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Kroger and Polymer Logistics win packaging honours

Kroger won for their pilot using Polymer Logistics’s Cleanpal pallet

September 13, 2019


The nesting pallets loaded with eggs.

TAMPA, FLORIDA The Kroger Company, along with reusable packaging supplier Polymer Logistics, have won the 2019 Excellence in Reusable Packaging award.

The Kroger Company won the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) honour for their 2018 commercial pilot demonstrating the cost-savings and environmental impact reductions as a result of adopting the Polymer Logistics’ Cleanpal pallet for the distribution of fresh eggs from a leading supplier to Kroger stores. The innovative pallet design, carrying the reusable plastic containers (RPCs) packed with egg cartons, builds a secure shipping platform that reduces Kroger’s distribution costs by up to 66 percent and removes 6,500 tons of CO2 emissions from the retailer’s egg supply chain.

“We’re thrilled with this year’s entries to the Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award program,” said Tim Debus, president and CEO of the Reusable Packaging Association.

“The submissions received were packed with innovative product designs, reuse approaches and commercial execution. Our panel of judges determined that Kroger’s use of the Polymer Logistics Cleanpal pallet presented the most compelling case for both economic and environmental savings. We look forward to honouring their work as this year’s Excellence Award winner.”

The Cleanpal pallet weighs up to 2.5 times less than traditional pallets, movesup to three times more pallets in truckload deliveries and returns, and allows 1,000 incremental pounds of egg product per shipment from supplier to warehouse, is more efficient to handle, reduces transportation costs, and provides a secure unit load.

“Kroger is committed to Zero Hunger-Zero Waste in everything we touch,” said Joe O’Connor, supply chain process change manager at Kroger. “And this goal has led our drive to expand packaging reuse solutions with pallets and RPCs. The CleanPal pallet and the partnership with Polymer Logistics was a significant leap in our work up and down the supply chain for food to establish a balanced model to benefit our stores, DCs and customers.”

“The Cleanpal pallet is a breakthrough in supermarket distribution platforms,” said Paul Pederson, senior vice-president, Food Safety, Meat & Dairy Supply Chain for Polymer Logistics. “We thank Kroger for leading the Cleanpal pallet’s commercial introduction and congratulate them on winning the reusable packaging industry’s most prestigious award.”