SGS leads the way with new comprehensive testing protocol for footwear packaging

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  • (1888PressRelease) April 07, 2021 - SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has launched new comprehensive testing protocol for footwear packaging – a first for the footwear industry.

    The innovative testing protocol is designed to support brand owners and retailers, including e-commerce, to have confidence that their packaging will perform well, meet environmental and sustainability standards and ensure consumers receive footwear in the best possible condition.

    John O’Connell, Global Packaging Director, SGS, said: “It is astounding that, until now, the industry had no available comprehensive testing protocol for its packaging.

    “Brand owners and retailers need the assurance that their packaging will be robust enough to meet all the demands of storage, transit and display and that, ultimately, their customers will enjoy the box-opening experience exactly as they intended.

    “Our new, testing protocol supports the industry to deliver just that, whilst helping organizations to protect their brands and gain competitive advantage.”

    SGS’s first comprehensive testing method for footwear packaging addresses the huge demands placed on packaging to withstand the physical rigors of transportation and the retail environment, including e-commerce. Testing covers the following areas:

    • Physical performance
    • Appearance, color fastness, color/print transfer
    • Sustainability
    • Chemical and regulatory requirements
    • Consumer and ‘shopability’
    • ISTA transit testing

    Transit testing, including ISTA 6-Amazon and the Amazon FFP certification process, is carried out against across SGS’s global network of ISTA accredited laboratories. ISTA’s Transit Certification mark demonstrates to carriers that packaging provides the correct level of protection and services. Testing includes:

    • Environmental (temperature extremes, UV etc.)
    • Shock
    • Vibration
    • Compression
    • Impact
    • Moisture
    • Forklift and clamping testing

    Protocols also cover manufacturing quality, which organizations can demonstrate through a Certificate of Analysis (COA) from SGS. This ensures the quality and consistency of packaging components and validates the manufacturing process from raw materials through finishing and testing of the final package against performance specifications.

    The comprehensive protocols also provide consumer and ‘shopability’ testing using consumer panels to evaluate whether packaging will meet expectations. Additional insight can be provided regarding a product’s positioning against competitors and consumers’ reactions to the box-opening-experience.

    About SGS Packaging Testing Services
    From its unique global network of ISTA accredited test laboratories, SGS provides a comprehensive range of packaging testing services to help manufacturers and suppliers ensure their products are effectively protected during distribution.

    With in-depth knowledge of cutting-edge testing methodologies and packaging regulations, SGS can test packages according to CPSIA, ISTA, TAPPI, ASTM, ISO, ANSI, UNDOT, TPCH and REACH. Learn more:

    For more information on this service, please contact:

    Paul Bridge
    Deputy VP Global Footwear and Leather
    SGS Connectivity & Products
    Email: ( @ ) sgs dot com

    About SGS
    SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 89,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,600 offices and laboratories around the world.

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