Returnable Packaging Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Returnable Packaging Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Material (Plastics, Metal), By Product (Pallets, IBCs), By End-use (Food & Beverage, Healthcare), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-4-68039-080-4
  • Number of Pages: 130
  • Format: Electronic (PDF)

Research Methodology

A three-pronged approach was followed for deducing the returnable packaging market estimates and forecasts. The process has three steps: information procurement, analysis, and validation. The whole process is cyclical, and steps repeat until the estimates are validated. The three steps are explained in detail below:

Information procurement: Information procurement is one of the most extensive and important stages in our research process, and quality data is critical for accurate analysis. We followed a multi-channel data collection process for returnable packaging market to gather the most reliable and current information possible.

  • We buy access to paid databases such as Hoover’s and Factiva for company financials, industry information, white papers, industry journals, SME journals, and more.
  • We tap into Grand View’s proprietary database of data points and insights from active and archived monitoring and reporting.
  • We conduct primary research with industry experts through questionnaires and one-on-one phone interviews.
  • We pull from reliable secondary sources such as white papers and government statistics, published by organizations like WHO, NGOs, World Bank, etc., Key Opinion Leaders (KoL) publications, company filings, investor documents, and more.
  • We purchase and review investor analyst reports, broker reports, academic commentary, government quotes, and wealth management publications for insightful third-party perspectives.

Analysis: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilized different methods of returnable packaging market data depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Research Efforts: Bottom-up Approach for estimating and forecasting demand size and opportunity, top-down Approach for new product forecasting and penetration, and combined approach of both Bottom-up and Top-down for full coverage analysis.

  • Value-Chain-Based Sizing & Forecasting: Supply-side estimates for understanding potential revenue through competitive benchmarking, forecasting, and penetration modeling.

  • Demand-side estimates for identifying parent and ancillary markets, segment modeling, and heuristic forecasting.

  • Qualitative Functional Deployment (QFD) Modelling for market share assessment.

Market formulation and validation: We mine the data collected to establish baselines for forecasting, identify trends and opportunities, gain insight into consumer demographics and drivers, and so much more. We utilize different methods of data analysis depending on the type of information we’re trying to uncover in our research.

  • Market Formulation: This step involves the finalization of market numbers. This step on an internal level is designed to manage outputs from the Data Analysis step.

  • Data Normalization: The final market estimates and forecasts are then aligned and sent to industry experts, in-panel quality control managers for validation.

  • This step also entails the finalization of the report scope and data representation pattern.

  • Validation: The process entails multiple levels of validation. All these steps run in parallel, and the study is forwarded for publishing only if all three levels render validated results.

Returnable Packaging Market Categorization:

The returnable packaging market was categorized into four segments, namely material (Plastic, Metal, Wood), product (Pallets, Crates, IBCs, Drums & Barrels, Dunnage), end-use (Food & Beverage, Automotive, Consumer Durables, Healthcare), and region (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa).

Segment Market Methodology:

The returnable packaging market was segmented into material, product, end-use, and regions. The demand at a segment level was deduced using a funnel method. Concepts like the TAM, SAM, SOM, etc., were put into practice to understand the demand. We at GVR deploy three methods to deduce market estimates and determine forecasts. These methods are explained below:

Market research approaches: Bottom-up

  • Demand estimation of each product across countries/regions summed up to from the total market.

  • Variable analysis for demand forecast.

  • Demand estimation via analyzing paid database, and company financials either via annual reports or paid database.

  • Primary interviews for data revalidation and insight collection.

Market research approaches: Top-down

  • Used extensively for new product forecasting or analyzing penetration levels.

  • Tool used invoice product flow and penetration models Use of regression multi-variant analysis for forecasting Involves extensive use of paid and public databases.

  • Primary interviews and vendor-based primary research for variable impact analysis.

Market research approaches: Combined

  • This is the most common method. We apply concepts from both the top-down and bottom-up approaches to arrive at a viable conclusion.

Regional Market Methodology:

The returnable packaging market was analyzed at a regional level. The globe was divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Central & South America, and Middle East & Africa, keeping in focus variables like consumption patterns, export-import regulations, consumer expectations, etc. These regions were further divided into fifteen countries, namely, the U.S.; Canada; Mexico; Germany; the UK; France; Italy; Spain; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Brazil; South Africa.

All three above-mentioned market research methodologies were applied to arrive at regional-level conclusions. The regions were then summed up to form the global market.

Returnable packaging market companies & financials:

The returnable packaging market was analyzed via companies operating in the sector. Analyzing these companies and cross-referencing them to the demand equation helped us validate our assumptions and conclusions. Key market players analyzed include:

  • ORBIS Corporation - This entity is a privately owned subsidiary of Menasha Corporation, a packaging manufacturer based in the United States. The firm's primary offerings include a variety of products such as bulk containers, plastic pallets, totes, trays, bulk merchandising solutions, dunnage, metal shipping racks, plastic bins, and dumpsters & accessories, among others. In addition to these products, it also provides services related to reusable packaging management (RPM) to its industrial clientele. Under these services, the firm takes care of various aspects such as planning for reusable container demand, shipping, tracking, cleaning, sorting, reverse logistics, and replenishment for end-use companies. This entity is committed to providing comprehensive solutions for reusable packaging management.

  • NEFAB GROUP - NEFAB group is a privately owned corporation that is a worldwide supplier of services for optimizing logistics and eco-friendly packaging solutions. The corporation provides solutions to businesses in sectors such as Datacom, Telecom, Healthcare, Vehicles, Aerospace, and Energy. In addition, the corporation's packaging solutions encompass long-term packaging, hazardous materials, export packaging, reusable packaging, and EDS packaging. As part of the same solution, the corporation provides inner packaging, outer packaging, pallets, and electrostatic discharge packaging (ESD).

  • PPS Midlands Limited - PPS Midlands Limited is a publicly owned company and primarily provides solutions for returnable transit packaging services. These services encompass rental, pooling, washing, repairs, and sales of plastic crates, pallets, and trays, which are offered through PPS and its affiliate companies, GW Containers and Alison Handling. In the division of pallet box products, the corporation presents a broad array of plastic pallet boxes. These include hygienic, collapsible, and rigid pallet boxes of various sizes, which are available for either rental or pooling arrangements.

  • Tri-pack Packaging Systems Ltd. - This is a corporation that is publicly owned. The corporation is involved in the creation, printing, production, and global distribution of packaging solutions. It provides a variety of recyclable and reusable packaging goods for different industries such as food & beverage, horticulture, automotive, logistics, seafood, and pharmaceuticals. The corporation produces reusable packaging goods that are fully recyclable and contribute to the reduction of delivery and storage expenses.

  • Amatech, Inc. - Amatech, in the business of producing custom-made, reusable, foldable plastic totes, storage bins, and corrugated containers, functioning as a returnable packaging firm. The assortment of products offered by the company encompasses foam, boxes, cartons, steel racks and trolleys, sleeve packs, and bag & curtain systems. These offerings find their use in a wide array of sectors such as appliances, automotive, cabinetry, agriculture, electronics, government/military, disaster relief, pharmaceuticals, material handling, and food. The company boasts a strong customer base, which predominantly comprises names like Honda, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Airbus, and John Deere, among others.

  • CHEP - Brambles Limited includes CHEP as one of its entities. This company, which is publicly traded, provides solutions for packaging that can be reused and returned, specifically for items like containers and pallets. These items find extensive use in various sectors such as logistics, consumer goods, fresh produce, automotive, and beverages. The company's primary offerings are bearer pallets and wooden pallets. These pallets are predominantly employed for the transportation of goods in industries like, consumer goods, fresh foods, and automotive

  • Celina - This entity is a subsidiary of Celina Tent Incorporated. The firm is involved in the creation of numerous divisions such as fabric slicing, bonding & sealing, tagging & packaging, ducting & hose, returnable packaging, industrial stitching, and printing, to list a few. The range of products it offers includes coated films & textiles, laminated textiles, and flexible textiles, among others. These items find extensive use in a variety of sectors, including automotive, agricultural, aviation, industrial, and defense.

  • UBEECO Packaging Solutions - UBEECO Packaging Solutions functions through two segments, namely expert packaging and integra packaging, which are situated in Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia. The division of integra packaging provides a comprehensive array of UBEECO services, catering to both domestic and international markets. Additionally, it produces an extensive variety of packaging solutions that can be returned or reused, ranging from plastic pallets and crates to wooden boxes and crates. The assortment of products offered by the company encompasses protective films, cardboard & cartons, plastic pallets & crates, wooden pallets & skids, and cases, crates & wooden boxes, among others.

  • RPR Inc. - The firm's main focus is on the engineering of packaging and the provision of returnable packaging systems for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), final assembly facilities, and suppliers. The range of products it offers encompasses plastic bulk containers, totes and pallets, protective dunnage, fabric dunnage, as well as vacuum forming, thermoforming, and sleeve systems. In addition to these products, the firm extends its services to industrial clients through its reusable packaging management (RPM) services. Under this service, the firm takes on the responsibility of providing engineering, repair, and cleaning services to the companies that use its products.

Value chain-based sizing & forecasting

Supply Side Estimates

  • Company revenue estimation via referring to annual reports, investor presentations, and Hoover’s.

  • Segment revenue determination via variable analysis and penetration modeling.

  • Competitive benchmarking to identify market leaders and their collective revenue shares.

  • Forecasting via analyzing commercialization rates, pipelines, market initiatives, distribution networks, etc.

Demand side estimates

  • Identifying parent markets and ancillary markets

  • Segment penetration analysis to obtain pertinent

  • revenue/volume

  • Heuristic forecasting with the help of subject matter experts

  • Forecasting via variable analysis

Returnable Packaging Market Report Objectives:

  • Understanding market dynamics (in terms of drivers, restraints, & opportunities) in the countries.

  • Understanding trends & variables in the individual countries & their impact on growth and using analytical tools to provide high-level insights into the market dynamics and the associated growth pattern.

  • Understanding market estimates and forecasts (with the base year as 2022, historic information from 2018 to 2021, and forecast from 2023 to 2030). Regional estimates & forecasts for each category are available and are summed up to form the global market estimates.

Returnable Packaging Market Report Assumptions:

  • The report provides market value for the base year 2022 and a yearly forecast till 2030 in terms of revenue/volume or both. The market for each of the segment outlooks has been provided on region & country basis for the above-mentioned forecast period.

  • The key industry dynamics, major technological trends, and application markets are evaluated to understand their impact on the demand for the forecast period. The growth rates were estimated using correlation, regression, and time-series analysis.

  • We have used the bottom-up approach for market sizing, analyzing key regional markets, dynamics, & trends for various products and end-users. The total market has been estimated by integrating the country markets.

  • All market estimates and forecasts have been validated through primary interviews with the key industry participants.

  • Inflation has not been accounted for to estimate and forecast the market.

  • Numbers may not add up due to rounding off.

  • Europe consists of EU-8, Central & Eastern Europe, along with the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

  • Asia Pacific includes South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania (Australia & New Zealand).

  • Latin America includes Central American countries and the South American continent

  • Middle East includes Western Asia (as assigned by the UN Statistics Division) and the African continent.

Primary Research

GVR strives to procure the latest and unique information for reports directly from industry experts, which gives it a competitive edge. Quality is of utmost importance to us, therefore every year we focus on increasing our experts’ panel. Primary interviews are one of the critical steps in identifying recent market trends and scenarios. This process enables us to justify and validate our market estimates and forecasts to our clients. With more than 8,000 reports in our database, we have connected with some key opinion leaders across various domains, including healthcare, technology, consumer goods, and the chemical sector. Our process starts with identifying the right platform for a particular type of report, i.e., emails, LinkedIn, seminars, or telephonic conversation, as every report is unique and requires a differentiated approach.

We send out questionnaires to different experts from various regions/ countries, which is dependent on the following factors:

  • Report/Market scope: If the market study is global, we send questionnaires to industry experts across various regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and MEA.

  • Market Penetration: If the market is driven by technological advancements, population density, disease prevalence, or other factors, we identify experts and send out questionnaires based on region or country dominance.

The time to start receiving responses from industry experts varies based on how niche or well-penetrated the market is. Our reports include a detailed chapter on the KoL opinion section, which helps our clients understand the perspective of experts already in the market space.

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