Global logistics service provider UPS, along with Sealed Air, has opened a new packaging innovation centre at its current supply chain solutions campus in Louisville, Kentucky, US.

The new 6,000ft² centre is expected to solve the packaging and shipping challenges of e-commerce retailers and other industrial sectors by increasing efficiency and reducing waste.

Developed as part of a strategic partnership announced by UPS and Sealed Air in November 2016, the centre is also expected to reduce shipping costs and increase brand affinity.

The centre is equipped with various packaging solutions from Sealed Air, such as an automated system that eliminates the need for outer cartons and can reduce dimensional weight by as much as 87%.

It will also feature an automated right-sizing solution that eliminates empty void space in each box by as much as 60%, as well as packaging work-cell solutions that improve productivity.

“Our partnership with Sealed Air, and the new Packaging Innovation Centre, will allow UPS to bring a more complete set of solutions."

UPS executive vice-president and chief commercial officer Alan Gershenhorn said: “One of the biggest challenges UPS customers have with e-commerce, and across other industry segments, is that they struggle to create efficiencies and enhance profit margins while still improving consumers’ perception of their brand.

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“UPS customers don’t just need supply chain innovation. They also need packaging innovation.

“Our partnership with Sealed Air, and the new Packaging Innovation Centre, will allow UPS to bring a more complete set of solutions as we help customers re-imagine their entire supply chains, including packaging.”

In addition, UPS and Sealed Air will also use the new packaging innovation centre to offer various consulting services, such as package performance analysis, to minimise packaging and maximise product protection.

Image: UPS and Sealed Air’s new packaging innovation centre in Kentucky, US. Photo: courtesy of United Parcel Service of America.