Roundup: US Demand for Rigid Bulk Packaging to Reach $7.2 Billion in 2020, Egg Shipping System, Dock Equipment Standards, Packaging Serialization

Demand for rigid bulk packaging in the US is expected to expand 3.3 percent per year to $7.2 billion in 2020, spurred primarily by a favorable production outlook for chemicals and pharmaceuticals, the largest market for rigid bulk packaging products. The popularity of reusable systems, which are sold at a higher price than products intended for single use, will sustain value gains, though a less frequent replacement rate will mitigate growth somewhat. These and other trends are presented in Rigid Bulk Packaging, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Pails will hold the largest portion of total rigid bulk packaging demand, due to their performance and cost advantages in small volume applications. These benefits allow them to either be reused or disposed of, depending on the preference of the user. According to analyst Katie Wieser, “The availability of both steel and plastic models, as well as pails with removable and nonremovable heads, also provides flexibility in applications.”

Rigid intermediate bulk containers (RIBCs) are expected to see the fastest growth through 2020, boosted by the preference for reusable systems and the advantages of these containers over drums in terms of storage and shipping efficiency. However, drums will remain an important part of the packaging mix due to their frequent use in a number of chemical markets and, in the case of steel drums, their amenability to international shipping regulations and practices. Plastic drums will see the fastest gains based on their light weight and the performance advantages of plastic in terms of cleanliness and durability.

Prospects for all rigid bulk packaging formats will be mitigated by competition from flexible formats, such as flexible intermediate bulk containers (FIBCs), shipping sacks, and large pouches. Flexible formats can provide cost savings to the user due not only to their lower price but also to their lower weight, which can reduce costs related to shipping. Flexible formats will make inroads into markets that have a high concentration of dry or solid products that do not require substantial protection.

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SOURCE The Freedonia Group


Plastic Tray and Pallet System Offers Cost-Effective and User-Friendly Approach to Shipping Hatchery Eggs

Petersime is offering a new approach for shipping eggs from the breeder to the Hatchery involving a plastic pallet, plastic trays as well as a bridging device called a connector, which is added after every eight rows, as per the image. Each tray holds 84 chicken eggs, totaling 6,720 eggs per pallet. See image and video link below.



LODEM Releases New Equipment Standards

The Loading Dock Equipment Manufacturers (LODEM) Industry Group of MHI plays a key role in developing standards for the design, performance and proper operation of loading dock equipment. LODEM is proud to announce the release of several newly revised standards for Dock Levelers, Vehicle Restraining Devices, and Portable Dock Leveling Devices.

These ANSI-approved standards represent recommended safety practices and performance testing criteria that may be used in product selection and utilization.  These standards provide guides to the responsibilities of designers, manufacturers, sellers, installers, owners, users and governing bodies of dock levelers.

Dock Levelers: This ANSI-approved standard (ANSI MH30.1-2015), Performance and Testing Requirements for Dock Leveling Devices represents recommended safety practices and performance testing criteria that may be used in product selection and utilization.

Vehicle Restraining Devices: This ANSI-approved standard  (ANSI MH30.3-2015), Vehicle Restraining Devices: Performance and Testing defines performance and testing requirements for rear impact guard (RIG) type and wheel dependent type vehicle restraining devices.

Portable Dock Leveling Devices: This ANSI-approved standard ( ANSI MH30.2-2015),Performance and Testing of Portable Dock Leveling Devices defines performance and testing requirement for the design, use, and maintenance of portable dock leveling devices.

To learn more about these resources and the LODEM Industry Group, please visit


DMLogic Honored in the 2016 Supply Chain Innovation Awards with Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain’s Serialization Project

Warehouse management systems (WMS) software and implementation expert DMLogic, LLC, has been named along with its customer Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC), as first runner-up in the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 2016 Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition. The case study entitled “Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain: Securing the Drug Supply Chain” was second only to Dell Corporation’s supply chain sustainability program.

As the pharmaceutical industry moves toward serialization in compliance with the federal Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), DMLogic and JJSC developed a proven solution to bring their supply chain to compliance offering a safer and more secure drug supply across the globe. JJSC used DMLogic’s software development platform, STEPLogic, to enhance their warehouse management system (WMS) and warehouse control systems (WCS) for their track and trace program. Further, they built a serial number repository in order to exchange serial information within their supply chain with STEPLogic as the integration layer for reporting product serial numbers for their distribution centers.

“Drug manufacturers around the globe are preparing for one of the most vital and comprehensive challenges ever faced by the industry,” said Matthew Deep, vice president of technology, DMLogic, said. “The goal is total security of the world’s drug supply; not just at the point of manufacturing but throughout the supply chain and the life cycle of these drugs. It’s a critical business need and extremely important for patient care.”

JJSC and DMLogic have built and implemented one of the first systems to comply with new federal and global regulations that will protect the JJSC drug supply, years ahead of the mandated schedule. In the future, every drug that passes through the entirety of the J&J supply chain will be serialized and tracked at each point along the way. Within the JJSC distribution centers, DMLogic’s creative and innovative approach relied on the agility of the adaptive software solution of STEPLogic making the design and development quicker to implement, much less expensive, and far less risky to the JJSC business than traditional alternatives.

“The DMLogic unique approach offered JJSC an alternative to expensive software development and customization,” said Thomas Lee, president, DMLogic. “Well in advance of the DSCSA federal deadline, we were able to build a custom solution for Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain’s serialization and track and trace project that began the process of securing the worldwide drug supply.”

The winning cases were selected from a field of six finalist teams recognized during the closing session of CSCMP’s conference in Orlando on September 28.

“The teams were selected from a field of 43 submitted case studies, and were invited to present their innovations during the conference,” said Judith M. Whipple, chair of the Supply Chain Innovation Award™ team for CSCMP’s Research Strategies Committee, and professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University. “Committee members and SupplyChainBrain staff look forward to another exciting competition next year in Atlanta, which will mark the program’s 14th year.”

The Supply Chain Innovation Award™ competition, presented by CSCMP and SupplyChainBrain, was part of CSCMP’s annual conference, which was attended by nearly 3,000 supply chain and logistics management professionals from all over the world. The award recognizes innovations created by corporate supply chain teams that demonstrate quantifiable and sustainable cost savings, as well as revenue-generating or customer-satisfaction achievements.

Source: DMLogic