Schoeller Allibert, the world’s largest manufacturer of reusable plastic packaging for materials handling, is launching a new folding RTP system to help retailers improve logistics efficiency and reduce cost in the food and grocery supply chain. The new Interfold tray is specifically designed to transport and protect produce from Europe, while integrating with the nesting trays used as standard in the UK.
Developed for trans-European shipments, the design of the Interfold tray fits more products in each container. Yet when empty, a unique catch system releases the sides allowing it to fold flatter than any other product in the marketplace, saving valuable space and cost on the return journey. Around 10,000 Interfold trays can be carried on the return trip, compared to 6,000 nesting trays. The specially designed release catch also helps prevent the repetitive strain injuries associated with knocking down traditional folding containers.
Simon Knights, commercial director at Schoeller Allibert, explains: “Products arriving in cardboard containers either have to be decanted into nesting trays, adding time and cost in double handling, or merchandised from the cardboard boxes. However, retailers still then have to pay for the disposal of the cardboard, which is increasingly expensive.
The new Interfold folding tray is designed to protect, maintain quality and promote hygiene for fresh and frozen fruit, vegetables, pre-packaged meats, fish, prepared meals and other grocery items. The ventilated sides aid air flow, speeding cooling and helping to maintain a constant temperature. Ideal for use in fridges and freezers, Interfold can also be passed through tray washers at up to 70°C. The trays fit standard distribution and display equipment and work perfectly with the latest filling, weighing and handling technology.
With increasing demand for returnable transit packaging in the food and grocery sector because of its ability to deliver cost and carbon savings, Schoeller Allibert folding trays have a lower carbon footprint than cardboard after just 20 trips.
Schoeller Allibert is the first British manufacturer to develop a new quarter footprint reusable wheeled folding merchandising unit to help retailers attract and retain the growing number of convenience shoppers.
Due to launch later this year, the Minipac is a new one-touch distribution, merchandising and stock replenishment system that enables retailers to offer more product choice in less space. Minipac is ideal for the narrower aisles and restricted display areas of convenience stores, making merchandising in these outlets more flexible and efficient.
Simon Moulson, head of retail sales, who developed the Minipac concept with the Schoeller Allibert Design Team, explains: “We developed the new Minipac unit to enable retailers to display a wider range of products in the space available, while reducing handling time and protecting the produce throughout the supply chain. Suppliers can load the products into the Minipac unit at the distribution centre; it can be safely transported, unloaded and wheeled straight into store ready to be displayed.
The Minipac is a reusable transit packaging concept that protects produce from packer or processor to to shopping basket, with no need for staff to handle or decant stock at any stage of the supply chain. The unit can be wheeled smoothly through aisles with a footprint of just 600 x 400mm. Both sides fold for maximum product presence at point of sale and there are no corner posts to obstruct picking when more than one door is open.
The Minipac merchandising unit also ensures products are protected throughout the supply chain with impact resistant sides and stable stacking. The stackable units enable more efficient use of vehicle space and the containers fold down to maximise space on the return journey.