IFCO RPCs reduce costs in retail supply chains by up to 23%

10 % Producer Cost Reduction

  1. Faster and more efficient cooling
  2. Lower damage rate to DC
  3. Easy storage and assembly

25 % Warehouse Cost Reduction

  1. Reduced handling, storage and equipment costs
  2. Lower product damage
  3. Less pulls and strains

51 % Retailer Cost Reduction

  1. Easy merchandising and display capability
  2. Ergonomic handling
  3. No packaging waste 

5% Transport Cost Reduction

  1. Secure stacking makes stable pallet
  2. Efficient space utilization
  3. Unaffected by moisture
These results are from a third party study conducted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics.

Retailers can approximate their cost savings potential with our calculation tool

Cost per package with 0% penetration of IFCO RPCs

The tool allows retailers to input their specific parameters to arrive at a cost estimation which closely approximates their own supply chain. Input parameters include:

·         Product specifications: particular products, volumes p.a., use of cardboard or IFCO RPC
·         Retailer specifications: country, region, relevant costs, transport parameters

Cost per package with 80% penetration of IFCO RPCs

Then, the tool produces estimated direct and indirect costs at various levels of use of IFCO RPCs in the system and provides a cost savings vs. 100% use of disposable cardboard packaging. The example output below is based on the supply chain of a representative retailer in Central Europe.

IFCO RPCs reduce packaging related damage by 94%

IFCO RPCs provide optimal protection for fresh products. Their rigid construction and ventilated sidewalls ensure minimal damage and optimal airflow through the supply chain, providing the highest quality product in store. Damage reduction has  been documented in a comprehensive study performed by SIM, click here to view the study and results.

Optimal Ventilation

  • Improves product quality and shelf life
  • Faster cooling
  • Better temperature control during transport
  • Helps maintain proper temperature at central warehouse
  • Fresher product in store

Secure Stacking

  • Interlocking design
  • Builds a stable pallet
  • Ergonomic handling for easier stacking
  • Less packing material required
  • Pallet stability not affected by moisture 

Superior Design

  • Optimal design for fresh products
  • Sturdy construction provides strong foundation through the supply chain
  • Secure corner latches provide stability
  • Weight of pallet supported by RPC, not product inside

Reducing waste, emissions and water use with IFCO RPCs

Less waste out, fewer natural resources in: how switching to IFCO RPCs reduces your supply chain’s impact on the environment.

Producing up to 60% less CO2

IFCO RPCs are reusable and fully recyclable

Using 64% less energy

IFCO RPCs fold when empty, using less truck space and saving fuel

Reducing waste to landfill

IFCO RPCs cut solid waste by 86%

Using 80% less water

Water-recycling technology helps us use less water than single-use packaging systems

Cutting waste through collaboration

IFCO RPCs are an important part of leading grocery retailers’ sustainability programs. For example, US retailer Kroger has calculated that its total use of RPCs in 2015 eliminated the use of more than 73,500 tons of waxed and corrugated boxes.

* Fraunhofer IBP study, Carbon Footprint of Food packaging, Commissioned by Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg (SIM) Feb 2018; The Sustainability of Packaging Systems for Fruit and Vegetable Transport in Europe based on Life-Cycle-Analysis, Update 2009", published in February 2009 by Stiftung Initiative Mehrweg; Franklin Associates, 2017,“Comparative Life Cycle Assessment of RPCs and display and non-display ready corrugated containers used for fresh produce applications”

IFCO RPCs optimize point of sale

IFCO RPCs improve ergonomics and speed handling

  • Fast assembly and packing
  • Standardized footprint allows for process consistency
  • Ergonomic handles and design promote easy stacking
  • Less handling required to secure pallet
  • Rigid construction and ergonomics make loading easy

Distribution Center

  • Handles promote safe and fast selection
  •  Interlocking design promotes easy stacking
  • Standardized footprint promotes consistent handling of different items
  • Increased product protection means less handling required for mixed pallets
  • Secure stacking builds a more stable pallet


  • Faster merchandising and replenishment
  • Handles promote easier handling of heavy items
  • Interlocking design promotes easy stacking
  • No box cutters required
  • Easy to fold and stack, no bailing required

Food safety: maintaining strict global standards worldwide

To our customers, food safety is paramount. So, at IFCO, we require all our wash facilities to follow our strict global standards.

IFCO knows that food safety is just as important to our customers as freshness and quality. That’s why we adhere to strictly enforced standards of global hygiene and sanitation in all our wash facilities.Through the IFCO SmartCycle RPC cleaning process, our RPCs are washed according to the highest standards in the RPC industry and in accordance with our HACCP plan. IFCO's service centres are equipped with state-of-the-art cleaning and drying equipment developed in close collaboration with our suppliers to ensure the most efficient and effective cleaning and drying processes for our RPCs. 

Only IFCO stores wash data to give you a pallet-level audit trail for food safety. If a contamination problem does arise somewhere in your supply chain, you’ll be able to demonstrate that your IFCO RPCs met all the necessary compliance standards before loading and distribution.

Meanwhile, our SmartCycle™ cleaning process (see below) means you can be confident that every IFCO RPC you use meets our strict global standards for hygiene.

Rigorous processes, continuously improved

IFCO uses the same washing and drying processes worldwide, in accordance with our Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan. These processes are subject to continuous improvement, to ensure they are as thorough and effective as possible.

IFCO follows a HACCP plan: our processes are continuously monitored electronically, with the data validated every hour

Each of our 75+ RPC service centres:

  • is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, developed in collaboration with our suppliers
  • uses DiverseyTM detergents and disinfectants, keeping micro-organisms, toxic substances and other impurities at safe levels
  • is audited by independent third parties to ISO 9001 standards, ensuring consistently high quality.

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