Military Services Should Uniformly Adopt Improved Packaging Techniques

LCD-77-216: Published: Jun 8, 1977. Publicly Released: Jun 8, 1977.

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Unlike the Air Force, the Army and Navy have been slow in accepting two innovative packaging methods, foam-in-place and fast packs, and therefore have lost potential savings.

Foam packaging affords savings in labor, materials, reusability, transportation, and reduced shipping damage when compared with conventional packaging. Experience at the San Antonio Air Force Logistics Center indicated that items packaged with foam resulted in overall savings in labor and material of about 40 percent. The San Antonio Center also reported that the introduction of fast packs in packaging resulted in increased production, about a 62 percent savings in material, and a 65 percent savings in labor, and a 65 percent reduction in paperwork. The lack of Department of Defense guidelines for effectively introducing the new technology has resulted in the wide variation of its acceptance by the military services.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Department of Defense should develop a program to insure that the military services adopt and use these methods of packaging and any future improved technology to the greatest extent possible. The plan should include identification of candidate items for packaging, training for foam equipment operators, information exchange among the services, and an educational program to promote acceptance at command levels.

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