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Cascades joins Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier network

Cascades has said it is now an official member of the Amazon Packaging Support and Supplier (APASS) network.

The company said it views this participation with Amazon as a way of offering “creative and sustainable packaging solutions that comply with the e-commerce industry’s most rigorous requirements and specifications,thus creating value in our customers’ supply chain”.

Charles Malo, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging, said: “As a member of the APASS network.

Cascades will be able to help its customers in three ways: by making sure that their products are well protected, by offering our customers sustainable solutions that also provide the best customer experience possible, and by enabling our vendor and manufacturer partners to align themselves with Amazon’s requirements.”

The company said it is now able to conduct baseline testing on boxes and components (liner and medium), as well as competitive analysis, root cause analysis and qualification testing of individual packages or pallets.

Danick Lavoie, vice-president, operations, packaging at Cascades Containerboard Packaging, said: “E-commerce represented 14.3% of total retail sales in 2018, in the US, and Amazon is an important part of this.

“Our goal at Cascades is to partner with our customers as they grow their e-commerce business, and by joining the APASS network, we can offer our clients the essential services they need to successfully certify their packaging with Amazon.”

APASS is a programme designed by Amazon to support vendors, sellers, and manufacturers in certifying their products as Prep-Free Packaging (PFP), Ships-in-Own Container (SIOC) and Frustration-Free Packaging (FFP).