Waste not, want not

<p>As relative newcomers to the trade, we are surprised by the amount of waste that exists in the supply chain. There are several issues--one, of course, being returns, and the number of books that end up being pulped. But I am writing about something else, and that is packaging.</p><p>Having been a supply chain manager for a company that used returnable containers, I am frankly amazed that the industry still uses cardboard. Recently, I weighed the cardboard waste I was taking to the local tip, and if I pro-rata turnover that week, I end up with a figure which suggests I generate 2.5 tons o...

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