Sometimes an idea becomes bigger than the sum of its parts. Such is the case with the corrugated logistics drawer used at Volvo’s spare parts warehouse.
From this warehouse, thousands upon thousands of spare parts are sent out each day to Volvo owners all over the world. Among the 80,000 article numbers are tubes, air filters, upholstery and many other items. Every part is selected by hand by the warehouse personnel, who naturally have many details to keep track of.
Until recently, all parts were stored in open wooden pallets equipped with the desired number of pallet collars. Some time ago, however, Volvo started looking for an alternate solution that would enable more efficient use of the storage space.
Papyrus Supplies became involved and, in collaboration with Stora Enso Packaging, began developing ideas and prototypes. A large drawer made of heavy-duty corrugated board was chosen as the final solution. This drawer works exactly like a regular drawer, but is delivered folded and stacked for convenient handling.
Using this new logistics drawer, Volvo can now fit more article numbers in the same space. In the more high-frequency areas of the warehouse, the company has managed to increase its storage capacity by 300%, thereby enabling Volvo to save space and time – and increase production.