2021 in Review

As every year, 2021 was filled with new challenges. Alongside these challenges we found exciting, new opportunities to learn and grow.

We would like to say thank you to all of our clients, partners and new connections for their support and another year of taking steps towards a sustainable packaging future. Without you, we would not be able to achieve the goals we set for ourselves every year.

We are extremely excited for what 2022 will have in store for us, we have some exciting projects we are working on and we can not wait to share more of that with you. For now, enjoy some well deserved time off, relax and come back refreshed for a new year.

We wish you all a happy holiday season, be safe and see you in 2022!

Plastic: Good or Bad?

There is a common misconception in the world that plastic is inherently bad, however this is not true.

The real culprit is single use materials of any sort. Plastic has always attracted the most attention due to being a popular packaging material in single use items such as plastic cups, bottles, takeaway containers, etc. that tend to end up in our oceans and landfills.

One of the cornerstones of our business is to eradicate single use packaging and substitute them with reusable plastic packaging solutions. When these solutions reach the end of their life, they are recycled and turned into brand new, reusable packaging such as plastic pallets and bulk containers. We call this the, “Circular Economy” and it is the future of packaging solutions

These solutions are one of our best options to reduce the immense amounts of waste that end up in our oceans and landfills.

If you would like to know more about reusable packaging solutions, contact us today.

What is Pooling?

Pooling, as a concept, is about maximising efficiency of use and reducing the inefficient use of assets.

Pooling also allows businesses to focus on their core activities and leave things like logistics, asset management, reporting, cleaning of assets, etc. to specialist companies such as Smartload.

Let’s look at an example of a company that transports goods between their two locations, one in CPT and the other in JHB.

1. The business buys pallets to be loaded in CPT.
2. They schedule transport for the goods to be moved to JHB.
3. They unload and stack empty pallets in warehousing space.
4. They schedule transport to return empty pallets to their manufacturing site in CPT where it will be cleaned or repaired and loaded with goods to start the cycle all over again.

Now let’s look at the same scenario with a pooling company.

1. The business orders clean pallets to be delivered to their site in CPT.
2. They send the packed pallets to JHB.
3. Once unpacked in JHB, Smartload collects empty, dirty pallets.
4. When the business requires more pallets, they simply order from Smartload in CPT.

In this case, the increase in efficiency of use comes at the point where Smartload collects pallets in JHB. Before, these pallets would have been transported empty, back to where they are needed in CPT, but with pooling these pallets are collected, cleaned and then supplied to a business with a need for pallets in JHB.

Other businesses can now use these pallets for sending goods back to CPT or to other areas, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency of use of these pallets.

If you would like to know more about pooling, get in contact with us today.

The Pooling Process
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