The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Reusable Transport Packaging

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...]

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...]

OEM Parts Packaging Best Practices

Packaging plays a vital role in your parts production. And while the role of packaging is multi-faceted, it no more important purpose than protecting your goods and making sure they reach the end user in perfect condition.  Packaging is used to contain, protect, to preserve and to provide information. It carries considerable responsibility under … [Read more...]

Protecting the ROI of Reusable Packaging Solutions

When there is a lack of visibility and management, reusable packaging can’t deliver on ROI commitments. A managed reusable packaging solution will reduce wasted costs — such as packaging loss, misplacement, mishandling, unnecessary transportation, and manufacturing disruptions. When effective container management practices are used, ROI targets are … [Read more...]

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 1996 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 … [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 achieve their circular economy aspirations, it can be a powerful component of … [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...]

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...]

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...]