Euro Containers – A Standard for Global Logistics
A Euro container is also known as a KLT box, which comes from the German word Kleinladungsträger, meaning small load carrier, because the standard was firstly defined by the VDA, the German Association of the Automotive Industry. Obviously, the standard originally referred to the automotive industry, but it quickly caught on across many areas of the shipping industry and manufacturing. Thus, the euro containers are standardised boxes, the most common dimensions being 400mm x 300mm and 600mm x 400mm, which makes them perfect for loading onto Euro pallets that measure 1200mm x 800mm. These euro stacking boxes became more and more popular ever since distribution has become a growing industry and even more so since markets began expanding within the European Union.
Ease of Use & Flexibility of Purposes
Having a European standard size for boxes and containers has definitely helped global and especially European logistics, enabling both manufacturers and distributors to more easily and smoothly conduct their daily operations. The Internet has also had a great effect on logistics and supply chain, as more and more consumers turned to e-commerce platforms for shopping, therefore distribution became more impactive. There are two things that lie at the basis of distribution: containers and pallets. Euro stacking containers fit standardised pallets, another reason for which this universal measure has come so in handy. Plastic stacking boxes and containers generally feature a higher volume capacity and some ranges are specially designed to stack to a high level, which gives you greater loading capacity.
The solid containers are probably the most popular in most warehouses and DCs, but for the catering industry and hospitality, ventilated containers are the best choice, as they’re not only food grade, but they also allow for air flow through their perforated holes. Distribution centres and warehouses are not the only environments where plastic stacking containers of European standard sizes can be used and the catering industry is not alone either. In fact, euro stacking containers are quite versatile and when it comes to purpose of use, you can enjoy great flexibility. For instance, some containers are antistatic, as to protect electrical components, a great feature for the engineering trade. Others are designed for use with automated conveyor systems, making them ideal for factories.
So, from the shipment of automotive components from manufacturer to assembly plant to the storage and distribution of perishable goods and many other industrial and warehouse applications, plastic stacking containers, especially European standard ones, seem to be the best help operators can get, being easy to use and providing flexibility even for international logistics.
Lid Containers for Global Distribution
Hinged lid containers are the perfect solution for distribution needs, especially if all containers are European standard sizes. Last year, container trade out of and into Europe actually showed a growing tendency, despite the difficulties registered by the economic climate. Whether coming in or leaving European ports, for the Far East, North America or destinations on the continent, containerised goods are usually transported on Euro pallets, so the high usage of euro containers makes perfect sense.
The hinged lid clips hold lids securely in place, the containers also featuring stacking lips for increased security, so you don’t have to worry about the safety of your goods in transit. At Rapid Racking, you’ll also be able to find plastic stacking containers with interlocking lids, which can be nested when empty, thus saving floor space. The interlocking lids have tamper proof hinges, so goods safety and security is not an issue.
Having the right containers for transporting goods may seem like an insignificant aspect within the complexity of a supply chain, but the truth is that the right euro stacking containers can dramatically improve productivity and reduce distribution costs in a wide range of applications and environments from retail and wholesale to industrial.
All You Can Do to Improve Supply Chain Operations
The transport and logistics industry has really kept afloat amongst the European economy combating local strikes, geopolitical tensions in Russia and Ukraine and a Greek debt crisis of the likes it never seen before. “Business as usual” seems to have been the motto of the logistics industry which last year reported growth for all its major European airports and seaports. News looks good for this year as well at a continental level, but what about the little people, the individual 3PL, distribution centres, the suppliers and finally manufacturers? What is it that they can do to improve supply chain operations? Does it really all come down to euro stacking containers and euro pallets?
Simply put, yes. At a factory level or warehouse level, packaging and loading are the most important components of the supply chain. Basing your distribution on plastic stacking euro containers with standard measurements and suited for standard euro pallets certainly streamlines loading and transit. In an economy that becomes more and more open to globalisation, supply chain operations are not about innovation any more, as standardisation becomes synonym with speed and simplification, magic words in the world of logistics and distribution.