Following a successful one-month trial, trans-o-flex customer MSD Animal Health began switching its Germany-wide pharmaceutical distribution to shipment in returnable containers on 18 January. This applies to all shipments with trans-o-flex Express and trans-o-flex ThermoMed, both with active temperature control at 2–8 °C and 15–25 °C and also without temperature control. By doing away with disposable cardboard boxes, the pharmaceutical company specialising in veterinary products aims to save more than 60 tonnes of packaging material by the end of the year. In addition, the returnable system reduces CO2 emissions by around 50% compared to the use of disposable cardboard boxes, according to MSD Animal Health. The company bases its calculations on an average of 50 returns of a container and has also factored in the return logistics and cleaning of the containers.
For trans-o-flex, the containers used by MSD Animal Health are now the second large returnable transit packaging pool that the company has prepared and implemented within a year. In addition, a special software was developed that ensures transparent box management for all parties involved at all times. You can find a detailed report on this topic in the new trans-o-flex magazine.