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 Case Studies, Cost Savings

John Deere Case Study: Tracking Reusables in a Global Assembly Manufacturing Supply Chain

Deere is one of the top 30 manufacturing companies in tonnage of global imports/exports. Because logistics is so critical to the enterprise and because global ambitions included expanding manufacturing to…
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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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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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July 1, 2020 in Case Studies, Cost Savings, Environmental, Sales Impact

Herman Miller Case Study: Exceeding Customer Requirements for Sustainability and Product Integrity with Reusable Packaging

Herman Miller is known for creating innovative and award-winning furniture that contributes to better working environments. Maintaining that reputation requires that the products are delivered to customers in as good…
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July 2, 2020 in Cost Savings, Environmental

Tesla Motors & Veritable Vegetable Reusable Packaging Case Study (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwgAQ29jLWM
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July 1, 2020 in Cost Savings, Environmental

The Economic Side to Sustainability with a Reusable Packaging System (SlideShare)

A sustainable supply chain is more than environmental protection and conservation in the distribution of goods. Learn how reusable packaging systems can deliver economic advantages for sustainable business operations and…
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July 1, 2020 in Cost Savings

Driving Down Costs and Eliminating Paper Dust with Reusable Packaging (SlideShare)

Technology Container Corp. (TCC) shows how to identify Cost Saving, Reusable Packaging Opportunities within an organization. Reusable Packaging made from plastic resin does not particulate like paper corrugated. Industries like…
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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

Financial Considerations for Reusable Packaging (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1vZ13bEoPw
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July 1, 2020 in Case Studies, Cost Savings, Environmental

Ghirardelli Case Study: Implementing a Sustainable Reusable Transport Packaging System

Ghirardelli partnered with Stopwaste (Alameda County Waste Management Authority) and implemented plastic re-usable tote based waste capturing system, reducing 70,000 cases and preventing 800 tons of food waste per year.…
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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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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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