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Why packaging needs to be up for the task.
As a Freight Forwarder we handle the movement of goods on behalf and for account of our clients. The cargo has to be picked up from point A at the right time, at the required place and delivered to point B in the same condition that it was picked up from. Fast experts arrange and coordinates all operations and formalities that come with the movement of the goods by land, air and sea.
At Fast Lines we always advise our customers to pack their goods appropriately.

Take the example of import coils from China to Port of Antwerp. They must be sufficiently protected. The cargo travels on a truck from the factory inland China to a warehouse in Changshu port, it is handled several times and will be transported by sea!
To get an idea of the importance of seaworthy packaging this video of a coaster sailing at 9 Beaufort says more than words:

Our customer needs to be sure that the export packaging is up for the task since the coils must arrive in perfect condition. So we will advise him to check with his buyer if the export packaging is up for the job and to provide him with graphical examples whenever possible. Improper packing can cause damage to the coils, to material (like ships and cranes) and to people handling the steel.

From 4th-8th September 2017 is the Zero Waste Week.
It is an annual awareness campaign for reducing landfill.
So when I saw an article with following subtitle “Why no packaging is the best packaging” I was triggered.

Please read here the full style article as told to Michelle Bach
Why no packaging is the best packaging
Product design student Anne Gross has created an idea for a sustainable packaging solution that could potentially transform how goods are packed for shipping. Her invention made her the winner of DHL’s Fair & Responsible Challenge and opened up avenues for future progress.

I have always had a questioning mind, and so when I learned from a friend who studies environmental engineering that the overall usage of paper and packaging materials is going up exponentially due to the growing volumes of ecommerce, I decided to make sustainable packaging the topic of my semester project at my Product Design course at Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany.
Good design should above all be user-friendly, smart and easy to use. When I start any design project, I always start with a question – for example “Is no packaging the best packaging?” During my research, I try to view everything from the perspective of the end user, plus the environmental impact – because if something isn’t practical for the user, then there is no point creating the product to start with.
For my project, I developed the Air Parcel, an inflatable, reusable parcel that is lightweight, protects goods during shipping and can be reused over and over again. Air Parcel is durable and it eliminates the need for inner and outer packaging. At DHL’s Innovation Challenge I was invited to present Air Parcel to a live audience of around 200 experts in logistics – it was thrilling to be up on stage alongside two other international entrants presenting to all of those seasoned professionals who got to vote. Winning the challenge means I get to start a proof of concept with DHL and work with the team on all necessary steps to put Air Parcel into pilot phase. Discussions are currently ongoing for a company to prototype Air Parcel to put it into testing. My greatest joy will be to confirm that my theory was right, and Air Parcel proves to be a viable product – seeing your idea become reality is not something many students get to experience – it’s really exciting!”  

So insteat of no packaging student Anne Gross  designed the prototype of an inglatable, reusable packaging. This is a great example of out of the box thinking!