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Cardboard packaging to fit parcels of any shape

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Cardboard packaging to fit parcels of any shape
A conceptual packaging design that allows a sheet of corrugated board to conform to any product shape
In Use – This is currently a conceptual design, although it is easy to see how this could become a commercial packaging solution

Packaging Reduction, Storage and Transport efficiency

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials

Relevant Packaging Formats
Corrugated box/case

Supply Chain Phase
Design, Home delivery, Packing


This is a packaging design concept for a flat cardboard sheet that is capable of conforming to the shape of any object, thereby reducing materials usage and saving on void fill, and improving cube utilization and shipping efficiencies. Designed by Patrick Sung, the concept features triangulated perforations and creases that allow it to bend around odd forms. The sheet can also be folded into standard six-sided box shapes where these are required (e.g. for fragile products or where stacking is required).

Sung has branded his concept the UPACKS (Universal Packaging System).
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier.

Potential Benefits

A key benefit of this concept would be improved packaging material use including, resulting in subsequent cost and carbon savings.
Further benefits in the supply chain will also be achieved, in particular improved transport efficiencies due to reduced void space.

Intellectual Property

The design is the concept of Patrick Sung.

Consultant View

Although this is only a conceptual design at this stage, it is easy to how this could become a commercialised packaging solution. Although it would not be appropriate for fragile items, it does still have exciting possibilities for the fast-growing e-commerce sector, which is often criticised for perceived over-packaging. Whilst the solution may not be appropriate for the mainstream of automated or high-volume e-fulfilment distribution centres, it may be ideal for small business or for the packing of exceptional (often smaller items) that may not be handled by automated lines anyway.
Readers interested in this concept should also review the REID entry entitled “One size fits all corrugated packaging”.

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