GEFCO celebrates 30 years of expertise in reusable packaging for sustainable supply chains

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GEFCO has just reached its 30-year milestone in providing reusable packaging solutions for major automotive and aerospace manufacturers to transport and deliver components. The Group processes approximately 130,000 containers every day in its 26 reusable packaging management centers across Europe for a green ecosystem of about 2,000 users.

GEFCO’s eco-friendly solutions mean less disposable packaging on the market and fewer trucks on the road, given that most GEFCO containers are foldable, enabling higher truck loading rates. In addition, all broken GEFCO packaging is 100% recycled.

Complete packaging management across the supply chain

In a fast-evolving environment, many manufacturers are convinced of the value of outsourcing packaging management as they refocus on their core businesses. After a leading automotive player paved the way in 1989, one premium car manufacturer has entrusted GEFCO with the management of its reusable folded container supply chain for all its plants and Tier-1 suppliers worldwide since 2014. More recently, a major aerospace company awarded GEFCO a long-term contract to support its transition to a more sustainable supply chain through reusable packaging.

“Our reusable packaging range is designed to protect our customers’ product integrity while optimizing truck loading rates, production lines and warehouse storage,” commented Sébastien Roger, Reusable Packaging Solution Manager at GEFCO.  “As our customers face increasingly fierce market competition, we enable them to optimize their inbound supply chains and significantly boost their profitability.”

Gefco reusables coming from the wash line.

In addition to GEFCO’s unique expertise in packaging management, leading manufacturers can also benefit from a wide range of fully-trained asset auditors for insights on their supply chains and ways to optimize them. Located across the GEFCO network in Europe, these asset auditors also conduct personal training to help users supervise every step of packaging management, including ordering, shipment bookings, tracking and invoicing.

To further optimize supply chain operations, GEFCO has developed NETBOX, a dedicated IT system, for flow tracking. Based on the data in this system, container location and movements can be adjusted at any time in line with needs, providing customers with smart, flexible solutions. This secure predictive software generates significant savings throughout the supply chain for a more sustainable transportation model.

“I am convinced of the unique value GEFCO’s reusable packaging solutions bring to the market, especially for manufacturers seeking smart solutions to make their supply chain greener. For them, our global network and unrivaled expertise in complex multimodal solutions can be a real game changer,” Roger added.