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How to Create a Memorable Unboxing Experience This Holiday Season

| Mike O'Brien

Unboxing has become kind of a big deal in retail and ecommerce. It not only elevates the customer experience with a “wow factor” but also serves as a promotional tool for brands as unboxing videos are shared so often on social media, and often go viral. This infographic from 2Flo lays out many of the key elements and benefits.

Not Just Product Packaging: The Ecommerce-Environment Conflict

| Noah Rue

Ecommerce utilizes far too much product packaging, which adversely affects the environment. However, even if there was a marked reduction, the very nature of the industry still impacts environmental health in a big way. All aspects of the supply chain, from materials to transportation, can benefit from significant improvements.

Sustainable Ecommerce Packaging: Boost Loyalty and the Bottom Line

| MCM staff

At Ecommerce Operations Summit 2019, Hanko Kiessner, CEO of Packsize, Jamie Markland, associate director of operations at Boll & Branch and Rob Bass, chief supply chain officer at Best Buy, discussed their ecommerce packaging sustainability journey and the benefits realized. Here are some of the insights they shared.

Ecommerce Packaging and the Sustainability Imperative

| Mike O'Brien

Packaging is the last touchpoint of an ecommerce order, and it’s also a branding vehicle that has to protect your product. Sustainability is another imperative, as tons of excess materials end up in landfills and customer perception is a concern. Learn what brands are doing and how innovation plays a role in sustainability efforts.

Amazon Automating Packaging to Save on Fulfillment Labor

| Mike O'Brien

In an effort to reduce its massive distribution and fulfillment costs, Amazon is implementing packaging automation, much as many other retailers have, while a separate program offers up to $10,000 to help set up Amazon employees willing to flip to delivery contractors.

7 Ways to Make Your Ecommerce Packing, Shipping More Efficient

| Brian Barry

As you consider your packing supply requirements, you need to look beyond just buying boxes and dunnage. The larger issues of dimensional weight, increased labor costs, brand perception and environmental impact are important, too. These 7 recommendations will help as you review your packing and shipping processes.

Understanding the Sustainability Impact of Ecommerce Packaging

| Dan Healey

Companies use a host of tools and processes to keep damage rates at an acceptable level such as quality control checks and returns tracking reports. But preventing damage during shipments isn’t just a better business decision, it’s a sustainability imperative. The problem is, almost no one is looking at it as one.

eBay Leverages AR to Help Ecommerce Shippers Select Boxes

| Mike O'Brien

eBay is leveraging augmented reality (AR) technology that lets small shippers determine the most economical flat-rate box from the U.S. Postal Service. The new Android feature uses motion tracking and environmental understanding to let shippers place an item inside different sized virtual boxes.

FedEx Corp Announces 2017 Holiday Season Surcharges

| MCM staff

FedEx Corp. announced that the company will add residential holiday season surcharges for packages that require additional handling, are oversized or unauthorized. Here is what the company is saying and what the announcement will mean for both retailers and customers.