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9 November 2019
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Resource-conscious procurement of folding boxes with the PackEx virtual warehouse

Worms, 8 May 2019 - As raw materials become scarcer, manufacturing companies have to save resources. This makes an important contribution to environmental protection. With the virtual warehouse, PackEx adapts the product portfolio to these challenges. This is because customers can configure their products digitally and obtain them quickly at any time. This demand-oriented procurement avoids overproduction and lowers overall costs. With full utilisation of production capacity, this results inCO2 savings of up to 1,389 tonnes. At the same time, the flexible manufacturing process leads to the avoidance of overproduction and thus to 1,500 tonnes less waste per year.

Thanks to the virtual warehouse, customers are able to configure their desired products in the PackEx portal and save them there. This means that they can call up their saved and virtually stored folding boxes at any time with one click and convert them into an order. Thanks to the virtual warehouse, storage costs are eliminated completely in the best case. In addition, customers can react flexibly to new packaging designs, market tests or sudden fluctuations in demand. If there are changes in the design or the imprint, PackEx customers no longer have to destroy boxes that have already been produced and stored. One click in the virtual warehouse is all it takes to make the necessary adjustments without much effort. The easy-to-handle yet highly efficient packaging-on-demand and the holistic overall concept make this agility possible. Not least through the bundled processing of various customer orders and the use of innovative manufacturing technologies.

Saving resources protects our environment

With our unique overall digital concept, short runs of folding cartons can be produced much more resource-efficiently than with conventional processes. This is what makes packaging-on-demand possible in the first place. The use of raw materials can be reduced by around 87 per cent on average. During production, this includes the optimal processing of print jobs on collated sheets, the reduction of waste and start-up waste through optimised printing processes, varnish savings and the elimination of die-cutting tools, since lasers are used in the completely digitalised PackEx workflow. The environmental balance sheet with full utilisation of production capacity shows:CO2 savings of up to 1,389 tonnes and up to 1,500 tonnes less waste per year.

Packsize matters

We also place great emphasis on resource-conscious handling when packing and delivering our folding boxes. We always ship in customised packaging. In this way, we not only make optimal use of transport volumes, we also avoid weight and can transport considerably more goods at the same time. By using individual outer cartons instead of the usual delivery by forwarding agent and Euro pallet, transport by parcel service is possible - and this ensures a considerableCO2 saving. The high environmental impact of conventional transport of short runs is mainly due to the size and weight of the Euro pallets. That is why PackEx does not use them at all.

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Promotes innovative idea

The groundbreaking idea of offering quick delivery of folding boxes in short runs at the click of a mouse on the basis of a virtual warehouse in the PackEx portal is worthy of inclusion in the environmental innovation programme of the BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety). The ministry is funding the digital business idea with around 1.6 million euros. This is the first time that the large-scale application of an innovative technology has been honoured. We are convinced that the PackEx business model will fundamentally change the market and make it more flexible. We are not only raising the state of the art to a new level, but are also demonstrating with our digital strategy that high-tech does not contradict environmental protection and the prudent use of limited resources.


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