Returnable & Reusable Packaging vs One Way Packaging

We, at Logimarkt, make sure that our solutions represent a cost saving key factor for your business, simply by improving your packaging.

Returnable or reusable packaging is chosen by more and more companies from manufacturing and distribution markets. The global “green initiative” is about the companies to be environmentally safe and to use recyclable materials in every aspect, including packaging. This leads to a constant switch to returnable & reusable packaging. The less and less landfill spaces and fast increase of the waste disposal cost shortens the payback period for returnable packaging investments.

Below you can find more reasons why returnable & reusable packaging is more cost efficient and environmental friendly than one-way packaging.

Reduced packaging costs

Reduced packaging costs

Returnable & reusable packaging can be reused up to 5 or 10 years, depending on shipping method and environment. This means that reusable packaging, like plastic containers and pallets, often outlives the project itself for which it was developed and therefore, it can be reused in other upcoming projects. Thus, the overall project costs are highly reduced.

It is very important to mention the costs with damaged components when poor packaging methods is used and product protection is left up to chance. Returnable plastic packaging is stronger, with a much higher resistance to moisture and different contaminations in comparison to cardboard. With the help of different dunnage for plastic containers, the protection in transit or stored products is on its highest levels and damage costs can be reduced up to zero.

Reduced packaging waste

Reduced packaging waste

The disposal of cardboard packaging involves high costs, because it generates environmental fees and non-value-added work for set up, break down, disposal, ordering, inventorying, etc. as well as special equipment to shred, compress and prepare the waste to be to be picked up by the recycling company.

It is better to avoid one way packaging waste now than to have to dispose it later.

Reduced transportation costs due to standardization and modularity.

Reduced Transportation Costs due to Standardization of Volumes, Stacking and Modularity

Standardization of volumes enables the stacking of the containers in safe conditions and this means that the vertical volume of the truck is used to the maximum.

Plus, for minimum costs in return of the packaging, plastic containers can be produced with nesting or folding properties, when empty, that saves a lot of space.

Improved Brand Image and Customer Loyalty

Improved Brand Image and Customer Loyalty

Returnable and reusable packaging increases customer satisfaction because it can be easily branded, cleaned and can carry your company message or logo together with your products, by printing or labeling.

The problem with one-way packages is that your customers have to deal with recycling or disposing them. This involves additional costs for them. In time, they may seek other suppliers, who deliver their products in returnable packages. As customer loyalty and a positive brand image is more important than ever, returnable packages represent the right choice for your company.

More clean and organized environment

More clean and organized environment

Work areas where cardboard packaging is used have usually clattered messy floors and the work space is reduced to minimum. This is also not a suitable environment for “no dust” area in case of sensitive dust components. Returnable packaging offers a hygienic, clean, organized, tidier and safer work space than cardboard or wood packaging.

Reinforced lean manufacturing practices

Reinforced lean manufacturing practices 

An organized and standardized packaging production and warehouse area will have a better inventory control by reducing the stocks, an efficient flow of production or processes and less used warehouse space.

Many manufactures companies switch to reusable and returnable packaging just because they want to reevaluate and rearrange the flow on how the parts and products are transferred into production area. This change proved that there is no longer a need for warehousing “in between” due to implementing modular system with plastic containers called kanban “just in time”, a lean principle for packaging and shipping.

Color coding is also a big plus here because it can assure visual management principle.

Returnable & reusable containers made from plastic give the posibility to be tracked and traced with the help of label suports, placard label holders for easy removal of self adhesive labels, also electronic tracking chips RFID can be incorporated into containers, in production phase.

Increased safety and better ergonomics for operators

Increased safety, productivity and better ergonomics for operators

The managers in production report fewer incidents related to packaging, due to improved stacking, easier handling and locating the reusable packaging with handles, doors, color coding, and many more available options and customized possibility. Thus, there are no more paper cuts and minimal complains for strains or musculoskeletal disorders. All these mean a higher productivity for each operator.

Manufacturing companies supports annually high compensations and health care costs for workers, but with reusable packaging in which ergonomics is taken very seriously, they visibly improve workers safety and in the same time, the companies financial performance.

Reduced cycle time due to increased work speed of the operators

Reduced cycle time due to increased work speed of the operators

With a clean and organized production area and warehouse, the operators spend less time with handling and locating the products or with handling and disposing the messy one-way packaging. This means that the cycle time is reduced due to faster handling.

In conclusion, with shorter cycle times, the financial performance of your company is highly improved.

Decreased labor costs due to standardization of handling

Decreased labor costs due to standardization of handling

One-way different cardboard separators, plastic bags or other expandable packaging materials can be eliminated because plastic containers can be stacked higher and more secure. Also, the reception and inspection of goods can be done faster and easier with standard packaging.

High Return on Investment

High Return on Investment

Returnable packaging will help you achieve full ROI for the price of their purchase and even achieve profit. Through repeated use cycles, your company will increase its bottom line results (by saving costs with purchase and recycling the one-way packaging), to the point when returnable packaging will exceed their initial cost. Usually they also exceed the projected life span by several years and companies find additional uses for their returnable packaging.

One way packaging instead, is a full expenditure with zero ROI.

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Plastic returnable packaging solutions are made of a byproduct of oil processing. One way packages are made of natural raw materials – wood or cellulose, obtained by felling trees. Thus, the production of plastic packages does not deplete the planet of valuable resources, as one way packages do. Logimarkt produces returnable packaging that is future proof and designed to be adjustable for future projects – it can withstand 5-10 years of intensive use.