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Optimizing And Benchmarking Returnable Container Processes Within An Automotive Distribution System, Camille Chism Jul 2010

Optimizing And Benchmarking Returnable Container Processes Within An Automotive Distribution System, Camille Chism

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An analysis of Reusable Packaging in automobile manufacturing facilities, as well as a comparison to other industries, shows that returnable container systems are not being fully utilized.

In this study, methods to return and track packaging materials for reuse are examined. Issues identified through surveys and interviews are summarized, and a recommendation to more fully utilize systems currently in place is proposed. An evaluation based on utilizing the current system will enable us to assign a cost to current operations, and may support an investment in improved systems and technologies.

Most of the companies surveyed gauge functionality based on whether ...