It’s no secret e-commerce has seen a boom over the last couple of years, and as customer expectations continue to evolve, shipping packaging continues to fall under more scrutiny. Many e-commerce companies are asking themselves: How can we ship orders faster and more efficiently? How can we recruit and retain workers? How can we lower operating costs given the rising energy prices? Are we prioritizing sustainability? These challenges combined can be overwhelming.  We’re letting you in on some of the biggest packaging trends today for e-commerce shipping and why they’re worth integrating into your operations to improve overall process efficiencies and reliability.  By Jo Bradley, Business Development Manager UK at Sparck Technologies.


  1. Adopting packaging automation

Historically, some e-commerce companies have been hesitant to implement automation for a variety of reasons. However, they’re realizing more and more just how efficient they must be to stay competitive. Because of this shift, e-retailers are moving to an automated packaging solution. These systems create fit-to-size boxes at high speed, for single- and multi-item orders, while reducing or eliminating the need for void fill. Automated packaging is creating a streamlined fulfilment process that can effectively overcome challenges with higher speed, efficiency, and reliability.

  1. Overcoming labour constraints

Next to inventory, labour costs are usually the largest expense in a warehouse facility’s operating budget. It’s difficult to maintain steady throughput when you struggle to source labour. Right-sized automated packaging is providing a key means for many e-commerce companies to overcome this challenge, by eliminating up to 20 packing stations. By automating the packaging process, e-retailers are reducing and reallocating labour, boosting overall profitability.

  1. No longer shipping “air”

Shipping “air” is extremely expensive, and unfortunately very common among many e-commerce companies. With shipping costs only going up, many online retailers are decreasing the size of their shipping packaging and eliminating the need for void fill with fit-to-size automated packaging solutions. As a result of a right-sized box, e-retailers require fewer truckloads and save on the cost of wasted fuel and carbon emissions, all while shippers are experiencing an average of 50% savings in shipping volume.

  1. Enhancing the customer experience

When it comes to e-commerce orders, first impressions matter. With more orders being placed online and the only interaction with a company happening during the unboxing experience, many e-commerce companies are bridging the gap with branded, right-sized boxes that are void-fill-free, arrive on time, and deliver orders undamaged. Some automated packaging solutions can service three different branded corrugates with one machine, turning every box into a brand ambassador. By right-sizing and branding the packaging, e-retailers are showing customers that they can provide the expected customer conveniences without sacrificing productivity.

  1. Prioritizing sustainable packaging

When it comes to e-commerce, the packaging is the most outward testament to a brand and its commitment to sustainability. Implementing eco-friendly processes is good for building an organization’s positive brand awareness and showcasing its commitment to the environment. Several strategies are available to companies to support this priority, with automated packaging leading the pack. By creating the smallest parcel necessary, businesses can lessen their environmental impact and lower shipping material costs by an average of 30%, for a more environmentally friendly parcel. As e-retailers reduce each package’s carbon footprint, they are saving valuable money and resources in the long run.

Sparck Technologies is a global leader in designing and fabricating advanced, fit-to-size automated packaging systems for high-volume eCommerce applications – award-winning sustainable packaging solutions that eliminate excessive packaging. We aim to make every parcel our clients send out a brand ambassador for their business. Sparck Technologies supplies some of the world’s largest retail and industrial brands, supporting their eCommerce channels in multiple geographies with market-leading engineering know-how that combines innovation, reliability and unbeatable performance.


Jo Bradley

Business Development Manager at Sparck Technologies

+44 – 7715 – 084108