The Essentials of E-commerce Packaging
Developed by The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®
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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.
- 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
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.