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Thermo King, by Trane Technologies, a global climate innovator, is the leader in intelligent end-to-end temperature-controlled cold chain solutions. Recognized for delivering innovative solutions, Thermo King’s commitment to sustainability extends to the environmental impact of its operations, products and services, and people.
An industry leader in its commitment to sustainability, Thermo King and its parent company announced its Gigaton Challenge, which they committed to reduce their customer carbon footprint by one gigaton of CO2 by 2030. To align with this significant goal, Thermo King changed its packaging to be returned and reused for two full product lines: auxiliary power units and diesel-powered truck lines and will launch for public transportation bus lines in 2021.
Thermo King North America partnered with Reusability in 2018 to recover
the reusable cold chain packaging delivered to Dealers and OEMs.
Prior to creating reusable steel and plastic packaging, Thermo King relied on packaging constructed from disposable wood. This led to specific problems, including:
Once Thermo King designed their reusable packaging, they turned to Reusability to further assist in achieving goals related to their 2030 Commitment to sustainability. These include:
Thermo King recognized the waste that was being created with its old packaging products and began working with their packaging suppliers, Advanta, Packaging Solutions and PackIQ to build a business case to support their investment for a new sustainable solution.
In need of a reusable packaging management and recovery partner, they found Reusability and were drawn to our experience in managing and recovering assets. The synergies between Reusability’s expertise in other industries and the goals Thermo King was looking to achieve ultimately led to us being selected as Thermo King’s partner.
Steel Crates, Flexible Sleeves with Footers, and Reusable Pallets are currently used for three different Thermo King products at two different plants. Once items come off the line they are loaded directly into reusable packaging for transport to Dealers and OEMs. Once installed at Dealers and OEMs, Reusability reaches out, schedules a pickup and brings the packaging back to a Reusability-owned facility where it is inspected and made ready for the line. Reusability runs a daily shuttle from our facility to the Thermo King factory to provide adequate reusable packaging.
This success implementing reusable packaging has caused Thermo King to evaluate their supply base and focus on more opportunities around returnable packaging even outside their finished goods.
Thermo King North America has seen quantifiable savings annually. They have reduced transportation logistics and packaging spend by 43% for finished goods that use reusable packaging, and eliminated 2,000 tons of solid waste from disposable packaging each year.
Other business benefits that are not quantified but important to note:
Global Logistics Packaging Engineer