New guide available for reusable packaging

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by Emily Atkins

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has published the 2023 A Smarter, Technology-Driven Supply Chain with Reusable Packaging Systems white paper. The document provides an updated understanding of the use of connected and data-transmitting assets to identify, track, and monitor the modern supply chain.

The nearly 100-page report was written by RPA member companies who collaborated as part of the association’s Technology Working Group (TWG). RPA’s TWG assembles expertise on information technology to advance smart reusable packaging initiatives.

Since the original 2019 report, significant advancements in technology device and software innovations can be applied to reusable transport packaging (RTP) and commercial operating facilities. The paper focuses on the technology uses available to use RTPs and help business leaders build a more visible, resilient, and data-generating supply chain.

Rob Franzo, consulting director and retail logistics system architect at Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and chair of the TWG, led the white paper project. “The broad expertise of committee participants who contributed to the project allowed us to cover a wide range of topics and include unique perspectives drawn from real-world experiences,” said Franzo.

“This white paper can be a valuable resource for businesses considering technology deployment in their operations. It also serves as a foundation for the next phase of committee projects to demonstrate the digital opportunities with reusable packaging systems.”

“Over the last several years we have experienced leaps in technology availability and capability for embedding or affixing to reusable packaging assets,” said Todd Hoff, RPA’s executive vice-president of member programs.

“The era of smart and connected packaging that is breaking new ground in performance and value is now here. RPA’s updated technology white paper includes these advancements and expands guidance to parties seeking solutions for their assets and supply chain.”

The updated, A Smarter, Technology-Driven Supply Chain with Reusable Packaging White Paper is now available for download on the Reusable Packaging Association website.

 RPA is a non-profit trade organization representing and promoting the common business interests of member suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services. R