Time for a short break from the wonderful world of IT, as Andrew explains: "I am concerned that, even though you are an IT organ, you do not recognise the achievements of the lower tech 'heritage' industries.
"Herewith my entry from supplier of bathroom fittings and brassware, Bristan, a British company which has honed and polished its packaging skills over many years and deserves respect."
Andrew helpfully attached "a close up of the entire consignment, in order that your readers may fully understand the enormity of this achievement" (the stamp is for scale, natch).
Yup, it's good, but remember it's HP you're up against here. Cue a contribution from Michael: "This is what happened when we took delivery of an HP BLc NC325m Quad-port NIC this morning. This is not the first time we've received such a small part from HP on such a large pallet, but we decided to video the unboxing of this one to preserve it for future generations..."
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Doubt I'm the first to point this out, but...
Er, the message is on the sides of the box, not top and bottom.
Ah, optimisation... Calculus, perhaps?
May I propose HP's packaging engineers consider taking a few Calculus courses to become more familiar with the principles of maximising volume -- within other real world criteria, naturally.
My alma mater had such a programme for their packaging design students, and they did a pretty good job of it from what I've seen of class projects.
Good going, HP!
RE: As an ex warehouse employee I can see the other side
There's also the fact that smaller packages with fewer layers are more likely to fall out of cages or become soaked through if dropped when loading.
To those who think it's a money making scam: In some ways this could be said to save money -- as has been mentioned it allows packers to use standard sized boxes making the process quicker and allowing a better bulk discount on the box purchases. Whether the company passes the savings on to you is debatable though, I suppose.
As for excess packaging -- I recall a warehouse I worked in receiving a pallet with a cardboard box covering the whole pallet and standing around 4 feet heigh. The box was full of "Wotsits" style packaging and turned out to be a lucky dip for an oven knob.