International Council for RTI – Recommendation for the Compatible Stacking of Crates


Publication Date: 2001
Publication Language: English
Publication Country/Region: ECR Europe
Publication Type: Bluebook
Publisher: n/a
Companies involved: AECOC, AIM European Brands Association, ARCA Systems, Atlanta Handelsgesellschaft, Beck & Co., Chep Europe, container centralen a/s, DLF Norway, DULOG, Euro Pool System International, Globus, Hays Crate Services, Heinz, Henkel, IFCO GmbH, Institute of Grocery Distribution (IGD), Logtek, Marks & Spencer, METRO AG, NKL Norway, Paxton, Procter & Gamble, Perifem, Römerquelle, Schoeller Wavin Systems, Spar Österreich, Svenska Retur System, Steco International
Author: Alan Reynolds, Robert Verhulst

by Centrale für Coorganisation (2001)
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There is currently an increasing variety of reusable transport equipment, managed in a variety of different ways, being used to handle an expanding catalogue of products, all with the aim of reducing Supply Chain costs for individual elements within the Supply Chain. In their drive to meet the ever increasing and varied demands of their customers, the RTI designers and service providers were introducing more and more mutually incompatible designs, which created barriers to the wider acceptance and use of the very products their customers were demanding. This document tackles the issue of physical compatibility of RTI, with focus on the basic 600 mm x 400 mm crate and it's sub-modules, and the way in which different designs can be made compatible with each other to provide safe handling and stacking throughout the Supply Chain. In future, by following the guidelines outlined in this recommendation, which define the dimensions of the stacking interface between crates, there will be major commercial benefit to the users of RTI, including :
- No longer having to transfer merchandise from one crate to another to achieve safe loading.
- A reduction in product handling damage
- Being able to select the right crate for the product from a variety of designs and suppliers, in the certain knowledge that it will not cause handling problems with other equipment.


Transport Optimisation


Publication Date: 2000
Publication Language: English
Publication Country/Region: ECR Europe
Publication Type: Bluebook
Publisher: n/a
Companies involved: Bahlsen, Unilever, Sara Lee, Procter & Gamble, Pedigree Masterfoods, Nestlé, Metsä Tissue, Kimberly-Clark, Kelloggs, Henkel Iberica, Henkel, Colgate Palmolive, SPAR International, Usego, Tukospar, Tesco, AIM, Eurocommerce, EAN International, CCG, Frigoscandia, Tibbett & Britten, Offergeld, Nedlloyd
Author: Hanno Haccius, Petri Jarvinen, Jan Boer, Jose Kaufmann, Phil Whiteoak, Marc Geffrault, Kari Pekka Laaksonen, George Skomorowski, Adrian Lees, Gracia Cardona, Peter Karp, Philip Machell, Gerrit Kok, Michael Krause, Kimmo Kahila, Chris Carrington, Peter Carlin, Richard Horswill, Connor O’Malley, Ralph Zecher, Gust Goossens, Katrin Recke, Ernest Franke, Paola Carpentiere, Saskia Treeck, Sabine Ritter

by ITEM HSG (2000)
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This report recommends best practices and techniques to make best use of available transport capacity. It aims to maximise vehicle fill and productive time whilst minimising empty runnings. Techniques, such as unit loads optimisation (including pallet height standards), multi-modal transport, vehicle technology, EDI, Supply Chain Optimisation Systems, Consolidation or Efficient Network Design, will help to reach these goals. The report concludes that in today’s environment it is no longer possible to ignore the transport implications of ECR supply chain concepts. Any supply chain decision has to take account of its effect on transport.


Efficient Unit Loads


Publication Date: 1997
Publication Language: English
Publication Country/Region: ECR Europe
Publication Type: Bluebook
Publisher: n/a
Companies involved: Atlantic, Auchan, COOP (CH), Danone, EDAH, FDB, Gillette, Heineken, ICA, Karstadt, Kellogg
Author: Christos Galiatsatos, Dominique Mercier, Max Peter, Marc Bouvy, Jan Boll, Mogens Werge, Ivy Penman, Michiel Kamermans, Mats Bjorkqvist, Werner Linnemann, Rainer Frerich-Sagurna

by A.T. Kearney (1997)

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Efficient Unit Loads are absolutely key in improving transport, storage and handling efficiency across the total supply chain.

Unit loads play a key role across the supply chain, grouping primary and transport products to facilitate transport and handling.

Used by manufacturers. retailers and service providers, unit loads are key cost drivers. They impact on transport, storage, handling and packaging, which together, represent 12-15% of retail sales price. Developing more Efficient Unit Loads is critical to the success of ECR and is estimated to save 1.2% of retail sales price.

Efficient Unit Loads impact 12-15% of retail sales price. Savings opportunities represent 1.2% of retail sales price.

The Efficient Unit Loads (EUL) project is one of three ECR Europe supply side projects, whose ultimate objective is supply chain integration. This can only be achieved by harmonising physical aspects of the supply chain.



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