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The Essentials of E-commerce Packaging

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The Essentials of E-commerce Packaging introduces learners to the quickly growing field of electronic commerce (e-commerce), focusing on the sustainability considerations and implications for packaging. It begins with a review of the broader e-commerce context, reviewing what e-commerce is by looking at how this type of retail is different from traditional brick and mortar retail, different e-commerce models, and how packaging moves throughout these different e-commerce models. It then dives into supply chain optimization, taking a closer look at sustainability considerations for distribution and volumetric efficiency in e-commerce systems. The course then explores the crucial role e-commerce packaging plays in product protection and damage prevention and how this relates to other sustainability considerations and tradeoffs for materials used in protective packaging in e-commerce. Finally, The Essentials of E-commerce Packaging examines exciting future innovations in the e-commerce space related to the use of technology and new packaging opportunities. 

 

Course Curriculum: 

  • Contextualizing E-commerce – Different e-commerce models and how these compare to brick and mortar retail
  • Supply Chain Optimization – Sustainability considerations for distribution and volumetric efficiency in e-commerce 
  • Product Protection and Sustainability – The role of e-commerce packaging in damage prevention and sustainability considerations for protective packaging
  • Future Innovations – New technologies and disruptive business models reshaping online commerce

 

Course length:1 hour 30 minutes

 

Learning Objectives

After taking this course, the Learner will be able to:

  • Explain what e-commerce is, including the different business models most often used
  • Analyze the packaging sustainability considerations for brick and mortar retail compared to online retail 
  • Understand how to balance different sustainability functions of e-commerce packaging 
  • Anticipate future innovations in e-commerce packaging and technology 

 

The Essentials of E-commerce Packaging is included in the online subscription to The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging.

 

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Essentials of Bioplastics
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Essentials of Sourcing Fiber
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Essentials of Sourcing Fiber

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Essentials of Compostable Packaging
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Essentials of Material Health
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Essentials of Goal Setting
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Essentials of Chemical Recycling
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Essentials of Reusable Packaging
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Essentials of Life Cycle Assessment
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