News and trends in logistics and packaging in the textile sector

Published on 2021-07-01

In recent years, the textile sector has been delocalized, due in part to the savings generated in production costs. This has led to a great distance between the production centers and the points of sale, having to resort in most cases to international transport.

General characteristics of the textile sector

The arrival of new technologies, smartphones or the knowledge acquired by the user have been changing consumer habits in much of the planet. The global health crisis has accentuated these changes and accelerated the way we consume. All these milestones have reached the textile sector, which is now at a turning point: renew or continue with the same formula?

  • Increase in e-commerce. In the last year with technologies, the pandemic, and the new habits acquired, online orders increased by more than 50%, especially those made through mobile phones.
  • Out of stock. The increase in online sales has caused stock breakages destined for this channel and it has been necessary to reorganize the stocks by channelling the stock of the physical stores to the online stock.
  • Transportation and delivery times: immediacy is one of the factors that users value the most when buying. To be able to have the product the next day or even in the hours following the purchase.
  • Urgency to reduce the footprint of fashion. All industries are committed to establishing measures that reduce their environmental impact during all their processes. The textile industry has not been left out and the large companies in the sector signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, according to which they commit to reducing CO2 emissions by 2050.

News and logistics trends in the textile sector

Logistics is a fundamental aspect of any textile and footwear company. Having an optimized and efficient supply chain is a success factor in ensuring logistics in this sector.

  • Flexibility. The companies in the sector must cope with the delivery of orders that has grown in number and that takes place at different times. To this we must add that, in addition, the packages are also returned, which do not arrive directly at the store, but at the warehouse.
  • New automation systems. Improving the automation and digitization of processes will allow optimization of work and delivery times: tracking the order in real time, transport planning considering the peaks of activity, carrying out quality controls through codes of the products received ...
  • Green logistics. Betting on sustainable logistics should be an unavoidable appointment on everyone's agenda. Some proposals are use of renewable energy vehicles, better plan routes, share collaboration resources (sometimes packages from three different providers arrive on the same day) or micro hubs (delivery points that are not the usual address, and from this way the transport company avoids displacements).
  • Reverse logistics. One of the outstanding trends in the textile sector is to favor and promote reverse logistics. In the case of packaging, using reusable, nestable or folding elements that allow the packaging to be returned to distribution centers reduces packaging, transport and storage costs, reduces environmental impact, and favors sustainability.

Packaging news and trends in the textile sector

Now that there is a greater commitment to the environment, if textile companies want to satisfy the needs and requests of the most conscientious consumers, they must bet on formulas that are respectful and friendly with the environment, not only in the material with which they are manufactured, the garments, but also with the packaging.

  • Solutions that prevent damage. Especially with the rise of e-commerce, it is essential to bet on means that optimize and reduce space, facilitating movements within the warehouse, but at the same time being easy to handle and avoid damage to the facilities.
  • Reduction of the volume of waste. Reducing waste starts with betting on recyclable packaging. From Naeco we know that manufacturing recyclable packaging, which barely pollutes and at the same time is friendly to the environment, is a quality valued positively by consumers. That is why we recommend the BASIC 1208-09 and BASIC 1210-09 pallets, which, in addition to being sustainable and respectful of the environment, do not have high load demands, which facilitates the handling of products.
  • Controlled circuits. The perfect ally for sustainable packaging is to have a controlled logistics circuit, which avoids losses and allows the reuse of packaging to be exploited until the end of its useful life to benefit from all the advantages.
  • The textile sector is an industry that is in constant flux and is currently committed to ecological transition and environmental transformation. At Naeco we offer various sustainable and quality packaging systems that are adapted to the needs of each client to accompany companies on that path to a better world.

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