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Meet Jo Hilton

I studied at the University of St. Andrews and have an MA in French and German. For a number of years, I worked for a Swiss financial institution and lived in Hamburg, London, Zürich and NYC before retraining as a primary school teacher and settling with my family in Cambridgeshire. When I'm not at school, I write content for various blogs and edit academic research articles for clients at ETH Zürich and the University of Munich. I'm also in the process of completing a Masters in Crime and Thriller writing at the University of Cambridge, so behind me you'll find a trail of fictional dead bodies and actual biscuit wrappers.

Articles by Jo Hilton

March 31, 2023
The Circular Economy: a New Era for Ecommerce and the Packaging Industry

Before we can analyse the impact of the circular economy on the packaging industry, it is first vital to understand its basic tenets. In this article then, we’ll start by explaining just what those are. Afterwards, […]

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March 30, 2023
Book Wraps: Perfect for Books, Better for Ecommerce

Not just for books. Definitely for all-round e-commerce success. Book wrap mailers are e-commerce’s not so secret weapon. Though simple and rather plain to look at and it could even be said, pretty basic in shape, […]

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March 15, 2023
Who invented the cardboard box? A brief history.

Alas, no sole person can be credited with inventing the marvellous creation that is the corrugated cardboard box. There was no Archimedean moment where some great mind jumped into a bath, thought about all the things […]

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March 5, 2023
7 ways to ship fragile items in cardboard boxes

There are few things more fragile than a moth. And back in the 1840s, it was the cardboard box that French silk manufacturers chose to use in order to transport their valuable eggs. Despite other viable […]

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March 3, 2023
On the move? 10 really easy ways to get free cardboard boxes in the UK

Mention moving house and a few images will immediately spring to mind. One of them – I’m willing to bet – will be a pile of cardboard boxes. Cardboard boxes are ideal for removals. The reasons […]

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February 19, 2023
5 ways to save money with letterbox packaging

In 2014, MacFarlane Packaging announced that they’d developed the first range of packaging specifically designed to be letterbox friendly. They maintained that this type of packaging was the way forward if businesses truly wanted to exploit the intersection […]

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February 19, 2023
5 ways to get the best from your packing station

This article is all about how to pack boxes efficiently and making your packing station the best version of itself. There are a few ways to pack boxes efficiently. Choosing the right box being one. Selecting […]

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February 18, 2023
Five inexpensive & easy ways to brand your packaging

Why is branding your packaging so important? Branding is a fundamental part of the customer experience as well as a discreet but key advertising opportunity. A strong visual identity impacts the perception of a product in […]

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February 7, 2023
4 Ways Great Unboxing is key to Ecommerce Success (and 5 ways to go about it)

What is the unboxing experience? Simply put, the unboxing experience is a term now widely used to describe the process of unpacking a product by a consumer. Gaining popularity ever since its inception in 2006, ‘unboxing’ […]

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January 12, 2023
Handle With Care: How to Ship Fragile Items

As an ecommerce business, you have to ensure that what you’re sending out gets to your customers undamaged and uncontaminated. After all, if a product breaks in transit, not only will you have to placate a […]

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January 11, 2023
How to use Book Wraps Effectively

We’ve already written a piece on what exactly book wraps are, how you put them together and what you can use them for. Treat yourself - click here to read the full post and take your […]

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January 4, 2023
How to Ship Items in Envelopes

What starts with an ‘e’, ends with an ‘e’ but contains only one letter? It's envelopes of course. Not anymore. This old riddle’s a good one, but it’s outdated. Nowadays, it pays to use an envelope […]

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November 30, 2022
How to Reduce Void Fill Consumption

In the quest to maintain the security and safety of any product that is going to be shipped, many packaging and shipping companies believe that void fill is a necessary part of the packaging process. What […]

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November 28, 2022
How to Use Less Packaging

Ecommerce is booming and the boom shows no signs of slowing down. In the current climate consumers are tightening their purse strings, but they’re still buying stuff and they’re still buying it online, a habit change […]

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November 25, 2022
How to Reduce Damage During Shipping

One major way to keep unnecessary costs at a minimum for your e-commerce business is by ensuring that products get to your customers in perfect working order. Damage during shipping - leading to broken or torn […]

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November 25, 2022
How to Save Money with Peel and Seal Packaging

As a supplier, an easy win when it comes to saving time and money is to use peel and seal packaging. A peel and seal strip negates the need for tape and though sustainable packing tape […]

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November 19, 2022
How to Consolidate Packaging for E-commerce

Basically, packaging consolidation is all about sending as many products as possible in the least number of parcels. This approach works well from both ends of the supply chain, whether you’re a supplier or a customer. […]

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October 10, 2022
Paper Mailing Bags - How to Ship Sustainable Fashion

If you’re in the business of sending sustainable clothing or "slow fashion" items and accessories through the post, then paper mailing bags, or padded paper bags, are an ideal option, cost-effective and practical as well as […]

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