Safco Dental Supply Partners with UPS on Eco-responsible Packaging

The dental products supplier has become the first company in the U.S. certified under the UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program.

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill. -- Safco Dental Supply Company, one of the nation's leading suppliers of dental products, has become the first company in the United States to be certified under the UPS's Eco Responsible Packaging Program. Safco is committed to providing dental practices with superior customer service, reduced waste and the most dependable and sustainable shipment packaging possible.

Safco teamed with UPS to optimize its packaging for damage prevention, right sizing and materials content. As a result, Safco's package damage rate decreased by over 50 percent -- a significant benefit for customers, the company and the environment. "We've always tried to do what's best for our customers, and more reliable, eco-friendly shipping is a key part of this commitment," said Ken Saffir, president of Safco.

Partnering with UPS made sense for Safco and for its dental customers, because the new packaging allows the company to deliver products -- many fragile and liquid-based items -- to customers in the good condition they expect. Better packaging means that dental offices avoid the hassle of having to arrange for a replacement for a damaged product and the possible treatment delays that may result.

To earn certification, Safco had to have each box it prepared for shipping evaluated by UPS according to procedures vetted by SGS Group, a global leader in inspection, testing and verification services. All packaging had to meet stringent criteria for damage prevention (since damage creates waste), right sizing (to avoid excess packaging) and materials content (utilizing packaging with a more sustainable profile). After three months and numerous redesigns, Safco met all the requirements and today is able to feature the UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program logo on all packages it prepares and ships.

"We recognized Safco as a company that cares about conservation and protecting the environment, and we were proud to partner with them early on to achieve our mutual mission -- save the earth's valuable resources and better serve customers in the process," said Randy Seibert, UPS Solutions Manager.

SOURCE: Safco Dental Supply Co.

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