The KoolPak takes packaging to another level by building traceability and temperature sensing into a thermal container via Battery-less NFC. Combined with the KoolPak app, developed by LUK Solutions, using Block chain technology to track each KoolPak through each re-use to eventual recycling. Further delivering on the true cradle to cradle principles of sustainability, the materials for the outer lid and base, which are sourced from 90% recycled polypropylene, can be pelletised, and recycled to become new lids and bases, and the materials from the thermal liner can be recycled into new products.
The track and trace technology means that TomKat Global Solutions can assign and follow every KoolPak sold to a purchaser. With this level of technology, not only can clients prove the provenance of their product, but they can also scan off their KoolPaks post multiple uses at a recycling centre, validating the cost benefits and reporting on their environmental credentials. It also provides TomKat a way of tracking products that are not being recycled – providing a higher level of environmental reporting.
In parallel with SAG and improvements to temp sensor tag capability, LUK has made significant advancement with our software that has allowed gate scanning equipment developed with Feig Electronic to read multiple tags at once, at speed, including temperature sensor tags.
To maximise users scanning the boxes, each is embedded with a battery free temperature sensing tag so users can monitor the temperature of their consignment without the need to open the box.
The block chain tracking and traceability function has proved popular in market tests. For producers, for instance, it has the potential to provide data from the fisher or farmer along the entire supply chain to a restaurant where the data can be translated into a QR code and added to a menu. For Tom and Kath, personally, it also means that any part of a KoolPak washed-up on a beach can be tracked backwards to work out how it got there. It is all part of the Longs’ ethos of "social responsibility in action" which underpins the business.