Invitation to join ECR Baltic Returnable Transport Items (Packaging) unification working group for dairy categories in Lithuania.
Following ECR Baltic initiative for driving unification of returnable transport items (dairy crates) since 2008 and recently issued RTI standardization recommendations for Baltics. ECR Baltic is calling the national working group for representatives of dairy industries and food retail to examine in detail if the proposed recommendations can be implemented in Lithuania?
Participation: ECR Baltic members, dairy manufacturers/suppliers and food retailers.
To join the working group, please fill in the contact form below or here!
ECR BALTIC RECOMMENDATIONS for PALLETS and RTI (Returnable-Reusable Transport Items) for dairy, meat, bakery, fresh fruits and vegetables.
In general it is recommended to limit the number of crate types from more than 100 different types currently circulating in Baltics to 5-6. The crates must be compatible so that they can be piled up. The formats shall be limited to 60 x 40 cm and 30 x 40 cm as per recommendations below (height tolerance +/- 3 cm):
- Baltic Pallet Pooling affiliated with polymerlogistics and gontermann
- Mega Pool Systems specs;
- Bepco presentation
- Container Centralen presentation
- K.Hartwall presentation
- IFCO presentation
- Svenska Retursystem presentation
Reusable Transport Items (RTI), crates, pallets and roll cages, represent the "Nuts and Bolts" of the European Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) Supply Chain. At the end of the previous millennium an increasing variety of equipment, managed in a variety of different ways, was used to handle an expanding catalogue of products, all with the aim of reducing supply chain costs for individual elements within the total supply chain. But different incompatible management systems for RTI have led to market fragmentation and supply chain inefficiencies - standardized methods are needed to organize their distribution and return.
2. Recommendations For The Compatible Stacking Of Crates: 17_pub_2001_rti_compatible_stacking_of_crates1.pdf
by International Council For Reusable Transport Items (IC-RTI)
The RTI (Reusable-Returnable Transport Items) size recommendations were modified allowing height variation by 3 cm. The recommendations to be used as a guidelines when choosing/offering RTI solution in Baltics by individual companies and community as such.
Note: ECR Baltic recommendations and standards are voluntary and non-obligatory.
RTI Baltic Standard proposal (Dimensions of 3 crates set for Dairy produce)
Since 2007 Manufacturers and Retailers have been trying to come to agreement on unification and pooling of returnable transport items within ECR Baltic (Efficient Consumer Response Initiative in the Baltic States) framework. The current economic situation simply forces us to maintain and develop our supply chain in a sustainable and cost effective way.
Thus according to September – December 2011 RTI (Returnable Transport Items) Initiative meetings in Riga and Vilnius with participation of major retailers (Maxima, Rimi, Palink and Prisma) and dairy/meat manufacturers (Valio, Rakvere, Valmieras Piens, Rīgas piena kombināts, Rīgas piensaimnieks, Pieno Zvaigzdes, Zemaitijos Pienas) it was decided to start unification with dairy produce categories by implementing 3 crates set for standardization of dairy produce followed by crates set for meat, bakery, fruits and vegetables. As a second step towards unification is to agree on dimensions of proposed “Baltic Standard for Returnable Transport Items” followed by examining business models and tendering potential solution providers for specific crates solutions, pool and RTI management services.
IMPORTANT: If you are dairy / near dairy manufacturer/supplier, please carefully examine the attached letter with table of proposed dimensions of the “Baltic Standard for Returnable Transport Items” (Dairy produce 3 crates set). On behalf of ECR Baltic RTI unification initiative members we would like to ask you to give us a written answer if proposed standard covers your product range
by 1st of February?
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