Smurfit Kappa digital solution aims to drive supply chain sustainability and efficiencies

SMURFIT Kappa has announced the launch of its new SupplySmart digital solution, which is designed to help businesses adapt their packaging to increase efficiency and reduce emissions across supply chains.

Using insights from the analysis of over 100,000 supply chains, SupplySmart identifies opportunities for optimisation. Its new digital twin feature also allows businesses to test their updated packaging in a virtual environment to eliminate risks ahead of implementation.

German consumer goods company Henkel partnered with Smurfit Kappa to launch a compact and paper-based alternative to plastic packaging. SupplySmart was used to build a digital model of Henkel’s supply chain to achieve the company’s goals of reducing CO2 emissions while introducing a more user-friendly and compact pack.

Smurfit Kappa said the redesigned dishwasher tablet pack resulted in 66% less volume for the package and has helped to reduce CO2 emissions during transport by as much as 44%. The new solution also ‘enables easy handling, is easy to store, and is fully recyclable’.

Marcel Daube, international packaging developer of Henkel’s consumer brands division, said, “Smurfit Kappa’s SupplySmart solution has supported us in achieving a number of our key business objectives. It’s not just a change in design; it’s driving sustainability and efficiencies across our entire supply chain. Our commitment to responsible business has found its perfect partner in this innovative packaging, helping us reduce waste, minimise our environmental footprint, and deliver on our sustainability objectives.”

Gérard van den Boogaard, Smurfit Kappa supply chain innovation director, added, “We’ve seen how businesses are increasingly assessing how they can best manage their supply chains to address growing complexities and risk alongside keeping costs down and meeting their sustainability goals. Our enhanced SupplySmart digital tool provides our customers with a risk-free solution for realising efficiencies and improvements across their supply chain, enabling them to better respond to market opportunities.

“It can also identify where sometimes the simplest packaging changes, such as packaging orientation, can lead to significant reductions in both waste and emissions. At Smurfit Kappa, we are creating packaging that delivers on a low-carbon, circular future.”