After nearly 5 years of supplying IPL, the purchasing arm of ASDA, with the Cargolite packaging concept, the major supermarkets in Britain have been advised by the British government to reduce the use of plastics. "Our Cargolite carton with plastic would be no exception even though our plastic frames are produced from 100% recycled PP and are recycled again at destination. Quotas have been set, and the IPL buyers approached Cargolite to design a new Cargolite carton without using the plastic frames."
"Together with Amnon Zamir, Cargolite’s R&D manager, we have created a new version of our original Cargolite box, designed along the lines of the original Cargolite patent. The new Cargolite XL has cardboard frames, instead of plastic ones, and allows for packing more stems per box and reduce freight costs,” says John Kowarsky, CEO of Cargolite, when explaining the benefits of this new and improved version, which will officially be launched on November 4th during the IFTF 2021 exhibition in Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands.
Adapting the Cargolite concept to shortage in airfreight space and the constant rise in airfreight costs
"Freight capacity has become a major issue and the cargo carriers have increased the air freight rates drastically over the last year. Furthermore, the carriers have reduced the number of flights from nearly all the major flower-producing countries, causing major difficulties for the growers. The Cargolite XL version has been enlarged to accommodate more flowers and we expect the growers to be able to pack considerably more flowers in the new carton than in standard cartons from Kenya or South America."
The new internal frames are designed to hold more than 9 layers of cartons that can be loaded on top of the lowest carton on an air pallet. The frames divert the load away from the walls of the carton so that the carton and the flowers do not have to support the load. This way, the cartons do not crush and the flowers do not support any of the weight above them so the flowers retain their freshness and integrity at arrival.
"The new Cargolite XL carton maintained the built-in handles allowing to carry the carton horizontally which have been proved to contribute to minimizing shifting in the cartons, resulting in a better-quality product at arrival."
The Cargolite concept
According to Kowarsky, Cargolite XL is not just a product on its own, but a whole concept aimed at meeting the challenges taking place in floriculture logistics. “We want flowers to be shipped with as little packaging material as possible, while saving packing space and even improving the quality of the handled flowers. For example, because the Cargolite XL is a larger carton, can hold up to at least 15% more stems compared to our original box and will reach much higher percentages compared to traditional packaging in regular boxes. This benefit becomes very important in difficult logistic times, enabling more stems to be packed inside the same amount of space than before.
Cargolite has realized that it is imperative to offer their customers a complete solution throughout the logistic chain. "A correctly palletized product minimizes rough handling of cartons at the airports and allows the forwarders to load the air pallets more efficiently. This is a major benefit for our partners along the chain of supply; the forwarders, the clearing agents, the airlines, the trucking companies, the farms, and the airwaybills payers for whom the Cargolite concept will save money in packing materials, handling fees, and air freight costs."
The Cargolite XL will officially be launched on November 4th during the IFTF 2021 exhibition in Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands. There will be a two-hour presentation, giving attendees all the information they would like to know about this new product. During the presentation, Matthias Haudenschild, CEO of the Swiss company Agrotropic, will speak about their experience with using Cargolite.
"In order to receive your personal invitation to the launching presentation, as we are restricted to a limited number of participants by Covid regulations, feel free to send an email to either John Kowarsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Amnon Zamir (email@example.com)."
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