Switch from cardboard to reusable plastic packaging to save warehouse running costs, says PHS Teacrate

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As it is revealed that 43% of warehouse operators regard the cost of running warehouse operations as their most critical challenge for growth in 2013, PHS Teacrate looks at the cost reduction involved in the move from cardboard to reusable plastic packaging.

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Plastic packaging offers a rapid return on investment and a lower cost-per-trip than single trip cardboard packaging.

A new survey of warehouse operators carried out for Access Group found that nearly half (43%) of UK warehousing businesses regard reducing the cost of running warehouse operations as among their most critical challenges for business improvement.

Key areas in which to do this include reducing packaging waste within the warehouse and in the supply chain; the report revealed that obsolete, dirty or damaged packaging is an issue for a wide range of industries.

PHS Teacrate, the leading crate rental company in the UK, believes that switching from disposable cardboard packaging to plastic re-usable crates is an ideal way that businesses can lower wastage within the warehouse.

Ruth Scruton, Marketing Manager for PHS Teacrate, said: “Manufactured from durable plastic, returnable transit packaging(RTP) is specifically designed for multiple trips over an extended life, offering a rapid return on investment and a lower cost-per-trip than single trip cardboard packaging.

“Plastic crates, trays and pallets are designed to be stacked or nested- or are collapsible; this not only reduces storage and transport space, but the standardised shape makes for easier handling, speeding up the receiving and inspection of deliveries.

“By switching cardboard boxes with nestable crates, you will be able to pack an increased amount of produce in your vehicle for delivery, meaning fewer journeys are needed overall and your carbon footprint is reduced.

“And unlike cardboard boxes, plastic packaging does not need to be scrapped due to soiling or damage from the transportation of products- the plastic crates can simply be washed and reused again.”

PHS Teacrate offers a guaranteed pool of returnable transit packaging, which can be supplied to meet short or long term demands when needed. The service proposition includes the flexibility of rental or purchase solutions tailored for specific business needs.

Ruth Scruton said: “Warehousing businesses looking to reduce running costs should consider our flexible RTP pool management service, which will save on transport costs, storage space and capital outlay. We can even incorporate hygienic RTP washing into the rental agreement.

“Replace your single trip cardboard packaging with plastic re-usable crates and start seeing the financial benefits for yourself.”


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About PHS

The PHS Group is a leading workplace services provider, and has traded in the UK since 1963. It has a diverse service portfolio aimed at improving work and leisure spaces, while making life much easier for facilities, building and people managers.

PHS really does ‘do more than you think’, providing products and services for:

  •     Crate rental and packaging
  •     Interior and exterior planting
  •     Laundry equipment and workwear
  •     Matting and flooring
  •     Records storage and management
  •     Shredding and recycling
  •     Testing and compliance
  •     Washrooms
  •     Waste management
  •     Water machines
  •     Workplace consumables

PHS provides these direct to UK companies, and also operates as a tier one supplier to the facilities management market, supporting the integrated service propositions of most of the major FMs.

The PHS Group’s annual turnover for the year ending March 2012 was £422 million. It employs around 5,000 personnel, operates from a wide network of 153 regional service branches, and takes care of over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations in the UK, Ireland, Holland, Belgium and Spain.


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