Each holiday season, shoppers buy more gifts online than the year before — not surprising, given continuous growth in e-commerce year-round. In December, surging residential package deliveries draw increased attention. As people notice boxes everywhere, it’s natural to wonder: Is e-commerce increasing packaging use and waste?
E-commerce has reached the grocery aisles. In fact, online grocery shopping has nearly doubled in the last year. A report by the Food Marketing Institute and Nielsen shows that 49 percent of U.S. consumers are now shopping for groceries online. And retailers from Amazon’s Whole Foods to Target, Kroger and Sam’s Club are investing in it too.
After conducting an industry leading package theft report last year, Shorr Packaging has released a 2018 report on package theft that is focused on Amazon package theft in cities across the United States. Last year, the company found that over 31 percent of all Americans had experienced package theft and it's expected to increase. In its latest report, Shorr analyzed Google search trends in the 50 largest cities across the U.S. to see where package theft is most concentrated.
E-commerce packaging is still evolving and finding its place within the online purchase loop. With new technologies streamlining checkout processes making every click count, brands are discovering the importance of packaging’s role in consumer happiness.
In today’s connected world, consumers desire availability and speed with their purchases. Whether it’s food and drinks or clothing and cosmetics, we want everything fast. The rise of e-commerce packaging has soared to new heights, and a new set of parameters for packaging has come with it.
For just about all of us, shopping is a huge part of our everyday lives. We buy food to fill our fridges, supplies to complete work in our offices, shoes for running or fashion, and millions of other items. We can buy just about anything, and it usually comes wrapped in an attractive little box or packed into a convenient little bag. Packaging is just everywhere, but did you ever wonder how it began?
Intertek has opened a packaging performance testing facility in its Grand Rapids, Mich., laboratory. The facility provides end-to-end evaluation of product packages, from design to material assessment and sustainability.