Operational Efficiency & Safety

The Challenge: Ensuring Operational Efficiency & Safety

How can supply chain executives optimize internal operations and processes so that efficiencies and safety programs are robust enough to integrate with partners across their supply chains?

To be able to turn their attention to building a customer-centric supply management systems, supply chain executives expect that internal operations and processes are at a point where efficiencies are in place strong enough to integrate into operations across their supply chain.


"Our business is providing enterprises with fleets of returnable containers through an expansive and global depot network. We see this as a critical enabler of the supply chain of tomorrow, but it is the containers themselves that provide companies with myriad opportunities to increase packing densities, streamline processes, drive standardization, protect payloads and improve safety statistics. We approach each opportunity with an industry-wide lens while collaborating across global supply chains to unlock the best solution."

Eric Grégoire, CEO Goodpack

ADDING VALUE: Goodpack containers deliver flexibility, cost savings, and workforce safety

Thirty years ago, David Lam patented a container design that would ensure the highest levels of protection against payload contamination (natural rubber) while optimizing storage space and ensuring safe handling. Today, Goodpack containers are transforming packaging, transportation, and storage across numerous vertical markets, including natural and synthetic rubber, foods and liquids, automotive components, chemicals, and consumer goods. More than 4 million Goodpack containers are actively working in both simple supply chain paths, as well as highly complex multi-billion-dollar movements.

With its ingenious flexible design that allowed affordable reverse logistics, Goodpack was able to create an efficient and economical packaging solution that would not just prevent foreign contamination during transport, but also eliminate massive redundancies in the supply chain.

Companies utilizing Goodpack containers benefit from six interdependent features:

  1. Patented, galvanized steel construction
  2. Rugged, returnable and reusable
  3. Easily customized
  4. Adaptable to in-house filling and automation systems
  5. Safe and straightforward to set-up and dismantle
  6. Stackable Subject to container and payload specifications
  7. Produce Zero Disposal Emissions

Each feature delivers targeted advantages to producers, packers, and end users, but the real value of Goodpack container is that each feature leverages the benefits of the others to provide the highest levels of:

  1. Payload protection
  2. Packaging density
  3. Process efficiency
  4. Safety
  5. Warehouse optimization
  6. Sustainability

For example,

  • Increased packaging densities translate into optimized warehouse storage utilization and lower transportation costs.
  • Galvanized steel containers provide exemplary levels of protection to payloads while their stacking and collapsing design reduces product waste and minimizes required storage footprints.
  • Collapsible walls simplify set up and dismantle and reduce workforce requirements and ensure the safety of those managing both empty and laden containers.
  • Moving away from packaging and storage solutions like shrink-wrapped pallets or cardboard bins not only protects sensitive payloads from wood contamination, it reduces the labor time required to load and unload while keeping the workforce safe.

Goodpack's frontline Customer Experience teams provide additional advantages to each customer. Each global team is armed with successful examples and trained to investigate and develop new and unique ideas on how to use leverage each feature of the Goodpack container to address a broad range of packaging, storage, and transport challenges.


In Action: Fruit

Global foods producer/distributor improves standard operating procedures (SOP)

When a sustainably driven, best-in-class global foods operation referred a supplier to Goodpack for the packaging and shipment of food oils, the result was the implementation of Goodpack's MB4 container and updated handling procedures. Goodpack and the supplier configured a carton box liner, heating pad, bladder, discharge spout, and cover. The MB4 program delivered expanded capacity and maximized the container loader space, reducing the overall cost of storage and transport. The supplier and End User recognized Goodpack's frontline team for its willingness to listen and work collaboratively towards a collection schedule that balanced the supplier's requirement and the company's operational efficiency.

In Action: Vegetables

Produce Freezing Technology Gets a Boost

In India, post-harvest losses in fruits and vegetables can reach up to 40% if the payload is improperly or inadequately packaged and stored. A leader in India's produce market has established a specialty division to leverage the benefits of IQF (Individual Quick Freezing). However, technology can only deliver optimal impact if the produce is packed and stored correctly. The specialty division approached Goodpack for ideas on storage solutions for their valuable payload. By moving to a galvanized steel container, the customer immediately realized the potential for reduced waste and extended shelf life. The fact that the containers could stack three high and collapse when not in use provided additional benefit as optimizing temperature-controlled warehouse space translates into extra savings.

In Action: Olives

Standardization Improves Efficiency and Reduces Waste

After conducting comprehensive trials with olive suppliers in Spain and Argentina, a large US-based packaging company worked with Goodpack and each supplier to replace plastic drums and cardboard bins with Goodpack's MB5 containers. Reduced instances of payload contamination and the elimination of one-way packaging disposal fees were evident. Secondary, but equally essential metrics were realized related to sustainability and personnel safety during loading and unloading activities. The result was the launch of a multi-year commercial program covering both the Spanish and Argentinian trade lanes.

In Action:

When Quality and Volume are Critical: Packaging and Exporting Fruit and Juice

An international exporter of exotic fruits is committed to a detailed set of processes and steps to ensure its products conform to stringent international norms. When a legacy filling line designed for drums experienced issues, Goodpack worked side by side with their frontline teams to modify the equipment so that it could transition to Goodpack containers. Ultimately, the processing plant required a new system – and built one explicitly designed to fit Goodpack's containers so that the processor could take advantage of the additional packaging volumes versus the old drums.

Innovative, Customized Solutions

Leveraging its history as an innovator, Goodpack is continuously developing operationally efficient packaging solutions for key market sectors.



Packaging, storing, and transporting fruits and juices requires additional levels of safety and quality. Containers for these payloads in the United States must fit US railway specifications. In March 2019, TTCI AAR technical teams approved Goodpack's MB6 container for use with rail transportation. With this approval, and to support the global demand for tomato goods, Goodpack recently launched TomatoCube™, an HACCP compliant container explicitly designed for aseptic payloads such as tomato paste and diced tomatoes. TomatoCube's 1,250-liter (330-gallon) fill capacity decreases transportation and storage costs per liter of product, and at 1220mm x 1120mm x 1080mm (44" x 48" x 42.5") it is suitable for all standard conveyors and easily integrated into a customer's supply chain. Functionally, TomatoCube features four-way entry for secure forklift handling and can be unpacked by rotation or via a topside pump. For warehouse efficiency, like the standard Goodpack MB series, TomatoCube can stack five-units-high (laden/filled with the product) and is suitable for shipping in both 20' and 40' dry and refrigerated containers. The unit collapses in seconds to save on labor costs and compared to other conventional bins and drums; the returnable TomatoCube has the lowest environmental impact and lowest carbon footprint.



TyreCube™: TyreCube™ is a joint venture product by Goodpack and CEVA, one of the world's leading supply chain management companies, is a patented collapsible and stackable container, providing an innovative method of moving, and tracking the movement, of tires worldwide. By simplifying complex movements characterized by short order-to-delivery cycles, the teams hope to deliver measurable value to the global tire industry. Traditionally, the loose loading of tires has been a labor-intensive and manual process, with minimal automation and limited. TYRECUBE, as a transport and storage module, helps avoid loose-loading and provides better protection of the tyres.


Goodpack takes seriously its position as a supply chain partner that is truly end-to-end. We are involved from the village in Indonesia to the modern power plant in Europe; from the guava plantation in Honduras to the organic fruit juice producer in New York. It is a very long and complex global supply chain, and a company like Goodpack is the only constant throughout. Our responsibility to control and manage our carbon footprint is at the foundation of our business.


As globalization begins to drive the success (or failure) of the world's food producers, equipment manufacturers, and industrial complexes, Goodpack delivers holistic solutions that enable the supply chain of the future. In this series, Goodpack addresses the benefits of providing efficient, integrated, and sustainable supply chain solutions through a network of strategically located global deport and fleets of intelligent, returnable containers. To continue learning about how Goodpack is working with global organizations, please read the other articles in this series:

  • Capital Cost and Administrative Savings
  • Collaborative End to End Solutions
  • Sustainability