Reusable packaging includes pallets, racks, bulk containers, bins, dollies, handheld containers and dunnage typically made from durable materials such as plastic, wood and metal. Traditional packaging solutions are designed for one-time use, but reusable packaging can withstand the rigors of the supply chain for five years or more. Using reusable packaging can make your supply chain more efficient from both an operational and environmental standpoint.
Operationally, reusable packaging can help you reduce overall packaging costs, product damage, labor cost, required warehouse/transport space, costs per trip, energy usage and the number of trips you make. It can improve workplace efficiency and workplace safety. Studies have found that, on average, reusable packaging generates 29 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions and 95 percent less solid waste than single-use packaging, and it consumes 39 percent less energy.
Keywords: packaging logistics, supply chain management, logistics management, green logistics, sustainable supply chains, recyclable packaging