Advantages of Product Packaging
We can define product packaging as a type of technology that involves concealing and protecting a product for purposes of use, distribution or storage. We can also say it is a process that deals with designing, evaluating and producing packages for products. In general, it is a system that is coordinated to prepare goods or products for transport, logistics, sale, ware housing and end use. It is considered a very useful technology for it protects, transports, contains, informs, preserves and sells the product. It is very much integrated in almost every country in the world by government, industrial, institutional, business and even in personal ventures.
It is seen in the ancient era that the first packages used were made up of the natural materials that were available during that time. For example, they would use wooden boxes, wooden barrels, baskets of reeds, pottery vases, wine skins, woven bags, ceramic amphorae and the like.
There were also processed materials that were used as packages and got developed as time went by this are like bronze and the early glass. People got to store their products in tins after the tin plates were invented in the modern era. There was need to preserve food for a longer time and also as it get transported so inventors came up with tin canning in order to make that possible. Paper-based packaging was created by inventors after canning as got wiser. In the 20th century new materials were made and this boosted the development of product packaging on another level. These packages included transparent cellophane over wraps, Bakelite closures on bottles and also panels on cartons. Since then, packaging become a worldwide commodity that was very essential in developed and developing countries.
Product packaging has found to have more uses than just to conceal a product. It offers protection against any physical interference like from electrostatic discharge, mechanical shock temperature and the like. It provides a blurrier protection like from water vapor, oxygen, dust and so on. Apart from those it can be used to transmit information like through the labels that may be put on the external face of the package. It has encouraged the marketing of the particular product that will be packed in the package. Packaging has contributed to matters concerning security like they can be designed to be tamper resistant in that they can deter manipulation and they can also be tamper-evident in that it will indicate whether the package has been tampered with or not. The packages are also designed to have features that add convenience in display, handling, reclosing, sale, recycling, distribution, ease in disposal, reusing and stacking.