Supermarket chain, Aldi, has partnered with CHEP to release a new reusable plastic 'Gen 3' crate for use in the fresh produce industry.
Officially launched on 23 August at Aldi's Salisbury store in Brisbane, Aldi is the first retailer to use CHEP's new crate range, promoting supply chain efficiencies from farm gate to supermarkets.
ALDI Queensland managing director, Viktor Jakupec, said "The new crate allows products to be packed directly on farm before being delivered to our warehouses and subsequently to stores, which reduces the amount of repacking and speeds up the process. The crate design allows it to fit directly into our new fresh produce display on the shop floor, which means less product handling and therefore a higher level of product quality. Instead of store staff having to pack products on tables within the produce area, the majority of products will remain displayed within the crates which will assist with better product rotation and minimise damage to the products through less handling."
According to CHEP, the new Gen 3 crate uses globally best-in-class latching technology and is fully compatible with the previous generation crate and existing infrastructure.
"The Gen 3 crate family is a game changer. It’s not only an industry-wide solution, it offers world leading return logistics; with a folded height of 25mm, the Gen 3 outperforms all other crates on the market by up to 29 percent," CHEP Australia and New Zealand president, Phillip Austin said.
CHEP's range of reusable crates have a number of sustainability benefits. An independent lifecycle analysis conducted by RMIT in 2010 showed that compared with a single-use corrugated cardboard system, CHEP crates produced 70 percent less greenhouse gas emissions, used 85 percent less water and produced 95 percent less solid waste to landfill even if the cardboard was recycled.