Display Ready Plastic Bins - is America Falling Behind


There are two primary materials that the shipping industry uses to transport retail goods around the world, wood and plastic. Wood is the primary material used but its share of the market is shrinking daily. Wood is the traditional shipping material but plastic pallets and plastic Bins have many more advantages which are being more readily adopted in Europe than in America.

Europe's Embrace of Plastic Bins

Plastic Bins are being adopted more readily by European retailers than by American retailers. In America most shipping is done by trucks over the vast and extensive interstate highway system. Trucks and pallets were built to work with each other and there is an overall industry wide uniformity. In Europe standards vary from country and often goods travel through several countries. Plastic Bins were able to penetrate the market more easily because they pass through customs easier and there was no real established uniformity like in the U.S. Plastic Bins pass through customs easier because they can be sanitized quickly unlike wood.

America's failure with Plastic Bins

A recent study showed that plastic Bins and pallets only represented 2% of new shipping material purchases in the U.S. last year. By failing to switch over to plastic Bins America is falling behind European retailers. Plastic Bins are display ready packaging which means that they can be placed directly on sales floor. American retailers are wasting needless money by remaining with wood.

The benefits of Plastic Bins

Plastic Bins are display ready which cuts labor and storage cost because there is no more need for restocking. The entire stock can be displayed nicely on the sales floor with plastic Bins. Plastic Bins have a longer life than wood and are easier to clean. Plastic Bins do not retain odors and are resistant to hazardous materials like acids and corrosives, making them perfect for transporting food, soaps, detergents, and chemicals.