M&S online tool to cut packaging

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Marks & Spencer is using an online packaging management tool, called Packspec, to help manage the impact of its general merchandise packaging.

Kim Phillips, M&S head of GM Packaging, said: “When we extended Plan A in 2010, we set a 25 per cent reduction target for our transit packaging by 2015. Through innovation and using unique tools like Packspec, we’re confident we can achieve this.”

The tool has been developed by The Less Packaging Company in partnership with M&S and enables the retailer to communicate and control best practice retail and transit packaging across its global supply base.

In the last year, Less Packaging has reduced the number of different packaging formats for M&S bras from over 90 to just three formats – saving over 100 tonnes of packaging. This standardisation also provides several business benefits including cost savings achieved through economies of scale and increased levels of compliance throughout the supply chain.

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