News Summary: UPS lab puts boxes to the smash test

UPS packaging engineers design boxes that survive dropping, shaking, smashing tests

Associated Press

BETTER MOUSTRAPS: In a facility that looks like a torture chamber for cardboard and bubble wrap, the UPS Package Design and Testing Lab tests new packaging designs by dropping, shaking and smashing boxes with brutal-looking equipment.

HIGH MAINTENANCE: Companies are asking a lot. They want their products to arrive safely. But they also demand sustainable materials for their packaging so they can boast of being green. On top of that, they want to reduce their costs.

SEALED AND DELIVERED: The UPS lab helps with all that, crunching and squeezing prototype packaging for 750 businesses a year and designing innovative new boxes for an additional 50 customers.

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