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Innovative packaging and display system significantly reduce transit packaging requirements

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Innovative packaging and display system significantly reduce transit packaging requirements
New packaging that is Ready to Ship, Ready to Display and Ready to Sell maximizes operational efficiency of products by reducing touch points and eliminating waste.
In Use – Commercially available, and already used for a wide range of palletised products and bulky products in the grocery and home improvement sectors.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction, Storage and Transport efficiency

Product Categories
Drinks, Food, Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Other (e.g. soluble sachets )

Relevant Packaging Formats
Pallets, Totes, stillages, various bulk formats

Supply Chain Phase
Packing, Storage, Transportation, Other

Details

This new packaging has been developed by taking an innovative approach to retail and industrial packaging for both traditional palletised loads and more bulky items. It is intended to eliminate secondary and tertiary packaging, enabling merchandise to go straight from the manufacturer’s production line, onto a delivery truck and then right onto the retailer sales floor, thereby reducing packaging and handling costs.
 
The system overcomes many of the challenges facing materials handling: it reduces the number of pallets and amount of shrink wrap needed, eliminates the need for corrugated materials and enables an attractive, durable and effective display of the product. Labour needed to stack and display merchandise is potentially reduced, and easy disassembly and reassembly makes it easy to reuse. The new packaging is made from a specially engineered, 100% paperboard lamination and a combination of recycled and virgin fibers.

The packaging, branded as The Cube® was developed by a consortium of packaging manufacturers: Smart Packaging Systems; Acme Packaging, an ITW Co.; My Compadre,LLC; Impact Mfg.; Incrementia Inc.; One Way Display - USA/Canada
 
The content in this entry has been obtained from publicly available information sources only (e.g. press releases, website and trade press articles) and is subject to completion of a validation process with the technology supplier. 
 

 

Potential Benefits

From an environmental perspective, this solution can potnetially significantly reduce transit packaging requirements for a wide range of products. In addition, the solution can also deliver significant labour cost savings, by reducing handling requirements across the supply chain.

Intellectual Property

The Cube®patented packaging system was developed by a consortium of packaging manufacturers: Smart Packaging Systems; Acme Packaging, an ITW Co.; My Compadre,LLC; Impact Mfg.; Incrementia Inc.; One Way Display - USA/Canada

Consultant View

Whilst this new packaging concept is interesting it appears to be complicated, consisting of corner boards, banding and corner supports, when compared to traditional pallet and stretch wrap configurations. The resulting packaging is likely to be relatively light-weight but may not be as efficient as traditional packaging in terms of rain and dust resistance and will probably be less stable when loads have to be broken down.  There may also be a correspondingly high labour cost to re-stabilise loads which have had some packs removed. Also, the solution may not be a commercial or practical alternative in all cases, for instance where some level of water resistance of the bulk load is required.
 
However, it is likely that such a concept could be useful in specific bulk shipment applications and in these cases the format could yield useful reductions in packaging material, overall load weight and handling costs.
 
The REID database features other solutions and technologies which aim to reduce the environmental impact of transit packaging. To identify further examples try searching the database using terms such as "Transit packaging", "Palletisation" and "Stretch wrap".

Contacts and Further Information

Smart Packaging Systems
Luis Felipe Rego
Austin Headquarters
9330 United Drive
Suite 100
Austin, Texas USA 78758
Tel: 001 (877)266 6681 ext 102
Mobile: 001 512.997.8620
 

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