The FMCG sector is a major user of reusable packaging, or returnable packaging items. The industry often uses crates to transport items, also known as folding crates, stacking bins or CBL crates. As with other reusable packaging materials, these are valuable items that must be registered. As a result, TellApe is also used within the FMCG industry. In this blog we give a practical example of the management and registration of these items.
How does the FMCG company use packaging?
Many different forms of packaging are in circulation within the company, as the products are varying. Discussions with employees showed that a total of about 30 types of packaging are in use. The types and quantities of this packaging also fluctuate based on the seasons. Moreover, the use of packaging has increased over the past three years compared to previous years. This is partly due to acquisitions and growth of the turnover. These factors make packaging management extra difficult.
What were the problems regarding RTI’s?
The various factors that make it difficult to manage and register the packaging have already been mentioned. In addition, various lease contracts were in force for reusable crates. Packaging changes were tracked in the ERP package, but the insights were limited. The biggest stumbling block, however, was related to packaging stock and stock management.
Did this cause any problems for the company?
If there is no good overview of the packaging stock and the method of stock management, one will have to deal with surpluses and unnecessary costs. Surpluses make packaging management and registration more difficult because the numbers are high and it is not always clear where the surpluses are. Prior to the discussions with our experts, this company had 2.25 times the number of crates in stock.
How did TellApe help solve this problem?
Through TellApe, it has become clear where packaging is needed and where packaging is stored. In addition, new insights have been gained into the turnover rate of packaging. So now the company knows what the lifespan of items is and how quickly packaging can be picked up again. It is also clear what the minimum stock of packaging must be in order not to disrupt the production process.
This information gives the company a much better grip on packaging. In addition, they managed to evenly reduce the total packaging stock. The packaging processes have now been optimized and there is only 1.25 times the number of crates in stock.
What benefits do you experience?
Using the packaging tool and optimizing the processes has brought several benefits to the company. In the first place, costs have been saved on packaging, because more profit remains. These costs have been saved on, among other things, packaging rent, because a smaller lease has been purchased. As a result, the fixed costs have become lower and more efficient use is made of the production space and storage. Thanks to this more efficient design, a new production line could be opened!
How can TellApe help your company?
Our TellApe solution not only ensures that packaging costs are transparent, but it also offers a complete overview of the numbers, locations and users of the packaging. Via two workflows and an online portal for administrators, the app provides a complete summary of the data regarding your company’s packaging. The application is multifunctional, user-friendly and predictive in nature. With the data that TellApe generates, analyzes and forecasts can be made that ensure a stronger, more liquid company.
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