Protega global launches guide to being packaging smart


The coronavirus pandemic fuelled an online shopping boom providing a surge in demand for parcel deliveries. With overall parcel volumes continuing to rise, many retailers are citing that speed of packing is their main constraint at peak times – and a direct threat to productivity.

As lockdown restrictions are lifted, leading packing solutions expert Protega Global Ltd has launched an essential online tool for companies that are now planning how their warehouse operations are going to cope with the forthcoming festive seasonal hike in orders.

If packaging is complicated to assemble or requires multiple processes, then this will likely result in slower packing times. This can be damaging for a growing business, especially at peak times during the year. The question is: can your packing process be simplified?

Protega, the developer of the Hexcel Dispenser Bench to complement its paper alternative to plastic bubble wrap, has created an eBook revealing how the latest packaging innovations can enhance operator efficiency and sustainability. It also features some top tips that could dramatically improve productivity and the bottom line.

Companies are becoming increasingly aware of the need for sustainability to be reflected in the packaging they use. Sustainable packaging shows they are taking corporate social responsibility seriously, plus it enhances brand, encourages returning customers, minimises carbon footprint, lowers shipping costs and reduces waste.

There are viable, cost effective alternatives to non-sustainable packaging. From space-saving solutions to help streamline operations in packing areas already under pressure, to sourcing smarter and faster ways to pack goods, not to mention eco-friendly packaging that will excite customers and leave them asking for more.

For example, there are many options, including 100% biodegradable and recyclable solutions, for speeding up a taping process, including no tape at all! In its eBook Protega outlines the different types available that could save time in the box sealing process.

For example, a combination of Protega’s Hexcel equipment and stackable material on a packing bench can save time and improve production compared to operators having to access large rolls of bubble wrap stored elsewhere on the floor. It’s also very flexible for different applications because it can spiral wrap wider products and additionally adhesive tape is not required.

Protega Director, Richard Steedman, explained: “From direct experience we know that packing areas can become very busy very quickly, and when this happens space can become the number one problem. A messy environment can quickly become unproductive if there is a lack of room to move, and obstructions can easily cause health hazards, breakages and reduced staff morale.

“We founded Protega to help improve access to sustainable paper packaging and voidfill solutions in packaging areas. The logical next step was to condense all our knowledge and experience into one useful online tool that will help with productivity and sustainability in any warehouse or packaging business. Our customers can literally turn a new page with our eBook!”