Tosca Introduces Reusable Grocery Tote for E-Commerce, Promotes Jon Kalin to Chief Commercial Officer

Tosca e-commerce totes

Tosca, an innovator in reusable packaging and supply chain solutions, introduced its reusable grocery totes to U.S. retailers last week. The solution enables grocers to quickly implement and streamline their e-commerce operations with containers specifically designed to simplify the instore picking and delivery processes.

Tosca’s reusable grocery totes ensure a more streamlined system through every step in the grocery e-commerce process. They facilitate the in-store fulfillment process with bag hooks on the top rim to keep bags open, ergonomic handholds on all four sides, as well as a solid base that ensures up to nearly half a gallon of any spilled liquid is contained. Most grocery stores were not built with the space to operate as a fulfillment center, so Tosca’s reusable grocery totes are strong enough to stack, easy to clean, and can be conveniently nested or folded when empty. Once filled, groceries remain in the container all the way through the delivery process until they reach customers with the confidence that contents have been protected from damage within a durable plastic container.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the process of transporting perishables efficiently and this solution is no different. We acquired Polymer Logistics in December and expanded our product portfolio, including adding online grocery products. The success Polymer has had in Europe with e-commerce container solutions, made us very excited to bring this solution to the U.S.” said Tosca President and CEO Eric Frank. “McKinsey predicts a 15% increase in grocery e-commerce sales over last year and I am proud Tosca has a solution that will drive operational efficiencies for our retail partners, especially during this time of explosive online growth.”

Tosca’s customers immediately benefit from an increase in labor efficiency with this solution. During unique times like these, the ability for in-store workers to get products off the shelves and into the hands of consumers as fast and efficiently as possible is growing more important every day.

Tosca’s reusable grocery totes are a quick implementation that can help you streamline your e-commerce operations and move more groceries in an exploding e-commerce system. To learn more visit www.toscaltd.com/e-commerce.

Tosca Promotes Jon Kalin to Chief Commercial Officer

Jon KalinTosca also announced the promotion of Jon Kalin to Chief Commercial Officer. Jon first joined the Tosca team in January of 2019 as Director of Sales and New Business Development before beginning his current role last month. Jon is a seasoned leader whose diverse background in sales, operations, and product development positions him well to continue driving the significant growth and diversification of the business.

In his new role as CCO, Jon will lead business development and sales growth for Tosca, including all reusable packaging solutions for poultry, case-ready meat, produce, eggs, cheese, and seafood.  He will also be instrumental in the integration of the Polymer Logistics sales team following the company’s acquisition in December 2019.

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead the sales efforts for Tosca,” said Kalin.  “Not only do I believe in the economic benefits of our reusable solutions for grocery retailers and suppliers, with two daughters at home,  I couldn’t be more proud of the work we’re doing to promote sustainable packaging solutions and reduce waste.”

“I have worked with Jon in a variety of capacities for more than 25 years,” CEO Eric Frank added. “I couldn’t think of anyone more deserving and ready for the challenges of growing and diversifying our business”

In his 30 year career prior to joining Tosca, Kalin worked in engineering, plant and operations management, product design and development, business development and sales leadership at Rehrig Pacific. He has been a leader in RPC solutions since RPCs were first introduced to the US in the 2000s. He helped pioneer the industry with the leading solution providers including CHEP, Georgia Pacific, Hays, and Orbis Container Services. He was also involved in bringing RPCs to the leading retailers in Australia and New Zealand.

Jon has a degree in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. He lives in Danville, California with his wife and two children where he is an avid runner and a passionate world traveler.