Why Packaging Waste Matters: New Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Updates

The way we package our goods can significantly contribute to a better planet, so it’s no surprise the spotlight is now on sustainability in packaging practices, with updated regulations on packaging waste set to come in October 2025.
These regulations come in the form of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), a regulatory framework aimed at changing how we approach packaging waste. Whether you’re sourcing materials domestically or relying on imports, this impending scheme is set to reshape your packaging operations.
This blog serves as an informative follow-up to our previous discussions on the topic, providing the latest updates on EPR.

Understanding EPR

At its core, EPR shifts the responsibility for packaging waste management onto producers, requiring them to bear the full cost of collection, sorting, treatment, and recycling. Recent updates to EPR regulations have brought about significant changes, including the introduction of modulated fees. The payment year has also been deferred from October 2024 to October 2025, however, businesses are still required to declare their packaging waste for 2023.
This initiative is driven by the objective of incentivising producers to limit packaging waste and enhance recyclability. This shift inevitably carries financial implications, as costs are predicted to increase. Therefore, it’s important to understand how EPR will influence your packaging operations and how you can proactively mitigate associated expenses.

Aligning Packaging Practices with EPR

EPR encourages producers to rethink packaging choices and design, urging businesses to embrace recyclable materials and eco-design principles while reducing waste. As companies gear up to comply with EPR regulations, it’s clear that innovative solutions will be essential in meeting these new standards effectively.

How can Right Size Packaging Help?

Right Size solutions combine Ribble’s industry-leading Fanfold material and state-of-the-art technology to create the perfect size box for all products. This ensures every item of packaging fits the product exactly, negating the need for void fillers and excess packaging.
We have a simple 4-step process for our Right Size solutions:
1. Enter box style and dimensions.
2. Select how many are required.
3. The box is produced within seconds.
4. Products are packaged in the perfect-sized box.

As well as saving on EPR tax, businesses will save on fuel and transport costs, regain warehouse space and save on labour costs, all resulting in up to 30% savings on packaging costs.
If you would like to discuss EPR in more detail with some of the packaging experts at Ribble Packaging, you can contact us at info@ribble-pack.co.uk or visit our contact page.

Print & POS Companies Deserve Better Packaging

Many print & POS companies are finding their hard work undone due to improper packaging.

Print and POS are often known for their creativity, but delivering exceptional work to clients extends beyond the ink on the page or setting up a sales display – it’s about ensuring that it arrives in pristine condition. The journey from print to delivery is often overlooked, yet it presents a significant opportunity to increase profits simply by embracing efficient packaging practices.

Why Efficient Packaging is Important

Efficient packaging serves as more than just a protective means during delivery, it should be considered an investment that saves time, money, and resources. By streamlining packaging processes, print and POS companies not only reduce the risk of damaged stock, but also reduce unnecessary expenses associated with overstocking and wasteful packaging materials. For instance, efficient packaging can lead to faster order fulfilment, reducing labour costs and improving customer satisfaction.

Additionally, companies embracing sustainable packaging practices not only return better cost savings but also contribute to a healthier planet, aligning with the growing pressures on corporate social responsibility. According to a recent study, just a 1% increase in CSR investments leads to a 0.3% increase in sales growth.

Right Size Packaging Solution

Right Size is the development of on demand packaging production. This technology enables companies to produce packaging precisely tailored to the dimensions of each product, eliminating the need for excessive filler or wasted space.

Working with Fanfold corrugated material offers the perfect solution to addressing the challenges of varied job sizes and delicate displays. With Right Size packaging, print & POS companies can begin to modernise their packaging operation and reduce expenditure.

Whether handling small scale print orders or large format POS displays, these solutions can adjust to accommodate various requirements allowing companies to innovate and expand their offerings. With the flexibility of Right Size solutions, you remain agile and responsive.

Ribble Packaging

By embracing Right Size packaging solutions print and POS companies can unlock substantial cost savings while delivering undamaged products to your clients.

Learn more about Ribble’s Right Size Packaging Solutions and how they can benefit your Print or POS business today. If you want to speak about your packaging needs in greater detail, call us on 0161 284 9000.

Packaging Processes Have Moved On, Have You?

Automation is everywhere these days, from self-driving cars to smart home devices, it seems like we’re all on a mission to make life a little easier. Which asks the question, when was the last time you reviewed your packaging process? And could you benefit from exploring the new automated capabilities they now hold?

Packaging Automation

Automation can be implemented across various stages of the packaging process, from box forming to labelling and palletising. The idea is to only get what you need, starting small with automation modules and expanding as needed, allowing for growth and adaptation to your changing business requirements.

Each Stage at a Glance

Measuring Station: Using sensors to measure dimension and weight.

Box Production: Corrugated or die-cutters will cut, fold and glue your box into the desired shape.

Box Forming: Taking flat card and shaping it into the desired form.

Coupling Box and Product: Utilising pick and place machines, robotic arms, or conveyor belts to handle the product in position.

Box Closing: Sealing the box securely.

Labelling: With sensors and actuators attached as predetermined.

Palletising: Stacking boxes onto pallets in a certain pattern, often with a control system to optimise the stack.

Benefits of Packaging Automation

Firstly, automation leads to substantial labour savings by reducing the need for manual intervention in packaging processes. This not only cuts down on labour costs but also minimises the risk of human error, resulting in higher quality outputs and reduced wastage, saving multiple costs around the business.

Automation will also drive increased productivity by enabling packaging processes to run faster and more consistently. Tasks that once took hours to complete can now be accomplished in a fraction of the time, helping to meet tight deadlines and customer demands with ease.

Is Automation Right for You?

Before you take the automation plunge, it’s worth taking stock of where you stand. Assess factors such as production volume, product variability, and budget. Conducting a thorough analysis of these factors can help determine the potential return on investment (ROI) of purchasing an automation packaging machinery and justify the initial investment costs.

Ribble Packaging are here to help

By leveraging packaging automation, businesses like yours can reap the benefits of packaging automation and achieve significant cost savings, improve productivity, and deliver higher quality products to customers. So why wait? Take the first step towards streamlining your packaging processes today.

If you want to speak about your packaging needs in greater detail, get in contact or call us at Ribble Packaging on 0161 284 9000. With over 80 years of packaging expertise, we help streamline your packaging processes to reduce waste and restore profits.

Bulk Buying Doesn’t Always Mean Savings

The way products are packaged can significantly impact a company’s bottom line, and for years the go-to strategy has been bulk buying both packaging materials and void filler, but what many fail to realise are the hidden costs associated with this traditional approach.

Rethinking Bulk Buying

Bulk buying packaging materials has long been the default option for many companies due to the attractive discounts offered on larger quantities. Yet, this seemingly cost-effective strategy may be putting a strain on your warehouse space. Worse yet, if you cater to many different sized products, your packaging can sit for long periods of time.

However, there is a more efficient and cost-effective way to approach your packaging…

Getting it Right First Time

Investing in Right Size packaging solutions can significantly reduce packaging costs by up to 40%. It is already being utilised by various industries, from furniture to manufacturing. This approach is centred on efficiency and cost-effectiveness, as companies use rolls of fanfold cardboard that adapt to different product shapes and sizes seamlessly.

This works by scanning and entering the box style and dimensions, selecting the quantity required then your box is produced within seconds. With this precise customisation, it allows for the perfect sized box every time, eliminating any need for void filler, meaning less clutter and the opportunity to optimise your warehouse space.

Real Packaging Cost Savings

One of our clients, BG Sports, struggled with their packaging as they shipped sports memorabilia in all different shapes and sizes. Bulk buying packaging was inefficient and ordering smaller quantities was too expensive. With the business growing, space started to become an issue, and that’s why they invested in Right Size solutions. They achieved a significant reduction in packaging material usage and storage costs, reducing their packaging bill from £400k a year down to £200k, thanks to the adoption of Ribble’s Right Size. Read more about their story here.

The benefits of Right Size packaging extend beyond this case study. It also reduces material wastage, lowers shipping expenses, decreases product damage and returns, maximises shipping capacity, and helps businesses adapt to price increases in the supply chain. Companies that adopt this approach not only contribute to environmental sustainability but also witness a positive impact on their bottom line, making it a win-win solution.

Choosing Ribble Packaging

As businesses reassess their packaging strategies, we encourage you to explore the many costs saving benefits with Right Size solutions. At Ribble Packaging, we specialise in providing tailored solutions that align with your business needs. Contact us today on 0161 284 9000.

Transforming Furniture Packaging with Panotec Automation

Furniture manufacturers are constantly seeking ways to boost efficiency and reduce costs, yet surprisingly, the packaging process often gets overlooked.

Countless furniture manufacturers are currently grappling with a range of packaging problems that not only impact their operational efficiency but also have significant financial implications. Perhaps the most pressing concern among these challenges is the need to prevent transit damage. When your furniture arrives at its destinations in less than perfect condition, the costs incurred can be hindering, not just in financial terms, but also in terms of the reputation of your company. As much as 11% of unit loads arriving at a distribution centre have some level of packaging damage.

Adding to this is the reliance on traditional packaging methods that have long been in use within the industry. These conventional approaches, while deeply ingrained, often prove to be surprisingly wasteful. They also may demand a significant level of skill from your employees, presenting yet another challenge. Whilst these are just a few of the common faults from across the industry, it shows how important it can be to ensure your packaging quality remains consistent while packaging a wide array of different furniture, whether it’s antique dining sets, flatpacks, or large beds.

The Need for Innovation

To overcome these challenges, manufacturers often turn their attention to automated packaging solutions.

The industry is vastly adopting automated solutions, and the initial concerns surrounding quality and adaptability have been removed. Leading machinery, such as Panotec automation, now offers innovative solutions that transform the way furniture is packaged.

One of the key advantages of automation is its ability to reduce the need for specialised skills in furniture packaging. The automated processes make it accessible to a wider range of operators, with minimal training. This not only simplifies the process but also addresses the issue of skilled labour shortages, which has been a growing concern in the manufacturing industry with statistics from ONS showing manufacturing vacancies are still higher than pre-pandemic.

Transition to Automation

Manufacturers can start by assessing their current packaging processes and identifying pain points. This initial step provides a clear understanding of where automation can make the most significant impact. Once the areas in need of improvement are identified, manufacturers should research and choose the right automation solution for their specific needs.

Customisation and Flexibility

One of the key advantages of automation in furniture packaging is the ability to customise solutions to meet the unique requirements of each manufacturer. This flexibility means that manufacturers that use automated packaging systems no longer need to rely on one-size-fits-all packaging.

Quality Assurance

Quality assurance is at the heart of any manufacturing process, and automated packaging solutions are designed to excel in quality control while reducing the potential for human error. With Panotec automation, furniture manufacturers can enhance their efficiency and reduce costs while maintaining the quality and reputation of their brand with consistent packaging.

This technology is a new era of furniture packaging, and manufacturers who embrace it will be well positioned for future growth and upcoming trends. If you want to speak about your packaging needs in greater detail, call us at Ribble Packaging on 0161 284 9000. With over 80 years of packaging expertise, we help streamline your packaging processes to reduce waste and restore profits.

Are your shipping costs getting out of control?

Reduce your overheads with Right Size packaging!

If you are looking to reduce your overheads, one often overlooked aspect of cost reduction is the choice of packaging, according to a study by the Guardian, oversized packaging leads to five million unnecessary delivery journeys every year. By adopting the principle of Right Size packaging, businesses can achieve significant savings in multiple areas.

For any business involved in transporting, handling, or storing products, adopting packaging solutions that perfectly fit your products can lead to a multitude of advantages.

Right Size packaging means fewer material costs, which then means fewer production costs and handling fees. It also results in a reduction of transport costs as more packages can fit on a pallet, or cheaper parcel brackets if you’re sending individual products. And finally, you can store more products for less, which also increases your buffer stock, building a more resilient supply chain.

How have we got to this point with excess packaging? Businesses often buy large volumes of stock packaging to reduce unit costs. This means they have just a few packaging options for all their products. This results in products being shipped in the nearest fitting packaging, regardless of their size. This practice is expensive and wasteful.

 

The benefits of Right Size

  1. Cost-Effective Shipping

The primary and most immediate benefit of Right Size packaging is cost effective shipping. When the packaging matches the exact dimensions and weight of the products, businesses eliminate the expense of excess materials. This translates into significant savings on shipping costs.

  1. Enhanced Storage Efficiency

Every square inch of storage space matters, especially in growing businesses. With Right Size solutions, businesses can maximise their warehouse space by using packaging that fits their products precisely. This optimisation means fewer trips to replenish stock, reducing labour costs and enhancing storage space utilisation.

  1. Efficient Transportation

Efficiency in transportation is a key driver of cost savings. Right Size packaging increases the density of products within each shipment, making the most of the available space in trucks, containers, and cargo holds. This means fewer trips and less fuel consumption.

  1. Minimised Damage and Returns

Oversized packaging often leads to products shifting and getting damaged during transit. By using Right Size packaging, products remain secure, and the risk of damage is greatly reduced. This not only cuts the cost associated with damaged goods but also lowers the number of product returns, saving money on shipping and restocking.

  1. Streamlined Handling

Efficient handling of packages is a critical aspect of logistics. Right Size packaging simplifies the loading and unloading process, eliminating the need for excessive handling. This not only saves time and labour during each shipment but also optimises workflow, resulting in reduced labour expenses and increased productivity.

 

How Ribble can help?

Adopting Ribble Right Size solutions can have a transformative impact on shipping and logistics, it’s the most effective and efficient packaging for your product.

Whether you are a manufacturer of one product or a retailer of many, it significantly reduces your overheads and shipping costs, optimises storage and transportation efficiency, and minimises damage and returns.

Ribble’s Right Size solutions combine industry leading Fanfold material and state of the art technology to create the perfect size box for all your products.

By prioritising Right Size packaging in your logistics operations, your business can unlock a host of benefits that ultimately contribute to long-term success and cost savings in a highly competitive environment.

Packaging Problems? Introducing Panotec Automation

Packaging is more than just a box around your product. You may be surprised to know it can influence your cost structure, brand identity and sustainable position. Whether you are a small startup or a well-established company, your packaging process can elevate your business if done correctly.

With today’s companies confronted with an array of challenges, from the escalating costs tied to manual labour to the unyielding demand for impeccable packaging consistency, it’s no wonder many are rethinking their packaging process.

A significant number of forward-thinking companies have already made a shift towards automation in their packaging processes, and that is set to continue to rise with the global packaging automation industry expected to reach approximately £7 billion by 2028, more than doubling from its 2021 valuation of £3.1 billion. This raises the all important question, if you’re still operating under the “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” rule, then you might want to understand the real costs involved in not embracing new technology.

One of the standout features of automation is its alignment with sustainability goals. Automation is at the forefront of modern manufacturing practices, and it contributes significantly to reducing energy consumption, minimising waste, and fostering overall environmental stewardship.

Meet Panotec Automation

Panotec Automation seamlessly combines Panotec’s advanced box making machinery with automation, providing a flexible solution tailored to your packaging requirements. This sustainable approach allows businesses to implement a single module of automation to address specific packaging challenges and scale up to a fully automated solution as their needs evolve.

The benefits of incorporating Panotec Automation into your packaging processes extends beyond efficiency. These green advantages include:

  1. Efficient Resource Usage: By reducing energy consumption and minimising waste.
  2. Reduced Material Waste: By optimising packaging dimensions, conserving your resources.
  3. Improved Product Quality: By ensuring consistent packaging you have fewer damaged products and returns, ultimately saving both money and resources.

While there may be an upfront investment in automation, many companies find that the long-term benefits far outweigh the initial costs. The transformation isn’t just about recouping your initial investment, it’s about securing a sustainable future for your packaging operations.

Join The Movement

Reach out to us today at Ribble Packaging to discover how Panotec’s automation solutions can comprehensively address your packaging challenges, improve efficiency, save energy, reduce waste, and ensure your business’s long term success while contributing to a greener, more sustainable future.

Embracing Sustainable Packaging: A Win-Win for Businesses and the Environment

As awareness of environmental issues has grown in recent years, consumers and businesses alike have started to prioritise sustainability in their decision-making processes. One crucial area where this shift has become evident is in packaging solutions. Sustainable packaging has emerged as a compelling answer to minimise the environmental impact of businesses while meeting the demands of conscientious consumers.

Conventional packaging, especially single-use plastics, has had a devastating impact on the environment. Non-recyclable plastics and other non-biodegradable materials end up in landfills, taking centuries to decompose, polluting soil and waterways and endangering our wildlife and their habitats. The production of these plastics is heavily reliant on fossil fuels that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions.

By implementing and embracing sustainable packaging solutions, businesses will actively contribute to the preservation of natural resources and the protection of our environment.

 

Why you should embrace sustainable packaging?

The shift to sustainable packaging has become crucial for a number of reasons. Firstly, it will go a long way in reducing your carbon footprint. Sustainable packaging often incorporates materials that require less energy and resources to produce, leading to lower carbon emissions throughout the supply chain. By choosing biodegradable, compostable, or recycled materials, businesses can help combat climate change.

Secondly, it can positively impact your brand and enhance your reputation. A survey carried out revealed that UK consumers have become more conscious of sustainability, with 81% reported preferring environmentally friendly packaging materials. (1)

Consumers are actively seeking products from businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability. Adopting eco-friendly packaging can enhance a company’s brand reputation and attract a broader customer base.

Another important factor to consider is how your business will meet regulatory requirements. The government is increasingly imposing strict regulations on packaging waste and its disposal. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is just one of those regulations. We have discussed the topic of EPR and its sustainable benefits previously and how embracing sustainable packaging can help businesses stay compliant with these evolving regulations.

By choosing sustainable packaging, businesses play a vital role in minimising environmental impact. Sustainable materials, such as biodegradable, compostable, or recycled materials, help reduce waste generation and carbon footprints, mitigating the overall ecological harm caused by packaging.

 

Our sustainable promise

Ribble deals exclusively with sustainable materials, offering 100% recyclable, environmentally sustainable packaging. We didn’t stop there though, we wanted to ensure our business adopted as many sustainable practices as possible.

In March 2023, we completed a new investment project installing a large solar panel system to the roof of our factory in Oldham. The system consists of 1775 individual solar panels generating around 532,770 kWH p.a saving around 250,403 kg of CO2 emissions per year, this project was the latest in a phase of green investments we have undertaken over the last few years, which you can see in more detail here.

In 2021 we installed new LED lighting throughout the factory and offices saving 127,000 kg of CO2 per year. We have also installed electric car charging points for staff and visitors to use.

Thanks to these investments our electricity supply is now fully provided through renewable energy.

So not only can you be safe in the knowledge your packaging solutions are 100% sustainable, but you can also be confident you are collaborating with an environmentally conscious business, doing what it can to combat climate change and protect the environment.

 

 

Sustainable packaging has become a necessary aspect of modern businesses, benefiting both companies and the environment. By reducing your carbon footprint you can play a vital role in mitigating the adverse effects of packaging waste on the planet.

And by making the switch to sustainable packaging, businesses can demonstrate commitment to the environment, meet consumer demands, and embrace innovation for a greener and more sustainable future. This strategic move not only ensures long-term viability in a changing market but also contributes to a greener and more sustainable future for all.

Are you ready to embrace sustainable packaging?

Contact Ribble today to discuss your packaging solutions.

Optimise your packaging for cost-effective supply chain management!

As businesses face price rises across the supply chain in today’s challenging economic landscape, it’s essential to find areas where costs can be controlled. Rising costs impact every aspect of operations, and companies must seek innovative solutions to mitigate these costs. Packaging is one such area where cost-saving measures can be relatively straightforward to implement and can yield substantial savings. By investing in Right-Size packaging, and optimising your packaging solutions businesses can minimise costs without compromising on protection or branding.

 

How can you save on your bottom line?

Many businesses tend to default to using standard-sized boxes. When businesses use boxes that are too large for the products they contain, they end up using more packaging materials than necessary. This not only incurs additional material costs but also leads to increased shipping expenses. Smaller boxes that fit products snugly reduce material usage, which translates to direct cost savings.

Efficient packaging minimises shipping costs. Freight carriers often charge based on both weight and volume, known as dimensional weight pricing. By using appropriately sized boxes, and optimising your packaging, businesses can decrease the overall volume of shipments, even if the weight remains the same. This results in reduced shipping fees, especially for lightweight but bulky products.

Right-Size packaging solutions reduce the risk of products being damaged during transit. When items have excess space in a large box, they are more likely to shift and get damaged during handling and transportation. Using boxes that fit products properly ensures that items remain secure and well-protected, leading to fewer product losses and returns. This, in turn, helps businesses save on replacement costs and enhances customer satisfaction.

 

How Ribble can help?

Whether you are a manufacturer of one product or a retailer of many, using Right Size packaging allows you to create a more sustainable packaging process.

Ribble’s Right Size solutions combine industry leading Fanfold material and state of the art technology to create the perfect size box for all your products. It is flexible and cost-effective, saving you around 30-40% on your packaging costs.

We will conduct a thorough analysis of product dimensions and weight to determine the most appropriate size, producing boxes designed to fit a range of products, reducing the need for multiple box sizes and streamlining your packaging process.

 

Implementing an efficient packaging process that uses Ribble’s Right-Size solutions for products brings multiple cost-saving advantages. It reduces material wastage, lowers shipping expenses, decreases product damage and returns, maximises shipping capacity, and helps businesses adapt to price increases in the supply chain. By focusing on optimising your packaging solutions, your company can not only weather cost fluctuations but also improve overall sustainability and operational efficiency.

The Invaluable Benefits of Packaging

Packaging plays a pivotal role in numerous industries, offering a range of benefits that extend beyond just containment and protection of products. It also offers streamlined logistics, cost savings and positive moves towards environmental sustainability.

And although it can often be an afterthought, packaging is a fundamental aspect of efficient supply chain management.

 

Protection of Products

One of the primary functions of packaging is to safeguard products during transportation. The protection and preservation of products are always the number one priority, and packaging plays the most important role in ensuring goods arrive at their final destination in perfect condition.

Businesses need robust packaging solutions to shield their goods from physical damage and other potential hazards during shipping. If your packaging does not fulfil the primary purpose of protection then it can lead to multiple issues resulting in unexpected costs to the business.

A study conducted last year using YouGov data reported that 8.9 million UK shoppers received a damaged parcel. (1)

Damages in transit can have a negative effect on both your reputation and costs. Not only do the costs incurred in returns and replacements have an impact on your bottom line, but product damage can have a significant negative effect on customer relationships.

By using appropriate packaging solutions, you can ensure that your products reach your customers in pristine condition, reducing the likelihood of returns or customer dissatisfaction.

 

Cost Reduction and Sustainability

Packaging suppliers play a key role in helping businesses reduce costs and adopt sustainable practices. They offer expertise in optimising packaging materials, ensuring the right balance between protection and cost-effectiveness.

Businesses can minimise costs and improve profitability by thinking strategically about their packaging. And by introducing sustainable packaging solutions, businesses can minimise waste, decrease transportation costs, and support the growing consumer demand for environmentally friendly practices.

Collaborating with a packaging supplier such as Ribble who is committed to sustainability, businesses can align their packaging solutions with their own environmental goals, contributing to a greener and more responsible industry, resulting in significant long-term benefits for all stakeholders involved.

 

Efficient Supply Chain Management

For businesses, packaging is crucial for optimising supply chain operations.

Collaborating with your packaging supplier guarantees you the best packaging solution because you can tailor your packaging materials to your specific needs.

This flexibility can help optimise the supply chain by ensuring the packaging aligns perfectly with the product requirements. Well-designed packaging reduces the risk of damage throughout the entire supply chain, minimising waste and improving efficiency.

Some businesses can use the same size and packaging format for all their products, while other businesses require more complexity in their packaging process.

With a greater understanding of the importance of packaging in the supply chain, it’s crucial to develop a functional design that considers the production, and logistics of your products.

By implementing an effective and efficient packaging solution, not only will you develop the ideal packaging design but you will be able to move goods seamlessly through the entire distribution process and ensure products are received in good time, with minimum delays and with reduced waste and damages.

 

Why Partner with Ribble?

The importance of packaging cannot be overstated. Beyond its core role of product protection, packaging serves as a powerful tool. Its contribution to supply chain efficiency, cost reduction, and sustainability makes it an indispensable aspect of modern business operations.

As industries evolve, packaging will continue to play a crucial role in meeting customer expectations while ensuring the safe and efficient delivery of products worldwide.

By partnering with a reliable packaging supplier like Ribble, your company can harness the expertise and convenience we offer, unlocking the full potential of your products and securing a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

If you would like to discuss your packaging solutions or would like more information on how Ribble can help with your packaging needs get in contact with one of the team today.

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