DS Smith develops emergency provision boxes for safer delivery during COVID-19 crisis

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DS Smith develops emergency provision boxes for safer delivery during COVID-19 crisis

March 27, 2020 - 09:56
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LONDON, March 27, 2020 (Press Release) -Over the past week, DS Smith has worked closely with food retailers across Europe to design, develop and produce new boxes designed to supply emergency provision boxes to the most vulnerable.

In addition to providing critical support to keep goods moving and replenish shelves as quickly as possible, focus has quickly turned to home delivery to move goods directly to the front door of those who aren’t able to make it to the shops. As more countries implement social distancing processes and enact new legislation, this service will become essential to people facing Covid-19 movement restrictions.

To combat this, DS Smith has developed special new boxes to be filled by food retailers and left on the doorstep.

As a result of social distancing and self-isolation guidelines, the carefully designed boxes can be stacked in the delivery vans, picked up and dropped off to support the safety of everybody involved in the delivery process.

Stefano Rossi, CEO of Packaging at DS Smith said: “We were approached by several of our food supply customers to design a new packaging solution that would maximise efficiency and provide everyday essentials to many of society’s most vulnerable.

“We worked very closely with our customers to design and produce a solution which allows for a ‘stack, drop and go’ approach that is more time efficient, more hygienic and frees up time for more deliveries. Our sustainably designed solution is also fully recyclable at home.

“I’m extremely proud of the whole team at DS Smith; their determination to support these initiatives meant that we delivered a new design in under 24 hours. This was subsequently prototyped, tested, manufactured and delivered in less than a week.”

DS Smith has played a critical role in the food and pharmaceutical supply chain as demand for these products increases. Its international network means it can provide solutions to those facing similar delivery hurdles. 

About DS Smith:

DS Smith is a leading provider of corrugated packaging worldwide, supported by recycling and papermaking operations. Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith focuses on creating innovative sustainable packaging solutions in 37 countries employing around 31,000 people. Using the combined expertise of its divisions – including Packaging, Recycling, Paper – DS Smith works with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the supply chain. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.