RPA Forum Insights: Day Two


RPA Forum Insights: Day Two

5/1/2015

Learning to Quantify and Measure Success

April 29, 2015 was the second day of the first ever 2-day Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) Forum in Chicago.
 
If you haven’t had a chance to review the takeaways from Day One of the event, you can review those here.
 
For those who were unable to attend this great forum, here are some of the thoughts we collected from Day Two of the Forum.
 
Takeaways from Keynote Presentation, “What U.S. Companies Can Learn from Reusable Packaging Systems in Europe.”
 
Presented by:
Joe Kelly, General Manager, K. Hartwall
 
“The ultimate goal of retailers is zero backroom. This means packaging has to be delivered in a different way…i.e. fractional or small format pallets, dollies, etc.”
 
“The retailers can afford to have people handling product multiple times, so one-touch packaging is critical.”
 
“Reusables will be a critical component of an increasingly complex supply process that is IT related, requires more sizes formats and alternative conveyance. It also has to be more store, consumer and associate friendly.”
 
“Retailers are changing to a more demand-led approach and this drives a need for more just-in-time and lean replenishment.”
 
“With omni-channel, 20% of all stores will be used as a DC and for on-line order fulfillment.”
Takeaways from “The Business Case for Reusable Packaging.”
Using a case study approach, an industry panel of users from multiple industries explored cost structure of reusable packaging systems, including the ways to quantify and build a business case in support of reusables and the metrics to measure success.

Presented by:  
Michelle Fay, StopWaste.org
Dan Walsh, IFCO
Norm Kukuk, ORBIS Corporation
 
“Companies are looking at the triple bottom line when evaluating reusables: economic, environmental and social. Today’s suppliers will help users calculate these impacts, with calculators and analytic tools. Generally, cost savings lead the way in justification, while some companies will make packaging decisions primarily on the environmental impacts to support their core strategy and values.”
 
“Don’t forget about the soft or indirect costs. Generally, these costs are hard to quantify, but are the areas companies see the most impact on after implementation. These include better use of inventory space, optimized vertical space in 53” trailers and increased system uptime associated with repeatable performance of reusables.”
 
According to Stopwaste.org, “Three of the top five materials that businesses throw away include 1-way use corrugated boxes, wood pallets and film plastics. We help businesses move up the EPA Waste Management Hierarchy and implement a reuse program that avoids the disposal of these materials and relies on reusable packaging.”
 
Thank you to everyone who took part in the RPA Forum. We’re already looking forward to next year. Were you unable to attend, but want to know how to get started? Here is a great place to start.