An initiative of the Citrus Growers Association. By Koos Bouwer Independent Industrial Engineering Consultant. 19 August 2010. Hicube pallet analysis. Contents. Purpose and task Symptoms Cause Effect Supply chain analysis Cost analysis vs risk Proposed Action. Purpose.
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Purpose and task
Supply chain analysis
Cost analysis vs risk
Define the “issues” in hicube dilemma
Collect inputs from different role players
Assess supply chain process
Cost analysis vs risks
Define the way forward
Bigger problem with open display cartons than telescopic A15C
Printed cartons slippery vs Kraft
Were the carton- and pallet base designs and palletization methods adequately adapted during move towards hicube pallets?
(no walking on pallets)
(Flatbed cargo better secured by tarp and cargo net)
High levels of ignorance towards any specification or standard
Note: Not a representative sample of total supply chain
Packaging Supply Chain
Timber and Paper
Neglected since Deregulation
Still a hybrid supply chain?
Supply Chain owner:
Packhouse to Port – Grower ?
Port to Market - Exporter ?
Who is the supply chain owner?
Who is setting the packaging standards?
Who is controlling conformance to standards?
Who has the authority to act?
No central packaging standards authority.
Limited research and development for packaging improvements.
HiCubes are here to stay. Adapt the supply chain
Some responsible supply chain owners invest in good practices and controls, but by using the same supply chain service providers, they are prone to higher service cost due to the lack of discipline of the minority
Deregulation versus unified supply chain
Transport turnaround times create premium
Pallet damages create transport premium
Pallet damages create cold storage and handling premiums
Any solution should align with the “Business Strategy”
(A few design changes in packaging and handling practices might solve the problem)
(How to implement the proposed technical changes)
(How to maintain acceptable standards as a sustainable solution)
Accommodate current good practices
Differentiate between pallet loads
Differentiate between transport conditions / distances / regions
Keep it simple
Keep costs down
Do not restrict new developments / innovations
Aim for a sustainable solution
Selective Privileges to conforming parties
Price and Opportunity dictates
Enforce rules and standards
Infrastructure and resources
Or any other better solution
High priority :
Lower Priority :
Develop and implement functional specifications and test methods for palletization methods
Revise stabilization of supervent palletization
Revise truck loading methods and securing of cargo
Revise specifications for palletization materials e.g. corner pieces, straps, top decks, securing sheets
Attend to handling abuse once an acceptable quality standard of packaging can be demonstrated