24. April 2019 | Recycling

Kaufland will rely on reusable crates in Europe

Reusable crates
Use of reusable crates will reduce 2019 CO2 emissions by 42,000 tonnes
Source: Euro Pool System

When it comes to fruit and vegetables, German retail group Kaufland will be using reusable crates instead of disposable boxes all over Europe. The company has been selling fruit and vegetables in its German outlets using the green reusable crates from Euro Pool System, a logistics services providers, since 2003. Between 2014 and 2015, this cooperation was expanded to include the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. Since the end of 2018, the green reusable packaging has become the standard packaging for fruit and vegetable logistics in all of the group's European stores. Meanwhile, the two companies have also been collaborating in Croatia, Romania, and Bulgaria.

About 42,000 fewer tonnes of CO2

"By using the reusable packaging, we have reduced our CO2 emissions by about 35,000 tonnes per year," said Stefan Lukes, Purchasing Manager for Fruit and Vegetables International. "With the added countries, we can save about 42,000 tonnes of CO2 in 2019. In addition, we can prevent packaging damage and save resources."

The cycle of the crates

The logistics service provider delivers empty reusable packaging to the producers, who will fill them with fruit and vegetables. The goods will remain in the green crates until they are displayed. Euro Pool System will pick the empties up at the Kaufland distribution centers and deliver them to one of its own 70 service centers in Europe. Here, the reusable packaging will be cleaned and reinserted into this logistics cycle.

Since 1 March, the return process has been additionally simplified by the introduction of Smart Return Logistics. This concept provides for the reusable packaging to be returned without being sorted. In addition, all of the reusable crates are equipped with a QR code that will ensure a transparent returns chain.

edited by Christiane Lingrön

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