Plastic Pallets, Crates and Boxes – Better to Rent or Buy?

(Editor’s note: When it comes to whether to rent or buy reusable packaging, the answer, of course, is that it all depends. There are several variables to consider, including program life expectancy, secondary use, maintenance requirements, in-house capabilities, cash availability, supply chain complexity and change management capabilities. Depending upon where your operations is positioned with respect to these variables will indicate either purchase or rental. In this article, PPS makes the case for rental.)

As more and more companies look to reduce their carbon footprint through the use of long life plastic returnable transit products (RTP), they are then faced with the decision as whether to purchase or rent products.poultry crate

Should a company commit to purchasing plastic pallets, crates and boxes, apart from the substantial capital outlay for acquiring equipment, they must make provisions for managing the product pool once it leaves their premises and enters the supply chain. How are they going to track and ensure recovery, plus maintain and wash the products in order to ensure the high levels of cleanliness as demanded by certain industry sectors?

By renting plastic pallets and other returnable transit equipment this can often be paid from revenue that can be offset against taxes and allows better use of often scarce capital resources. It also enables companies to focus their attention on their core business and day-to-day supply-chain operations, whilst eliminate the expensive distraction of owning and maintaining an inventory of pallets.

Renting of plastic pallets and other equipment provides maximum flexibility as additional product can be ordered as and when required, rather than having to stock for peak seasons and keeping unused product in storage.

PPS offers total RTP solutions

PPS, who has factories in the Midlands and on the East Coast, has many years experience in providing customers with total RTP solutions, supplying returnable transit products including plastic pallets, crate and boxes to clients throughout the UK and Europe.

Returnable transit products are used in many industrial sectors such as automotive and play a vital role enclosing and securely protecting products in strong, rigid structures. Not surprisingly RTP are primarily used in hygienic applications including food, fresh produce, dairy, meat, poultry, fishing, and pharmaceutical sectors.

Managing Director David Peggie reported, “Renting returnable packaging from PPS is convenient and pain-free for our customers. We believe that our clients want to concentrate their efforts, energies and resources into their core business, whilst letting a specialist company handle their returnable packaging.

PPS offer a simple and cost effective online solution, supported by its bespoke user friendly ordering system “ENABLE”. PPS rent clients what they need and deliver the specified quantities of “BRC” accredited products ready for use, when and for how long they need it. We are also very flexible to clients seasonal needs and increases in requirements.

We manage the pool of plastic pallets, pallet boxes, plastic nestable trays and tote boxes etc. Once client product is dispatched in the returnable transit equipment to their respective customer, the detailed movement is entered onto the online tracking system “ENABLE”. From then on PPS take the responsibility to collect the transit products from the delivery site, return them to one of our state of the art facilities to wash and prepare the equipment for reuse.

Accredited to the BRC Storage & Distribution, PPS uses the very latest wash facilities to clean a variety of plastic containers from produce trays to bulk containers, dollies and plastic pallets.

So, whatever company requirements are, PPS can offer a rental option that can be tailored to suit individual requirements and back this up with our dedicated management and logistics services.”

Source: PPS Midlands

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