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DS Smith opens its first hybrid Customer Innovation Hub in Lisbon, Portugal

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DS Smith opens its first hybrid Customer Innovation Hub in Lisbon, Portugal

October 21, 2021 - 04:32

LONDON, Oct. 21, 2021 (Press Release) -Today, leading sustainable packaging company, DS Smith opened its first hybrid Customer Innovation Hub. The centre, based in Lisbon, is equipped to support collaborative innovation and design sessions for customers in face-to-face, online and hybrid settings.

A pioneering concept for the sector, the new hybrid Customer Innovation Hub allows DS Smith to connect in person with customers across the Iberian region and remotely with international representatives. This pioneering transition to the “new normal” where a hybrid approach brings customers and packaging experts together seamlessly to deliver sustainable packaging solutions at speed.

The centre boasts state of the art audio-visual technology including PTZ (pan-zoom-tilt) cameras to produce detailed e-commerce unboxing experiences and presentations, along with a LED wall for online sessions and augmented reality capabilities.

The move to virtual collaboration stimulated by the Covid-19 pandemic meant DS Smith had to pivot many of its core offers to be delivered remotely. The company’s Impact Centres – physical spaces where customers explore what the right packaging can achieve across the full supply cycle– offered an online 360° ‘walk through’ for new customer opportunities. The packaging company’s PackRight Centres, which act as hubs of innovation and creativity, also went virtual.

The new Customer Innovation Hub integrates these virtual elements with a real-world experience, demonstrating DS Smith’s commitment to providing a space where experts and customers can collaborate easily and cut design lead times.

Marc Chiron, Sales, Marketing & Innovations Director at DS Smith Packaging, said: "The move towards digitalisation, that accelerated during the pandemic, has given rise to ‘fusion consumers’ who demand agility and excellence in both the physical and online shopping environments. This trend also applies to the business world, where companies must adapt to this new hybrid context to meet customers' needs, matching their experience as consumers."

"The hybrid Customer Innovation Hub gives our customers in Iberia the opportunity to enjoy an integrated experience of the Impact and PackRight Centres. The cutting-edge equipment allows us to continue to grow our digital offer and bolster our strategic alliances, further positioning us as a leading supplier in sustainable corrugated packaging."

Following the launch of the Lisbon hub, the company plans to open hybrid Customer Innovation Hubs across all its regions by the end of 2023 expanding the opportunities for impactful, interactive and collaborative workspaces and deliver unmatched customer experience.

About DS Smith: 

DS Smith is a leading provider of sustainable fibre-based packaging worldwide, which is supported by recycling and papermaking operations. It plays a central role in the value chain across sectors including e-commerce, fast moving consumer goods and industrials.

Through its purpose of ‘Redefining Packaging for a Changing World’ and its Now and Next sustainability strategy, DS Smith is committed to leading the transition to the circular economy, while delivering more circular solutions for its customers and wider society – replacing problem plastics, taking carbon out of supply chains and providing innovative recycling solutions. Its bespoke box-to-box in 14 days model, design capabilities and innovation strategy sit at the heart of this response.

Headquartered in London and a member of the FTSE 100, DS Smith operates in 34 countries employing around 30,000 people and is a Strategic Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Its history can be traced back to the box-making businesses started in the 1940s by the Smith family.