Product Damage Reduction

This is the Supply Change.™

Reducing damage. 

Reducing waste. 

Reducing costs.

The opportunity

Product damage happens. 

The key to handling it is finding the root causes—zeroing in on the when, where and why damage happens.

Does it happen due to routine movements through your network and supply chain? Is it caused by environmental factors? Or is it automated systems and material-handling equipment? Yours or your suppliers?

Product damage can hurt your customer loyalty and profitability. It can even mean the difference between being in the black and being in the red.

Reducing product damage can be done efficiently and cost-effectively. CHEP has the knowledge and tools to help you get it done. We have visibility into all segments of the supply chain, accredited testing labs, Value Chain Analysis tools and an extensive product damage database that will allow us to get to the root causes of your damage.

Product damage happens. But when you find the root causes, it can be reduced or eliminated.

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What we do

The best way to get to the root causes of your product damage is our two-pronged approach.

First, we’ll look inside your facilities and transportation network. If it’s warranted, and your customers will allow it, we’ll also look inside their supply chain. We’ll systematically evaluate distribution platforms, manual-handling processes and material-handling equipment. We’ll examine automated systems, environmental influences and transportation conditions. We’ll track product flow through your entire supply chain and identify hot spots where damage is most likely to occur. Along the way, we’ll consider product type, package type, handling equipment, product load configurations, geographic locations and seasonal fluctuations.

Next, we’ll conduct extensive testing inside SABS-certified testing facilities or our ISTA-certified Innovation Center. Here, we’ll simulate the impact of handling processes, transportation segments, and atmospheric conditions on primary and secondary packaging, stretch wrap and product conveyance platforms.

In a controlled laboratory environment, we’ll replicate and simulate real world materials handling, shipping and environmental conditions to determine the supply chain’s impact on a product load. Specifically, the testing will simulate the impact of trucking, rail, air transportation, forklifts, clamp trucks, automated systems, manual handling, humidity and temperature extremes on product and packaging.

How we'll work together

Based on our experience, we’ve designed our Product Damage Reduction solution to be simple and actionable. From start to finish, we can help you see its benefits in as few as 10 weeks. Our time-tested process works like this:

How you'll benefit

We have experience and visibility into all segments of the supply chain. We can help you:

+ Gain a holistic view of your supply chain

+ Learn about specific conditions causing product damage

+ Identify hot spots where product damage is happening

+ Get detailed information on the performance of product loads

+ Find solutions to damage by simulating problem areas in our local labs or our ISTA-certified Innovation Center


Our breadth of visibility into the supply chain, our understanding of every nuance and our comprehensive product damage database make us uniquely positioned to solve your product damage challenges. We also bring to bear the experience, rigor and testing standards of CHEP’s ISTA-certified Innovation Center, which allows us to simulate real-world conditions—a vital asset when it comes to reducing product damage. We look forward to working with you.Our local test-lab partners are certified by the South African Bureau of Standards. Our Innovation Center is certified by ISTA, representing manufacturers, packaging suppliers, testing labs and carriers working together to ensure responsible packaging.

3 things we do to help you reduce product damage