Case Studies

Anheuser-Busch InBev Delivers Reuse Performance through Pallet Maintenance Program

World's largest brewer invested in a comprehensive program of preventative maintenance, pallet redesign, and logistics redesign that not only improved environmental and business performance, but also extended the lifespan of reusable packaging components.

DS Smith Takes Comprehensive View to Create Custom Reusable Solution

DS Smith Plastics created the AkyPak 4You, a reusable transport system that accommodates multiple products while ensuring product protection during transit and delivers on all operational, financial, and environmental requirements.

STIHL Inc. Powers Savings With Reusable Packaging

Leading power equipment company eliminates 760 tons of corrugated packaging waste annually, realizing significant operational improvements and cost savings with a favorable payback.  STIHL Inc.'s material handling, forklift traffic, and clean-up associated with cardboard waste management was dramatically reduced, and packaging standardization has improved inventory management and delivery reliability.

Goodwill Does More Good With Reusable Packaging

By replacing wood pallets and fiber corrugated gaylords with the ORBIS OPTEBulk, a 40” x 48” reusable pallet and sleeve system for bulk storage and stacking, Goodwill realized a 50% increase in warehouse utilization, better trailer utilization, improved worker handling, efficiency, and safety, and reduced merchandise damage, packaging cost, and environmental impact.

Cardinal Health Delivers for Pharmaceuticals

Cardinal Health delivers refrigerated pharmaceuticals to over 24,000 retail chain and independent pharmacies every day. Faced with $4 Million in temperature-related product spoilage annually and the excessive cost and waste of single-use shipping materials, they needed cost-effective packaging solutions that could maintain product within narrow temperature levels and reduce their overall environmental impact. Their  solution reduced spoilage by 90% and generated annual savings of $5.6 Million and cost avoidance of $9.5 Million.

Subaru Hits Impressive Targets in 2015

By refining its use of reusable packaging, Subaru achieved some impressive targets in 2015 with the production of its new model Subaru Outback and Legacy vehicles. The auto manufacturer saved nearly $16 million by avoiding the purchase of new packaging; eliminated an additional 28,000 tons of cardboard, and achieved its goal of using reusable packaging for 95% of direct ship parts.

Herman Miller Hits the Trifecta

Herman Miller hit the trifecta with reusable packaging. The furniture manufacturer saved more than $400,000 in packaging material and freight costs; kept 100 tons of packaging waste out of the landfill; and reduced deliveries through improved cube efficiencies by over 200 truckloads.

Going Green in School Food Service

Going green at Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) means much more than adding tasty fresh produce to school lunches. The Colorado district is also intent on adopting sustainability practices related to the lifecycle of materials, including procurement, food, and zero waste.

Svenska Retursystem Standardizes Reusable Packaging for Grocery Industry

Svenska Retursystem led a pro­gram to estab­lish a com­mon pool­ing sys­tem for more than 200 food pro­duc­ers in Swe­den and food man­u­fac­tur­ers through­out Europe that export their goods to the Swedish trade. Since the program’s incep­tion in 2001, nearly 1 bil­lion crates have been deliv­ered, replac­ing the same num­ber of sin­gle use pack­ag­ing. 

Fully Belly Farms Fills Up by Saving Money with Reusables

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. 

Reusables Deliver Cost Savings and Improved Sanitation for Personal Care Industry

By supplying product in reusable containers to a customer in the personal care industry, TRI-K Industries demonstrated its leadership and increased its business with the customer.  To read click the Tri K Case Study.

Darifair® Foods:  Container Management Case Study

Darifair ships dairy blends and culinary products in Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBCs) to processors servicing national restaurant chains, retail outlets and food service distributors. When their previous IBC provider left the US market, Darifair needed a new long-term, reusable container provider.

Ghirardelli:  Implementing a Sustainable Reusable Transport Packaging System

A presentation by the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company at an RPA Education Forum event.  2010.

John Deere:  Tracking Reusables in a Global Assembly Manufacturing Supply Chain

A look at how the world's leader in the manufacture of farm equipment utilizes reusable packaging in its supply chain.