The Notbox Company has launched its eco-friendly ‘leaner, meaner and greener’ alternative to the billions of single-use cardboard boxes to manufacturers, supply chain professionals and consumers in the United States and Canada through a new partnership headed by former Wall Street financier, Thomas Hellman.
Hellman, Chairman and President of Notbox North America, says he has ‘great expectations’ for the whole range of Notbox products, which also include coolboxes suitable for home use as well as by specific industries such as the healthcare sector. The Notbox Company, headquartered in the UK, is already working with customers in Europe.
“The global packaging industry is worth some $424 billion and North America accounts for 28% of this market. Currently, cardboard is used to ship 90% of all products in the U.S. but the growing focus towards sustainability by businesses and consumers makes this the perfect time to bring a product like Notbox to the market. Reducing corrugated cardboard excess is one of the fastest and most effective steps a company can take to reduce waste and is high on the corporate agenda. We can demonstrate not only the environmental benefits of using Notboxes but also the cost advantages of switching to Notbox, especially for the supply chain sector where vast quantities of product are moving in cycles between distribution centers and retail stores,” he said.
Thomas Hellman spent 25 years as an institutional trader on Wall Street. His career has also included spells as Marketing Director for a Swiss bank and working for the Chinese government in Hong Kong. His first appointment to the new Notbox North America team is Shelley Slaughter, Vice President, North America, who will take responsibility for business development and marketing using her experience in similar roles with companies in Canada and Asia Pacific.
Notboxes are new strong, recyclable and multi-use transportation and storage boxes that fold flat when not in use. Designed to replace traditional single-use cardboard boxes, the Notbox team in Europe are already working on projects that will help clients achieve cost savings of over $10 million by removing cardboard from their supply chain between Distribution Centre and store and also remove over 15 million kilos of CO2 emissions in support of their Corporate & Social Responsibility programmes.