How Military Packaging Has Evolved

boxes of goodsSupplies such as food, weapons, and parts are essential to the success of military operations. War fighters depend on those supplies, as these can help them accomplish their mission. This is the reason they need to receive the packages on time and in good condition. Proper military packaging techniques are important to achieve this goal.

DoD (Department of Defense) contractors should pack and label military supplies properly to make sure these will reach their destination at the expected time or date. It would be easier for the troops to identify the contents of each package if there are appropriate labels and tags. Both parties can easily track the location of the shipment with the help of packaging codes and automated systems.

The science of military packaging has evolved and greatly improved over the years. Here’s a short review of how this technology changed for the benefit of the military.

The Past

Soldiers relied on traditional packaging techniques and shipping containers initially. Contractors used wood boxes, crates, kegs, and barrels to ship military supplies to different locations across the globe. Poor packaging, however, caused many troops to lose essential supplies. This hindered them from sustaining their operations and completing their mission as planned. Other problems also occurred, such as supplies delivered to wrong troops and the army receiving damaged parts or items. This forced the US Government to look for ways to improve the packaging system of the military.

The Present

The Department of Defense has made significant improvements to the military supply distribution industry. The introduction of packaging and labeling requirements has been a great help for all parties involved. The military packaging software makes different processes easier. The automated system allows contractors to organize, label, and track their shipments while complying with the DoD’s requirements.

The Future

Technology will never stop improving and providing better solutions to problems. The people involved in the supply distribution industry have a lot more to expect in the future. Sending military parts and supplies to distant troops would probably be faster and easier.

The DoD and the contractors should work together to improve the supply distribution industry and reap all the benefits.

Resources:

http://milpac.com/military-packaging.html
http://www.landandmaritime.dla.mil/downloads/packaging/pkghistory.pdf
http://guidebook.dcma.mil/50/

About the Author

As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.