Retailers face challenges such as navigating full-size replenishment pallets through the store during trading hours, stocking labour availability, and minimising out-of-stocks for bulky, fast moving products such as popular drinks. That’s where Polymer Logistics can help. Polymer Logistics offers innovative solutions to simplify beverage distribution and merchandising while reducing cost in the process.
Polymer’s convenient one-touch solution, including bottles placed on Beverage Trays and palletized on a UDP (Universal Display Pallet) or RDP (Rolling Display Pallet), is easily rolled into the store and aisle. This system helps reduce replenishment time and provides a clean, uniform look. The ease of replenishment helps minimise stocking time, as well as out of stocks that result in loss of sales. Additionally, emerging solutions such as IoT can provide enhanced visibility to further enhance operations, including more precise inventory management.
Polymer’s lightweight, retail-ready Beverage Tray offers maximum stability and protection for bottles during transportation, handling and retail display. The reusable, automation-compatible tray eliminates the need for stocking shelves, freeing up store labour to attend to customers. The fully recyclable Beverage Tray fits both ULD and RDP formats and comes with grooves for pallet strapping – both horizontal and vertical.
The UDP is another powerful new element of Polymer’s solution set. The easy-to-clean plastic UDP half pallet simplifies the transition from bottler to the storefront. Weighing just 7.7 kg, the lightweight unit is designed to optimise beverage handling, transport and storage, including compatibility with roll conveyors. At retail, the UDP is easily navigated through the store, even during trading hours, without risk of damage to the floor or fixtures from wood pallet nails or pallet paint. The UDP makes an attractive in-store display, eliminating the time and cost of merchandising shelves. When empty, it nests to improve cube utilisation.
The RDP, a second base option for the beverage solution, combines the benefits of an attractive plastic display pallet with a heavy-duty dolly. The 14 kg unit sits flat as a pallet, but when tilted, the hidden wheels engage, allowing it to function as a full dolly. Convenient and safe for in-store handling, it features a mini-lifter which negates the need for a conventional forklift. The easy-to-operate foot pedal can be activated to change modes between dolly and pallet. No major force is needed.
Traditionally, the visibility of on-hand inventory at retail has been extremely limited. Given the difficulty of managing a fast moving, bulky category such as beverage, the implications are substantial. The introduction Polymer’s IoT solution portfolio offers the opportunity to more accurately determine store inventory level and better calibrate replenishment needs.
Polymer Logistics has built a reputation as a leading service provider of beverage retail-ready packaging solutions. The company has high levels of product availability to start you on your way to simpler, more attractive, and more cost-effective beverage presentation, with the opportunity to boost sales in the process.