In general, there is a wide variety of packaging cartons in use in the Fashion, Textile and Sports industry. Both from production to Europe, as well as from warehouse to shop or consumer, a lot of different sizes and qualities of parcels can be found. The lack of well tested and accepted standards has led to the current situation that everybody is making their own judgement.
All research show that a lot of space in transport is lost, and a lot of unnecessary carton is used as a result. Any average container or truck could be stuffed a couple of percentages better if a modular sizing system would exist. Also, especially on the Asia-Europe cartons, some 35% less carton could be used without giving up strength and quality.
Currently, an international initiative is underway to create European packaging standards for the Fashion, Textile and Sports industry, on both sizing and strength requirements. Many industry associations are teaming up here, to make sure that the scale is met to push these standards once and for all.