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This week’s focus is on logistics challenges.
Recalls in the Food Chain Eggs, ground beef and romaine lettuce are a few recent product recalls. Delays in getting information about the source and root cause of problems means that both spoiled and unspoiled products have to be destroyed. Read more…
UPS Gearing Up for Incredible Bulk?
UPS is the highest-volume logistics provider, but its cap of 150 lbs on any one package cuts the shipper out of a growing market: furniture and other bulky products ordered online. Time for a new strategy. Read more…
Reusable Packaging to Reduce Waste
The growth in online shopping has also grown landfill waste and demand for cardboard recycling, stressing both systems. Limeloop’s reusable package offers a potential solution, if a few challenges can be overcome. Read more…
With the growth of online ordering from companies such as Amazon, the amount of packaging waste has increased substantially.
Limeloop, a reusable packaging company, has estimated that approximately 165 billion packages are shipped each year in the United States. This has placed a tremendous strain on waste management and recycling. Not to mention the amount of materials used to produce the packaging. For example, this translates to requiring approximately 1 billion trees to produce the cardboard for the packaging.
Limeloop has developed a a durable, lightweight, waterproof pouch that can be returned by the customer, and re-used for shipping as many as 2,000 times. Limeloop’s initial market is the apparel industry. But, the plan is to expand to larger packages in other industries.
Guidance: The obvious benefit is the reduction in waste that must be recycled or sent to the land fill, but consider other benefits which could accrue in the supply chain, including for logistics Continue reading →