Manufacturing industries are recognising the power of returnable transit packaging (RTP) to improve sustainability and slash logistics costs.

In response to rising labour, fuel and single-use packaging costs, Loadhog has developed Dolly Max, the next-generation rolling container system. This modular solution features the Dolly Max transport dolly, which is compatible with containers for segregated or loose bulk goods, as well as cardboard boxes. This makes it the ideal substitute for shrink-wrapped pallets, pallet shippers or roll cages – all of which have disadvantages. Shrink-wrapped pallets are not environmentally friendly and, along with pallet shippers, require investment in separate handling equipment. Roll cages can be heavy to move, feature sharp metal touchpoints and have inefficient brakes. Dolly Max is easy to manoeuvre and features a one-touch brake.

By combining Dolly Max with Loadhog containers – whether attached-lid, bail-arm or collapsible – and Loadhog’s award-winning, reusable Pallet Lid, manufacturers achieve a secure end-to-end handling system that is almost infinitely configurable. Dolly Max can also transport bulky components or products within various sizes of foldable sleeve, which can be topped with Loadhog’s Stacking Tray to create a platform for adding containers.

Savings add up

Being easy to move and even link together in a train, dollies support lean manufacturing by reducing the need for forklifts and also alleviate labour issues. For example, Bizerba – supplier of precision weighing, labelling and packaging products – has used Loadhog’s Pally 86 to reduce double handling and save employees an estimated 30 km of walking per year. Meanwhile, by using Loadhog’s Pallet Lid in a closed loop with its printer, publisher Penguin Random House reduced its consumption of plastic wrap by over 47% in the first year.

The Dolly Max system features recycled material to avoid UK plastic tax and can be manufactured from 100% recycled material.

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