One of the world’s best-known food and beverage corporations was experiencing a lack of consistency in its secondary packaging supply base. The company was using more than 50 different stretch films to secure its product from its facilities to retail locations, purchasing from eight or more suppliers. This lack of consistency led to inefficient stretch film use, extra cost and increased likelihood of product damage.
Group O provides stretch film material for our client . . . and more. Our packaging experts also conduct ongoing SMART Audits® of the company's film usage across six divisions, 150 facilities and more than 400 pieces of equipment, nationwide. As part of the audit, Group O analyzes each location and provides detailed reports on existing usage. Once complete, Group O then provides recommendations on film usage, equipment settings and load optimization — along with training for plant personnel.
As a result of the audit, our client has experienced cost savings of up to 40% in some packaging lines — along with reduced load damage across the board. Group O reporting also helps to ensure 100% contract compliance among packaging suppliers and improved client visibility into operations.
From a sustainability perspective, Group O’s recommendations helped our client reduce its carbon footprint and eliminate over 100 tons of stretch film resin in just the first 12 months — the equivalent to saving 364 barrels of oil — or not driving 34 automobiles for a year. For this food and beverage giant, the savings are refreshing—and they definitely hit the spot.