The e-commerce industry is not expected to slow down anytime soon. The rise in online shopping has resulted in retailers from all industries improving their business model to include e-commerce. This means more businesses than ever before are in need of packaging materials that will protect their products when shipping. This means corrugated boxes and protective packaging will continue to be in high-demand in 2021. Custom packaging is a growing trend in e-commerce packaging as well, and will continue to see a spike in the new year. Custom packaging allows you to tell a story about your brand and products, which helps to create connections with consumers.
The food industry has experienced many challenges over the past year. As more people are eating at home due to restaurant closures, the frozen food category has seen significant growth. This means there is a higher demand for frozen food packaging items like shrink film, aluminum, and flexible bags. Even restaurants are trying to evolve to meet the new changes they are continuing to experience. Many restaurants are looking for information on packaging materials and machinery that will allow them to bring in new revenue streams during these difficult times. Along with frozen food packaging, meal delivery services are also on the rise, creating a demand for cold chain packaging that will keep food fresh during transit. Materials that will be in high-demand include coolers and insulated box liners.
The push for eco-friendly packaging is as strong as ever going into the new year. Many companies will be looking to cut out plastic packaging and turn to biodegradable or more eco-friendly alternatives, such as corrugated and paper packaging. In addition to using biodegradable or recyclable materials, reducing the amount of waste you produce will be an important aspect in creating a more sustainable workplace. With the rise of e-commerce going into the new year, increased waste from packaging is inevitable, but chances are you could be cutting back on more waste than you think. Our packaging specialists work with businesses everyday to find opportunities where excess waste can be reduced, whether that’s switching to a better quality stretch film, customizing your protective packaging, or automating certain parts of your packaging line.