Retail Ready Packaging and RTP: A View from the UK

Back in 2010 I posted to a LinkedIn group about retail ready packaging, and in particular, to a story on RRP which is no longer available online. One thing that struck me about the article was that reusable transport packaging was not mentioned explicitly. Back in the 1990s, I commented, it seemed that being shelf ready was one of the enormous … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

History of Pallets Home Page

Pallets and their predecessor, the shop skid, definitely came into use in the early 20th Century, but pallet-like prototypes were probably in use hundreds of years earlier. This page is a work in process, but here are some pages from posted to this point in time that touch on the history of pallet use. What Came First, … [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...]

Reusable Packaging: Is It Really So HARD TO HOLD? (Part 1)

Reusable pallet and container theft - this story first appeared in May 2010, and still contains useful information. (Read a more recent discussion: Prevent reusable asset loss by giving reusables a voice) Reusable Pallets and Containers: Why Do Some Pallet and Container Users Struggle to Maintain Control of Assets? With the headline … [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...]

Four Strong Winds: Reusable Transport Packaging Ready for Prime Time?

Updated January 2016 Sudden change, counter-intuitively, is anything but sudden. Just like the old analogy of the lily pads that establish a toehold on a large pond. They diligently yet subtly double every day until on the 28th day they cover one-quarter of the water. On the 29th day they blanket half of it. And on the 30th day they consume the … [Read more...]

Are Reusables Really So…HARD TO HOLD? (Part 2)

To review the first installment od our report on reusable container and pallet theft, click here. The feature continues below. The Importance of Pallet and Container Management in Reducing Loss While theft was found to be at the heart of pallet and container loss for the collaborating Baltimore companies, others believe that poor management … [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...]