We live in a decade where technological innovation is pretty commonplace – everyday there’s something new. The news is full of stories of fresh ideas for everything from entertainment to medicine. There always seems to be a sleek new machine being made or a more advanced material being used. But after a little research, Rajapack have discovered that even something as established as cardboard is getting its time in the technological limelight.
Don’t believe us? Well, we’ve gone out to find the most impressive new technologies that use cardboard and some of the things we found may surprise you.
Third in our packaging guide series is how to deal with what can be some of the trickiest items to pack safely; glassware and ceramics. These items are obviously very fragile and often have delicate handles or protrusions which are easily damaged, so need a lot of protection.
Here we list some steps you can take to minimise the risk of your prized porcelain being damaged while being transported.
RAJA Foundation – Danièle Marcovici
Supporting women in the World
“At Raja, solidarity towards women is everyone’s business”
Last June, the “RAJA Foundation – Danièle Marcovici” held its 2nd Solidarity Commitment Week at the RAJA Group European headquarters in Roissy, France. Raja employees were fully committed to this initiative thanks to the RAJApeople program.
Raja employees can support charities all year long thanks to a micro donation scheme. So far more than €7,000 has been raised.
The “microDON” (micro donation) is a payroll giving scheme whereby each employee can donate from a few cents to several euros towards the Foundation. The funds raised are doubled by the company and are donated to a charity chosen by the Foundation.
This year, the winning charity of the RAJApeople Award is the “Association pour les Femmes en Situation Précaire (AFESIP)” – Association for Women in Vulnerable Situations. On June 20th, a cheque for €7,076.78 was awarded to Claude Pretot, President of the Association, by Danièle Kapel-Marcovici, President of the Foundation and CEO of RAJA Group at the European Group headquarters in Roissy.
Following on from our packaging overview last month, we have had a detailed look at the precautions that should be taken when packaging electronic items and components. Every year the online retail industry is growing, and not just for big name online stores. EBay, Amazon and other online marketplaces mean that consumer to consumer selling is also on the rise.
The state of the environment is now a major concern for all governments, industries and companies. It’s constantly in the news and there’s a general acceptance about the great benefits of more sustainable ways of life. Recycling is a big part of this and is now practiced on a very large scale, with many homes and offices now having their own recycling bins and collection services.
But recycling the odd envelope or doodled scrap of paper can sometimes feel like it won’t make much of a difference, and you often wonder what even happens to the paper once it’s shipped off to the recycling centres.
To follow on from our latest look at reusing cardboard, we’ve decided to lay down a few facts about paper recycling to help motivate you to get all the bits of paper you have laying around shipped off for recycling.
Whether you’ve just moved house or ordered a load of online goods, sometimes we all find ourselves with an excess of cardboard lying around – it’s been estimated that each person in the UK uses about 140 cardboard boxes every year. But what can you do with all of it? Just throw it away? Well, this would probably be a waste, because there’s so much more that can be done with cardboard than you might think.
Rajapack has a rich heritage of reusing cardboard – back in 1954, when Rajapack was founded (named “Cartons Raja” back then), the company originally sold reused cardboard as a cheaper alternative to buying new boxes. Being environmentally friendly is still at the centre of Rajapack’s DNA. Things might be a little different now, but this history is still an important reminder that cardboard doesn’t need to be wasted.
Selling online through auction sites and online market places can be an easy way for individuals to make a bit of extra cash, or for businesses to venture in to low-risk ecommerce. Using these sites is advantageous in that most logistical issues are taken care of. However, packaging your item is not one such thing, and Rajapack wants to help you to get it right.
As a seller, you are responsible for the condition of a product up until the point it reaches the customer. Whether it is damaged en route or before dispatch is irrelevant, you are responsible. The last thing you want is to be sending your products to customers, only to receive complaints and returns. This costs you money as well as inconveniencing both you and your customers. So how then do you best protect your goods?
We all know the feeling: ordering something and having a long wait for it to arrive. Before the internet became so widely used and the fast-food way of life truly began, there was a time when a delivery (usually ordered over the phone) would come in a matter of weeks or months, rather than days or minutes. Not only that, but there was always that bizarrely ambiguous period in which the item could turn up – something like 4-8 weeks. Nowadays a month-long window for your parcel to get to you seems absurd. What variables could possibly have influenced a package to arrive one month after the order the first time, and two months after the order the next? What changes are there that result in a four week difference?
In late February the internet was awash with speculation around Volvo’s sneak preview of their pioneering home delivery concept Roam. Rajapack gathers some expert opinions on whether Roam could really revolutionise the way we receive our online shopping.
It’s an all too familiar sight for many of us, coming home to stumble over that cardboard slip containing the words “Sorry we missed you”. As well as being an awkward inconvenience, it’s also a problem that creates a huge financial burden on the courier businesses, estimated to have cost the industry £820 million over the last year alone. Volvo believes its latest Roam concept, which was officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress this year, could be the answer to all of these troubles.
Roam works by utilising Volvo’s existing ‘On Call’ technology, transforming a customer’s car into a parcel drop off point and by doing so removing any need to alter your schedule around expected deliveries. Couriers are provided with a digital key that allows access to the car’s GPS co-ordinates, colour, registration plate and grants one time entry to the car, allowing the courier to drop off the goods. Once deposited, the car then re-locks and sends an acknowledgment message to the customer, notifying them their parcels have been delivered.
The Packaging Innovations show 2014 was a great success with visitor numbers at a record high. It was great to see so many faces around the NEC Birmingham; highlighting the increased confidence that is coming back into the packaging industry. Thanks to all those who came to say hello at the Rajapack stand. As well as speaking with everyone who came to see us, we managed to squeeze in time to see what innovations the packaging industry has in store.