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Industry 4.0 and mail order: How Automated Packaging Systems has futureproofed for its customers. Everyone is talking about Industry 4.0.

Talking about the changes that technology is bringing, primarily to engineering and manufacturing and how organisations can keep up with the evolution.

Online retail has been on a steep trajectory for the last decade with online sales last year tipping the £133bn mark. Coupled with the fourth industrial revolution, online retail is becoming more sophisticated both in its profiling of customers and its dispatching processes.

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To automate or not to automate – that is the SME question

Last year e-commerce in the UK was worth a staggering £133 billion, representing a 16% growth in the market. Noticeably, there has been a significant rise in the number of ‘at home businesses’, such as eBay sellers and people offering bespoke hand-made goods.

This growing community of web entrepreneurs is starting to rival larger online retailers. For instance, the craft site Etsy has seen its number of sellers double in the last year, with some individuals fulfilling as many as 72,000 orders a year - that’s 1,384 a week!

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Four Steps to Specification Success

SMEs have the ability to be more flexible, agile and responsive.  Business growth depends on them being able to diversify and adapt to meet market demand, often in a relatively short space of time. This makes it vital that businesses source a packaging solution that both meets market needs as well as being a cost-effective investment.

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Next day deliver remains the favoured option for UK online shoppers

Internet Retailing’s ‘must read’ article looks at what consumers want when it comes to mail order delivery and begs the question ‘why don’t 1 in 5 retailers offer what customers want?’… next day delivery.   The packing step shouldn’t be holding mail order fulfilment operations back, now that new flexible integrated systems are available.

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Facts & Figures

Automated Packaging Systems’ production facility produces millions of bags, pouches, pillows and tubes every year, from a wide variety of materials in a range of standard and custom specifications. Many are custom printed with guidance, art working and plate-making support from the Automated Packaging Systems studio. Here are a few facts and figures about our manufacturing facility. 

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