Amazon is Trying to Reduce Waste by Using Tighter-Fit Boxes

By: Katherine Pendrill - Sep 13, 2016
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Amazon is looking to cut down on waste and improve its ecological footprint by using tighter-fitting boxes for its deliveries. One of the drawbacks of ecommerce is the sheer amount of waste generated by each delivery. These new boxes feature a tighter fit that would help reduce the amount of packaging needed to ship each product.

This summer, Amazon began testing a software called 'Box on Demand' that is designed to determine the appropriate package size for each delivery. Machinery will then create the perfect package by reducing the amount of empty space in each box. Not only do tighter-fitting boxes reduce the amount of exterior packaging needed, but they also reduce the need to fill any voids within the box.

While the new system is still in the testing phase, tighter-fitting boxes could help Amazon dramatically reduce the amount of waste it generates.