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Wooden Crates back from the dead... Turning into Reusable Crates!

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Dead and decaying boxes coming back to life sounds like something straight out of Zombie movie. Undead wooden crates may not be on the hunt for brains but they will eat away at your bottom line with the space they take up. Save your company from the Box-Apocalypse today, before its too late!

Zombieland.pngThe best way to stay ahead of being overrun by dead wooden crates roaming your shipping area is to assess the possibility of turning them into reusable crates. For manufacturing companies who operate in a closed-loop system it pays to bring old wooden crates back to life with refurbishing programs, think of it as a zombie spa day. Refurbishing helps businesses recondition out-of-service crates into reusable crates for half the cost of buying a new one.

Warm-Bodies.pngFortunately, the undead crates at your company aren't seeking the warm flesh of the living but keep in mind they do have some value left in their cold dead bodies.

Often the hardware and much of the wood still holds value. This helps manufacturer's recoup their initial investment and also Save The World. 

 

 

TWD.pngValley Box can combine a refurbishing program with a wood and steel recycling program to help companies Save The World through environmental stewardship. When a company decides to refurbish their wooden crates they end up playing a central role in helping decrease the amount of waste that ends up roaming our landfills. Materials sourced to create the initial crate avoid the landfill as well as any materials that would have been required to build a new crate, which would have eventually found their way to a landfill.

 After the dead crate is inspected, the resurrection works like this:

  • 1. Decaying and unusable materials are removed and disposed or recycled.
  • 2. The crate has materials added to rebuild it to specification such as new wood, hardware, paint, or foam.
  • 3. Then the reusable crates are reintroduced to to the shipping cycle as a like-new member of society.

Opting for a refurbishing program will positively effect a manufacturer's bottom line because it will always end up costing less than it would to dispose of, replace, or repair in-house. In fact, Valley Box practices The 50% Rule:

Decide to repair if the costs are less than 50% of a brand new crate

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Topics: Reusable, Wood

Alicia Guillette

Written by Alicia Guillette

Alicia Guillette, is now the third generation of family involved at Valley Box Company. Starting in 2006, she has taken Valley Box into the digital age by developing a new web presence, implementing enterprise resource management tools and expanding the product line to include material handling equipment.