Published on Aug 3, 2020

Aware of social role in society

Amacom, always looking for sustainable solutions!

Sustainability has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. Not only companies understand the importance of doing business in a more sustainable way, but consumers too are increasingly valuing sustainability and are even critical of the sustainable efforts of companies. An important part of sustainability is transparency. Amacom is aware of its role in society and is therefore increasingly looking for sustainable solutions over the years. Amacom is delighted to share its efforts concerning sustainable entrepreneurship.

Waste separation
One of the first sustainable solutions in the field of plastic reduction at Amacom is waste separation. In the warehouses, all plastic materials, such as packaging material and foil, are stored separately. All the plastic waste that is separated is then collected for recycling. The plastic straps, which are often wrapped around pallets, are also separated (separate from the plastic), as these straps are more difficult to recycle. Paper and cardboard are also separated.

Pallet shipments
Amacom is always looking for new technologies and materials to further improve sustainability. This also applies to pallet shipments. Amacom uses wrapping machines that automatically wrap pallets with plastic. These machines have to be replaced every few years. Amacom is therefore always looking for new machines with improved technology. Just like the machines, the foil is constantly being improved. Amacom currently uses pre-stretched foil. This foil is just as strong as the thicker foil, but ensures that the use of plastic for packaging pallets is increasingly reduced.

In addition to pallet shipments, Amacom ships many products in boxes. Amacom has chosen to handle a total of six different sizes of boxes. This ensures that there is a suitable box for each product, without having to use a lot of filling material. In addition, the six different sizes of boxes are collo-modular, which allows an optimal fit on pallets and again ensures efficiency and durability.

Amacom works with six different festive boxes.

Amacom owns a sizing machine; a device that measures and weighs every product. This information is used on the one hand to determine the location for the product in the warehouse, but is also used to determine what type of box a product should be packed in. The system calculates in which box products can best be packed. This information is shared on the order, after which the employee who is going to pack the products knows exactly which box to use. Because the system calculates which box to use, the box is used as effectively as possible, reducing the use of packaging material to a minimum.

Sizing machine that correctly scales every product in the Amacom assortment.

Packaging materials
When there is space left in a box, it is filled with plastic packaging material to protect the box from knocks and dents. Amacom uses machines that fill plastic air pockets with air. Plastic has been chosen as filling material, because the eco-indicator score (the degree of environmental impact) for plastic is much lower than for paper. The machine only fills the air pockets with air when the actual filling material is needed. The air pockets are supplied without air in them, which ensures that they are considerably smaller than pre-filled bubble materials. This is not only beneficial for the storage of the material, but also for the transport of the material, which makes this application more durable than pre-filled bubble materials. In addition, the pockets can contain a lot of air, which reduces the amount of plastic in a box as much as possible. The plastic air pockets are made of recycled plastic and can be recycled endlessly. Amacom is constantly looking for the most environmentally friendly material for the packaging material as well.

Amacom tries to reduce the use of packaging material as much as possible, on the one hand by choosing the right box sizes, but on the other hand also by using the packaging material of the supplier as much as possible. When a product is already packed in a large box with filling material, Amacom does not use an extra box and therefore no extra filling material.

The bottom line is; Amacom does everything in its power to work as sustainably as possible within its logistics services, also concerning plastic.

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