Cost Savings with Reusable Packaging

Reusable packaging reduces supply chain costs in a variety of ways:

Space efficiencies

Standardized designs optimize stacking efficiency, for higher transport and storage space utilization - both empty and filled with product.

Labor efficiencies

Designed to optimize both manual and mechanical handling (i.e. forklifts), reusable packaging reduces the time needed to perform supply chain activities.

Product protection

Sturdy reusable packaging reduces product damage during transit and handling, and ventilation helps keep perishable items fresher.

Safety

Reusable packaging eliminates hazards such as box cutting, staples, exposed nails, or packaging debris that can lead to injuries.

Lower packaging costs

The extended life of reusable packaging (measured in years) results in lower cost per use than single-use packaging.

Reduced packaging waste

Reusables generate less waste than single-use packaging, resulting in lower disposal fees and labor.

Cost Savings News and Resources

July 1, 2020 in Cost Savings

Optimizing Your Returnable Packaging with the Lens of Total Cost in Mind (SlideShare)

https://www.slideshare.net/hfemal/optimizing-your-returnables-packaging-program-with-the-lens-of-total-cost-in-mind
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August 14, 2020 in Cost Savings, Environmental, Food & Beverage, Food safety, Industry News

All the Right Moves – Aug 2020 Progressive Grocer Article

https://issuu.com/ensembleiq/docs/pg_0820/65
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July 1, 2020 in Case Studies, Cost Savings, Environmental, Food & Beverage, Sales Impact

Svenska ReturSystem Case Study: Sweden Standardizes on Reusable Packaging for Grocery Industry

Almost every perishable product for every grocery chain in Sweden is delivered in one of six standardized reusable crates on a reusable plastic pallet. The supply chain includes the majority…
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July 2, 2020 in Cost Savings

Reducing Costs with RPCs from IFCO

As a company increases its use of IFCO Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs), it sees more efficient handling and use of space as well as a reduction in product damage and…
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July 2, 2020 in Cost Savings

RPC Cost Optimization Model from Tosca, Ltd. (Calculator)

This comprehensive analysis pinpoints the areas where Tosca RPCs can improve efficiencies in your supply chain. Access the information on Tosca's website, here.  
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September 29, 2016 in Cost Savings, General, Member News

Craemer Plastic Pallets offer outstanding performance and potential pallet cost savings of up to 75% per trip

Craemer plastic pallets are now quality-tested by the established US material handling testing facilities at Virginia Tech. Two different plastic pallet types were selected from the enterprise’s product portfolio for…
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May 30, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cost Savings, Environmental

Reusable Packaging in the “New Plastics Economy”

The reuse of packaging continues to be at the forefront of strategies to transition from a disposable linear economy to a value-extending circular economy. Taking aim at all plastic packaging…
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July 1, 2020 in Case Studies, Cost Savings, Environmental

Case Study: Goodwill Industries Improves Warehouse Utilization, Reduces Merchandise Damage and Environmental Impact Related to Packaging

By replacing wood pallets and fiber corrugated gaylords with the ORBIS OPTEBulk, a 40” x 48” reusable pallet and sleeve system for bulk storage and stacking, Goodwill realized a 50%…
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July 2, 2020 in Cost Savings

Returnable Packaging Cost Savings Calculator by Amatech

Use this calculator from Amatech to assess how quickly returnable packaging can pay for itself (click to access the calculator on Amatech's website):
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July 2, 2020 in Cost Savings

Shrink Savings Calculator from Tosca, Ltd.

Use this calculator from Tosca, Ltd. to estimate the shrink reduction savings you can realize by switching from single-use cardboard boxes RPCs: https://www.toscaltd.com/reusable-containers-overview/why-switch-to-rpcs  
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May 30, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cost Savings, Environmental

Reusable Packaging and Enablers for the Circular Economy

In the Philips' report, “Rethinking the future - Our transition towards a circular economy,” four enablers for a circular economy were identified: (1) business models; (2) design; (3) collaboration; and…
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