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Sustainable solution for folding containers at REWE International AG


The use of recyclable folding containers saves 1.5 million truck kilometres and thus annually 1.4 million kilograms of CO2 emissions at REWE Group.

For return transport without goods, these folding containers need eight times less space than conventional ones, thus substantially reducing the traffic volume in Austria.

So what made this sustainable improvement for our environment? In autumn 2009, the REWE Group was first equipped with folding containers. In June 2010, KNAPP Systemintegration GmbH, a KNAPP AG subsidiary, landed the order for designing a container transport and washing system - and for delivering and installing the container transport system as general contractor. The logistics of the business will be switched entirely to containers fully owned by the REWE Group. So far the company has to some extent been using containers provided by its suppliers. With spring 2011, the entire Group will have switched to recyclable folding containers, parallel with the completion of the container transport and washing system.

Logistics system with dynamic energy management

Folding containers returned from the REWE Group branch stores BILLA, MERKUR, PENNY, BIPA and ADEG are automatically depalletized and destacked at the REWE Group warehouse in Inzersdorf near Vienna, Austria. Before the containers are cleaned in a special environment-friendly and energy-saving procedure, innovative machines automatically fold open the containers. After drying, the different types of containers are sorted with a high-performance sorter. The clean and single-type folding containers are then stacked, palletized and receive a transport guard before they are again made available to the food manufacturers.

For the design of the system, REWE Group and KNAPP laid special focus on dynamic energy management. This feature of KiSoft Reusables Management Solutions (KiSoft RMS) ensures the lowest-possible energy consumption throughout the entire lifetime of the system.


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