RPA Case Studies

The Reusable Pack­ag­ing Asso­ci­a­tion main­tains copies of case stud­ies  from mem­ber com­pa­nies.  Click on the case study to view.

Fully Belly Farms 2014 Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award win­ner case study

Full Belly Farm, a cer­ti­fied organic farm in Cal­i­for­nia, is sav­ing costs and labor since it replaced 8,330 waxed card­board boxes with 2,000 reusable plas­tic totes with attached lids in July 2013.  Full Belly case study.

Plas­tic Drums Gain­ing In Pop­u­lar­ity Among Food and Bev­er­age Proces­sors and Environmentalists

An oppor­tu­nity is tak­ing root in the inter­me­di­ate pack­ag­ing cat­e­gory involv­ing ship­ping bulk ingre­di­ents in 55 gal­lon drums.  For over a dozen years, U. S. COEXCELL has been dis­plac­ing steel drums in the food and bev­er­age cat­e­gory with their recy­clable plas­tic drums. Accord­ing to Mark Wotell, vice-president of sales and mar­ket­ing at the com­pany, “We’ve really only scratched the sur­face in get­ting steel drum users con­verted but as the con­cepts of sus­tain­abil­ity and envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship have been grow­ing, so has inter­est in our drums.”

The com­pany recently com­mis­sioned a study com­par­ing the envi­ron­men­tal foot­print of steel and plas­tic drums and found the plas­tic drums sig­nif­i­cantly advan­taged. “In fact, “ Wotell com­mented, “a typ­i­cal oper­a­tion using 50,000 drums per year can not only gain sig­nif­i­cant envi­ron­men­tal favor by con­vert­ing to plas­tic drums, but can also incur other sav­ings of over $600,000 per year.” The com­pany invites inter­ested par­ties to view the study results by going to its web­site, www.uscoxl.com .  One com­pany enjoy­ing the ben­e­fits of con­vert­ing to plas­tic drums is Tempe, Ari­zona based, Sun Orchard, a full-service man­u­fac­turer of pre­mium juices, fruit-based bev­er­ages and bar mix­ers. Click here to read the US COEXCLL-Sun Orchard case study.

Her­man Miller SAYL® Case Study

In 2012, The Her­man Miller com­pany was the first win­ner of the RPA Excel­lence in Reusable Pack­ag­ing Award.  Her­man Miller’s case study details the ben­e­fits gained when the com­pany switched from expend­able pack­ag­ing to a return­able filler with crosslink foam for the ship­ping and han­dling of an office chair com­po­nent. The part is a “Y” shaped plas­tic part called a “spine” that is assem­bled on its SAYL® office chair.  Click here to read Final Her­man Miller Case Study



Dar­i­fair Foods was char­tered as America’s 1st National Dairy Sup­plier. For over 25 years, the fam­ily owned and oper­ated com­pany has been on the cut­ting edge of the dairy indus­try. Dar­i­fair devel­ops a range of culi­nary prod­ucts from com­pound but­ters to cream alter­na­tives that it sup­plies to restau­rants, whole­salers, and processors.

Dar­i­fair ships dairy blends and culi­nary prod­ucts in Inter­me­di­ate Bulk Con­tain­ers (IBCs) to proces­sors that ser­vice national restau­rant chains, retail out­lets, and food ser­vice dis­trib­u­tors. When its IBC provider left the US mar­ket, Dar­i­fair needed a new long-term, reusable con­tainer provider. The com­pany was look­ing for a solu­tion that did not require them to pur­chase assets or become experts in con­tainer man­age­ment. A few of Darifair’s spe­cific project require­ments included:

* Part­ner­ing with a provider expe­ri­enced in pool­ing reusable containers

* Avoid­ing the use of cap­i­tal on a non-core busi­ness function

* Avoid­ing con­tainer fleet management

* Abil­ity to eas­ily scale and adapt to new cus­tomers or chang­ing prod­uct lines/volumes

* Hygiene qual­ity control

* Abil­ity to remain cost competitive

Engag­ing a part­ner who would han­dle the con­tainer rental, trans­porta­tion, clean­ing, repair, and track­ing ser­vices, while ensur­ing clean, qual­ity con­tain­ers on a scal­able level was key to allow­ing Dar­i­fair to focus on its core busi­ness and drive growth. Dar­i­fair con­tacted CAPS to pro­vide its Pay-Per-Use Trip Rental con­tainer man­age­ment solu­tion. As part of the all-inclusive trip fee, CAPS provides:

* Reusable con­tainer rental

* Ship­ping to the filler

* Pickup from the end user

* Clean­ing

* Repair

* Ded­i­cated Cus­tomer Ser­vice Representative

* Track­ing via CAPS-TRAC

- 24/7 fleet vis­i­bil­ity from any Internet-accessible computer

To read the com­plete case study click here Dar­i­fair FINAL 2012

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