NEWS: Investment in Internet of Packaging to Track Deliveries


Swedish packaging company BillerudKorsnäs has taken a further step into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology company Hanhaa. The company’s solution allows users to track not only the location but also the condition of their deliveries in real time and on a large scale no matter the country or carrier.

BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, was formed last spring to develop new business for the group by linking up with interesting innovation companies in early stage. The aim is to work closely with companies and actively contribute to developing new solutions in the packaging value chain. This is a relatively small investment for BillerudKorsnäs in financial terms.

Hanhaa’s system, called Parcelive, tracks deliveries along the entire logistics chain. Transmitter devices are placed in parcels and use GPS and GSM to track their position. Sensors measure and report in real time the condition of the goods, their location and what they have been exposed to in terms of temperature, drops and knocks. The system works regardless of country, scale or carrier. The devices are managed using a return system. The recipient pushes a button to prompt the display of a return address and then posts the device back.

“Together with Hanhaa, we’re continuing to build tomorrow’s Internet of Packaging. Expanding our offering of digital solutions will allow us to continue challenging conventional packaging for a sustainable future,” said Venture managing director Anders Persson.

The solution is especially suited to logistics optimization, continuous cold chain management, high-value goods and time-critical shipments. It allows maintenance engineers to avoid expensive production losses by tracking consignments and precisely planning trips to customers.