Returnable packaging and reusable packaging is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative for customers who have an extensive flow of goods with a limited number of distribution points. In today's business and manufacturing environment, the words 'kaizen', 'lean manufacturing' and 'environmental impact' are dominating the agenda. Companies are continuously looking into possibilities to make their processes more efficient. How to improve packaging is an important part of this focus.
Implementing a reusable packaging system means that you replace a one-way packaging with a returnable solution. By using a returnable or reusable packaging solutions you can significantly reduce the impact on the environment. Once arrived at final destination, these boxes are collected and sent back to the distribution point. The use of collapsible packaging makes the return freight a minor cost factor. However, to successfully implement this system, it is important that you have a limited number of distribution points. This way, you can keep track of your packaging and minimize any losses. It is also important to have a reasonable amount of cycles in your goods flow. Having more cycles per year means that you need fewer boxes in the system, thus reducing your investment amount. A rule of thumb is to have the packaging complete at least four cycles per year for a returnable system to be a worthwhile investment.
Returnable packaging is available in a range of materials suitable for different transport and handling requirements. In most cases returnable packaging is designed to be collapsible, in order to reduce costs for return shipments. A returnable packaging solution is usually combined with customized inner packaging to secure and protect the goods.
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