Alternative packaging

Alternative packaging is used, if there is a shortage in the supply of the intended serial container, and the delivery requirements can only be met by using replacement containers. This can be caused by inadequate container management, but a series launch and pre-run can also trigger such a situation.

Just like serial packaging, the alternative packaging is often specified in the packaging guidelines of the recipient. Otherwise, the fall back to alternative packaging must be agreed between the supplier and recipient.

Similarly, high requirements are placed on the alternative packaging as well as on the serial packaging it is replacing. It must be stackable to the same degree, ensure an equally high protection of the packaged goods, have identical dimensions and, if it is disposable packaging, it must be recyclable without any problems. The latter means that composite materials are not permitted. Its use as a substitute also means that it must be quickly available.

As alternative packaging can never provide identical features of the serial packaging specially intended for the packaged goods, the following problems may arise due to the use of alternative containers:

  • The loading volume required increases due to differing dimensions.
  • The packing and unpacking times increase.
  • The protection of the packaged goods is not covered by sufficient insurance.
  • The material costs increase due to the additional procurement need.
  • Special trips are required for the procurement.

Good alternative packaging can assist in minimising the additional costs that arise, to keep the impact of shortages within manageable limits and to support the supplier to maintain his delivery reliability.