How packaging companies are helping customers save money
Author: Tom Burfield
In a world characterized by supply chain disruptions, spiraling inflation rates and increasing pressure for sustainability, just about every segment of the produce packaging industry seems to be taking steps to fill orders on time, keep costs under control and offer products that are environmentally friendly. “Over the last several years, the U.S. and global supply chains have experienced increasing supply demands and been challenged to adapt their ways of working,” said Rachel Barclay, senior manager, integrated marketing for Alpharetta, Ga.-based CHEP North America, which provides pallet and pooling services. “And even through these fluctuations, CHEP has remained committed to balancing demand for supply chain solutions with changing market pressures,” she said. To help customers cope with inflation, CHEP provides functional, trusted products while delivering value through its supply chain solution programs, like CHEP’s Zero Waste World, freight collaboration and supply chain optimization, he said. Some of CHEP’s ESG initiatives include: Purchasing sustainably sourced raw materials, Partnering with the supply chain to remove waste, like single-use packaging, Seeking the most sustainable alternatives, like piloting electric vehicle fleets and equipment, Developing sustainable products, using recycled or recyclable materials and durable designs that last longer, Partnering with customers to remove empty transport miles through joint freight collaboration.
CHEP shipped more than 300 million pallets in 2022 despite inventory challenges, transportation and labor shortages, and market volatility, Barclay said.