Ecommerce shipping service ShipStation has struck a partnership with noissue.co. That’s a platform for designing and ordering branded wrapping tissue and stickers.
Based in New Zealand, Noissue’s partnership with ShipStation will help users improve the customer experience by making custom branded packaging more accessible. They boast that they offer low minimum order quantities, short lead times and worldwide shipping. (Although it’s questionable how eco-friendly the products are if the first journey they make is in a plane from down under to wherever you are in the world.)
ShipStation is a company that has been crucial in helping so many eCommerce businesses achieve their logistics and support goals. That is why we’re so excited about this partnership and the chance to offer ShipStation users access to affordable and sustainable customer packaging solutions We truly appreciate this opportunity to help eCommerce companies build their brands.
– Josh Bowden, Co-Founder of noissue
The sustainability of packaging, and the use of plastics in particular, is a live issue in UK and elsewhere. To a great extent, the environmental programmes of Sir David Attenborough have focussed public minds specifically on the damage plastic does to marine life and habitats. The British government has also recently announced that they are considering a 10p charge on all plastic carrier bags (rather than a mandatory 5p bag charge on larger retailers only.) That 5p charge has been successful and bag usage has declined by 80%.
There will doubtless be more attempts by governments and bodies like the EU to further regulate the use of material and the world of ecommerce seems like a ripe target. Cardboard, in particular, seems to be the most astonishing by-product of shopping online.
Also, is the industry edging towards a change in customer expectations? With so much publicity and pressure, might offering ‘green packaging’ soon become a competitive advantage for those who offer it? Or is it all just down to cost?