Polymer Logistics to Present Cleanpal, Folding Large Containers and Trays at BP2019

BP2019 – The Potato Industry Event 2019
20th – 21st November
Yorkshire Event Centre

The leading provider of retail-ready packaging (RPP) solutions invites attendees to discover how the company’s hygienic and lightweight solutions enhance the potato supply chain

Every two years the Potato Industry unites for the UK’s unique ‘seed to shopping trolley’ event – BP2019. The show, to be held at the Yorkshire Event Centre, provides exceptional networking and business opportunities for all those involved in growing, handling, processing and retailing the crop in this £multi billion industry. Polymer Logistics will feature several solutions from its eco-friendly reusable packaging range at BP2019, including the Cleanpal plastic pallet, large folding containers and trays.

Lightweight Cleanpal plastic pallets deliver industry-leading hygiene, ergonomics and efficiency benefits.  Polypropylene construction prevents the absorption of contaminants experienced with wood pallets while facilitating high-pressure cleaning. And weighing only half as much as wood, Cleanpal provides ease of manual pallet handling, while its dimensional accuracy enhances performance in automated systems. CleanPal is also nestable at a 3:1 ratio, tripling the efficiency of empty pallet storage, transportation and handling.

Polymer will also be showcasing its Folding Large Containers (FLCs) at the British Potato Exhibition. The result of innovative and advanced studies, the company’s FLCs are perfect for the storage, shipment and retail display of potatoes. Designed for ease of stacking, they save on storage space when loaded, while they can be folded to optimise space utilisation when empty. Featuring collapsible sides, they offer ease of access to material handlers and shoppers alike. Additionally, plastic FLCs, like other Polymer plastic products, provide superior hygiene and the elimination of solid waste associated with disposable packaging.

Polymer’s crate solutions will also be on display. Available in nestable and collapsible design, reusable plastic crates help eliminate the solid waste associated with corrugated containers while their superior ventilation and rugged design help to preserve freshness while eliminating the threat of product crush damage. Wood-look reusable crates also contribute to a pleasing retail presentation that has been proven to boost sales. Be sure to ask about Polymer’s seasonal crate hire and crate washing which can provide the benefits of reusable packaging without capital outlay.

Adrian Dale, Managing Director, Polymer Logistics: “BP2019 celebrates the latest innovations and best practices in the British Potato supply chain. As a leading provider of best-in-class handling solutions such as Cleanpal, folding large containers and reusable crates, Polymer Logistics looks forward to helping the potato supply chain reduce costs while cutting costs and improving both freshness, and food security.”

Why Vegetable Growers Are Using Cleanpal: Top 5 Benefits

Growers deal with a lot in providing the freshest and safest products for customers. From increasingly frequent headlines about cross-contamination to concerns about hygiene, quality control, operational efficiency, environmental impact and cost reduction, the challenge is becoming more and more complicated. One technology that can help address all these urgent needs, fortunately, is the durable plastic pallet. At a price comparable to wood, it can make a powerful difference. But there is a lot more to the opportunity than just pallet cost. Here are the top five benefits of switching to plastic.

1 Plastic pallets are clean

Plastic pallets provide a hygienic and safe solution for the shipment of fresh produce and other perishables. Typically, unwashed wood pallets are shipped from grower to retailer, and then when emptied, are returned to any one of several other trading partners, creating a passageway for pathogens. Unlike wood pallets, plastic does not absorb harmful contaminants and is resistant to the growth of mould. Leading plastic pallets are designed for ease of washing and drying, and thus help prevent cross-contamination. Plastic pallets also eliminate the hygiene and worker safety concerns associated with exposed nails and wood splinters.

2 Nestable plastic pallets reduce space requirements

When considering a switch to plastic pallets, it is important to specify a nestable design. For example, nestable Cleanpal® pallets from Polymer Logistics provide a 3:1 return ratio. They require only one-third the space of non-stackable pallets commonly used. The ability to nest plastic pallets fundamentally transforms reverse logistics, freeing up space for extra freight.

Improved storage efficiency is also appreciated for both internal and external storage areas, particularly during seasonal peaks when packaging and product inventory levels are at their highest. Nested pallets, stacked 40 high versus 15 wood pallets, also provide operational efficiency. Nested pallets are also more efficient to unload and move by forklift, with the operator being able to move triple the pallets and thereby reducing forklift traffic. Additionally, because empty pallets nest, they lock together, providing a safer, more secure load during handling.

3 Improve handling and operational efficiency

Engineered for the needs of today’s fresh produce supply chain, plastic pallets are designed to facilitate safety and efficiency. Weighing almost half as much as a standard wood pallet, a lightweight plastic pallet is easily lifted by a single material handler, and in transit, can reduce load weight by 338kg versus wood. Plastic pallets are consistent in weight, which supports accurate product weight capture. And because they are dimensionally accurate, functionality with material handling equipment is enhanced. Plastic pallets with a perimeter tray locking system make it easy for material handlers to locate trays on the pallet while preventing overhang. Data readiness is another important consideration. Polymer’s Cleanpal, for example, features an integral tag slot and is RFID, barcode and logo ready to support information capture and asset control.

4 Support circular economy aspirations

Long lasting plastic pallets can help fresh vegetable growers and their customers achieve waste reduction targets and sustainability aspirations. Because they last for years, they eliminate the ongoing generation of broken wood pallets, and at the end of their useful life, they can be fully recycled. Increasingly, plastic pallets can be manufactured from food grade post-consumer plastic, further reducing their environmental impact without compromising hygiene requirements. Lightweight, nestable pallets also help reduce mileage and fuel consumption, thus minimising carbon footprint.

5 Superior value

Innovative, cost-saving and commercially viable, leading plastic pallets can make an important difference for growers and the fresh supply chain. When ROI is looked at through the lens of total value rather than simply pallet cost, the advantage clearly is with plastic. As outlined above, they provide a clean, space efficient, easy to handle and environmentally friendly alternative to the status quo – and the cost per use is competitive when compare to wood pallets.

New Polymer Logistics Service Centre Provides Washed Crates and Pallets

Central location and flexibility to accept various container and pallet varieties allow more companies to benefit from Polymer’s wash service, mitigating cross-contamination concerns

If you haven’t checked out reusable transport packaging systems lately, you might be surprised at the comprehensive solutions now available to help industry stakeholders save money, increase sales and ensure food safety compliance. For Polymer Logistics, one recent addition to its portfolio of solutions has been establishing a professional wash service to meet not only its own requirements but also the needs of other companies looking to clean their own equipment.

To take a step back, Polymer Logistics has been a leading provider of “One-Touch/Retail Reusable Packaging (RRP)” solutions to retailers worldwide for over two decades. The company continues to enhance its offerings to address emerging customer needs, with improved functionality ranging from IoT to enhanced retail ambience. In the case of the latter, Polymer’s visually attractive Wood Grain and Crystal Clear packaging and display systems have proven effective in boosting sales. Another breakthrough has been in the design of easy-to-clean plastic crates and Cleanpal plastic pallets to meet the growing need for food safety in the food supply chain.

With producer and retailer awareness of cross-contamination risks continuing to heighten, Polymer Logistics has now expanded its solution set one step further to include automated professional washing services – not only for its own pooled crates and pallets but on a contract basis for bespoke customer equipment. Polymer opened its Coventry service centre in December 2017, becoming the company’s second wash facility in the UK. Polymer Logistics also has a washing and distribution facility in Wakefield.

Attention to service centre location was critical to the project, according to Simon Moulson – New Business Development Director at Polymer Logistics. “The central location of the facility in the middle of the country provides a convenient base to serve the washing needs of UK and international customers,” he stated.

Located in Lyons Park, Polymer’s service centre is situated in Coventry CV5, with easy access to the A45 trunk road connecting Coventry and Birmingham. Lyons Park also enjoys proximity to major arteries. The M42, M6 and M1 motorways create a ‘golden distribution triangle’ which places 89 per cent of England and Wales within four hours’ driving distance. According to Moulson, the central location of the Coventry site has already saved one customer 12,000 miles per year in transportation.

The 50,000 square foot facility is built with sustainability in mind. The building includes solar panels, heat recirculation and LED lighting. Greywater is captured from the roof for servicing WC flush and other needs.

The state-of-the-art wash line incorporates pre-wash, hot wash, high-pressure wash, hot rinse and drying operations. Food grade detergents are utilised, and water is reused and cleaned to reduce environmental impact and cost. Batch controls, as well as bioluminescence (ATP) monitoring, are undertaken every shift to ensure washing and traceability to the highest standards. Annual wash capacity exceeds 30 million trays.

The flexible automated system easily handles a diverse range of folding trays, nesting trays, rigid trays, display pallets and dollies. They can be processed at the same time, making it an ideal fit for companies wishing to take advantage of Polymer’s washing services for their own diverse reusable packaging fleets. This service has allowed these operators to enjoy a predetermined cost of washing while avoiding the capital expenditure involved in establishing in-house wash operations. Polymer also provides reusable packaging inspection and repair as an additional service.

The success of the Coventry service centre further supports Polymer Logistics’ comprehensive reusable container and pallet management programs, while also aiding other companies in their own food safety efforts.

“Our wash throughput continues to grow,” stated Moulson. “Our convenient location, flexible service for many types of trays and pallets, and the fact that companies can receive wash services to the highest standard without the need of capital investment have collectively contributed to the enthusiastic response we have seen from the marketplace. These factors, along with growing awareness of cross-contamination risks in the supply chain are helping customers to recognise the value of Polymer’s quality wash service.”

 

Polymer Logistics Sponsors Fresh Produce Business of the Year Award at FPC Fresh Awards 2019

The leading provider of ‘One-Touch/Retail Ready Packaging (RRP)’ solutions for the fresh produce supply chain sponsors “Winner of Winners” award at leading fresh produce industry event

 

Polymer Logistics recently introduced its new Reusable Home Shopping Crate. Already being deployed by various UK retailers, it is purpose designed to provide a full logistic solution cycle for the rapidly growing online shopping and delivery sector. The new crate improves order fulfilment operations while providing better product protection, improved ergonomics and the elimination of household cardboard generation associated with e-commerce.

The Reusable Home Shopping Crate was designed specifically with e-commerce fulfilment in mind. It features bag hooks on the top rim to facilitate fulfilment optimisation. The bags are hooked inside the crate to keep the bags open. This feature allows for an easier and a faster goods collecting process by the customer fulfilment team. The solid base ensures that any spilt liquid to a minimum of 1.5 litres is contained, preventing spillage to the crates below. Crates also feature perforated walls to reduce weight, as well as ergonomic handholds on all four sides. When empty, they can be conveniently nested to reduce storage space in transit as well as in storage.

Polymer Logistics supports its Reusable Home Shopping Crate with its iLogistics Internet of Things (IoT) tracking system. The system enables the tracing of all delivered crates, and particularly the ones left on premises by the driver. The Polymer Solutions IoT solution dramatically and immediately reduces losses and improves operational efficiency.

The growth of e-commerce home delivery has been associated with more and more cardboard arriving at homes and as a result, straining local councils and taxpayers with the cost of collecting single-use packaging for recycling or disposal. It is a challenge that can be anticipated to intensify. IGD reports that the UK’s online grocery market will grow 51 per cent by 2023, reaching 7.9 per cent of the total market. A shift to a returnable packaging solution such as the Reusable Home Shopping Crate can eliminate cardboard generation associated with home delivery.

Simon Moulson: “Online shopping is growing rapidly, and retailers are looking at opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their fulfilment operations and enhance their customer experience. The purpose-designed Reusable Home Delivery Crate does exactly that. It helps to reduce product damage, offering improved ergonomics as well as an elegant solution to the escalating issue of household cardboard.”

Polymer Logistics Home Delivery Crate Delivers a Superior Customer Experience

New crate designed especially for home shopping offers operational efficiencies, sophisticated tracking technology and the elimination of cardboard waste

Polymer Logistics recently introduced its new Reusable Home Shopping Crate. Already being deployed by various UK retailers, it is purpose designed to provide a full logistic solution cycle for the rapidly growing online shopping and delivery sector. The new crate improves order fulfilment operations while providing better product protection, improved ergonomics and the elimination of household cardboard generation associated with e-commerce.

The Reusable Home Shopping Crate was designed specifically with e-commerce fulfilment in mind. It features bag hooks on the top rim to facilitate fulfilment optimisation. The bags are hooked inside the crate to keep the bags open. This feature allows for an easier and a faster goods collecting process by the customer fulfilment team. The solid base ensures that any spilt liquid to a minimum of 1.5 litres is contained, preventing spillage to the crates below. Crates also feature perforated walls to reduce weight, as well as ergonomic handholds on all four sides. When empty, they can be conveniently nested to reduce storage space in transit as well as in storage.

Polymer Logistics supports its Reusable Home Shopping Crate with its iLogistics Internet of Things (IoT) tracking system. The system enables the tracing of all delivered crates, and particularly the ones left on premises by the driver. The Polymer Solutions IoT solution dramatically and immediately reduces losses and improves operational efficiency.

The growth of e-commerce home delivery has been associated with more and more cardboard arriving at homes and as a result, straining local councils and taxpayers with the cost of collecting single-use packaging for recycling or disposal. It is a challenge that can be anticipated to intensify. IGD reports that the UK’s online grocery market will grow 51 per cent by 2023, reaching 7.9 per cent of the total market. A shift to a returnable packaging solution such as the Reusable Home Shopping Crate can eliminate cardboard generation associated with home delivery.

Simon Moulson: “Online shopping is growing rapidly, and retailers are looking at opportunities to improve the effectiveness of their fulfilment operations and enhance their customer experience. The purpose-designed Reusable Home Delivery Crate does exactly that. It helps to reduce product damage, offering improved ergonomics as well as an elegant solution to the escalating issue of household cardboard.”

FMCG: What’s trending so far in 2019

The FMCG trends for 2019 are becoming clear. Brexit chaos aside, data, private label products, and facility automation top the issues we are hearing about from industry decision makers. The good news is that innovative ‘One-Touch/Retail Ready Packaging (RRP)’ solutions from Polymer Solutions can help. Let’s take a closer look.

The increasing demand for data and digitisation tops the trend list. Brands too often lose product visibility until it gets to point-of-sale, and they are looking for better inventory accuracy and control throughout the supply chain. With Polymer Logistics’ strong presence in end-use merchandising units, combined with its IoT capabilities, the company is well placed to offer that service to FMCG customers.

Polymer’s IoT solution provides information about inventory held at the distribution centre as well as at the store. As such, it provides a solution to the inefficient practice of suppliers pushing too much stock to retailers because they are uncertain about inventory levels.

At the store, geolocation sensors also offer considerable benefits to supply chain participants. They help retailers locate stock and promote FIFO (First in First Out), especially important for perishable products. Geolocation is also an important consideration for brands. They may be paying for prime display locations and specific promotion periods at retail. With geolocation, Polymer Logistics’ IoT solution can eliminate any concerns by providing accurate information about when product was put on display and when it was removed.

It is also critical not to get buried in data. Sensors can generate a massive amount of information, and that output needs to be structured to reveal valuable insights. Work with a highly skilled technology provider such as Polymer Logistics which can customise dashboards to best meet brand or retailer needs.

The second leading trend is the continued growth of private label products. This shift is leading toward less selection and more concentration involving fewer SKUs. Retailers are sending more pallet level displays to the store. As pallets of product that are placed directly onto the sales floor or the retail fixture, they help reduce labour cost and improve inventory management. For many SKUs, however, full pallet shipments can result in too much inventory in stores. In such cases, Polymer Logistics’ half-size Universal Display Pallet (UDP) provides the opportunity to “half size” the order quantity, helping keep store inventory levels in check.

The third trend sweeping across FMCG is automation. Companies are increasingly turning to automated storage and fulfilment systems because of labour shortage challenges and the increasing national living wage in the UK. However, when companies invest in automation, they are finding that they can’t rely on the consistency of wood pallets to prevent downtime. Consistently high-quality plastic pallets provide a reliable alternative. For example, Polymer’s plastic UDP has proven successful in beverage industry automation as well as in the fresh sector.

The trends for 2019 are taking shape, and ‘One-Touch/Retail Ready Packaging (RRP)’ solutions from Polymer Solutions are making a difference. Whether your pain points pertain to data, private label or automation initiatives, we’re here to help.

Polymer Logistics celebrates 25th anniversary in conjunction with leading fresh produce trade show

FRUIT LOGISTICA 2019

6th-8th February, Berlin

Hall 21, Stand E-06

A singular focus on customer and retailer experience has enabled leading RRP provider to generate ongoing innovative reusable packaging solutions, now incorporating IoT

Join decision-makers in learning about the latest innovations, products, and services at FRUIT LOGISTICA. The event takes place 6th-8th February in Berlin. Polymer Logistics, a show exhibitor and leading provider of “One-Touch/Retail Ready Packaging (RRP)” solutions to retailers worldwide since 1994, is pleased to display its innovative range of offerings. It will also celebrate its 25th anniversary at the event.

From the time of its founding, Polymer Logistics has maintained a singular focus on developing and providing customer-centric solutions. Initially, as a joint venture between GE Plastics and ZAG, it looked to manufacture plastic pallets from recycled material. In 2000, when Polymer shifted its business model to pooling to better address customer needs, GE was bought out in order to apply the new strategy.

The company has always approached solution development from the “eyes of the shopper and the retailer.” Aided by an innovative in-house design team and dedicated manufacturing capability, Polymer has excelled in delivering the best in returnable transport, storage and display products to the market. These offerings, including rising floor shippers, one-touch beverage tray systems, Cleanpal, Universal Display Pallet, dollies, and many others, provide substantial cost and environmental benefits. Their robust construction enables them to withstand the rigorous demands of retail supply chain logistics for many years.

As Polymer has repositioned itself from a niche provider to the mainstream, its most exciting innovation has been the Wood-look Crate in 2014. The company was the first to introduce the wood-effect plastic containers to the perishable goods market, significantly enhancing the appearance of fresh produce in stores.  Wood look crates give a ’natural’ feel to shoppers and have led to 4-6% sales increases at chains using them.

Most recently, Polymer now also provides technology-related services. The company’s Internet of Things (IoT) solutions deliver real-time inventory visibility, location, and other information such as shock and temperature. These services help retailers reduce business risks, save money, and create new revenue streams.

Gideon Feiner, CEO, Polymer Logistics: “After 25 years of investing in our clients and in the partnerships that we created, developing the most innovative and technological solutions along with uncompromising services and building an outstanding track record, Polymer Logistics is growing and advancing towards a new era. We are financially stronger, faster to market, and benefit from the experience of our first quarter century in the marketplace. We are now starting another 25 excellent years with more innovative developments to come.”

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