Secondary packaging containers (such as crates, sacks, cans, trays, baskets, etc.) are common in Europe but are catching on in Australia. While cardboard (corrugated casing) has always been a popular choice in Australian warehouses, they can be easily damaged during the order taking and shipping process.
Plastic crates Perth is a great alternative. It is easy to store them. And, they can prevent handling problems and ensure that customers receive harmless, quality goods.Here are five reasons to switch to plastic boxes:
1. The crates can handle heavy products
While cardboard can handle the lighter ends of the spectrum, plastics tend to be sturdier to handle heavier loads. Plastic containers are also more durable, meaning they will withstand impact, vibration, and pressure as they are moved, picked up, packed and shipped in and out of storage.
2. Easy Storage and Recovery
In automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS), containers are often stacked densely for storage on warehouse floors. Since cardboard boxes can vary in size and shape, it is easy to end up with unbalanced loads or unexpected spills. Plastic boxes, on the other hand, are available in standard sizes that allow for safe, secure stacking.
3. Health and Safety
It is easy to clean up dust, dirt and spills from plastic containers. They can also be sanitized, which is especially beneficial when following strict standards for health and safety.
4. Environmental Factors
Is your warehouse hot and humid? Or is it a cold storage facility? While cardboard containers can easily slip or deform, plastic can better withstand moisture and extreme conditions without losing structural integrity.
5. Sustainability Goals
While cardboard boxes are relatively cheap to buy up front, they don’t last long. Plastic crates Brisbane is reusable – sometimes hundreds or even thousands of times – which significantly reduces waste. This can save you big in the long run and is fully integrated with the green initiatives of your facility.
Choosing an option that best suits your system of choice
The best storage packaging option will ultimately depend on the type of order picking system you place. However, with an automatic layer pick system, you’ll find that cardboard cartons offer the most orderly way of creating full layers and rainbow stripes.
An automation systems provider can help you make your decision and guide you through the solutions that best suit your business. And if you already use a specific container, an experienced provider can design your system with customized tools to accommodate your existing packaging.