As the world becomes more globalized and new technologies become mainstream, it’s certain that the shipping industry will see big transformations in the coming years. Changes in the global shipping industry have been triggered by geopolitical shifts, and new initiatives to reduce turnaround time and increase the speed of shipments are being implemented wide scale. To keep up to date with the many developments that are occurring in this industry keep an eye out for the following trends.
1) Cyber security concerns
The increasing security concerns over technological disruptions are on the rise, and pose a big risk to the shipping industry. Researchers from Pen Test Partners recently conducted a study showing that there are multitudes of ways to breach the navigations systems of freighters, potentially causing major incidents. As other industries like financial institutions fortify their cyber security practices, the shipping industry lags behind in establishing a strong defense system.
2) Big and small groups join forces
The mergers and acquisitions that have become so common within this industry ensure that shipping companies maintain strong relationships. The most efficient companies tend to benefit from these practices, stabilizing their offerings in the face of tough markets. And when companies share their assets they can operate at a lower cost, thus benefiting the end users.
3) Industry giants re-organize with Blockchain
Blockchain technology, originally created to organize digital currency in chronological order, is being applied to various industries. The functionality of this technology lets information be distributed more easily within an organization. It maintains a level of security because it is not copied when it is shared, meaning that it exists as a continuous virtual ledger. As the shipping industry continues to consolidate, this technology will be used to increase efficiency and transparency among big groups. Long gone are the days of bills and documents, the ease and efficiency of blockchain will allow for additional streamlining of the freight processes.
4) AI technology impacts transport
AI technology makes it possible to have autonomous options for freight, minimizing risks and streamlining the shipping process. As investors continue to invest in this technology, the industry can shift towards adapting their methods to accommodate smarter ships and reducing manpower. Ships and freighters can be redesigned with less focus on the human element of the processes, meaning that space and weight are distributed more efficiently.
5) Environmental focus
The sharp rise in carbon emissions and global pressure to reduce energy consumption puts energy management into clear focus for shipping companies. The industry is investing heavily in technology to try to reduce the environmental impact of each shipping process. Although this can be detrimental for costs in the short term, it is seen that many parts of the chain of logistics offer preference to companies that work to improve their environmental policies.
Shipping trends and the impact of technology on major carriers impacts us more than we might think. As big groups make moves that streamline their processes and reduce costs, we feel the benefits as end users. At SSI Packaging Group we stay up to date on all the latest packaging news, so we can be an informed resources for our clients. Contact us for the best, most affordable marking and coding solution for your specific needs at 804.649.1111
If you’ve ever had to make a big move you know how stressful planning, packing and shipping your things can be. Making sure that your items arrive to their destination in one piece can be difficult when there are so many unknown variables involved in the process. When shipping glassware, factors like clumsy movers or bumpy highways can have a big impact on delicate items. Learning how to pack up your glassware correctly can prevent any nasty surprises when you’re unboxing after your move.
To begin, you’re going to need to select some boxes. Make sure you pick at least double layer corrugated cardboard boxes because the additional layers will add stability to your package. You could also go to grocery stores and ask if they have divided boxes, which are like normal cardboard boxes but the inside is segmented into sections. The layers of cardboard will separate your items, protecting them even further. You should also take the size of the box into consideration. If you pack a big box with lots of glassware, it will become pretty heavy which increases the risk of bumps and drops. Choose medium sized boxes instead to make sure you’re using space efficiently, but not overdoing it.
Before packing your box cover the bottom with a thick layer of material. You can use Kraft paper, sheets, newspaper or dishrags; the key to this step is making sure the layer is thick enough to cushion your glassware. If you decide to use fabric to cushion the bottom of the box it can work well, as long as you make sure it is layered enough. And if you use old newspapers for this purpose keep in mind that you’ll have to wash the glasses after they arrive at your new home because oftentimes the print can transfer onto glassware.
To wrap your items, use alternating layer of packing paper and bubble wrap. Wrap the item in a layer of paper and then one to two layers of bubble wrap and secure the wrapping with a piece of tape. If you have glasses with fragile stems like wine glasses you should always wrap the stem first, and wrap the glasses one at a time rather than in pairs. This helps to make sure that the most easily breakable part of the glass is sufficiently protected. Your most breakable glasses should be packed on top, meaning they are placed into the box last.
Now you should fill the spaces in between your items with filling, whether it is packing peanuts (loose fill) or more layers of paper. After adding extra cushioning to the top layer of your box, you are all set to seal it. It would be a good idea to try to shake the box to make sure there are no big gaps left to fill. You can choose to tape the box closed, or to place it in an entirely different and larger box, which will give it even more reinforcement. Just make sure to fill the extra space with more materials if this is your desired option.
Whether you are shipping family heirlooms or the wine glasses that you used at your wedding ceremony, it’s sure that you want your items to arrive in one piece. For all of your shipping needs you can turn to SSI Packaging Group. We are dedicated experts in packaging, specializing in personalized service. Call us at (804) 649-1111 to speak with a representative or view our products to find out more.