Vastly Improved Logistics.
A clever new dual purpose box, manufactured from Correx, for Swindon Foodbank
Handling food donations at Swindon’s Foodbank has been made a much simpler process thanks to a newly designed collection box designed and manufactured by GWP Group.
Having spent a number of weeks designing the boxes, GWP Group has now donated two hundred of them to act as food collection boxes throughout Swindon and the surrounding areas.
The durable boxes, which have been created from lightweight Correx plastic, have been specifically designed for Swindon Foodbank in order to improve the logistics of food collections at the charity.
Swindon Foodbank’s operations
When local organisations donate food, it is often presented for collection in a myriad of re-used cardboard boxes and carrier bags. Whilst large donations of food are always welcome, the logistics of handling such volumes has been a resource and time-consuming effort for Foodbank.
Boxes used currently are often flimsy and overfilled, whilst bags can split spilling contents and stowing the food inside a van for safe transportation means having to transfer it into regular shaped rigid boxes.
When the food reaches the sorting warehouse it needs to be easy to handle so that it can be weighed into stock and donations recorded, before it can be sorted.
Andrew Hill | Project Manager, Foodbank
GWP Group’s solution to the problem was to design a flat packed, easy assemble box with a clear sleeve on the outside for a pre-printed label.
The Correx boxes are collapsible with handle holes and, when assembled, are a consistent size and shape to perfectly fit into the Foodbank’s van.
When not in use, the boxes can be returned to their flat packed form so that they take up less of the Foodbank’s valuable warehouse space.
Being manufactured from Correx, the boxes are waterproof, stack securely and safely in the van, are easy to label and re-label and quicker and safer to move.
The boxes are supplied to donor organisations ahead of time so that when Foodbank volunteers arrive to collect the food they are given regular-sized, strong boxes already neatly filled and clearly labelled. This saves a significant amount of time and improves recording accuracy.
Happy To Help
Earlier this year GWP announced that we had adopted Swindon Foodbank as their chosen charity. Since then GWP Group has helped Foodbank with their logistical activity including inventory management and stock control, IT and electrical expertise and storage.
This is in addition to the donation or corrugated cardboard boxes which are used for sorting in the Foodbank’s warehouse (a competition run in conjunction with Swindon College students).
Besides this, a team of nine GWP Group employees will shortly be taking on the Three Peaks challenge – scaling the highest mountain in England, Wales and Scotland – in order to raise much needed funds for the charity. More information to follow soon.
David Pedley | CEO, GWP Group
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