A new study by Antalis Packaging UK has revealed that 76% of logistics firms have changed the packaging of one or more of their products in the last 12 months.

The logistics firms also acknowledged that the change in packaging has proved beneficial to their businesses.

The study found that more online delivery firms in the UK are seeking to enhance packaging recycling rates and adopt more eco-friendly packaging over the next two years.

Around 20% of the participants noted that they will focus on smarter packaging to improve sustainability, reduce the level of plastics in their packaging as well as improve their customer experience.

The study revealed that logistics firms in the country expect an impact on their packaging needs due to an unprecedented rise in operational costs over the next two years.

As part of the research, 21% of logistics firms agreed that the main operational challenge for their business over the next one or two years would be snowballing costs due to the rise in online shopping.

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“This will no doubt drive investment in not only eco-friendly but also smarter packaging solutions aimed at cutting out excess materials.”

Antalis Packaging e-commerce and logistical packaging head Andrew Smedley said: “With latest figures showing that £0.20 in every pound is now spent online, it’s unsurprising that many logistics firms are struggling to deal with the mounting costs associated with the packing, processing and delivery of a record number packages to UK homes.

“To keep these costs down, many will be looking at ways to optimise existing processes and drive efficiency in the supply chain, and packaging is often a great place to start.

“From our research, we’re seeing a discernible shift towards more environmentally friendly business decisions, including a greater number of firms that are actively taking steps to recycle up to 80% of their packaging by 2020 and 100% by 2022.

“This will no doubt drive investment in not only eco-friendly but also smarter packaging solutions aimed at cutting out excess materials and improving protection from damage.”

The study also identified that supplier issues, rising costs and damage/loss of product were the major factors behind a change in packaging.