The foldable/collapsible containers used by Hema to minimize transport volumes are also popular with many other customers across a wide range of sectors. “The key selling point for operators is the high-quality standard that comes with SSI SCHAEFER containers and the ‘Made in Germany’ label. Longevity, low failure rates, robust construction, simple yet secure handling, and an impressive price-performance ratio are just some of the other advantages. Our folding/collapsible containers, like the ones used by Hema, also function to a consistently high standard throughout the year, regardless of the ambient temperatures – testament once again to the high-quality materials and proven robust construction. The container’s reinforced double rim provides outstanding protection against warping and ensures the containers can always be stacked. Likewise, the vital hinge areas are always protected even without the lid. This is just one reason why the containers have such a long lifespan and low failure rate,” explains Christine Jorzik, Director of Container Systems at SSI SCHAEFER. “Our FKE 6285 and FKE 6320 folding/collapsible containers are used by our customers around the world 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” The ribbed and reinforced base also means the containers are perfectly designed for manual handling in stores and during transport, as well as for the automated handling system in Hema’s central warehouse. “We use one type of containers for the whole process, from the warehouse and through the supply chain,” explains Michel van Leeuwen. “Using the same containers throughout means no time is wasted repacking goods; uniform palletization and secure transport processes are ensured thanks to standard container dimensions; and there is no packaging waste in the stores.” Moreover, the use of returnable containers reduces transport costs. When dispatching orders to the stores, the containers can be easily stacked and palletized to make optimal use of the space in the lorry loading bays. And once emptied, the containers can be collapsed down to reduce their volume by 80% on the return journey.
“This also supports our mission to maximize the sustainability of our supply chain,” continues Michel van Leeuwen.