Sustainable and robust transit packaging

The challenge

A large amount of plastic is used as part of the process of transporting goods between distribution centres, stores and customers in the Partners’ operations.

Predominantly shrink wrap is used to protect and secure loaded pallets. In addition to this, paper is used to label products both inside and outside of packaging.

These vast majority of packaging is collected at the end point and disposed of, in a process that is costly and requires manpower. Some packaging is unrecoverable, depending on end delivery destination.

The Partners want to reduce their use of plastics in their operations and are therefore looking for sustainable solutions to this challenge.

The solutions we are seeking

Primarily, solutions that eliminate the use of plastic are of interest, however any solution that significantly reduces packaging and paperwork without compromising the efficiency, product quality and safety of transporting products would be of interest.

The Partners would be very interested in compartments or flexible structures that will fit in vehicles and protect the products in lieu of excess packaging.

Consideration must be made for the requirements of loading vehicles, where the optimal loading pattern does not always align with the most sustainable approach.

The weight of a product is an important factor in ensuring that shipments arrive safely, particularly in the case of paint, which requires a specialised packaging method.

Selection criteria

Cost efficient.

Time efficient.

Demonstrably sustainable, i.e. reduced use of plastics whilst not incurring other environmental impacts such as increased vehicle movements.

Either mature or early stage technology.

2 years ROI, no additional cost implications to current delivery methods.