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Comparing the Savings: Pooled Reusables vs. Single-Use Crates 

The choice of transport packaging plays a pivotal role, influencing not only the operational efficiency but also the environmental footprint. With a multitude of packaging solutions on offer, selection of the right type can significantly shape the business outcomes for growers and processors.  

Single-use crates, despite their widespread usage, appear to fall short in several aspects, including sustainability, product protection, and compatibility with automation equipment, impacting overall performance and profitability. 

Luckily, Tosca has the answer – A pooling system of reusable folding crates that offers a sustainable and economically viable alternative to single-use crates for growers across Europe. 

The advantage of reusable plastic assets 

While we have a separate blog dedicated to the benefits of reusable crates, it’s worth mentioning that adopting reusable and foldable crates in the fruit and vegetable industry can lead to significant cost savings. Their durability reduces the need for replacements and their foldable design allows for efficient storage and transportation, lowering storage and transport costs. Additionally, their robust construction protects produce from damage, minimising losses from unsellable produce.  

The Benefits of Pooling vs. Purchasing Crates and Pallets 

Pooling reusable folding crates provides several advantages over purchasing them outright.  

Firstly, businesses can avoid the substantial initial investment required to purchase crates or pallets. Instead, they pay only for what they need, freeing up capital for other strategic investments within their business. 

Secondly, pooling eliminates the need for businesses to manage the crate lifecycle themselves. Tosca, as a leading full-service pooling provider, takes responsibility for the entire process. This includes the delivery, collection, cleaning, maintenance, and necessary repairs, allowing businesses to focus on their core operations without the distraction of managing these assets. 

Tosca’s POOL-IT platform is offered as part of Tosca’s pooling solutions and provides an easy-to-use way to manage the ordering of clean and collection of used pooled assets. The process is simple and removes the need for multiple and often complicated asset management systems. 

Seasonality and Pooling: Right Volume, Right Place, Right Time 

Seasonality leads to fluctuating demand levels for crates throughout the year. It’s here that the scalability of Tosca’s pooling solutions proves invaluable. Regardless of the season, the pooling system can adjust to supply the right volume of reusable folding crates exactly when and where they are needed. This ensures the right assets are always available, addressing seasonal peaks without any supply issues and not only that but pooling removes the need to store unused crates. 

Therefore, whether dealing with the high demand during the harvest season, or navigating through slower periods, pooling is adaptable and scalable to meet your business’s unique needs. Tosca’s pooling solutions address seasonality while supporting growers’ business goals. 

Sustainability and Efficiency in the Supply Chain 

In today’s environmentally conscious society, circular economy models are gaining traction. Tosca’s pooling system aligns perfectly with this concept, promoting sustainability by maximising the use of each crate before it reaches the end of its life cycle. 

Moreover, reusable folding crates contribute to efficiencies in the supply chain. They are designed to be robust, stackable, and foldable, saving space during transport and storage while also reducing the risk of product damage. 


In conclusion, pooling reusable folding crates from Tosca offers a win-win solution for businesses. It not only helps them save money and focus on their core operations but also contributes to sustainability and efficiency in the supply chain. It’s an excellent example of how businesses can align economic viability with environmental responsibility. 

Trust Tosca to deliver the right solution for your business too.  Contact us today.