The corporation conducts surveys on major cardboard boxes sizes, quantities, purposes, routes, destinies and ownership.
Example #1: Survey reveals that quantities of cardboard boxes in only a few sizes are transferred with goods from Point A to Destiny B repetitively all year round. Cardboard boxes at destiny B are cut out and thrown to be pressed and bailed to recycle, or wasted and end up in landfill.
Example #1 presents a great opportunity for reusable boxes. Certain amount of reusable boxes in a few sizes are transported with goods from Point A to Destiny B, disassembled at Destiny B, flattened and stacked on pallets. When trucks deliver the next batch of goods, the pallets of reusable boxes could be backhauled in the emptied truck space to Point A for reuse.
Example #2: Survey reveals that multiple suppliers X,Y and Z transfer goods in multiple sizes of cardboard boxes printed with distinct logos to Point A, where further trucked to Destiny B, C and D. Major sizes and quantities of cardboard boxes need to be identified to be substituted by reusable boxes. Reusable boxes are either returned against the deliver stream back through Point A or directly sorted and returned from B, C and D to X, Y and Z to complete a loop.
Ownership and New Revenue Owners of goods and cardboard boxes will only be potential future owners of reusable boxes among the corporation and customers and suppliers. Conventional ownership of reusable boxes only allows The corporation to return the corporation’s reusable boxes and reuse the corporation’s boxes. Customers and suppliers only return and reuse their own reusable boxes printed with distinct remarkable logos.
An innovative business model on reusable boxes is that in addition to the conventional ownership of reusable boxes, the corporation start to establish centralized return and treatment shops in major locations around the world. This opens business opportunities for additional revenue from renting and sharing boxes to customers and suppliers, saving them money by pooling, redistributing boxes within existing corporation facilities, centers and harbors. And this new revenues are generated by switching from the linear model of cardboard boxes to the circular model of reusable boxes. The corporation becomes the real leader in transportation for sustainability and circular economy in the world.
Advantages of international transfer and shipment for reusable boxes are:
• New reusable boxes flattened and shipped on pallets from the manufacturer to another country are subject to tariff charges.
• As long as the reusable boxes are used once, they become used products just like reused boxes over thirty times, and claimed values for tariff are extremely low. The flattened and stacked reused boxes on pallets are shipped from a country to other foreign destinies at very low costs.
Tracing: Reusable boxes will be treated as green asset in circulation, logging and recording are necessary as routine processes to locate the batch positions and monitor proper handling in each route. Brief inspection and maintenance like spotting and removing damaged reusable boxes for recycling at treatment centers are normal procedures. Certain industries might require periodical cleaning and sanitizing reusable boxes. QR code printing will also help identify the ownership, sizes and routes, locations and destinies.
Standardization: Reusable boxes need assembly and disassembly or flattening for the next time use. It’s suggested that the corporation in general and divisions focus on and only adopt only one or two reusable box designs and structures for smooth, efficient and systematic operations, in terms of simplicity, strength, costs, automation of erecting mechanical arms, thorough washing and sanitation, procedural inspection and maintenance etc.
For example, with standardized thickness, the stacked and flattened reusable boxes can be counted by measuring stack height instead of visual and manual counting.
Standardized sized of boxes will allow standardized symbols of sizes for easy recognition. Standardized logos will help for efficient sorting.
Standardized sizes will accommodate the metric and English units by compromising on some dimensions.
Eco credits the corporation will benefit and claim sustainability credits on internal returned and circulated reusable boxes, plus deserved Eco credits to which customers and suppliers contribute by collaborating with the corporation and reusing boxes in the corporation transportation system.