An American manufacturer & global leader of transport temperature control systems for trucks, trailers, buses, rail cars, & shipboard containers made a 2030 Commitment to changing every major facet of their business to impact the environment positively.
To help achieve these goals, they changed their packaging to be reusable for two full product lines: auxiliary power units & diesel-powered truck lines & will launch for public transportation bus lines in 2020. The reusable packaging was manufactured by Advanta & designed by Packaging Solutions. In 2018, the manufacturer partnered with Reusability to recover the reusable packaging delivered to Dealers and OEMs.Industry: Auto & Truck Parts
Before creating reusable plastic packaging, this manufacturer relied on packaging constructed from disposable wood. This led to specific problems, including:
Once the manufacturer designed their reusable packaging, they turned to Reusability to further assist in achieving goals related to their 2030 Commitment to sustainability. These include:
The manufacturer looked at replacing their packaging years ago, but they felt it was too expensive at that time. Once they realized that the initial, upfront cost would pay off long-term, the internal team researched solutions but could not find a strong partner.
In need of a reusable packaging recovery partner, they found Reusability and were drawn to their experience in managing and recovering assets. Reusability's expertise in similar industries and the alignment on goals this manufacturer sought to achieve ultimately led to the selection of Reusability as their partner.
Steel Crates, Flexible Sleeves with Footers, & Reusable Pallets are currently used for three different products at two different plants. Once items come off the line, they are loaded directly into reusable packaging for transport to Dealers & OEMs. Once installed at Dealers & OEMs, EZR reaches out, schedules a pickup, & brings the packaging back to an EZR-owned facility where it is inspected and made ready for the line. EZR runs a daily shuttle from its facility to the manufacturer’s factory to provide adequate reusable packaging.
The success implementing reusable packaging has caused the manufacturer to evaluate their supply base and focus on more opportunities around returnable packaging even outside their finished goods.
Reusability's manufacturing partner has seen quantifiable savings of ~$300,000 annually per product line. With 3 product lines launched, they are achieving almost $1,000,000 in savings annually.
Through implementing the current reusable packaging program, they have saved annually enough wood to cover 60 acres of forest. Their efforts have also saved ~2,000 tons of solid waste to landfills on an annual basis.
Other business benefits that are not quantified but important to note: