Packaging giant will make use of Smart Containers Group’s cooling technology to offer cold chain shipments
Zug, Switzerland, June 7, 2018 – Smart Containers Group, the Swiss-based manufacturer of the world’s safest temperature-controlled containers for food and pharmaceuticals, has announced a strategic partnership between its FoodGuardians division and Schoeller Allibert, one of Europe’s leading providers of reusable and Returnable Transit Packaging (RTP) and a world-leading manufacturer of shipping containers and packaging products. The partnership will bring to market an overnight delivery box for food and groceries, catering to both individual consumers as well as the hospitality industry.
The collaboration between FoodGuardians and Schoeller Allibert is aimed at creating an innovative container solution for the online delivery of groceries, which is more environmentally friendly and offers fresher produce to consumers than current market solutions. In developing an overnight delivery box for food and groceries, FoodGuardians, whose containers are super lightweight, highly robust, and cost-efficient, will benefit from Schoeller Allibert’s unique experience and expertise in the mass-manufacturing of reusable assets for the food industry. FoodGuardians, meanwhile, will extend cooling and data monitoring capabilities in Schoeller Allibert’s existing service offerings, enabling food suppliers to monitor a containers’ performance, the integrity of the products shipped, and ensure a cost-efficient operation.
“We are very excited to announce our collaboration with Schoeller Allibert. Our work together will go a long way in addressing the wasteful, throw-away solutions which currently characterise the online deliveries market – which is growing more popular by the day. Consumers can look forward to fresher produce at an affordable price. We want to ensure it costs less than €1 EUR per day to protect the products that come to people’s homes when they shop online. Combining Schoeller Allibert’s long history of innovation in packaging with our cutting-edge container technology, we are poised to bring something truly exceptional to the industry, all at an affordable cost,” said Richard Ettl, CEO of Smart Containers Group.
Smart Containers Group is a leading manufacturer of temperature-controlled containers for pharmaceuticals and food products. Its FoodGuardians division provides the next generation of reusable containers for foodstuffs, ensuring higher quality foodstuffs upon delivery by reducing the length of the supply chain and maintaining a constant temperature during the shipping process through a combination of patented cooling technology, cutting-edge insulation, and blockchain infrastructure. The Smart Containers Group SkyCell division, has been appointed by 12 of the 20 largest pharmaceutical manufacturers globally, offers the safest logistics service within the pharmaceuticals industry and is the fourth largest cooling container company in air freight.
“Schoeller Allibert has a track record of dedication to, and provision of, efficient and effective solutions within the global supply chain and logistics sectors. Our partnership with Smart Containers Group will allow us to utilise new technologies to enhance our service offering, while continuing to deliver unparalleled value to our customers, shareholders, and partners,” said Ludo Gielen, Chief Strategic Growth Officer of Schoeller Allibert.
Schoeller Allibert is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of shipping containers and packaging products, with more than 60 years of experience inventing, developing, designing, and manufacturing for the global logistics industry. Schoeller Allibert is focused on several global markets, with service offerings across the agricultural, automotive, food and food processing, beverage, retail, and industrial manufacturing sectors. With a range of ten key product segments, including foldable large and small containers, UN pails, and pallets, Schoeller Allibert prides itself on the provision of high quality, durable, sustainable supply chain solutions which are cost efficient and environmentally friendly.
“The Smart Containers Group’s strategic partnership with Schoeller Allibert marks a significant milestone in the maturation of our FoodGuardians division, which will be a leading player in food logistics – offering sustainable, sensible, and cost-effective service to individual consumers, restaurants, and hospitality providers the world over. Combining our technological capabilities with Schoeller Allibert’s experience in packaging innovation will strengthen both companies as we move forward in bringing new solutions to the global supply chain,” concluded Ettl.