Efficient management of returnable packaging (RTI – Returnable Transport Items) is becoming much more relevant in a modern supply chain.
The significance of this area is becoming more important as the utilization of RTI is becoming more popular in the logistic processes. Even when not all products are distributed by RTI but the packaging is expensive (e.g.: beer kegs) the improvement in the RTI management may bring significant benefits for the company.
In the processes using RTI there are often three major parties:
RTI manufacturers – companies producing returnable packaging.
- suppliers – using returnable packaging to pack their own products which are then sent to the customers
- customers – companies selling final products which have been received in returnable packaging.
Additionally, in some supply chain there may appear other parties such as logistics operator responsible for sending materials or for receiving the returnable packaging.
How does RTI work
Returnable packaging such as pallets, crates, beer kegs or other types of containers are sent to the customers together with the contents, after which they are unpacked and returned to ...