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Delivery boom spurring package innovations in Japan

Materials makers read opportunity in tiny mailboxes, parcel lockers

Oji developed an envelope that fits in mailboxes for shipping CDs and similar-sized items.

TOKYO -- The popularity of online shopping has created huge demand in Japan for cardboard and other materials to package purchases for delivery.

However, it has also spawned some logistics challenges. For example, too much packaging and the parcels won't fit in mailboxes, meaning the delivery service has to go back another time if nobody is home.

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