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Better filled boxes thanks to EV Cargo’s new tech

[ September 1, 2020   //   ]

EV Cargo says that its Technology arm’s Packaging Compliance software module has helped Marks & Spencer increase shipping container fill levels for clothing by more than 15% to a market-leading 95%. Since implementing the system a year ago, the retailer has been able to rationalise 3,800 carton types to ten in under eight weeks.

The Cloud-based module requires suppliers to confirm transit packaging sizes and construction against agreed standards; any requests that are outside of tolerances are flagged, reviewed and, if appropriate, rejected either manually or through automation built into the system.

The technology also cuts wastage and promotes sustainability by improving transit packaging compliance, minimising damage, and increasing the amount of product which can be shipped. It has also helped condense lead times for approval of transit packaging and shipping of goods from 72 hours to just a few minutes.

Stephen Jarman, in charge of vendor performance and compliance for M&S, said: “Underpinning this success has been the migration from a clunky packaging approval tool to EV Cargo Technology’s streamlined Packaging Compliance module, which has provided the data to help us track cartons, establish what was in them and dramatically improve container fill levels.

“It reduced complexity and cut out the need for lots of extra solutions. Significantly, it has also reduced the lead time required from approving transit packaging to raising a packing list, giving us more flexibility with time in case any issues were to arise.”

EV Cargo Technology chief commercial officer, Duncan Grewcock, said: “The positive results with M&S are encouraging and very typical of what can be achieved.”