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This year’s Packaging Innovations event at the NEC hosted no fewer than 20 members of the BCMPA – The Association for Contract Manufacturing, Packing, Fulfilment & Logistics – in its Contract Pack & Fulfilment (CP&F) zone, with visitor numbers demonstrating significant demand from retailers, brands and new entrepreneurs for fully integrated and robust third party supply chain partners.
From product manufacturing, filling, contract packing to end to end delivery, BCMPA members fielded an extensive range of enquiries from new prospects in a wide variety of sectors including Food, Nutraceuticals, Personal Care and Household Chemicals.
Almost 6,000 visitors visited the Packaging Innovations show, with the CP&F area proving popular on both days. In addition, the BCMPA sponsored panel exploring the challenges and current innovations in e-commerce and fulfilment, was a highlight, with strong engagement and interest shown by attendees.
Chaired by Emma Verkaik, Membership & Marketing Director of the BCMPA, attendees heard Neil Daniells from Prolog Fulfilment, Laura Palmer from PHL Group and Glenn Hayes from Worldwide Logistics, set out the benefits for brands and retailers, old and new, of using 3rd party co packers and fulfilment houses, from scale up to end-to-end distribution to customers.
In particular, the recent exponential growth in the number of businesses trading as resellers for online platforms has further increased demand for resilient and dependable third-party outsourcing suppliers – an area that BCMPA members have been able to embrace with speed and agility, by offering FBA and a full range of e-commerce fulfilment services.
Verkaik said, “We have exhibited at half a dozen shows this year, and at each one, the trend has been the same; whatever the sector, clients are becoming increasingly convinced of the importance of speaking with experts about the provision of an effective 3rd party supply chain, and the BCMPA has been able to introduce them to members active in their sector.”
“It was fantastic to be out again at our flagship show, and as we now represent over 200 members, we are already excited for 2023, when we fully expect the BCMPA Contract Pack & Fulfilment zone to grow still further.”