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Reusable Wood Crates Becoming Preferred Shipper for Manufacturers

by Valley Box Company on Wed, Feb 25, 2015

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The shipping industry is filled with high-performing crates designed to make freight transport and other shipment runs safe and simple. But while every business would prefer to purchase the highest performing crate it possibly can, this can be cost prohibitive — especially when a company is utilizing one-time-use crates. Add shipment costs, and that seemingly simple shipping run can spiral out of control and bust your bottom line. Fortunately, there is a solution to spending too much on one-time-use crates. How? By utilizing a reusable wood crate!

Reusable packaging systems are quickly becoming the preferred shipper not only for cost savings, but for a host of other benefits worth mentioning. Let’s talk about savings first.

Reusable packaging systems offer the following economic benefits:

  • Reduced overall packaging costs
  • Rapid return on investment (ROI)
  • Increased strength (which can reduce product damage costs)
  • Reduced labor and disposal costs
  • Reduced on-hand crate inventory
  • Reduced cost-per-trip
  • Improved transportation efficiency through standardized loads, resulting in fewer trips and reduced fuel costs
  • Residual value at the end of its service life -Reusable Packaging Association (RPA)

Reusable wood crates also offer tremendous social and environmental benefits such as:

  • Improved workplace efficiency and safety
  • Refurbishing opportunities -Valley Box Company "Wood Box Refurbishing Service"
  • Recyclable at the end of its service life
  • Prevents waste from entering the solid waste stream
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • Requires less energy than multiple one-time-use crates
  • Supports source reduction

To illustrate how a reusable crate can often be the best choice for your business, take a look at the case study below.

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Challenge: A San Diego Aeronautical Parts Manufacturer required Returned Materials Authorization (RMA) for customers returning expired units for diagnostics and repair. The parts manufacturer wanted to improve turn-around time on the shipped units.

Solution: Valley Box designed a standardized reusable container that allowed for expired units to fit in the same shipping container that the replacement units arrived in. “This eliminated the need for multiple shipping containers,” says Valley Box. In addition, a strong internal steel structure, paint, protective steel weldments, and industrial grade carpeting were added “which helped guard against shipping wear and tear and increase the life of the shipper.”

The parts manufacturer enjoyed the following benefits of using this customized reusable shipper:

  • Eliminated the need for multiple containers
  • Expedited service of expired units
  • Functioned as a material handling fixture
  • Improved customer service
  • Preserved stock replacement units
  • Reduced on-site waste from disposable packaging

Learn more about Valley Box’s customized reusable return shipper. Download the full case study


If you’re still on the fence, let’s recap the top benefits of reusable shippers for your business:

Reusable wood crates are:

  • Stronger than one-time-use crates, so they resist damage and keep the contents inside safe and secure. Typically reusable crates use larger lumber, thicker plywood, steel reinforcements and paint, which increases the crates strength overall. 
  • Environmentally friendly because if prevents waste from entering the solid waste stream, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, requires less energy to produce, it supports source reduction, and can undergo refurbishing to restore the crate back to life. 
  • Reduce bottom line costs associated with labor, space, worker safety, transportation, and damage. 

 

 

Download Case Study: Reusable Return Shipper

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