“It was more than a wash,” Krahn said.
Not only did the new box show a dramatic increase in shelf life, from 12 to 13 days to 24 to 26 days, but it is less corrugated weight to ship.
“Sun Select, at the time, was shipping in a double-walled box,” Nordin said. “When Len came to me with this project, I said, ‘You know the Clima series adds strength to the box. I don’t see any reason why you should be in a double-wall box for 11 pounds of peppers.’”
Nordin said it was an overkill situation.
“We’re using too much fiber, too much paper. There is a message here that is kind of exciting to share with other customers across the country,” Nordin said.
SunSelect and International Paper were trying to simply get a product to hold up from coast to coast, but achieved so much more, Nordin said.
SunSelect was able to save money using a single-wall box and pay less for shipping, double shelf life of product and reduce its environmental footprint.
“We achieved all of these,” Nordin said. “It was pretty awesome.”