Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A New Standard for Long-Distance Freight Packaging

You’ve probably seen it once or twice in your driving lives, watched – half in humor, half in horror—as oranges or tomatoes trickled, one by one, off the back of the produce truck and splattered along the highway just a few meters ahead of your speeding car. Besides being an annoyance and even a hazard to your interstate driving, it’s also one of the more common ways worldwide that produce gets lost on its way to market: faulty packaging that breaks in transit.

To solve this problem, the Fiber Box Association (FBA), the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA) as well as nationwide box manufacturers, growers, freight companies, produce distribution centers, retailers, and various government agencies, have all teamed up and arrived at a new solution. They’ve come up with a higher standard model for packaging fruits and veggies for long-distance transport: the Corrugated Common Footprint container.

The Corrugated Common Footprint container is a new and light-weight corrugated box that employs interlocking tabs and receptacles to provide better stability and lower shipping costs (always a good thing) for produce. The box’s inner air cushioning also makes it a lot harder for produce to bruise on its way to market. Not only that, but its standard-issue design and consistency make it simple for different box manufacturers, growers, and shippers to collaborate on wildly different varieties of cargo. With the new Corrugated Common Footprint container, it’s all of one piece and one box.

Who knew there were still ways to revolutionize boxes?

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