Packaging has come a long way indeed, from its roots of water canteens out of animal hide to today’s military-grade labelling. But this field wouldn’t be where it is right now if not for the dilemmas it faced in the past decades. Let’s take a look at the challenges of packaging from years ago and how the world coped to reach today’s efficient handling of goods.
It wasn’t until World War II that the world realized how important packaging is. It was a time when packaging was a matter of life and death, as a mishandled ration would mean no food for the soldier. The same goes with weapons, which is why they had to develop packages that can survive the transport.
Soon during the Gulf War, the problems were about identifying the delivered items. This caused wrong delivery on many occasions, calling for multiple orders that wasted precious resources.
Over time, the military grew more concerned about tracking the item before, during, and after the delivery. This marked the entrance of military-grade UID tags, different labels, and other technical specs to ensure efficient package delivery. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. The need for efficient delivery and handling of military supplies transformed the world of packaging, and thanks to the problems they encountered along the way, we all enjoy orderly deliveries despite the thorough processes.