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Eighty-one percent of supply chain professionals expect automation to increase demand for reusable transportation packaging, according to a survey from the Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) of 194 manufacturers and poolers of reusable transport packaging products, primary users of the products, and service providers in the industry.
Automated environments will rely on standardized containers and pallets, a requirement that can be met with reusable packaging, according to RPA’s state of the industry report.
RPA CEO Tim Debus described a “symbiotic relationship” between automation advancements in materials handling and reusable packaging. “I don’t think you’re going to find in many cases that you’re going to have this really high-performing, very automated environment in which you can have single-use packaging products,” Debus told Supply Chain Dive in an interview.