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Why optimise your reusable transport packaging?

Published on 27/12/2022

By 2021, the global reusable transport packaging market has reached an estimated value of USD 2.5 billion. Most experts estimate that the current growth rate will continue at 7%/year and that the market will reach over $3.7 billion by 2027. You should also note that the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way companies manage their processes with a growing desire to implement an efficient and cost-effective logistics system. Thus, reusable transport packaging (RTP) makes it possible to meet these requirements while minimising costs and reducing waste. Without good and optimised supply chain management, companies do not fully benefit from the many advantages they could have in the short, medium and long term. Here are four good ways to optimise your pallets, rigid containers, boxes, trays, bins and other forms of RTP.

1. Greater efficiency

Transport packaging is essential for companies that want to ensure that their products arrive safely and on time to their customers. In addition to being strong and durable, they must also be able to withstand the stresses of shipping and handling. When they have been designed to be used several times, their optimisation can help you to improve your logistics processes and make them more efficient. An optimal sourcing strategy is essential to ensure that your business has the transport packaging it needs, when it needs it. Purchasing, renting (pooling) or exchanging pallets can all be combined for an optimal strategy to avoid stock-outs that have an impact on the production line or delivery to customers. In addition, by ensuring that pallets are standard, uniform and of the same quality, you can minimise palletiser stresses when packing or shipping. It also reduces transport problems and ensures that shipments arrive on time and without breakage.

Finally, reusable transport packaging ensures that pallets are only used when needed and are not thrown away or lost. You help to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of your business activities.

2. Reducing costs

Every company, large or small, is looking for ways to reduce their costs. And one area where companies often incur unnecessary expenses is in managing their pallets. By using the right pallet management system, companies can save money almost immediately. Perfect pallet supply management and the implementation of an RTP strategy will help to reduce costs. As an example, optimising your storage space by using the right amount of stored pallets can reduce capital costs. The risk of damaging or breaking products both at your production sites and during transport or delivery can be limited and you can save money on replacements and product breakage by having clearly defined the required pallet quality. In addition, the use of quality pallets will help optimise your delivery process, making your supply chain more cost effective. This can also help to reduce the costs associated with managing logistical penalties while minimising the need for repackaging. By choosing reusable transport packaging, you will not escape the obligation to manage it well, but you will save on labour, materials and shipping costs. In Short, defining a transport packaging policy and strategy and choosing reusable pallets is an effective way to reduce costs and maximise efficiency in your business.

3. Improving safety and customer satisfaction

In addition to reducing costs, the introduction of inherently stronger reusable transport packaging makes a major contribution to improving safety in the workplace. The number of accident risks due to incorrect use of pallets or poorly designed pallets is significantly reduced. For example, pallet racking systems can become unstable if the pallets are not properly organised or if the weight capacity has been exceeded. Using industry standard pallets also helps to reduce incidents on your conveyor lines and improve safety when transporting and delivering pallets to your customers for whom you remain responsible. Good management of your pallets and transport packaging helps to ensure the safety of people and goods and to meet health requirements, especially in the food industry. By choosing reusable transport packaging you improve the reliability and efficiency of your supply chain, ensure better customer service for greater satisfaction through on-time delivery and fewer product returns due to damaged pallets or incorrect pallet size.

4. Reduction of the Environmental footprint

Transport pallets are an essential part of the modern supply chain. Every year, millions of pallets are produced and used to transport goods around the world. Most of these pallets are made from wood and, without an effective management system, they often end up in landfills. The management of transport pallets therefore has an impact on the environment. Therefore, by optimising your transport packaging management system, you are helping to improve the environment by reducing waste and promoting reuse. The reuse of packaging in general and pallets in particular is one of the focuses of the new European directive in preparation (PPWD). In today’s uncertain world, a flexible procurement and packaging management strategy is more important than ever. Many companies underestimate the importance of using the right transport packaging management system. However, if properly managed, it helps to reduce storage costs and make the chain

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