Keep up with the latest developments in the packaging, e-commerce, materials and logistics industries.
Our blog posts answer your questions and examine the key topics that affect the market.
Stretching to meet the plastic waste challenge
Pallet-wrapping in the UK uses over 140 million tonnes of plastic each year and a huge percentage of that is waste. The cost is massive, in money and environmental impact. So, what can we do to minimise plastic usage and waste without compromising stability?
How Hazel 4D’s intelligent load stability system is the risk-free choice in pallet-wrapping
In buying and procurement, you’re under constant pressure to make the right choices – the most efficient, effective, robust or low-risk… so what if we were to say that when it comes to pallet-wrapping we could answer all of those needs?
Never mind the kilos…what’s
your film costing per pallet?
Let’s talk about price per pallet wrapped. Usually when we talk to clients about how much they spend on stretch film, we’ll hear an answer about cost per kilo. What we hear less often is how far that weight goes – how many pallets can a kilo wrap?
Which strapping seal should i use?
Want to know which seal to use with your strapping? Here’s a quick guide to which strapping seal to use and which tool or machine you should use to apply it.
How to find out if your strapping is made of polyester or polypropylene
Need to know if your strapping is made of polyester or polypropylene? There’s a quick and easy way to find out. All you need is a glass of water!
Should we still be celebrating bubble wrap appreciation day?
Bubble wrap might be fun to pop but it’s not the eco-friendliest void fill solution. This Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day we’re celebrating these sustainable alternatives instead.
5 ways to reduce your consumption of single-use plastic packaging
Plastic pollution is harming marine life and the environment. Here’s how your company can reduce its consumption of single-use plastic packaging.
Are you aware of your packaging waste obligations?
If your business has a turnover of £2 million or above and you handled over 50 tonnes of packaging in the last calendar year, you should be abiding by the Packaging Waste Regulations.
Are your pallets secure enough to pass new EU roadworthiness inspections?
The implementation of EU directive 2014/47 means securing your pallets is now more important than ever.
e-commerce ... the pressure is on!
Companies like Amazon have been investing in parcel lockers which simplify the way the customer receives their order, saving them from the inconvenience of the dreaded "Sorry we missed you" card.
How can e-commerce retailers reduce packaging waste?
Popular drop-shipping services have been gaining in popularity as consumers and businesses begin to realise the benefits and convenience. But what new and emerging methods are there to reduce waste from delivery services?
The rise in paper shortages and what will happen in 2018
As far as 2018 goes, experts are saying that you really need a crystal ball to see what will happen in the European paper market.
The Evolution Of Pallet Wrap
New materials and manufacturing processes mean that stretch wrap has become more efficient than ever.
Are you using the right strap?
Polypropylene, Corded Polyester, PET, Steel. There are so many types of strapping it can be hard to know which to use. This guide will help you decide.
DO YOU HAVE A SMART WAREHOUSE?
Smarter business operations can bring invaluable efficiencies to your business. The good news is that you don’t have to have a huge budget to achieve them.
FIT FOR THE FINAL MILE
With 77% of UK internet users purchasing online in 2015, we look at how the physical aspects of packaging influence consumer perception.
BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY - THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANNING
Black Friday and Cyber Monday are shopping heaven days for retailer and consumer alike. For businesses looking to cash in to the max, planning is everything.
Labour shortage? The Future lies With Robotics
Investment in robots and technology are predicted to be key if we are to maintain continued business growth in the UK.
E-Commerce: SHOPPING FREEDOM FOR EVERYBODY?
Do retailers really consider the physically and mentally disadvantaged when they’re designing their online stores?
The Future of our Supermarkets
Seismic shifts in the grocery market mean customers are ditching large out-of-town supermarkets for more convenient alternatives.
Click and Collect: Benefit or Burden?
Click and collect seems like a convenient idea for both customer and retailer but is the reality just increased costs?
Minimising the damage
Damaged goods equal damaged reputations for e-tailers, but how can this problem be alleviated?
Are things looking drastic for plastic?
With a drive for packaging to become more environmentally friendly, we look at the future of this once-heralded miracle material.
IT'S ALL IN THE DELIVERY
Hazel 4D looks at the latest strategies e-retailers are employing to meet the demands of the ‘need it yesterday’ group of customers.
what lessons can we learn from the failure of bhs?
Last week saw the financial collapse of one of our oldest high street brands. But what went wrong?
Nature's own packaging materials
Reports that Ikea is considering using mushroom-based packaging to replace polystyrene have a much greater significance than to underline the furniture retailer’s sustainability credentials.
brexit: HOW WOULD IT AFFECT PACKAGING?
If the great British public does decide to resign from its EU membership, what might it mean for e-commerce, distribution and packaging?