Corrugated packaging is the first choice for many companies owing to its high quality and ability to hold products of various weight and protect them against moisture. Corrugated packaging is one of the most sustainable packaging solutions you’ll find around.
The packaging industry is constantly evolving and it’s never short of new and improved designs to keep customers excited. 2018 is no different and it comes with a number of key trends in the sector.
Here are 7 inspiring corrugated packaging trends to watch out for in 2018:
Many companies especially those in the logistics industry are now more interested in buying pallets that they can easily assemble themselves in their warehouses. This has seen a new trend of do-it-yourself corrugated pallets emerge. This trend is believed to get pretty popular this year.
The advantage of DIY pallets is that they are easy to move around. You only need to assemble them when you want to use them and you don’t need extra tools to assemble them. With DIY pallets you save storage space as you can easily disassemble them and store them away when not in use saving you space.
You now no longer need to rent large individual pallets that cost about $150 each and take up too much storage space. Instead, buy the foldable pallets at a much cheaper cost. This way, you don’t have to be at risk of getting stuck paying rent for the pallets forever or being forced to buy the pallets should they get damaged or lost.
Recycling is a popular practice today and many customers are opting for products that are usable. Consumers are also demanding for products that are manufactured in a manner that adheres to environmental and sustainability requirements.
The corrugated packaging industry is quickly picking up on this practice and we now have many manufacturers concentrating on corrugated packages made of recyclable and biodegradable material. By going green, the manufacturers will not only keep consumers happy but also contribute to the continuous effort to reduce global food and product waste.
At Zacpac quality and sustainability is a priority. We ensure that 85% of our paper is 100 per cent recycled.
Brands are now making use of packaging materials to further their brand awareness and advertising efforts. To respond to this need, a new trend of producing personalized corrugated packages is catching on. Brands can now order for packaging material that has personalized messages to engage their consumers and make their brand experience better.
Online shopping is giving brick-and-mortar businesses a run for their money. There is a reported 23% annual growth in online shopping with people spending at least 5 hours every week shopping online. The growth of online shopping has seen the demand for proper shipping packaging go up. 2018 will see more businesses use corrugated packaging in a bid to enhance their customers’ e-commerce experience.
Corrugated packaging is highly loved for its high quality and ability to protect products from damage even in the most intensive shipping conditions. While this type of packaging has been more popular among movers, businesses dealing with expensive consumer products such as jewellery, perfumes, and gift boxes are now using them. This is because the packaging will not only be an indication of high cost and quality of the product; it’s light, durable and cost-effective.
People are now more environmentally conscious and are quick to condemn wastage. This has seen businesses face criticism for the amount of packaging they use in comparison to items being shipped.
Just a few weeks ago, Amazon received a huge backlash for shipping a tiny battery in a box that can be used to package a pair of shoes. People termed it a waste of packaging material considering the battery would easily have fitted in the box about 400 times over.
With this in mind, corrugated packaging manufacturers are now moving towards reducing the overall packaging weight by using lightweight boards. This results in smaller packages that are not only cost-effective but also have a very minimal impact on the environment.
The size of the corrugated packaging has, however, not reduced the quality. These packages are still totally steady and secure for any type of use.
Another emerging trend that will be huge in 2018 is the use of corrugated point-of-sale displays by retail businesses. We are now seeing different types of corrugated point-of-sale displays such as a counter display, sidekick display, floor display, endcap display, and pallet display emerge in the market.
More and more businesses are now turning to this kind of displays as they offer high visibility at a relatively lower budget. They can also be easily personalised to fit any brand and can be assembled anywhere.
So there you have it, 7 corrugated packaging trends that you should look out for this year. These trends are a clear indication of the changing consumer needs and at a time when customer satisfaction is at an all-time high, you better make sure you’re not left behind.
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