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Cdiscount trials 4G-connected, reusable package

French online retailer Cdiscount is trialling a new reusable package which allows customers to track it through geolocation.

Working with parcel carrier Chronopost, the retailer will test 400 of the connected packages in the Bordelaise region of France.

Customers can track the package, including information from the sensors, using the LivingPackets mobile application.

Designed by start-up LivingPackets, “THE BOX” offers geolocation during transport using 4G, GPS and WiFi, as well as featuring temperature and humidity sensors. It has built-in security, including a strong locking mechanism and a range of sensors.

Each one can be used for around 1000 deliveries, using a cushioning net to eliminate the use of hard-to-recycle cushioning materials such as plastic bubble wrap, polystyrene or cardboard fibre.

The packaging can be transformed between a flat format for the sending of documents, books and T-shirts and a box format big enough to accommodate two shoe boxes. It is designed to allow customers to fold or unfold the units in less than 5 seconds.

Cdiscount will notify eligible customers by email and SMS that the option is available.

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