By Patricia Camps


I attached a very visual video about the sustainable packaging of Ups. United Parcel Service (UPS) is one of the largest packaging companies in the world. Each day delivers more than 14 million packages to over 200 countries worldwide. It has recently been expanded to cover other transport related areas such as logistics.

UPS implements the sustainable packaging that can be defined as the development and use of packaging which results in improved sustainability in order to reduce the environmental impact and ecological footprint.

As it was said in class, packaging is an important factor of logistics and has a lot of functions as you can read below:

Protective function

Good service includes the ordered good’s arriving in satisfactory condition. The packaging should protect the product from mechanical and climatic stresses during delivery.

Warehouse function

Packaging is required to facilitate the storage of a product. If possible, the packaging should be stackable and meet the demands of the storage equipment. In addition, it should facilitate practical storage of the packaging supplies

Transportation function

The packaging also has the task of facilitating the transport of a product. Likewise, the packaging’s form and size should permit the optimal use of the transport space with the lowest possible packaging weight.

Handling function

The goods should be combined by the packaging into units that simplify their processing during transshipment and delivery. The form and size of the packaging units must also facilitate the employment of technical aids such as forklifts or storage and retrieval systems. If the product is handled manually, then grip holes in the packaging can be necessary.

Information function

The packaging should be marked in such a way that the products in it can be identified easily – e.g., by color, pictures or labels. Furthermore, packaging of fragile, perishable or similar products requiring special treatment during delivery should be clearly marked with pictures, symbols or explanations. During automated transportation and processing procedures, automatic product recognition is facilitated by suitable information appropriate to the packaging, e.g., barcodes or RFID tags