Kroger and Polymer Logistics Win RPA’s 2019 Excellence Award

The Kroger Company and Polymer Logistics Win Reusable Packaging Association’s 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award

Kroger’s adoption of the Polymer Logistics Cleanpal® pallet reduces distribution costs and environmental impact in the retailer’s fresh egg supply chain

Winning submission will be presented at Pack Expo 2019
Reusable Packaging Learning Center | Las Vegas Convention Center Upper South Hall #7900
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 | 3:00 pm PT

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award program: The Kroger Company with reusable packaging supplier Polymer Logistics.

The Kroger Company won for their 2018 commercial pilot demonstrating the cost-savings and environmental impact reductions as a result of adopting the Polymer Logistics’ Cleanpal® pallet for the distribution of fresh eggs from a leading supplier to Kroger stores.  The innovative pallet design, carrying the reusable plastic containers (RPCs) packed with egg cartons, builds a secure shipping platform that reduces Kroger’s distribution costs by up to 66% and removes 6,500 tons of CO2 emissions from the retailer’s egg supply chain.

Weighing up to 2.5 times less than traditional pallets, moving up to 3 times more pallets in truckload deliveries and returns, and enabling 1,000 incremental pounds of egg product per shipment from supplier to warehouse, the Cleanpal pallet is more efficient to handle, reduces transportation costs, and provides a safe and secure unit load.  The Cleanpal pallet introduces a revolutionary interlocking design for nestable stacking in storage and transit, and the pallet interlocks with RPCs for superior stacking stability and ability to eliminate dunnage materials like shrink wrap and corner boards.

“Kroger is committed to Zero Hunger-Zero Waste in everything we touch,” said Joe O’Connor, Supply Chain Process Change Manager at Kroger.  “And this goal has led our drive to expand packaging reuse solutions with pallets and RPCs.  The CleanPal pallet and the partnership with Polymer Logistics was a significant leap in our work up and down the supply chain for food to establish a balanced model to benefit our stores, DCs and customers.”

As an industry leader in innovative reusable transport packaging and retail merchandising systems, Polymer Logistics developed the strong, durable, nestable and lightweight Cleanpal pallet to achieve superior performance for perishable commodities like eggs in a rigorous retail supply chain where product protection, safety and freshness cannot be compromised.

“The Cleanpal pallet is a breakthrough in supermarket distribution platforms,” said Paul Pederson, Senior Vice President, Food Safety, Meat & Dairy Supply Chain for Polymer Logistics.  “Our focus is to help retailers delight their shoppers with high-impact product presentation and efficient supply chain packaging systems.  The Cleanpal pallet combined with RPCs delivers on this goal.  We thank Kroger for leading the Cleanpal pallet’s commercial introduction and congratulate them on winning the reusable packaging industry’s most prestigious award.”

“We’re thrilled with this year’s entries to the Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award program,” said Tim Debus, President & CEO of the Reusable Packaging Association.  “The submissions received were packed with innovative product designs, reuse approaches and commercial execution.  Our panel of judges determined that Kroger’s use of the Polymer Logistics Cleanpal pallet presented the most compelling case for both economic and environmental savings.  We look forward to honoring their work as this year’s Excellence Award winner.”

Kroger and Polymer Logistics will present their award-winning entry at the RPA Reusable Packaging Learning Center (Upper South Hall #7900) at Pack Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center at 3:00 pm PT on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

About the Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award: The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging award recognizes companies and organizations that have developed and implemented innovative and measurable reusable packaging solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. 2019 marks the eighth year for this annual award program. Submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are not members of the Association. RPA would like to thank all this year’s judges:

  • Justin Lehrer, Senior Program Manager, StopWaste
  • Ben Miyares, President, Packaging Management Institute
  • Laszlo Horvath, CPL, Assistant Professor and Director, Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design in the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials at Virginia Tech University
  • Rick LeBlanc, Editor, PackagingRevolution.net

About the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA): RPA is a non-profit trade organization representing and promoting the common business interests of member suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services.  RPA promotes the use and value of reusable transport packaging systems, which offer product quality, economic, and environmental benefits to supply chains.  For more information, visit the RPA website at reusables.org.

About The Kroger Co.:  Kroger Co. is dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve over 11 million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,761 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025.  To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

About Polymer Logistics: Polymer Logistics is a leader in Supply Chain logistical technologies.  Utilizing practical polymer products, live data-analysis technology, and industry-leading pooling services, we power modern perishable product shipping.  Here, systems are engineered with our business partners in mind. We are proud to help increase product freshness, reduce food waste, and implement cost-saving technologies.  Each innovation we debut is the result of collaboration between our engineers & customers to develop safer, smarter, and more efficient solutions.  Every day, we re-imagine how polymers can streamline shipping while beautifying retail floors.  For more information visit our website.

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