The Pallet Stops There, The Cost Stops Here

"Why can't we just all get along?" Jack Nicholson asked the Martian invaders in his role of U.S. President in the movie Mars Attacks!  That was just before he got zapped. When it comes to reusable transport packaging, the good news is that we can. The challenge is to set the correct framework of asset accountability in place to make it happen, and … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging Rules of Thumb

Rules of thumb for reusable transport packaging is a terrific idea. It is catchy and can provide a snapshot of returnables or reusables, their benefits, and where they most likely make sense. The Rules of Thumb handbook for facilities planning, by way of comparison, has been an extremely useful guide over the years.  But rules of thumb can be … [Read more...]

Automotive Reusables: Returnable Dunnage for Headlamps Prevent Electrostatic Discharge

When an automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) redesigned a headlight system for a new luxury sports utility vehicle (SUV) to give a wider range of visibility, it required a new approach to packaging for protection of sensitive electronics.  To address this challenge, Sonoco Protective's TransGuard tote project utilized a new EPP material … [Read more...]

Pallets During World War 2 – Quartermaster Corps

One of the best studies of pallet usage during the Second World War appears in The Quartermaster Corps: Organization, Supplies and Services Volume 1, by Erna Risch. The focus is from the perspective of the Quartermaster Corps versus other functions such as ordance, but this endures as the most detailed coverage I have found with respect to pallet … [Read more...]

Reusable Packaging: Financial Alternatives and Outsourcing Options

Reusable packaging solutions can have a significant, positive financial impact on your supply chain; however, in order to maximize the return on your reusable packaging investment, you will need to first evaluate your corporate and supply chain requirements to find the perfect balance between container ownership (buy or lease) and/or an appropriate … [Read more...]

Urbanization and Reusables: What Does the Future Portend?

Urbanization isn't new, but it is sweeping the world, and it represents one of the most important world trends. Will it have an impact on reusable packaging and pallets? Or will reusables within our existing product mix continue to provide best value. Certainly products such as the Container Centralen Low-Noise, or the Pally, for example, seem … [Read more...]

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Greenwashing

Today the pressure is on to utilize materials that are as environmentally friendly as possible. One of the key methods used by packaging providers to "prove" the superiority of their solutions is to conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This war over who is greenest has even filtered down into transport packaging, with a recent battle between … [Read more...]

Benefits of Reusable, Washable Packaging and Pallets – Page 2

Continued from Page 1 “We have a solid track record and experience in the returnable crates sector. “If the aquaculture industry – and any fresh food producers for that matter – in Scotland can be persuaded to switch from polystyrene to re-usable plastic crates it will benefit them financially and reduce their carbon footprint. “Of that, … [Read more...]

Returnable, Washable Packaging Offers Suppliers a 40% Cut in Costs

RETURNABLE plastic crates, boxes and pallets could save Scottish fish farms countless thousands of pounds a year by substantially reducing waste, according to PPS, a company recently featured at www.packagingrevolution.net. PPS, a company headed by two Scots that supplies and washes plastic sustainable crates to fish, poultry, fruit and … [Read more...]

Premier Organics Reduces Stretch Wrap Usage Through Reusable Pallet Wrap Program

Premier Organics, maker of Artisana Organic Foods, has been approved for an innovative grant from Stopwaste.org in the amount of $3,000 to create and implement a reusable pallet wrapping program at its facilities in Oakland, CA. The grant and matching program is expected to reduce the use of plastic by 4,500 lbs each year. “Most consumers are … [Read more...]