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.