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UK-based packaging company DS Smith has developed a new packaging solution designed to support delivery of everyday essentials amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

The company has worked with food retailers across Europe to design, develop and produce new specialty boxes.

The new packaging will allow everyone involved in delivering emergency provision boxes to comply with social distancing and other movement measures enforced to curb the spread of the viral infection. 

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Food retailers will fill the new boxes with supplies such as food and medicines and leave it on the doorstep of customers.

DS Smith packaging CEO Stefano Rossi said: “We were approached by several of our food supply customers to design a new packaging solution that would maximise efficiency and provide everyday essentials to many of society’s most vulnerable.

“We worked very closely with our customers to design and produce a solution which allows for a ‘stack, drop and go’ approach that is more time efficient, more hygienic and frees up time for more deliveries. Our sustainably designed solution is also fully recyclable at home.

“I’m extremely proud of the whole team at DS Smith; their determination to support these initiatives meant that we delivered a new design in under 24 hours. This was subsequently prototyped, tested, manufactured and delivered in less than a week.”

DS Smith is yet to experience any disruption in its operation amid the coronavirus outbreak. 

Earlier this month, DS Smith opened a 43,000ft2 recycling facility in the US in Reading, Pennsylvania.