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2015.03.02_WINEOBJECT

Empty Logistics

The use of glass bottles for beverages remains popular in Belgium. The costs of sorting out, transporting and storing these empty bottles is not to be neglected and often not very transparent. In this project VIL aims to analyse and reduce these non-value adding costs.

 

A significant share of the logistic activity in the beverage and retail industry consists of managing the flows of empty bottles. With its project Empty Logistics, VIL wants to reduce the total cost of the supply chain of returnable empties, either by improving current flows and processes and by introducing totally new service concepts, like managing the entire flow of empties independent of a particular brand or retailer. Such a full scale logistics service package would include collecting, sorting and putting empties back at the disposal of beverage producers.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • The reduction of cost in the total logistic chain of returnable empties.
  • New concept(s) for logistics services including the associated business model(s).
  • A shift to railway and/or inland shipping between consolidation points and producers.

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES

  • The current flows of returnable empties in Flanders are being analysed, both quantitative and qualitative. The total cost of the logistic chain will be made transparent.
  • Analysis: Which impact does a partial or complete removal of empties flows from existing return flows of other goods (e.g. trolleys, packaging waste) have on the cost of those returns?
  • Search for cost savings, within the existing flows and processes as well as within new concepts and business models.
  • Practical tests: improvement proposals and new concepts will be tested in actual practice, including modal shift opportunities.

TARGET GROUP

This project targets all stakeholders who deal with returnable empties: beverage producers, retailers, logistic service providers, asset poolers, beverage traders and the catering industry.

PRACTICAL DETAILS

Planned launch: February 2017

Total lead time: 15 months

Want to find out more?

contact: Peter Lagey (peter.lagey@vil.be)