Life After COVID-19: How Companies in the Packaging Industry can Prepare Themselves for the Changes
Concerns about economic revival dominate headlines today after businesses worldwide are struggling to restart from the post-COVID-19 shutdown. Protective packaging materials have become the need of the hour in most industries to ensure safety and cut the pandemic chain. Here are our thoughts on how companies in the packaging industry can prepare themselves for life after COVID-19.
A Shift in Reusable Packaging Solutions
Environmental degradation due to the overuse of plastics has forced many industries to reduce single-use packaging materials; however, the risk of viral transmission has reshaped these considerations. The packaging industry is encouraged to move towards reusable and environmentally friendly products.
Increase in Automation to Combat Transmission Concerns
Several communities around the world are putting temporary breaks on the direct collection of deliveries and recycling activities. To combat virus transmission issues, packaging companies can play a part in investing in technologies such as automated optical sorters and robots. While automation can be expensive, it can enhance efficiency and achieve social distancing over the long term.
Reassess and Rework Packaging Strategies
COVID-19 has brought about a massive change, and the packaging industry has to review product packaging supplies and explore a more protective delivery chain that is environmentally sustainable. As seen on social media platforms, many younger consumers are mounting pressure on businesses to develop an improved approach to saving the environment for future generations.