January 17, 2017

How to Eliminate Expendable Packaging in 2017

I am sure you have read the latest Supply Chain Trends to watch for in 2017 articles floating around the internet. We read them too.

We have noticed a few recurring ideas that resonated with our customers and how we are working together to make positive changes in their supply chains.

A focus on Supply Chain sustainability, cost reduction, and responsiveness.

I think we can agree that all supply chains are trending toward these values. How to get there is the tricky part. 

We spend a lot of time talking about packaging.

           A lot of time.

Packaging is a strategic element to any competitive supply chain.

Unfortunately, packaging is often neglected and can become a major inefficiency to the supply chain.

Luckily, it can also be leveraged to create value in the three areas mentioned above.

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Enter Willy.

I have known Willy for several years and I am always impressed with his work. Willy came to us to brainstorm new ideas for a project he was working on.

Reducing expendable packaging from his supply chain.

We sat down together in a planning session and came up with an approach that focused on sustainability, cost reduction, and responsiveness.

The Process

Willy was responsible for over 40,000 parts from close to 1,000 suppliers going to 10 different manufacturing facilities. We took an approach to target a small subset of parts, validate our process, create a win, then scale the project.

We put together a process that we felt best supported Willy’s objectives and went to work.

  1. 1. Segment parts

  2. 2. Identify your current supply chain packaging. This includes returnables and expendables.

  3. 3. Determine where the material is being delivered and where it is being shipped.

  4. 4. Create a standard returnable packaging catalog

  5. 5. Transition packaging.

  6. 6. Create small wins.

  7. 7. Create KPIs to measure your success


Now that we had the process defined, we transitioned to removing supply chain inefficiency. Look out for Part 2 of Eliminating Expendable Packaging next week!

Take a walk through one of your facilities and see just how much corrugate is being consumed by your supply chain. Now imagine all of the waste associated with that corrugate. This transition is not going to happen overnight, but it can be done and you can be the one to do it. Interested in taking the next steps?

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  2. 2. Enter your information.

  3. 3. We work together to create a plan, specific to your supply chain.

  4. 4. You create a sustainable, responsive, cost saving supply chain.