Friday 28th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Containers reduce transport costs

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), the name behind Ribena, has invested in 6,000 of Arca System’s Big Box Pallet Containers, for shipping blackcurrants used in the popular fruity drink. As blackcurrant is one of the hardest stains to remove, “washability” of the boxes was a major requirement.

The Arca boxes were specially-designed with a smooth based skid which is easier to clean than standard skids with ribbing. They also reduce the amount of dirt transferred from the picking fields to the central processing plant, for a more hygienic and efficient system. Unlike with previous boxes made in single moulding, the smooth skids are replaceable, resulting in a longer operational life.

Michael Dunsire, sourcing director at GSK, comments: “Arca’s boxes have eliminated the need for liners, and the ready-made area in which to place a bung has made cleaning the boxes an easier task. What’s more, the boxes have saved 14 tonnes of plastic waste per year and transport costs have been significantly reduced.”