Temperatures may have soared in the UK over the summer but with the economy still showing signs of a lukewarm recovery from the chill of recession, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) need to count every penny, if they are to survive and thrive when the business climate does improve.
To take the heat out of capital expenditure, SMEs are being urged to reduce their logistics costs and improve their supply chain stability by using returnable transit packaging (RTP) as an alternative to single trip packaging, by leading RTP specialist PHS Teacrate.
However, PHS Teacrate recognises that managing cash flow efficiently is crucial for SMEs and this can be supported by taking the company’s rental option for plastic crates and trays, which is designed to ease the capital investment burden on businesses.
PHS Teacrate says its flexible RTP pool management service can save SMEs on transport costs, storage space and capital outlay during peak periods, such as Christmas, or a downturn when cash flow is tight. Hiring RTP gives smaller companies greater flexibility by optimising – or downsizing – their supplies at critical times.
Reduced product damage, security and easier handling are proven advantages of re-usable plastic containers, not to mention the environmental benefits compared to one trip packaging. PHS Teacrate can also incorporate its renowned hygienic RTP washing service into the rental agreement.
Many SMEs are not cash rich and do not have a large fleet of vehicles, so the straightforward logistical solution provided by a guaranteed pool of ad-hoc RTP – courtesy of PHS Teacrate’s standard next day service delivered from a nationwide network of depots – can cut costs, reduce packaging waste and bring greater efficiency to the supply chain.
PHS Teacrate’s Sales Director, Patrick Sheehy, said: "By taking advantage of our RTP pool management service, SMEs get the flexibility they need to deal with planned and unplanned activity, helping them to save money. Unlike single trip packaging, plastic crates can be used again and again which also helps the environment.
"Renting from PHS Teacrate eliminates the worry of delivery, storage and collection of crates as we can do it all from our depots based across the UK. We stock a huge variety of crates and trays in all sizes, while our rental terms are also very flexible, ranging from daily agreements to years depending on the customer’s requirements."
Manufactured from durable polypropylene, PHS Teacrate’s crates, trays and pallets are specifically designed for multiple trips over an extended life. They offer a rapid return on investment at a minimal impact to the environment. PHS Teacrate’s national fleet operates out of eight depots nationwide giving fast and reliable delivery of plastic crates and trays to anywhere in the country.
The company handles millions of plastic trays and crates every year in a variety of dimensions including lidded crates, patisserie trays, pallet boxes, hygiene pallets and nestable bale arm trays that are compatible with retailers’ existing trays. Its reputation for fast and reliable delivery and excellent customer service has put it at the forefront of the industry.
PHS Teacrate is one of the UK’s leading crate rental companies moving more than 25 million crates each year. It serves the food, retail, distribution and manufacturing industries as well as the commercial and domestic moves sectors. PHS Teacrate also supplies a wide range of manual handling equipment, accessories and packaging consumables, all with next day delivery as standard.
Parent company PHS Group is one of the UK’s leading workplace service providers. It has grown from a family run firm in 1963 to become a multi-divisional, multi-national company, servicing over 250,000 customers at over 450,000 locations. The Group employs more than 5,000 staff and has a wide network of over 100 regional service branches, strategically located throughout the UK.