Introduction to Distribution Packaging


Course Description

This course teaches the factors that are important to successfully move a product to its end destination with minimal damage. We will review pallets and treatments, LTL, FTL, parcel and non/returnable container systems. We’ll discuss vibration, shock and compressive forces—breaking them down so you understand how to design to accommodate these inevitable issues through various substrates and cushioning over road, air, rail, and sea.

Course Curriculum

About the Instructor

Dr. Andrew Hurley

Founder and Associate Professor

Packaging and entrepreneurship came together at an early age for Dr. Andrew Hurley. As a young boy, he molded and sold pewter figurines, but inadequate shipping materials led to breakage. Frustrated, he set to researching better packaging alternatives … and he hasn’t ever stopped. Dr. Hurley is an Associate Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences. He leads the packaging design emphasis area, where he researches how to leverage packaging to solve even the toughest supply chain challenges.