A first for New Zealand and at the leading edge of Returnable Transit Packaging (RTP), the Viscount Plastics Foldable Crate range offers this country's manufacturing and primary industries the very real opportunity to achieve major freight and warehousing cost savings as well as introduce 'one touch' handling to their supply chains.
Fruit and vegetable producers for example can now look to the same proven savings and quality benefits enjoyed in Australia and other countries where RTP foldable plastic crates have replaced traditional 'single trip' cardboard cartons and wooden crates. Delivery to the grower or pack house, or the return empty loop for cleaning and re-use, by folding to a fraction of their assembled height, Viscount Plastics Foldable Crates achieve significant savings in transport fuel usage and carbon emissions by stacking more to the square metre than standard plastic and wooden crates.
Folded flat, the Viscount Plastics Foldable Crate also maximises available warehouse capacity which can alone represent major cost savings compared with the alternative of increasing storage capacity by building or leasing additional warehousing and racking. Furthermore, research suggests an RTP foldable plastics crate will pay for itself after just 12 round trips and is estimated to have service life of more than 92 round trips.
Strength and robustness are features of the Viscount Plastics Foldable Crate. Moulded from food grade plastic, each crates assembles and locks together to protect and preserve the quality of contents. At the end of their long service lives, foldable crates are 100 percent recyclable. By virtue of being recyclable, reusable and contributing to reducing environmental impact as landfill waste or atmospheric pollution, the Viscount Plastics Foldable Crate range is also recognised as 'green' packaging. 'Reduce... Reuse... Recycle' is a catch-cry increasing in volume throughout the world.
In Australia the Coles Group has used the distribution versatility and smart appearance of the Viscount Plastics-developed folding crate to successfully introduce 'one-touch' handling where produce goes from their suppliers in the field or packing house to the point-of-sale without being touched. This not only contributes to maintaining produce quality and dollar value by reducing risks of handling damage but also saves labour and other costs along the supply chain. 'One touch' distribution can equally apply to manufactured goods where items go direct from factory to point-of-sale in the one Viscount Plastics Foldable Crate.