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A Study of the Effect of Pictorial Markings and Warning Labels on Handling of Packages in the DHL Single-Parcel Environment
Packaging Technology and Science
  • Jay A. Singh, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
  • Sher Paul Singh, Michigan State University
  • T. Voss, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • K. Saha, Michigan State University
Publication Date
1-1-2009
Abstract

Over the past two decades, there has been a heavy influx in the number of direct-to-consumer express shipments of packaged products. As a consequence, parcel delivery companies, such as DHL, FedEx and UPS, have strengthened their presence in air transport. This study measured and analysed the effect of moving single packages through air shipments in the USA using one of the newest service providers, DHL. The study also quantified the effect of placing pictorial markings and warning labels on mid-sized and lightweight packages when using Next-Day and 2nd Day services provided by the carrier DHL. Instrumented packages measuring 0.38 m x 0.34 m x 0.34 m and weighing 6.8 kg were shipped from Michigan to California and New York. A total of 48 trips were conducted to collect the data for this study.

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Jay A. Singh, Sher Paul Singh, T. Voss and K. Saha. "A Study of the Effect of Pictorial Markings and Warning Labels on Handling of Packages in the DHL Single-Parcel Environment" Packaging Technology and Science Vol. 22 Iss. 1 (2009) p. 1 - 8
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ksaha/9/