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MTD Products is an American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, including top-quality lawn mowers and snow blowers. Leading mass retailers and independent retail channels carry their products, including home improvement and hardware stores, independent dealers, and farm supply stores. Stewardship is a core value of the company since its inception, and as part of being good stewards, the organization is committed to operating in an economically sustainable manner.Industry: Power Sports & Lawncare
MTD saw their relationship weakening with one of their top customers, The Home Depot, due to the follow-up required to handle their disposable lawnmower packaging. MTD shipped their lawnmowers to stores in disposable wooden crates, which created challenges.
Initially, they struggled with their lawnmower packaging, made from disposable wooden crates. After seeing the impact their packaging challenges had on customers, they connected with Reusability in 2007 to determine a better way to deliver their products to The Home Depot stores throughout the United States.
This boiled down to a number of specific challenges MTD needed to overcome, including:
Determine a better solution for leveraging reusable crates to
reduce costs and improve operations for the customers MTD
shipped to nationwide, including The Home Depot.
The Home Depot has had a successful partnership with Reusability for years and suggested that MTD work with us to help solve their challenges. With 20+ years of expertise managing our EZRack assets and recovering them from retailers nationwide, we worked with MTD to design and execute a customized Reusable Packaging Program (RPP), which included a 3-phase approach and rollout. The solution was able to immediately impact MTD’s cost, environmental, and safety challenges. The three phases included:
Reusability helped MTD solve their initial challenges and realize cost savings and sustainability impacts through a Reusable Packaging Program designed for their needs. Our flexibility allowed MTD to utilize a phased approach that supported their long-term goals while balancing their short-term cash flow needs. We offered multiple options for rolling out a solution that worked
for them and their customers