In this age of being leaner, greener, and more efficient, and with recycling initiatives being implemented, your customers may have specific crating requirements to meet the needs of their end-user.
Switching to crating or a crating design that is reusable and/or serves multiple purposes offers many advantages to both the manufacturer and their buyer. Whether you call it sustainable, green, or reusable crates, anything that can be used repeatedly and for multiple purposes brings tremendous benefits to the planet and your bottom line!
Valley Box encourages companies to conduct crating reviews and set your own guidelines that make sense for your business! We've put together four ways to incorporate reusable crates into your business:
Implementing a crating recycle plan. Almost all crate materials come in recycled alternatives. Your crating supplier can provide choices.
Start the practice of reusing incoming crating materials by having employees sort and organize materials for other shipping events.
Work with your crating provider to assess your design with the intention of reducing waste.
Asking your suppliers to conform to your crating requirements can help to reduce waste and drive down costs.
Since we've told you about the four ways to incorporate reusable crates into your business, consider all of the advantages it has to offer. The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) says reusable packaging offers Economic, Social, and Environmental benefits over single-use packaging at all levels of the supply chain.
- Prevents waste from entering the solid waste stream
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- Requires less energy
- Supports source reduction
- Reduces labor costs and overall crating costs
- Improves transportation efficiency through standardized loads resulting in fewer trips
- Reduced cost-per-trip by reducing fuel costs
- Reduces inventory by requiring less storage space
- All of these economic benefits results in a rapid return on investment (ROI)
- Improves workplace efficiency and safety
- Recyclable at the end of its service life
One such company that focuses on eliminating crating waste is Costco which distributes a 16-page Specification Packet to all suppliers. Taking action against crating waste has been instrumental in lowering costs for the retail giant and ensuring that products arrive at the warehouse undamaged.
The Packet includes Performance Requirements, Stacking Strength, Pallet Load Configurations, and much more. Costco has these specifications in place in order to drive out costs by eliminating excessive packaging, handling, and corrugated waste.
We at Valley Box completely agree with these types of policies. You can read more about our practices in our Green Business Packet available for download.