Mondi e-commerce update March 2021

Welcome back to our Mondi Corrugated Solutions e-commerce newsletter! In this issue we are pleased to inform you about our solution for a safe and sustainable transportation of fresh produce with the development of the new BCoolBox. You will find more fresh stories about our Valentine’s Day competition, 2021 industry outlook about e-commerce grocery and Olive's sustainable approach. Enjoy the read!

Mondi’s BCoolBox is a sustainable innovation to the surge in online grocery shopping.

With the pandemic propelling a 10% increase in online grocery shopping*, Mondi found a solution for the safe and sustainable transportation of fresh produce with the development of the new BCoolBox.

With 28% of Europeans in urban areas ordering online and 80% planning to continue buying groceries online after the pandemic, according to the PWC study “Global Consumer Insights Survey 2020”, this innovation is a reliable packaging solution for an expanding e-commerce market. We help e-commerce companies decrease total packaging costs, reduce waste and delight consumers – in different shapes and forms.

Responding to demands for efficiency in a new growing market.

E-grocery door-to-door delivery is one of the most cost-intensive segments** within the e-commerce market. Food needs to be packed and delivered quickly to ensure it stays fresh on its journey from the store to the consumer or pick-up station.

Online retailers required a highly efficient packaging solution and a sustainable alternative for temperature-controlled products. Mondi delivered an innovative solution, which can be adapted individually towards each customer’s needs.

Sustainably fresh delivery with BCoolBox.

The BCoolBox is a corrugated packaging system with thermo-insulation to keep perishable food cool while in transit.

  • It is made from 100% recyclable packaging material that can be disposed of easily after delivery.
  • Thermo-insulation keeps food chilled below 7° Celsius for up to 24 hours, mitigating food waste and expanding the geographical reach for deliveries.
  • Inner corrugated panels with special perforation enclose the shipment from all sides, providing enhanced insulation.
  • Maintaining a consistent temperature and removing the need to use cooling trucks makes it a cost-effective shipping solution.
“The BCoolBox is yet another example of our innovative mindset to serve the e-commerce market. With our in-house experts, we consult our partners to find the ideal packaging for their goods and develop solutions created especially for them. Therefore, we are happy to get in touch with you to find the right form of BCoolBox for your individual needs,” says Nedim Nisic, E-commerce Manager at Mondi Corrugated Solutions.
“Our approach is to listen to our customers and evaluate their needs along the entire supply chain. We aspire to create packaging for the e-commerce sector that is sustainable by design. This corrugated packaging solution expands our wide offer for the online grocery market,” adds Tarik Aniba, Sales & Marketing Director Corrugated Solutions at Mondi. “Besides enabling customers to ship chilled food without the need for air conditioning trucks – a big advantage we are bringing to the market – we are also offering something truly innovative, which is a 100% recyclable solution. We are working with many companies who have approached us since the official launch of BCoolBox, as they strive to find the solution to their continuously increasing recycling requirements,” Tarik commented further.

We are always evolving and responding to change.

We strive in Mondi to innovate, even in times of crisis and new demand, while we continue to work closely with our customers and respond to their instant supply chain needs.

“The BCoolBox is the first of many developments we hope to see in our solutions for chilled foodstuffs, expanding Mondi’s offering in the fast-growing e-grocery market while keeping it sustainable for a better world. We are already working with many customers on pilots to define the customized BCoolBox solution fitting to their supply chain processes,” added Nedim Nisic.

FlowerBox Valentine’s Day competition.

Love is in the air! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we were giving away flowers in our award-winning FloralBoxes!

The announcement of the competition was very well received. It is our top performing instagram post with more than 1,700 impressions and 430 engagements! The FloralBoxes were sent to the ten winners and two influencers in our secure and sustainable packaging solution designed especially for “blooming” online businesses. Many re-posts and tags gave us some love back.

The future of e-commerce grocery has arrived: 2021 industry outlook.

February 19, 2021 (Forbes) – The shift in consumer habits propelled platform adoption and provided a boon to grocer retailers in 2020. Today, with the new year upon us and the vaccine rollout now in play, retailers may be pondering how to keep up the momentum. Yet, regardless of how or when we “beat” Covid-19, the habits that have been formed during the crisis — including the shift to convenient (and safe) purchasing of essential grocery items — are unlikely to change.

Here are a few trends Jeremy Neren, Co-founder and CEO at GrocerKey, thinks will help grocery retailers ride the wave:

  • Emphasis on success rather than just “good enough”
  • Reducing CapEx
  • A focus on food safety
  • Increased consumer experience expectations
  • More collaboration between retailers and consumer packaged good (CPG) brands
  • The evolution of payment options
  • Retailers that stand for something continue to win

Jet co-founder Nate Faust is building a more sustainable e-commerce experience with Olive.

February 17, 2021 (Tech Crunch) – Olive works with hundreds of different apparel brands and retailers, including Adidas, Anthropologie, Everlane, Hugo Boss, Outdoor Voices and Saks Fifth Avenue. After consumers sign up, they can install the Olive iOS app and/or Chrome browser extension, then Faust said, “You shop directly on the retailer and brand sites you normally would, and Olive assists you in that checkout process and automatically enters your Olive details.”

The products are sent to an Olive consolidation facility, where they’re held for you and combined into a weekly shipment. The real environmental impact comes from “the consolidation of deliveries into fewer last-mile stops” — the startup estimates that doubling the number of items in a delivery reduces the per-item carbon footprint by 30%.

For more information about our e-commerce solutions, please check out our new homepage or get in touch with us directly.


Image Nate Faust: © Olive | *Source: PWC study “Global Consumer Insights Survey 2020”. | ** Source: Packaging World Special Report on E-commerce. Compared to a brick and mortar grocery basket, the statistic shows that for every e-grocery basket worth 100 EUR, the cost is 13 EUR more in operational costs.