Repackaging: Essential for the handling of goods

The better production and distribution are linked and coordinated, the more efficient the associated logistics. The so-called repackaging as part of the packaging logistics has the goal to raise optimization potentials and to make logistic processes more cost-efficient. A typical example is containers or EUR pallets, which are used as loading aids in freight shipping or in the transport of goods in general.

With repackaging, the so-called volume utilization rate can be increased, which is made possible primarily by using a standardized container concept. A distinction is usually made between transport packaging, load unit and load carrier. In essence, the aim is to increase the ratio of product volume to packaging volume (i.e. more volume used) and to utilize as much of the available capacity as possible in transport.

Typical packaging systems in logistics:

  • Primary packaging (the packaging that the consumer receives)
  • Secondary packaging (consisting of several primary packagings)
  • Tertiary packaging (consisting of several primary or secondary packages, grouped together e.g. on EPAL carriers or in containers).
  • Transport packaging (designed for efficient production and processing, transport and storage of packaging).

Important: In many cases, marketing influences the packaging, for example in the case of visual "deception" through larger packaging in relation to the actual content. About 1/3 of the plastics produced in the EU are used for packaging, so the savings potential is correspondingly large. On the one hand in terms of resource consumption and capacity requirements, but also in terms of the recyclability and sustainability of such outer packaging.


Logistik Lexikon Umverpackung

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