Direct sourcing from the origin using foldable crates can reduce intermediate links and improve efficiency
The current state of China’s fresh supply chain is characterized by extreme fragmentation at both the upstream and downstream levels, with multiple levels of intermediaries. Fresh products go through at least four levels of supply chain from farmers to consumers, which is very lengthy. Due to the extreme fragmentation of upstream production, in order to meet the demand for agricultural products in different regions and seasons, China has formed a stable fresh circulation system mainly based on multi-level wholesale markets. This means that after scattered farmers produce goods, they are acquired by a large number of intermediaries and transported to the production area wholesale market, and then distributed by the sales area wholesale market, second-tier wholesalers, etc., to the retail end farmers market, supermarkets, etc., and finally reach the end consumer. Due to the length of the supply chain, agricultural products suffer significant losses during each step of storage, transportation, and loading and unloading. These losses, combined with transportation costs and labor costs, result in a significant price difference between products sold in different locations. Additionally, the current gross margin rate of fresh retail terminals is generally low. Overall, the domestic fresh supply chain is still primarily based on a multi-level distribution model that is lengthy and high in losses. The ability of supermarkets to integrate and directly purchase products only accounts for a certain proportion of purchases, and the profitability of e-commerce direct purchasing is poor. The long-term effects of this model have yet to be seen. However, reducing the number of intermediaries in the supply chain and improving purchasing efficiency is definitely a trend in the future of fresh circulation. Plastic folding crates are used to transport fresh fruits and vegetables, and they meet standardized requirements. They can be transported with pallets, and they also reduce the number of times the crates have to be turned over, which helps to reduce fruit and vegetable losses, save handling time and labor costs, and thus improve economic efficiency. Allpallet specializes in the research and development of reusable plastic folding crates and provides overall logistics transportation and packaging solutions. The company has the ability of independent research and development, mold manufacturing, and injection molding production. The folding crates produced by Allpallet are made of brand new PP material, which are lightweight, heavy-duty, space-saving, durable, and environmentally friendly. They meet standardized requirements and can be equipped with tags and chips for intelligent management.