Container management

Container management plays an increasingly important role in the employment sector of the packaging logistics. Container management aims to provide a company with optimum capacities of packing containers at the right time. As packets are required in many business units, the container management has a cross-divisional function with contact points to purchase, sales, process engineering, production, storage, scheduling and dispatch.

The first task of container management is an accurate determination of requirements. For this purpose, the individual processes requiring packing containers are analysed, to enable a prediction of the demand for containers subsequently. This way, potential shortages are expected to be identified at an early stage and avoided.  At the same time, the build-up of over-capacities is to be counteracted to prevent unnecessary costs.

New challenges arise with the deployment of reusable containers across entire supply chains. In most cases, the containers are the property of the client and are only loaned to its suppliers. Often, a mixed system of lending and renting is used, whereby a certain loan period is free of charge, with rental costs applied after such period. For avoiding such financial risks, the container management must precisely check which containers are within its sphere of influence and for how long, and ensure that the throughput times are brief. This can only be done with respective merchandise management systems.

A further task of container management is the determination and implementation of packaging regulations. In this respect, penalty payments may also arise, if the goods were not correctly packaged and the unpacking periods at the side of the client are therefore extended. In addtion there is a quality assurance aspect, as damage to the products can be avoided by correct packing.

Container management has an increasingly important role within supply chain processes. Using intelligent capacity management, it contributes to smooth operations and assists in avoiding costs.