UK – Britain’s fifth-largest supermarket, Aldi, has signed a long-term agreement on returnable packaging equipment with logistics company, Euro Pool System.

The partnership looks to improve Aldi’s sustainability commitments, its environmentally responsible network and to eliminate single-use materials such as cardboard within its supply chain.

EPS, which works with a range of European fresh produce growers and their retail partners with a focus on sustainability and circularity, will be offering Aldi a crate suitable for any size of the item.

As a result, the folding tray products will help to minimize the retailer’s empty space in deliveries and to reduce trucks on the road.

Combined with best-in-class automation and the use of cutting-edge technologies, EPS also deliver cost savings for the logistics network as a whole to Aldi UK, allowing them to continue to deliver the best possible prices for their customers.

Dirk Vercammen, Director of EPS Region West commented: “By sharing the benefits of our reusable packaging solutions with Aldi UK we are together contributing to the transition towards a circular economy. We are happy to service Aldi UK’s suppliers with our advanced logistics solutions and meet the growth requirements for the business in the UK.”

Unlike one-way packaging, which may lead to throwing away packaging once it reaches its final destination, returnable packaging offers a variety of great benefits.

It offers lower costs, as the package is reused, which eliminates the recurring costs of packaging production. When using the same containers for a long period of time, your packaging costs should be lower over time than with other options.

Built to support heavy loads, returnable packaging improves product protection by providing excellent resistance to external forces and impact.

In addition, returnable pallets and containers are much easier for staff to manage than other solutions, promoting worker safety as they often provide smooth grasping surfaces and handles. This can reduce workplace injuries.

Returnable packaging also tends to be built to support heavy loads and can be stacked high in trailers or warehouses, saving space and providing a more organized facility appearance.

Luke Peech, Managing Director of Supply Chain Management at Aldi UK, concludes: “We are pleased to be extending our partnership with Euro Pool Systems, which will see us further simplify our operations while also helping us work towards becoming a more sustainable retailer by reducing our road miles and minimizing waste.”

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