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SB meets… Emma Whitaker, Diamond Logistics

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Emma Whitaker, Diamond Logistics’ packaging specialist, tells us about the very best packaging for alcohol merchandise, and the federal government’s plastic tax.

Emma Whitaker, Diamond Logistics

Emma Whitaker, Diamond Logistics’ packaging specialist

What are the new matters in packaging proper now?

Alcohol retailers need (and want) sustainable packaging. The federal government is introducing a plastic tax which comes into impact from April 2022.

What’s the plastic tax?

The new tax applies to plastic packaging produced in or imported into the UK that doesn’t comprise at the very least 30% recycled plastic.

It is not going to apply to any plastic packaging that accommodates at the very least 30% recycled plastic, or any packaging which isn’t predominantly plastic by weight.

Imported plastic packaging shall be liable to the tax, whether or not the packaging is unfilled or crammed.

What are re-giftable containers?

Re-giftable containers are a pleasant fashionable possibility which we offer at Diamond Logistics for our alcohol retailers.

Beforehand shoppers can be despatched the boxed alcohol merchandise and be given the choice to buy a present bag/field too.

Nevertheless, we now supply reusable packaging as a extra sustainable possibility. The merchandise is shipped in a regular brown/white field, which when opened, has a lovely picture or brand (one thing with the actual wow issue) on the within. There may be data inside or on-line for the client which explains learn how to reuse the merchandise as a present field.

A few of our alcohol shoppers are actually forward of the sport on this. It’s a service we provide our fulfilment shoppers freed from cost.

What different sustainable packaging choices are there?

If it’s one or two bottles to at least one supply handle, I like to recommend Flexi-Hex (see video beneath), an expandable paper-based product which is 100% recyclable and biodegradable. It’s my prime advice for our alcohol shoppers at Diamond.

For over two bottles I’d recommend a pulp insert from Ezee Group right into a double-walled field. We additionally supply Airsack – which is plastic – however may be deflated after use and recycled. Nevertheless, we all the time supply a paper possibility first.

Diamond can assist with all three packaging choices. These merchandise are all the time on web site due to our present shopper base, and they’re charged per order. This implies our retail shoppers don’t have to fret about ordering, storage or surplus packaging.

If shoppers favor, they will specify their very own packaging. We suggest they go away it to us although, to allow them to deal with advertising and marketing and promoting their merchandise. Our most well-liked packaging won’t ever run out, as we’re in charge of the provision chain. In management, we will handle the method finish to finish.

Additionally, if shoppers are sending merchandise through sure couriers, they are going to be anticipated to make use of its authorised packaging, which we might help with.

What about bespoke packaging of alcohol merchandise?

Sure, we try this. We work with the shopper and a packaging provider on the form and performance of the packaging.

As soon as a design and print model is agreed, we work with the provider to create a digital 3D template which is able to display how the packaging features.

As soon as the shopper indicators off the design, we might agree on a minimal order amount, and obtain it inside six weeks.

To seek out out extra about profitable fulfilment, obtain Diamond Logistics’ Future of Retail Report 2021.

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