Reusables: To Use Perchance to Love…

The triple bottom line justification for reusable container and pallet usage in many applications is compelling, but potential buyers can struggle with the best way to move forward with reusables. At the end of the day, sometimes it comes down to love. For one new reader, the solution was straight forward. In his … [Read more...]

QLM Continued – Pallet Level RFID

Continued from Page 1 "I think RFID on a pallet level makes a lot of sense because you don’t slow down loading or unloading of a truck," Michael told the Packer. "It just passes through the gateway and everything gets checked. I think you will see RFID on a pallet level more and also on an item level in the next three to five years. The cost of … [Read more...]

QLM’s McCartney on the Food Safety Modernization Act

It's 10 p.m., do you know where your cabbages are? Seriously, Michael McCartney of QLM Consulting, a long time friend of the Packaging Revolution and respected thought leader in the areas of reusable transport packaging, RFID, traceability and food safety, has been in the news recently with respect to  the Food Safety Modernization Act. He … [Read more...]

More on NLP, the Norwegian Reusable Pallet and Container Pool

We recently reported on NLP, the Norwegian reusable pallet and container pool for the grocery industry. Here is some additional information in an RFID-centric article on NLP from RFID Journal. … [Read more...]

Pallet Rhetoric Waxes Thin: Time to Move Forward

I don't know about you, but I've just about had enough of butter analogies to clog an artery in the wake of the  press release about butter contamination issued by NWCPA following a University of Texas (UT) School of Public Health study, and the lawsuit against NWPCA subsequently launched by iGPS. It was interesting to see the tone of press … [Read more...]

KNAPP Offers Reusable Packaging Image Recognition, Sorting, Robotic Stacking Solution

CLEANAWAY is part of a leading global environmental service corporation, active in around 40 countries across six continents. The group offers a wide range of services encompassing waste management, recycling and specialist waste disposal, mostly for local authorities and commercial companies. CLEANAWAY Austria for the most part partners the food … [Read more...]

Reusable Container Case Study for Building Products Distribution: B&Q/Ceva Logistics

B&Q and CEVA Logistics have previously worked together on a reusable packaging format for kitchen countertops - Carrierpacs. The two companies collaboratively developed, pilot tested and rolled out reusable packaging for home delivery of kitchen worktops. Following on this successful venture, the partners developed a new reusable packaging for … [Read more...]

Motorola RFID for RTI White Paper: Angus Wolfendale Responds

Managing a successful reusable pallet or packaging program is a complex business. To suggest that a singular cure-all such as 3rd party rental/management or RFID (in the absence of a more holistic approach) will solve the lion's share of inefficiencies is to do a disservice to customers. The reality is that reusable assets require significant … [Read more...]

‘Use Me’: Should Reusable Packaging Be Part of Tesco’s Sustainable Private Brand Offering? A Student-Designer Thinks So

Here is an interesting blog post from Tesco. It asks a very good question. Why indeed is packaging reuse the bottom dweller of the top 5 trends of sustainable packaging. It drives me crazy to go to shows like PACK EXPO and be bombarded by claims of sustainable packaging, yet pretty much the only glimmer of reusable packaging is at the RPA … [Read more...]

When CHEP Sneezes…

Up north there is an old saying that when the U.S. sneezes, Canada catches a cold. The market for reusable transport packaging and pallets isn't all that different. When new competitors or substitute goods (i.e., innovative products or systems) enter the marketplace, there is predictably a ripple effect. For example, when CHEP U.S.A. rolled out … [Read more...]