Supply Chain: Benefits of Returnable Packaging
When beginning the process of transitioning to reusable packaging, collaboration with one of Amatech’s experienced sales team will make for easy incorporation. First, start with an in-depth analyzation of the supply chain and proof of how the packaging will translate into measurable efficiencies. From there the design of you ideal package will come to light where a prototype will be able to see in use for further consideration and then finally the implantation of the reusable packaging program into your supply chain begins. Amatech is always looking for new ways to improve optimization, just like your company is and we will continue to check back with new innovative packaging that might apply to your company!
Plastic reusable packaging safely and efficiently move products along different points of the supply chain to its ultimate destination. Supply chain executives cite operational efficiency as their top priority which can be achieved with organized, well-planned reusable, returnable packaging program. From the supplier to the retail aspect, the packaging is of paramount importance. Suppliers send out parts and sometimes finished products that impact the production and distribution, which can be halted with faulty packaging or product damage.
Quick Benefit FYI:
- Benefit from the improved inbound/outbound freight cube efficiency
- Reduced product damage
- Reduced packaging waste
- Improved quality control
- Improved workplace safety
- Reduce inspection/ unload and load time
- Reduces warehousing and storage needs
- Reduce labor costs
- Reduced transportation costs
- Supports lean production
- Improves inventory management
The Packaging Waste Epidemic
The main benefits of reusable shipping containers are lower packaging costs, reduced transportation costs, and increased performance. The plastic boxes are designed to be more ergonomic and include features like handles to protect workers while lifting them. They also provide better protection for the product due to the durability of the box and the items don’t need foam peanuts, or plastic air bags to keep them from getting crushed. You may ask how plastic corrugated boxes can be sustainable and the answer is that when cardboard or wood is damaged or considered unusable, it is sent to the landfill, whereas plastic can be recycled over and over again. Plastic boxes vs. corrugated cardboard boxes yielded 39% less energy use, 95% less solid waste and 29% less GHG’s in fresh produce packaging. In a comparison of break-pack boxes, the reusable version yielded 57% energy savings, 71% less solid waste, and 67% lower GHG’s. According to research, expendable packaging makes up 31% of the waste stream and by investing in reusable, returnable packaging your company can make an impact in waste prevention. They also provide better protection for the product due to the durability of the box and the items don’t need foam peanuts, or plastic air bags to keep them from getting crushed.
Contact us today and get started on your road to leaner, greener packaging! Try out our savings calculator to see the numbers come to life that represents your ROI!
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