At the beginning of the conference, Mr. Liang Zhonghua, Vice Chairman and Vice President of Guangdong Jiarong Supermarket Co., Ltd., one of the organizers of this event, delivered a speech. He pointed out that European and American countries have made significant advances in the use of standardized reusable plastic crates for fruit and vegetables, and their successful practices and data results indicate a path that we urgently need to explore. Therefore, the launch of the demonstration project on the application of standardized reusable plastic crates and the regional training on fruit and vegetable production, storage, and transportation held today at the Jiarong Conference Center is not only good news for industry practitioners but also marks a new starting point for the continuous optimization of China's fresh food supply chain.
During the conference, Ms. Huang Si, a senior expert from IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, provided a detailed introduction to the standardized reusable plastic crate demonstration project. He also explained the methods for life cycle assessment (LCA) and life cycle cost (LCC) analysis of standardized reusable plastic crates, as well as their value to businesses.
Tian Ruifeng, Director of Industry Innovation and Development Department of the China Chain Store & Franchise Association, along with Tang Hongjie, Logistics General Manager of Guangdong Jiarong Supermarket Co., Ltd., Chen Chu Jian, Director of Planning and Operations at Sun Art Retail Group Limited, and Xu Jun, South China Fresh Distribution Center General Manager of CR Vanguard, engaged in in-depth discussions on the topic of "Reducing Loss and Increasing Shelf Life of Fruit and Vegetable Products." They discussed the current status of the application of standardized reusable plastic crates, the challenges encountered, and their solutions, as well as the value brought to companies at various stages of the supply chain. Additionally, Tang Haibin, SPAR China's Operations Director, shared insights from SPAR International's experience and discussed key points in establishing a reusable plastic crate recycling system.
Regarding standardization, Li Xiaoling, Senior Manager of Solution at Lu Kai Logistics Equipment Leasing (Beijing) Co., Ltd., presented the "T/CCFAGS 019-2023 Operational Specifications for Fruit and Vegetable Reusable Plastic Crates." Liang Dong, Secretary-General of the China Barcode Technology and Application Association, introduced the application of the GS1 Global Uniform Identification System in the handling of fruit and vegetable products throughout the supply chain.
To enhance the quality of fruit and vegetable products, Mr. Wang Hai, Project Director at Shanghai Yuezhi Enterprise Consulting Service Co., Ltd., conducted specialized training on key points related to the quality, safety, and sustainable management of fruit and vegetable cultivation processes. He provided detailed explanations on agricultural policies, fruit and vegetable food safety, and sustainable development, and also conducted on-site testing and Q&A sessions.
Addressing the challenges and questions raised by the attendees regarding the use and management of standardized reusable plastic crates, He Yong, Director of Industry Innovation and Development Department of the China Chain Store & Franchise Association, organized on-site Q&A and discussions on relevant solutions.
During the conference, a ceremony was held to launch the demonstration project on the application of standardized reusable plastic crates and to award certificates to demonstration units. Attendees also had the opportunity to visit the Jiarong Logistics Park.
This conference marks the first event in a series of specialized training sessions on the application of standardized reusable plastic crates and regional fruit and vegetable production, storage, and transportation. In the future, the association plans to hold multiple regional training sessions in Shandong, Anhui, Guizhou, and other areas.