• Home > 




Goodwill improves warehouse utilization, reduces merchandise damage with reusable packaging

OCONOMOWOC, Wis. — September 26, 2017 — ORBIS Corporation, the North American leader in reusable packaging and supply chain optimization expert, announced that the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) recognized Goodwill Industries with the 2017 Excellence in Reusable Packaging Award, in the non-profit award category, at the recent PackExpo Las Vegas trade show.ORBIS-and-Goodwill-RPA-Award-Presentation.JPG

Goodwill Industries is a nonprofit organization that collects and distributes retail merchandise primarily received through donations. Goodwill Industries won this award for its initiatives to reduce product damage and cost while improving worker safety and warehouse utilization through a standard footprint reusable pallet and sleeve system for bulk storage of donated items.

For years, Goodwill Industries has been an entrepreneurial leader, environmental advocate and social innovator and believes in the “reduce, reuse and repurpose” model. Goodwill collects and sells donated goods that may have been landfilled, thereby reducing waste. It also embraces plastic reusable packaging to move, handle, store and transport these donated items within its operations. At its warehouses where donated goods are collected, sorted, processed, and distributed to retail locations for resale, Goodwill was experiencing product damage, significant recurring packaging costs and underutilized warehouse capacity. Goodwill worked with ORBIS Corporation to create new packaging solutions for its warehousing application.

By replacing wood pallets and fiber corrugated gaylords with the OPTEBulk system from ORBIS Corporation, a
40” x 48” reusable pallet and sleeve system for bulk storage and stacking, Goodwill realized a 50% increase in warehouse utilization, better trailer utilization, improved worker handling, efficiency, and safety, and reduced merchandise damage, packaging cost, and environmental impact.

The RPA Excellence in Reusable Packaging award recognizes companies and organizations that have developed and implemented innovative and measurable reusable packaging solutions in a business-to-business supply chain. 2017 marks the 6th year for this annual award program. Submissions are reviewed by an independent panel of judges who are not members of the Association.

Please visit www.orbiscorporation.com for more information about ORBIS Corporation.

About the Reusable Packaging Association

The Resuable Packaging Association is a non-profit trade organization representing and promoting the common business interests of member suppliers and users of reusable packaging products and services. RPA promotes the use and value of reusable transport packaging systems, which offer product quality, economic, and environmental benefits to supply chains.

About Goodwill Industries International

Goodwill Industries International (GII) is a network of 162 community-based, autonomous organizations in the United States and Canada with a presence in 13 other countries. GII is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is recognized by GuideStar with its Platinum Seal of Approval, the organization’s highest rating for charities. GII was also ranked by Enso as the #1 brand doing the most good in the world for two consecutive years, and was the only nonprofit brand rated in Forbes’ 20 most inspiring companies for three consecutive years. Local Goodwill organizations are innovative and sustainable social enterprises that create job training programs, employment placement and other community-based programs by selling donated clothing and household items in more than 3,200 stores collectively and online at shopgoodwill.com®. Local Goodwill organizations also build revenue and create jobs by contracting with businesses and government to provide a wide range of commercial services, including packaging and assembly, food services preparation, and document imaging and shredding. Last year, local Goodwill organizations collectively placed more than 312,000 people in employment in the United States and Canada. In addition, more than 35 million people used computers and mobile devices to access Goodwill education, training, mentoring and online learning services to strengthen their skills, and more than 2 million people received in person services. To learn more, visit goodwill.org.

About ORBIS Corporation

With more than 160 years of material handling expertise and 50 years of plastics innovations, ORBIS consists of a portfolio of businesses that meet the material handling needs of companies across many industries. ORBIS helps world-class customers move their product faster, safer and more cost-effectively. Using a proven approach, ORBIS experts analyze customers’ systems, design a solution and execute a reusable packaging program for longer-term cost savings and sustainability. Using life-cycle assessments to compare reusable and single-use packaging, ORBIS also helps customers reduce their overall environmental impact. ORBIS is a part of Menasha Corporation, one of the oldest family-owned manufacturers in the United States. As a steward of sustainability, ORBIS is committed to a better world for future generations. ORBIS tracks and measures its own resource utilization to continuously conserve natural resources and reduce waste. For more information, please visit www.orbiscorporation.com, www.facebook.com/ORBISCorporation, www.twitter.com/orbiscorp or www.youtube.com/orbiscorp.