Cascades Joins Amazon Packaging Support Network Cascades, Kingsey Falls, Quebec, Canada,is an official m ember of the Amazon Packaging Support and Sup- plier (APASS) network. APASS is a program designed by Amazon to support vendors, sellers, and manufac- turers in certifying their products as Prep-Free Pack- aging (PFP), Ships-in-Own Container (SIOC) and Frus- tration-Free Packaging (FFP). By doing so, they’ll be the right size, protected against damage, ready-to-ship without the need for additional packaging, and ideally easy to open and recyclable.Amazon provides a list of suppliers that can help test, design, and supply packag- ing in line withAmazon’s packaging certification rules. Cascades 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 its customers’ supply chain. “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 en-
abling our vendor and manufacturer partners to align themselves with Amazon’s requirements,” said Charles Malo, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cas- cades Containerboard Packaging. Cascades’ R&D Centre, reportedlt the largest private Canadian research center in the industry, has imple- mented an internal quality system based on ISTA,TAPPI and ASTM directives to ensure that the company pro- vides consistent service quality. Cascades is therefore able to conduct baseline testing on boxes and compo- nents (liner and medium), as well as competitive anal- ysis, root cause analysis and qualification testing of in- dividual packages or pallets.The R&D Center provides ISTA 6-Amazon.com testing to help customers meet Amazon’s strict packaging requirements. “E-commerce represented 14.3 percent of total re- tail sales in 2018 in the United States, and Amazon is an important part of this. Our goal at Cascades is to partner with our customers as they grow their e-com- merce business, and by joining the APASS network, we can offer our clients the essential services they need to successfully certify their packaging withAmazon,” said Danick Lavoie,Vice-President,Operations,Packaging at Cascades Containerboard Packaging.
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