated packaging needs.
Recognized by Inc. 5000 and listed by Forbes as one of America’s
Most Promising Companies, Packsize delivers an alternative to the
existing corrugated supply chain with On Demand Packaging®. For more
information, visit www.packsize.com/press.
Staples is the world’s largest office products company and second
largest internet retailer. The company provides products, services and
expertise in office supplies, copy & print, technology, facilities and
breakroom, and furniture. Staples invented the office superstore concept
in 1986 and now has annual sales of $25 billion, ranking second in the
world in eCommerce sales. With 88,000 associates worldwide, Staples
operates in 26 countries throughout North and South America, Europe,
Asia and Australia, making it easy for businesses of all sizes, and
consumers. The company is headquartered outside Boston. More information
about Staples (Nasdaq: SPLS) is available at www.staples.com/media.
Source: Staples, Inc.
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