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.
- 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.