Totes and Containers: Solving the puzzle

Don’t take totes and containers for granted. These seemingly simple products are key components in the materials handling process, ensuring a smooth, efficient and safe flow of goods through the entire supply chain.

By ·

What’s made of plastic, has six sides and is brightly colored? If you said a Rubik’s Cube, you’re both right and wrong. If you said reusable plastic bins, totes and containers, you’re right. Unlike the puzzling toy, bins, totes and containers offer clear solutions.

Available in hundreds of sizes and configurations—and found throughout the supply chain—reusable plastic bins, totes and containers bring many benefits to the materials handling table. From reducing packaging waste, to maximizing product protection, to optimizing inventory management through standardization, returnable boxes generate dramatic cost and efficiency returns. But with so many choices, how do you choose?

Before you answer that question, Joe Borer, marketing manager for Buckhorn (http://www.buckhorninc.com) says you will need to ensure a good closed loop system. “First and foremost, you have to make sure you can get the containers back. If you can’t, you won’t realize the cost savings.”

With your closed loop system in place, you carefully consider which returnable you need. “Ask yourself the proper questions for the proper container recommendation,” says Nathan Franck, new product development manager for Rehrig Pacific. For example: What’s the use temperature range? Is a lid needed? Will the container interact with automation? How long do you need the container to last?

click here to download the PDF article
click here to download PDF article


Totes and containers can yield 7 magnificent gains
Although not new to the materials handling market, reusable plastic totes and containers are growing in use throughout many industries by addressing seven key challenges for users.

 


About the Author

Lorie King Rogers
Lorie King Rogers, associate editor, joined Modern in 2009 after working as a freelance writer for the Casebook issue and show daily at tradeshows. A graduate of Emerson College, she has also worked as an editor on Stock Car Racing Magazine.

Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling Magazine!

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Latest Whitepaper
Special Digital Issue: Packaging in Successful Fulfillment Operations
A comprehensive look at the software, hardware and equipment that ensure packaging processes are as efficient as possible.
Download Today!
From the September 2017 Modern Materials Handling Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
E-commerce and the New Pallet Paradigm
Driven by emerging streams of supply chain data, shifting customer demands, and an industry obsession with eliminating every sliver of waste, pallet usage continues to evolve. During this webcast we'll examine how Modern's readers are adapting to current challenges while positioning themselves to meet those that lie ahead.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
System Report: Pouch sorter powers Stage’s fulfillment needs
How a hometown department store chain transformed its e-fulfillment processes with pouch sortation...
Cubing and Weighing Equipment: Measure Up
The use of cubing and weighing equipment is growing beyond dimensional weight applications.

Lift truck operators: Drivers of change
For all the advances in lift truck technology and fleet management, operators will always be the...
Top 20 industrial lift truck suppliers, 2017
The top lift truck suppliers list is changing with industry acquisitions causing a dramatic...