China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas ... | RetailTechPodcast

China issues rules to promote sustainable packaging in logistics amid Double 11 and Christmas ...

The Chinese government has issued standards to promote sustainable packaging materials in its billion-dollar logistics industry, as it looks to reduce waste in a country where millions of packages are delivered to consumers every day. In a meeting attended by senior post officials, State Post Bureau Director-General Ma Junsheng said the industry should adopt Chinese president Xi Jinping's mindset of "Ecological civilisation" to "Revolutionise" production and promote the development of sustainable packaging and lower the carbon footprint of the industry. He also called for a reduction of the use of packaging materials in parcels, encouraged electronic waybills instead of paper ones, and called for more recycling of packaging materials. In the last decade, the rise of e-commerce giants like Alibaba, which owns the South China Morning Post, and JD.com has led to the ascent of logistics firms such as SF Express and ZTO. Many logistics firms are now billion-dollar companies and collectively, these firms deliver 76,000 parcels per minute, according to State Post Bureau statistics from 2017. Popular shopping festivals such as Alibaba's Double 11, also known as Singles' Day, contribute to the massive number of packages delivered to consumers every year. This year, Chinese consumers received nearly 1.9 billion packages - or about 1.4 for every person in China - within 10 days of November 11, the day of the Double 11 shopping festival. Alibaba, which also operates logistics network Cainiao, has pledged to make logistics greener, employing "Green warehouses" which package parcels with renewable materials, as well as implementing a recycling program at delivery points where packaging materials are collected and recycled. Read more