Case Profile:

Unilogic Group’s fulfillment/ancillary warehouse services can be catered to meet the Supply Chain Solution needs of any of our partners. Reusable Plastic Containers (RPC’s) are increasingly being used to replace pressed paper and wood cartons for perishable goods and other items delivered to grocery/retail stores as well as internal processing closed loops. This industry has arisen out of growing concern of how our environmental footprint will impact future generations and the economic savings reusable containers entail.

The Objective:

Provide an efficient distribution point for flexible on-demand storage and distribution services for a client dealing with a particular product that also required cleaning and maintenance.

The Challenges:

RPC’s are manufactured in different sizes and configurations according to manufacturer specifications and end user needs. As a result, a store chain’s location at any given moment will have a wide variety of RPC’s that have been used to ship all types of goods. When these RPC’s are collected and returned to the distribution center this situation is magnified by container after container of RPC’s that need to be sorted.

Additionally, as these containers often ship perishable food commodities there is an inherent need for cleaning and sanitizing. Our manufacturer and store chain partners do not have the local infrastructure to handle these tasks. An additional challenge is that a particular store chain may have RPC’s that are made by several different manufacturers. As a result, thousands of RPC’s in varying sizes, states of repair and cleanliness can come through the doors of a chain’s distribution center per week.

The Unilogic Solution:

Unilogic’s warehouse services coordinates the inbound receipt of trailers loaded with RPC’s of all sizes and all conditions. These trailers are devanned, RPC’s are then segregated by size, model and/or manufacturer. RPC’s that are in disrepair are separated and palletized. The sorted and organized pallets can then be sent for
sanitation or prepared for outbound and ultimate reintegration.

This solution facilitated the management of order segregation and sorting. Product flow is also efficiently handled for our partners allowing them to get their end products to their point of sale locations. This is especially essential as perishable goods are involved. This help create a 20% increase in production for a local facility.