What Is Retail Ready Packaging – RRP?

Retail ready packaging or RRP refers to a packaging approach that enables to a product that comes ready for merchandising or sale with no or minimal setup or opening.  It also meets other needs such as easy to identify and easy to open. RRP includes both reusable transport packaging, as well as recyclable single-use packages. Retail ready … [Read more...]

The Basics of Reusable Packaging

Reusable packaging is an approach that is yet to reach its full potential. Reusable or returnable packaging can be redeployed many times, offering significant benefits in terms of sustainability, productivity, food safety and more. Perched to help industries and society achievetheircircular econaspirations, it can be a powerful component of … [Read more...]

Reusables 101: The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Reusable Transport Packaging (Part 2)

This is the second article in a three-part series by Jerry Welcome, former president of the Reusable Packaging Association. This first article defined reusable transport packaging and its role in the supply chain. This second article discusses the economic and environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging, and the third article will supply … [Read more...]

Color Coding for Pallets and Containers

In an age of sophisticated RFID and other auto-ID solutions, there is still a case for color coding, or colour coding. All you have to do is watch the reverse logistics operation at supermarket distribution centres as they make full use of color identification to quickly separate pallets such as CHEP (blue), Loscam Australia (Red), etc. When … [Read more...]

The Basics of Manual Palletization

Palletization is an important component of materials handling and logistics strategy.  (See "Why Palletize?) The primary work of palletizing is the placement of boxes or other items onto the pallet. The introduction of palletization resulted in substantial gains in material handling efficiency. During World War 2, for example, the palletization … [Read more...]

Why Use Two If One Will Do?

The following reprint underscores early thought about pallet reuse, in essence the emergence of coordinating inbound receiving of pallets under load with their reuse for outbound shipment. “Why Use Two If One Will Do” was featured in The Palletizer, a material handling publication developed during the Second World War by the U.S. Navy Ordnance … [Read more...]

Reusables 101: Determining Whether Reusable Transport Packaging is the Right Fit for Your Company (Part 3)

This is the third and final article in a three-part series. The  first article defined reusable transport packaging and its role in the supply chain, the second article detailed the economic and environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging, and this last article supplies some parameters and tools to help readers determine whether it is … [Read more...]

Reusables 101: Defining Reusable Transport Packaging and Its Applications (Part 1)

This is the first article in a three-part series by Jerry Welcome, formerly the president of the Reusable Packaging Association. This first article defines reusable transport packaging and its role in the supply chain. The second article will discuss the economic and environmental benefits of reusable transport packaging, and the third article will … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging Basics: Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector

This article introduces the use of reusable packaging and pallets in beverage applications. It is the first in a series introducing the use of reusables in a variety of industries. They've caught your eye in supermarket floor displays of Pepsi, Coca Cola or Red Bull, and you've probably navigated your shopping cart around stacks of them used … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector (Part 2)

This is a continuation of Reusable Packaging and Pallets in the Beverage Sector (Part 1)   Reusable Bulk Packaging Reusable bulk packaging is used both on the inbound side of bottling operation as well as for outbound. Solutions such as bulk containers to hold preform containers or bulk juice, as well as the use of layer pads, pallets … [Read more...]