“Fitbitting” True Packaging Costs: 4 Shocking Ways Disposable Packaging Costs Your Business More

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Fitness trackers seem to be on every wrist these days, elevating everyone’s awareness of — among other important health indicators — how many steps they walk in a day. While everyone agrees more steps are better for your health, when employees have to take extra steps because of packaging, the effect can be detrimental to the supply chain’s well being. Below are four little-known ways disposable packaging costs businesses, in steps, time, and dollars.

#1 – Disposable Packaging “Costs” More on the Front End

After product comes into your store and off its pallets, employees spend hours getting that product onto shelves and into display cases. Each “step” in the process requires employees to walk a certain number of actual steps, and all that time adds up and impacts your bottom line

#2 – Disposable Packaging also takes “Time” on the Back End

The number of “steps” employees take increases when it comes to disposing of packaging.

Employees take produce from the loading dock to the produce section, and then take the disposable packaging to the back of the store where the baler is located — a long trip if your produce department is at the front of the store.

The same process must happen when disposing of one-way packaging from the meat or dairy department to the baler at the back of the store. Employees must breakdown the boxes, carry them from the respective departments to the baler, wait for the baler to do its job (assuming it doesn’t jam or stop working), and then load the bales for recycling. And this process doesn’t happen one time a day.  Associates are constantly re-stocking shelves to make sure product is available for your shoppers.

#3 – Disposable Packaging also Adds Time to Your Supply Chain

Now think of how those actual steps slow down or add to the process stages of your supply chain: when product has to come out of its transport packaging in order to go on display, those are also “extra steps” that increase time and labor for employees.

#4 – Disposable Packaging Adds to “Hidden Costs”

Of course you should consider the hidden — and probably more important — cost of extra time related to packaging choices. How could those hours be better spent by your employees? Could this time be used more efficiently? Instead of being behind the scenes doing tasks that don’t visibly boost your bottom line, those employees could be in other roles that contribute to a better customer experience.

The solution to the four problems above is simple – reusable plastic containers.

If product arrives in reusable packaging designed to go efficiently onto a shelf for display you can leave product in its packaging. This means one less process step for employees, fewer actual steps disposing of the packaging, and a lot of time saved for your business

We know from experience that Tosca’s RPCs can slash the time it takes to stock a 4-foot shelf with fresh eggs from 20 minutes to just two minutes when using RPCs with SmartWall™ technology. The one touch drop wall makes restocking much simpler and quicker.

How many minutes in a day and hours in a year could you save by using RPCs to eliminate those process steps, not to mention the physical steps? To optimize your supply chain’s health, less steps are better.

 

 

How Tosca’s Expansive RPC Network Powers Efficient Supply Chains

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How Tosca’s Expansive RPC Network Powers Efficient Supply Chains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tosca officially opened its newest service center in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday, June 12th; the organization’s 14th service center nationwide. Not only does Tosca offer the most robust container portfolio, the extensive wash center infrastructure allows us to deliver exceptional value to our customers.  “Speed of response, reduced freight, and outstanding service are just a few of the benefits that our network provides for our customers” says Eric Frank, president and CEO of Tosca.  The latest expansion furthers Tosca’s position as the premier reusable plastic container (RPC) service provider in the country.
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Protect your Reputation by Protecting your Product

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shutterstock_155793755We’ve all been there — you’re in a hurry and you have to stop at the grocery store to pick up just a few items. Maybe it’s a carton of eggs, a bag of apples and a package of hamburger. You grab the items in a rush, speed through checkout and get home only to find … damaged apples at the bottom of the bag, a small but significant slash in the plastic film on the meat, and a carton with cracked eggs.

Now you either have to go back to the store — an aggravating and time-consuming prospect — or chalk everything up to experience and toss the unusable products in the trash. If you’re really angry, you may post a negative review about the store online.

As a grocery category manager, you spend most of your day on the business side of the consumer/grocery operation equation. But if you’ve ever experienced all or part of the scenario above, you’ve had a consumer’s view of what happens when packaging fails to protect product. In the case of the perishables we’ve mentioned, RPCs do a better job of protecting the product you purchased. Continue reading

Integrating RPCs into Automation Proves Valuable

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Technology and innovation have helped supply chains achieve greater levels of efficiency. Yet adopting new technologies can be daunting, even when you know it’s good, and especially when it involves altering the way your supply chain has operated.

We see — and help customers overcome — that kind of concern when they want to incorporate RPCs into existing or new automation processes. Often, customers have been using corrugated for all their packaging needs. Some have already automated, some have not; either way, corrugated is a known quantity. They understand how it works. When it comes to RPCs, they crave empowering information. Continue reading