Earlier this year, Canada’s largest grocery store chain called on its suppliers to cut costs by 1.45 percent on all shipments received after Sept. 4th. In the U.S., both Walmart and Target have, in the past year, called on suppliers to help the retail giants — which both have grocery operations within their stores — improve their bottom line by cutting costs.
As a grocery supplier, you want to give your customers the best possible service at the most reasonable price that still allows you (and them) to turn a profit. Of course there are many ways to do that, but two options that are worth paying close attention to are:
- Designing your supply chain to maximize the protection of product during shipping from your location to the customer.
- Minimizing the amount of handling needed to move product from production point to supermarket shelves.
The role of packaging
Food packaging is a key aspect of product protection throughout every phase of the supply chain. Packaging used to transport product can directly affect your customer’s bottom line and your reputation as a quality supplier. The less reliable and more risk-prone your packaging, the greater threat of damaged product that costs everyone money.
When packaging works to optimize product protection, it can also allow a supplier’s customers to keep stock lean. Distribution centers and retail operators will need to hold less excess product in warehouses and at retail to meet unanticipated demands generated by packaging failure and product damage.
Food packaging should also help retailers reduce the amount of product handling. The more hands that lift, shift, move, load and unload product, the greater the chance of damage. This is especially true in the case of high-value perishables like eggs, dairy, meat and produce. Excessive handling can result in elevated shrink — all of which adds up to higher costs and unsatisfactory customer service for suppliers’ supermarket customers.
Finally, the right packaging can help reduce labor costs for packaging disposal and product restocking.
The RPC solution
Suppliers looking to differentiate themselves to their customers find RPCs help them stand out. Delivering product in top condition elevates your status as a valuable supplier, and helps both you and your clients hold down costly shrink. Tosca’s reusable plastic containers (RPCs) help our customers manage supply chains more efficiently, so they can deliver product to their customers as cost-effectively as possible.
Whether you’re moving meat, produce, dairy or eggs, we have RPCs specifically designed for each purpose. RPCs provide superior protection for a wide range of perishable products, with greater structural integrity that ensures you’ll reduce shrink when you switch to RPCs for your packaging and transportation needs. What’s more, features like ergonomic handles, sturdy yet lightweight design, and display-ready construction ensure product moved in RPCs require less handling. Finally, RPCs are designed to help you maximize cube efficiency, so you’ll be able to securely move exactly the right amount of product in every shipment.
The many benefits of RPCs can help suppliers meet customer expectations and create value throughout the supply chain. Reach out to our team to learn more about the reusable revolution.