Nexans and ffly4u connect customers to their cable drums through the Internet of Things

Nexans and ffly4u, an industrial Internet of Things (IoT) specialist, are pioneering a tracking and management service that not only lets DSO customers know the exact location of their drums, it even tells them how much cable is left. Returnable cable drums are the unsung workhorse of the cable manufacturing Industry. Typically, they provide … [Read more...]

Circular Economy: Its Importance and Benefits

NJIT New Jersey Institute of Technology – Online MBA … [Read more...]

Reusables Drive the Trifecta of Benefits for Sustainability, Says RPA’s Tim Debus

Reusable packaging offers sustainability benefits and supports the circular economy; e-commerce is an exciting new frontier   Tim Debus, President and CEO of the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA), gave a presentation on the topic, ‘Reusable Packaging for a Sustainable Supply Chain’ at ProMat 2017's Sustainability Theater, … [Read more...]

Reducing Reusable Packaging Losses Using Smart Logistics

'Why is a beer truck here to pick up our old computers?' and other reports from the frontline.  ReturnCenter offers tips for efficient reverse logistics of reusable packaging.   Shawn Stockman, director of business solutions for ReturnCenter, talked about the company’s website and services as well as customer case histories. The … [Read more...]

Why Fear-Based Marketing Is a Mistake for Corrugated in Its Ongoing Tiff with RPCs

Corrugated versus RPCs debate fails to embrace the broader implications of using negative marketing. The rise of the wood pallet for shipping from the 1940s onward allowed corrugated carton usage to become not only feasible but to flourish as the wooden box market plummeted. Box plants closed in droves. A few operations survived by focusing on … [Read more...]

From ‘Port to Plate’ and Back Again: CHEP Supports Port Phillip Bay Shellfish Reef Restoration

CHEP Australia’s supply chain solutions, specifically its Corporate Social Responsibility solutions and knowledge of circular economies, has played a key role in a unique collaboration between business, government, and a social enterprise and environmental group; The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The group has come together to recycle oyster, mussel … [Read more...]

One Size Fits All Approach Isn’t Good for Package Optimization: Here’s Why

By Megan Ray Nichols The concept of a one-size-fits-all approach is a touchy subject. While it's useful in some cases, particularly clothing, it doesn't translate so well when it comes to manufacturing. Nonetheless, many manufacturers continue to use this approach because of its standardized and simplified nature. Citing efficiency and … [Read more...]

When Did Reusable Pallet Pooling Begin?

Early pallet pools emerged in the 1940s and became the beginning of a much larger logistics trend. The pooling of reusable packaging and pallets is an important component of today’s supply chain efficiency and sustainability efforts. While pooling is often embraced as a recent trend that has become increasingly popular over the last decade or … [Read more...]

Corrugated Plastic Cartons Drive Down Packaging Costs

The reuse of corrugated plastic boxes makes sense where the regular return of corrugated boxes is feasible.  Payback typically in the first year if used once per month.   Fred Dowd, president of Texas-based Technology Container Corp., gave a brief presentation at ProMat 2017 on how his company’s corrugated plastic containers can … [Read more...]

Returnable Packaging and Automation

Best practices for integrating reusable packaging with automated manufacturing and storage systems. Industry insider emphasizes the importance of a direct line of communication between the automation supplier and the reusable packaging provider. Mike Chiado, President of Americas for the Utz Group’s U.S. affiliate, George Utz Inc. USA gave a … [Read more...]