Why logistics and packaging have always gone hand in hand

08 Nov, 2017

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If we look through history, and go back around 2000 years ago, we will find the first math theoretic bases of logistics, which is now a tool applied in the commercial and productions sectors.

The truth is that the term “logistics” comes from logic or logos, which means logic, a set of rational tasks or procedures that have as objective a desired specific outcome. Aristotle created one of the principles of logics: dialectic, which in math refers to the usage of algorithms to find exact solutions to the problems.

 


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500 years ago Christopher Columbus started implementing logistics to his trips. Thanks to simple logics and common sense he supplied his 3 ships with enough food, tools and weapons to conquer the new world initiating the loading, unloading, transportation and dispatch of these things in transatlantic sailboats.

Three centuries later, Napoleon Bonaparte during his campaign had the need to supply his army with food and gun supplies in various fronts, and so packaging was born as a logistic need for efficient supply practices, quality food packages for the troops under any political, geographic or weather condition. One could say that Napoleon started the military logistics, because back in the day the military just pushed their troops to march and to gather supplies on the way through specifically designed routes. But thanks to the metal and wood food containers, the new military logistics of Napoleon helped reach the gates of Moscow; he was defeated because of the cold, hard Russian winter.

During the 19th century and the beginnings of the 20th the development of canned food, foods pickled in glass, cardboard the stickers and wood packaging made room for the packaging engineering that gave birth to the military specification packaging, which makes trading easier in a local, national and international level, marking the beginning of the uprising and development of the civil and commercial logistics industry.

During World War II, American soldiers developed a much more technical and advanced logistic, to dispatch large amounts of supplies equipment and weapons for the allied troops in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific fronts by air, water and ground.

The allied soldiers had to learn on the go how to salvage large amounts of aluminum, lead, tin, copper, petroleum and rubber, enough to ensure the production of planes, tanks, ammo and nylon.

We have been talking about international or global logistics ever since, and its importance remains as solid as always and its relevance as a tool for production and international commerce continues to grow with each day.

Now, in the 21st century, with the internet and the many improvements of the logistics and packaging industries, even more importance has been given to the logistics space because the buyers can find anything just one click away. And since producers are taking notice that packages can be used as an information medium for their users, and as a protection system for their products, or as a way to unify and standardize processes that can ease the movement and delivery of the merch, it seems like the future of logistics and packaging will remain as tight and solid as always.

 

 

 

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