Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on packaging solutions. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising transportation packaging startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Transportation Packaging Startups
For our 5 top picks, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 1.200 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
SECUR Packaging Solutions – Bulk Solid & Liquid Transportation Packaging
The world looks set to continue with increased overall consumption of goods and the creation and dumping of waste. However, the growing demand for electricity, water, and other resources have forced companies to develop specialized transportation containers and packaging. These allow for safer and more cost-effective transport of bulky or hazardous goods over significant distances.
The US-based startup SECUR Packaging Solutions develops intermodal vacuum containers that can carry liquids and solids in bulk on ships, trains, and roads. They offer custom transport packaging solutions for large, oversized objects and hazardous materials, including nuclear waste.
SURE Pak – Reusable Bulk Transportation Packaging
Packaging products demands significant human labor. It involves unfolding cardboard boxes, taping them up, loading them with products, and then securing the box with more tape. Minor human errors in box assembly, low durability of the boxes, and low load capacity make it nearly impossible to reuse such containers. Companies are now reimagining alternatives to this inefficient method of transport packaging.
The US-based startup SURE Pak develops eponymous containers that are low-cost alternatives to traditional containers. Each of these containers weighs about 30 kg (60 lbs), holds up to 900 kg (2.000 lbs), and replaces nearly 50 traditional box containers. The design integrates pallets and containers, allows easy movement of the containers using forklifts, and enables easy storage and assembly of containers. Because of their design and reusability, these containers are friendly towards both workers and the environment.
Stockare – Smart Trackable Transportation Packaging
As supply chains grow bigger, large volumes of goods are in transit all the time. Currently, companies face avoidable losses during transit, either because of theft or damage. Advancements in the Internet of Things (IoT) hardware and software have given rise to companies developing smart, integrated transport packaging solutions. Smart packaging focuses on quality control, location information, and the ability to track the assets throughout their entire journey.
Spanish startup Stockare develops smart, returnable packaging solutions to equip clients with all the required information regarding their goods in transit. They offer smart IoT-connected containers, pallets, and tool cases that monitor its location and temperature, send hourly alerts and notifications, and enable well-informed decision making and data sharing.
AeroClay – Sustainable Packaging Foam
The packaging industry is one of the biggest consumers of plastics of several types, from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) to film plastics. The extremely disposable nature of packaging results in tons of plastic waste and only a minor fraction of it is recycled. Startups are developing alternatives to unsustainable materials like plastic. The diverse range of packaging requirements makes it an ideal testing ground for new materials.
The US-based startup AeroClay develops an eponymous foam made of polymer and clay. Whereas conventional methods use melt-extrusion and blowing agents to create the foam structures, AeroClay makes polymer or clay into semi-liquids first. It then uses ice templating to form pores, followed by a freeze-drying process, ice sublimation, to remove all the solvent. It is highly absorbent and cleans almost everything from oil spill cleanups to kitty litter.
Logiun – Reusable Pallets With Tracking
As consumers become more quality-conscious, packaging and transportation costs have gone up. Startups working in the logistics sector are developing integrated, returnable, and reusable packaging solutions to reduce costs. Some of the solutions include the use of sustainable packaging materials, adoption of clean designs, and supply chain optimization.
Brazilian startup Logiun develops packaging solutions that aim to reduce the resources involved in supply chain optimization. They offer management of returnable pallets for the automotive, chemical, and transportation sectors. Their containers can be easily tracked while in transit and enable certain processes, like returns requests, to be automated.
What About The Other 1.195 Startups?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 transportation packaging startups showcased above are promising examples out of 1.200 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.