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Logistics : What is VFR ?

Grandma always told me: “don’t come back with empty hands!” As far as I was helping her moving and removing dining plates, my grandmother always optimized my short travels between the kitchen and the dining room, including the way I should carry things around. I realize now that the notion of “fill rate” has no secret for her.

On a pure Logistics level, the Vehicle Fill Rate (VFR) can be defined as the ratio of the actual capacity used in a vehicle to the total capacity available in terms of weight and volume. A 0% fill rate means the vehicle is transporting no loads; and 100% fill rate means the vehicle is travelling with goods bringing the vehicle to its maximum capacity. VFR is therefore a key indicator for most companies as it gives a quick overview of the efficiency of the logistics operations. For some companies that are shipping products overseas, improving VFR means costs reduction as they can potentially ship more products per vehicle. It also impacts their CO² emissions as fewer vehicles will be needed to ship the same amount of goods.

In order to design, develop, and select environmentally efficient packaging solutions that save volume in trucks or containers, the packaging teams have in-depth insights into different concepts, tools, packaging innovations and guiding principles. Some of these packaging insights drive them to the optimization of pallet pattern and loading plan as it provides multiple improvements of the way pallets are palletized and shipped in vehicles. This allows

to increase VFR, bringing cost savings on the table as well as reducing carbon footprint impact on transportation.

The slip-sheet ECOLOGISTIK® of CGP Coating Innovation answers this problem. It allows you to remove the pallet, to increase the volumes loaded in trucks and containers and to mitigate the significant increases in fuel prices and transport costs.

ECOLOGISTIK® Slip-sheet participates in maintaining loads during transport or internal flow operations and allows the removal of the pallet during storage and transport of goods.

Contact our EXPERTS, specialist packaging and handling without pallets.

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