Reusable Packaging and Pallets – News Briefs 2018

Flexible Intermediate Bulk Container Market in North America

The flexible intermediate bulk container (FIBC) market in North America is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during the period 2018-2022, according to a new market research study by Technavio.

According to a senior analyst at Technavio, “There are many risks associated with the use of FIBCs. To curb these risks, the polypropylene fabrics are first UV treated and made insulation proof. Therefore, the bags can be made shockproof while filling or discharging of products. Furthermore, the use of FIBCs enables cost reduction of around 45%-55% associated with packaging when compared with traditional corrugated cartons. The benefits of FIBCs over other kinds of packaging will create greater demand for FIBCs for industrial applications, which will drive the FIBC market in North America during the forecast period.”

Market trend: innovative FIBCs available in the market

The diversity of offerings by FIBC vendors has been increasing steadily by incorporating more innovative FIBC products, which have been catering to the needs of the end-user segments. Vendors provide bulk bags in various shapes, sizes, capacities, and properties. Vendors offer new innovative bulk bag solutions, which further cut down the packaging cost.

Market challenge: fluctuations in raw material prices

The instability in raw material prices is one of the key challenges faced by vendors. Polyethylene and polypropylene are usually derived from crude oil. But, the growing fluctuations in the crude oil prices have a drastic impact on manufacturing cost. These price fluctuations have a major impact on the cost of producing FIBCs.


The Global Folding IBCs Market Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 4.8% During 2017-2027

A new research report by Future Market Insights, titled ‘Folding IBCs Market: Global Industry Analysis 2012 – 2016 and Opportunity Assessment 2017 – 2027’ says  that the global folding IBCs market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 4.8% during the forecast period, reaching a market size of over US$ 520 Mn by the end of 2027.

Based on material, plastic material leads in terms of market size, with an expected market size of over US$ 430 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the metal material for folding IBCs segment is expected to witness faster demand in the coming years. Metal is expected to lead in terms of CAGR with 5.1% during the forecast period.; On the basis of capacity, 500-1000 L capacity has the highest expected market share US$ 240 Mn by the end of 2027. In terms of CAGR, 1000-1500 L dominates the global market.

Based on packaging content, the liquid segment is way ahead solid and the semi-solids segment with a market share of over US$ 400 Mn by the end of 2027. However, the solid and semi-solid segment is expected to reflect a higher growth rate of over 5.1% during the forecast period.; Among the various application areas of folding IBCs automotive and mechanical part is expected to witness the fastest growth during the forecast period. However, chemicals segment is the dominating segment in terms of market size and is also not much behind mechanical segment in terms of growth rate.; Based on region, APEJ is expected to reflect highest market share among all the major regions, with the highest demand for Folding IBCs by the end of the year of assessment.


Brambles announces completion of the sale of its recycled whitewood pallets
business in North America

Sydney – 15 February 2018. Referring to its announcement of January 9, 2018, that it had entered into an agreement to sell its non-core North American recycled whitewood pallet business, CHEP Recycled, to Grey Mountain Partners for an enterprise value of US$115 million, the sale has now been completed.

Following the necessary regulatory approvals, the completion of the sale took place on 14 February 2018 in New York.

The proceeds of the sale were broadly in line with the carrying value of the CHEP Recycled business. The related cash inflow will be reported in Brambles’ full-year results for the 2018 financial year in August 2018.


RM2 Provides an Update on Its Financial Position

February 12, 2018. RM2 has provided an update on its financial position. Based on the information known to it today, as a result of collection of receipts from debtors as well as continued careful cash management and cost reduction measures, it has sufficient cash to continue operating through the first third of the month of March, although this could vary depending upon the outcome of ongoing discussions with third parties, including manufacturing partners and alternative sources of financing

RM2 previously announced on 19 January 2018 that it estimated its cash balance at the end of January 2018 would be approximately $2.0 million and that it would have sufficient cash to continue operating through the third week of February 2018.   

The company remains committed to further reducing its overheads and continues its efforts to monetize certain non-core assets where possible.

Trials of the Company’s ELIoT smart pallet continue to elicit positive feedback from customers.  RM2’s active pallet tracking system has demonstrated to customers how they can rapidly increase supply chain efficiencies.  Pallet losses are reduced through the swift identification of pallets that have exited their authorized supply chain locations.  This has enabled customers to quickly recover those pallets.  Equally importantly, active pallet tracking has enabled customers to identify the root cause of pallet leakage and thereby eliminate further losses.

RM2 states that it continues its discussions with potential funding partners, strategic investors, and customers in order to progress the business.  It continues to take appropriate advice as it explores the financial and strategic alternatives available to it, and will provide further updates as and when appropriate. 


Producers and retailers exceed 1 billion tray movements with Euro Pool System in 2017

“This milestone of 1 billion tray (RPC) movements is achieved with all parties in the chain. We are happy to help our partners to drive the efficiency and sustainability of the fresh food supply chain. Choosing for reusable packaging implies a conscious choice for an efficient and sustainable supply chain.” says Gerjo Scheringa, CEO of Euro Pool System. “We believe that an increasing number of stakeholders will join our pooling formula, reducing the CO2 emission, preventing food waste and creating a better world for the next generation.

“Each and every day, producers, transporters, processing companies and retailers benefit from the advantages of our reusable trays and pallets: they are strong, always available, stackable, clean, traceable and 100% recyclable”.


Swisslog secures order to implement AutoStore in new distribution center for syncreon, a leading contract logistics company

February 8, 2018. Swisslog Logistics Automation, a leading provider of best-in-class warehouse automation and software, will implement AutoStore for syncreon, a leading specialized contract logistics company consistently recognized for its operational excellence. The newly constructed, automated distribution center in Carlisle, PA will serve both e-commerce and retail fulfillment. The new facility occupies approximately one million square feet and is scheduled to begin fulfillment operations in June 2018.

syncreon is globally recognized for optimizing customers’ supply chains, providing tailored, innovative, and scalable solutions that reduce costs and improve performance. According to David Minns, Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, for syncreon, “We believe that a proven goods-to-person picking solution like AutoStore will be a perfect complement to our more conventional picking operations. We are particularly attracted to the easy scalability of AutoStore for our future growth. As a global company, we selected Swisslog as our implementation partner because of their strong global footprint and support organization.”

Swisslog is the leading global integrator of the AutoStore system with more than 85 installations. Swisslog’s AutoStore solution combines intelligent SynQ warehouse management software and unique pick stations not offered by other integrators.

Markus Schmidt, President Swisslog WDS Americas, commented, “It’s exciting to see this technology really take off in the United States. American companies are rapidly adopting goods-to-person automation and turning to Swisslog because of our vast experience compared to other integrators. After installing more than 85 projects, our realization has been perfected to the point that our team can install in short time frames while tailoring solutions that work for our diverse clientele in the E-commerce/retail, consumer goods and production logistics industries.”


New Nestable Plastic Pallet Combines Best Features Into One Powerful Shipping Product

Chicago, IL – One Way Solutions has released a new nestable plastic pallet that combines the high capacity, low tare weight and reinforced perimeter for increased impact-resistance. All of these heavyweight characteristics come at light duty pricing, which makes it the ideal pallet for one way export shipments, light-medium duty reusable applications, WIP, storage, display, and distribution applications.

This 40 x48 USA made pallet weighs only 17 lbs, yet provides 2,500 of dynamic capacity. High-pressure injection molded with high quality recycled HDPE resin, this pallet has a 8,800 lb static capacity.

Every consideration has been taken to minimize weight while maintaining strength and durability:

  • 9 nesting legs feature structurally neutral knockouts to reduce weight and cost.
  • Tapered edges assist fork tine entry and assist splitting a pallet off a nested stack.
  • The pallet deck perimeter is reinforced with extra ribs to increase impact resistance.

The 4-way entry is compatible with nearly all fork trucks and hand trucks. The open deck design allows for easy handling and cleaning. A superior nesting ratio allows 2100 pallets to fit in a 53’ truck, significantly reduces the per pallet shipping costs.

The product is now available on the One Way Solutions website and will ship out next day. Pricing for this item can go as low as $8.99 per pallet.

One Way Solutions is a 3rd generation family-run business specializing in plastic pallets for the Material Handling Industry.


U.S. Department of Labor Cites Pallet Manufacturer After Employee Injured by Machine

NEW LENOX, IL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Supplyside USA, a New Lenox-based pallet manufacturer, for machine safety violations after an employee was injured while conducting maintenance on equipment. The company faces $91,832 in proposed penalties for two repeated, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations.

OSHA inspectors found Supplyside USA, which operates as Prime Woodcraft Inc., failed to install adequate machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentional operation, and train workers about noise hazards; and allowed combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces.

“Too often, employees are injured because companies lack adequate machine safety procedures and safeguards,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “Employers have a responsibility to evaluate their workplaces for hazards, and ensure safe operations.”

Prime Woodcraft has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. View current citations.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.


CHEP Launches New Advanced Container Management Facility in Southern California

 Redlands, CA – January 31, 2018 – CHEP recently opened its newest container service center just outside greater Los Angeles.  The larger space, optimized layout, and investment in state of the art semi-automated cleaning equipment are key enablers to support CHEP’s growing west coast customer base and ensure just-in-time availability of high-quality sanitized containers.

Southern California represents one of the largest consumer markets in the United States. As an established partner with a large number of food and beverage manufacturers in the region, CHEP provides supply chain solutions including container rental, tracking, and optimized logistics.  Redlands emerged as an ideal location for this new site due to its proximity to the concentrated manufacturing hub outside a major metropolitan area.

With consumers driving industry improvements in food safety and sustainable business practices, CHEP has implemented key innovations to better align with their customers’ values and goals. The new CHEP facility in Redlands boasts a high-efficiency hot water pressure washing system in combination with organic drain-safe cleaning chemicals to reduce the environmental impact and ensure consistent quality.

In addition, customers benefit from CHEP’s long-standing business model which replaces corrugated packaging that would have otherwise been sent to landfills, reduces transport miles and emissions, and improves the safety and traceability of food throughout the manufacturing process.

For further information on CHEP’s supply chain solutions, visit www.chep.com/us/en/bulk-liquid-and-dry or call 888-873-2277.


TOMRA Partners with Michigan United Conservation Clubs to Help Protect the State’s Outdoor Heritage

Shelton, Conn  February 1, 2018 — TOMRA has partnered with Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) to raise funds through Tomra Makes Change, the reverse vending provider’s recycling loyalty program.

TOMRA Makes Change members can now exchange their loyalty points for a donation to MUCC. Four-hundred points in the program equates to a $1.50 donation.

TOMRA has more than 500 TOMRA Makes Change-connected reverse vending machines (RVMs) located at retailers throughout the state of Michigan. Any TOMRA Makes Change member who recycles at a TOMRA RVM connected to the program can earn one point per bottle recycled. Points can be redeemed for an array of rewards and charitable donations.

“As an organization helping to preserve the environment, we look to partner with those who share our mission,” said Chuck Riegle, SVP Government Affairs, TOMRA Collection Solutions North America. “Michighan United Conservation Clubs has more than 200 affiliated local clubs and does tremendous work in advancing environmental programs in the state, and we are proud to play a small role in helping them continue their work. They are also an organization that really resonates with the TOMRA Makes Change community, a group of highly-engaged recyclers.”

MUCC led the petition campaign that passed the Michigan Bottle Bill and has multiple conservation programs uniting citizens to conserve, protect, and enhance Michigan’s natural resources and outdoor heritage.  To learn more about the success of the container recycling law in Michigan, visit http://www.container-recycling.org/index.php/media1/videos/436-keep-michigan-first.

How TOMRA Makes Changes Works

For every container redeemed through the TOMRA Makes Change program, members receive one point in addition to their state’s container deposit value. Members log in to their account on the RVM screen before beginning their recycling session to collect their points. Participating TOMRA RVMs without a touch screen instead print a QR code at the end of the recycling session, which the member can then scan using the TOMRA ReAct app. The app also tracks recycling activity and the environmental impact of a member’s recycling.

Points can be accessed through the ReAct app or tomramakeschange.com and redeemed for gift cards, tech products and eco-friendly goods. Users can also choose to donate their points to a variety of non-profit organizations, converting the points into a monetary donation.

The company established TOMRA Makes Change to reward consumer participation in beverage container return programs. More than 37 million containers have been recycled through TOMRA Makes Change reverse vending machines (RVMs) since the program’s launch in September 2016.


TrackX to Implement Supply Chain Management Solution for Global Appliance Manufacturer

DENVER – TrackX Holdings Inc., an enterprise Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) software platform provider, has announced that a leading, household appliance manufacturer has selected TrackX to implement yard distribution and supply chain logistics solutions. The initial implementation will be at one of the customer’s principal U.S. manufacturing and distribution facilities with 3 additional U.S. locations identified for deployment in 2018.  The solution includes hardware and recurring SaaS (Software as a Service) fees as well as professional services to integrate with existing Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.

In the first phase of deployment, TrackX’s GAME (Global Asset Management for Enterprises) for Supply Chain Management (SCM) software platform will focus on optimizing yard, dock, and gate related business activities. In the yard, GAME for SCM provides real-time equipment visibility utilizing a variety of IIoT devices to enable real-time tracking of transportation equipment and trailers throughout a large business park. GAME for SCM will manage the arrival, departure, and inventory of all transportation equipment within the facility.  It will also dynamically assign tasks to the shunt drivers responsible for the movement of trailers to and from inventory locations, at the distribution docks and between facilities. The result will include: improved equipment utilization, efficient labor management, increased efficiency at the dock, a reduction in carrier detention charges, improved security and accountability at the gate, accurate inventory, and labor savings across all yard related business processes. Future expansions could include returnable container tracking and further optimization of other high-value assets.

“We are excited to be working with another multi-billion dollar enterprise that is spearheading IIoT initiatives to optimize their supply chain,” said Tim Harvie, TrackX President & CEO. “This customer, a leader within their industry, fully understands that asset tracking and inventory management are fundamental competitive advantages, and we’re proud that they have chosen TrackX to increase efficiencies within their operations.”


Futuropalette 2018 to be Held in Paris, April 5.

Whether you are a pallet user, professional transport, logistics or supply chain, manufacturer or repacker or public sector employee, the Futuropalette 2018 Meetings in Paris, France, organized on the initiative of the FNB and SYPAL, will provide an unmissable meeting of all the participants in the wood pallet sector, according to event sponsors. Click here to find out more.


January 24, 2018. Polymer Logistics, a global leader in reusable packaging and merchandising solutions, will bring fresh inspiration and innovative new products for retail and promotional display, transport packaging, and asset management to Fruit Logistica February 6-8, 2018.

New merchandising products being featured at Fruit Logistica include a modular spill-over display that can be used to extend the primary produce table or as a stand-alone unit in a secondary display location; a larger produce fixture for combined display and storage of high volume seasonal fruits and vegetables; and a modular display solution for enhanced presentation of floral products. All these packaging and merchandising solutions can be ordered in the color that best complements store décor. In addition, the displays and the siding panels are easy to assemble, interchange, and store, making them an efficient, effective, and attractive way to support holiday, seasonal, and other theme promotions.

“Applications for our merchandising units extend to all fresh departments in the store,” said Fred Heptinstall, CEO of Polymer Logistics North America. “Not only do they look great, they are designed to protect product freshness and quality. In addition, our panels can be readily adapted to fit existing fixtures and refrigerated units, making them a cost-effective way to create a consistent look around the fresh perimeter.”

The comprehensive range of products and services offered by Polymer Logistics help transform the shopping experience. Through innovative design, sustainable and efficient operations, unsurpassed quality and freshness, leading-edge merchandising solutions, and effective asset management systems, Polymer Logistics helps its partner growers and retail customers increase shopper satisfaction and realize profitable growth.

To see these new products and more, stop by the Polymer Logistics booth #E-09 in Hall 21 at the 2018 Fruit Logistica, February 6-8 in Berlin, Germany.


January 22, 2018

Sonoco Leads Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Packaging Sector

Sonoco, one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector, and named first in its industry. Among industry peers, Sonoco ranked first in nearly every category – including Innovation, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment Value, Quality of Products/Services and Global Competitiveness.

“We are honored to lead the packaging sector this year on Fortune’s Most Admired list,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and CEO. “At Sonoco, we’re guided by the principle of Better Packaging. Better Life. Our goal is to improve the lives of all our stakeholders – including our customers, the consumers who use our packaging, our shareholders and our employees – through innovative packaging and a solid long-term growth strategy.”Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors, and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. Learn more about Fortune’s World’s Most Admired 


January 22, 2018. Tulsa-based Greystone Logistics, Inc. reported sales for the three months ended November 30, 2017 totaled $9,722,102 compared to $9,221,711 for the prior year period for an increase of $511,391, or 6%. Sales for the six months ended November 30, 2017 were $20,009,177 compared to $17,065,972 for the prior period for an increase of $2,943,205, or 17%.

Greystone recorded net income attributable to common shareholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) for the six months ended November 30, 2017 of $363,371, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss attributable to common shareholders of $(76,330), or $(0.00) per share, for the prior period. For the three months ended November 30, 2017, Greystone recorded net loss attributable to common stockholders (after preferred dividends and income attributable to variable interest entities) of $(11,337), or $0.00 per share, compared to a prior period net income attributable to common stockholders of  $41,109, or $0.00 per share.  EBITDA was $3,204,732 for the six months ended November 30, 2017 and $1,315,798 for the three months ended November 30, 2017.

“Although we are pleased with the company’s top line growth, our results from operations were affected by extraordinary costs of ramping up production for our new leasing customer and completing the installation of the previously reported new 3500-ton injection machine”, stated CEO Warren Kruger.  Kruger continued, “Increased margins while growing sales continue to be a major focus for Greystone. On January 17, 2018, we received a purchase order for our 48X40 heavy duty pallet totaling in excess of $4.5 million from a new national customer.  We first called on this potential opportunity over 15 years ago.  Our persistence paid off.  We continue to diversify our customer base and create innovative recycled pallet solutions.  The revenue from this new customer will be recognized over several months beginning about March 2018. Our production and operation teams work diligently to maintain a high degree of utilization of equipment.  This goal has a positive impact by lowering fixed costs allocation per pallet produced thus driving increased margins on greater sales volume. We look forward to our third and fourth quarters which are historically Greystone’s strongest.  Additionally, we are continuing to invest in equipment and facilities to drive growth and shareholder value.”

Greystone Logistics reprocesses and sells recycled plastic and designs, manufactures, sells high quality 100% recycled plastic pallets that provide logistical solutions needed by a wide range of industries such as the food and beverage, automotive, chemical, pharmaceutical and consumer products. The company’s technology, including that used in its injection molding equipment, proprietary blend of recycled plastic resins and patented pallet designs, allows for the production of high-quality pallets quickly and at lower costs than many processes. The recycled plastic for its pallets helps control material costs while reducing environmental waste and provides cost advantages over users of virgin resin.


January 15, 2018.  CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, won the coveted Environmental Sustainability Award at the sixth Automotive Global Awards. The award recognizes the company’s excellence in delivering a sustainable global supply chain. CHEP received the award along with its customer Endurance Technologies, a leading auto parts manufacturer in India, for their shared achievements in reducing CO2 emissions and their commitment to deforestation.

The Automotive Global Awards honor outstanding achievements in 22 categories of the automotive industry in the areas of logistics, purchasing and supply chain. The annual award, organized by media company Three6Zero, brings together industry-leading logistics providers, OEMs, and external logistics providers to celebrate innovation and growth in the automotive industry.

“Through CHEP’s efforts alone, materials and emissions equivalent to around 360 trees per year have been saved. The huge size of automotive and logistics functions in India is a good example of how much small changes can be made if they are implemented on a larger scale, “says DK Rai, Director, CHEP Automotive in India.

CHEP has been working with over 3,000 customers since 1975, including leading vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 brands. CHEP reduces the total cost of the supply chain per item while improving the efficiency and carbon footprint of its customers with its environmentally friendly, cost-saving multi-use pooling service. CHEP also optimizes transport routes to save empty kilometers.

Atul Deodikar of Endurance Technologies explains: “Working with CHEP has allowed us to reduce our carbon footprint and achieve much better sustainability performance. On the one hand, trees can be saved with the reusable packaging solutions from CHEP for the automotive industry. On the other hand, less packaging material ends up in the landfill. Our company benefits greatly from CHEP’s business model ‘divide, reuse, recycle and reduce waste’. It also helps us make the most of our logistics resources. ”

The jurors commented: “The contribution of CHEP and Endurance Technologies clearly falls into the category of holistic sustainability. By reducing overall transports, there is a demonstrable, measurable and positive reduction in fuel consumption, both for packaging materials and vehicle operation. The work situation itself also benefits because fewer steps are required in all phases. In addition, further pooling opportunities arise. The described process represents a worthwhile and successful application of reusable rather than disposable packaging. ”

The Automotive Global Supplier Award honors CHEP for the second time in a row. In 2016, CHEP Automotive Europe and Tier 1 supplier Eberspächer received the Product Innovation Award for a new, efficient and reusable packaging solution developed to optimize the Eberspächer intercontinental supply chain.