Pregis is launching a new inflatable protective packaging system engineered for compact packing stations. Its AirSpeed Fit is a patent-pending solution, which produces both air pillows and wrappable void-fill, designed to address the fulfillment needs of the omni-channel retailer.

“At the core of the omni-channel strategy is locating fulfillment as close to the customer as possible in order to speed delivery and minimize shipping charges,” explains Ryan Germann, e-commerce segment manager, Pregis. “This means that sometimes the order is packaged at a retail location where space is at a premium. Frequently, all that is available is a very small room at the back of the retail space.”

The 11 x 13 x 9-inch AirSpeed Fit weighs 15 pounds, making it ideal for even the smallest “ship-from-store” spaces. It can produce 8 x 4-inch or 8 x 8-inch air pillows, as well as a quilted wrappable void fill that cradles the product, forming a protective cushion.

Designed to offer a replacement for traditional void fill, as well as half-inch, premade bubble, it makes cushioning material on-demand so any storage space required by premade materials is eliminated.

“The retail store employee has a number of responsibilities including providing customer service and stocking shelves in-between fulfilling orders,” notes Germann. “The AirSpeed Fit has been designed to enable everyone, regardless of their packing experience, to easily operate the machine and effectively package orders,”