Furniture packaging - Best practice guide

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With damage return rates as high as 15% in some businesses, improving packaging and packaging practice (without upward spiralling costs) is key to maintaining profitability and protecting customer confidence.

With the threat to profits from damage so high, a report into improving packaging was deemed a necessity.

This report lays out detailed best practice information for those concerned with packaging issues within the UK furniture industry. The information contained has been summarised within FIET's Furniture Packaging Optimisation Research report.


  • Introduction
  • General best practice packaging issues
  • Best practice packaging by product type
  • Packaging materials and components
  • Packaging and packaging waste directive
  • Other packaging developments

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