ReKEP relies on reusable transport containers instead of (disposable) cardboard packaging. These should be affordable, effective and flexible to use in the CEP sector (courier, express, parcel). The logistics processes involved are examined and adjustments are proposed to achieve economic, ecological and social sustainability.

Short Description

Starting point / motivation

ReKEP is revolutionising the CEP (Courier, Express, Package) industry from the ground up. While the status quo is the use of (disposable) cardboard packaging (and in some special cases plastic poly-bags), the use of reusable packaging is almost not established. Only a few, sometimes tentative attempts exist that use reusable transport containers (made of cardboard or plastic). But even these are limited to a relatively small number of round trips or are relatively expensive.

Contents and goals

ReKEP relies on the use of reusable transport containers, which are affordable and effective on the one hand and versatile on the other. It is therefore possible to serve many different sectors and parcel sizes with the same concept. The basic technology is a plug-in system of mutually compatible transport boxes that fit in a predefined grid and can be efficiently bundled and unbundled. The delivery process is accelerated by the bundling on the one hand and simplified by the pick-by-light technology on the other.

Methodological approach

The project focuses on economic, ecological and social sustainability. The logistics processes involved will be examined and adjustments suggested. The transformation from status quo to vision is considered and the sustainability of the new system is ensured during the entire transformation.

Expected results

ReKEP contributes to making e-commerce sustainable from a transport and packaging perspective and to reducing resource consumption in this area to one seventh of the status quo. This is the only way to get a grip on the predicted growth and the associated climate impact.

Project Partners

Project management

  • Wolfgang Ponweiser


  • AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Partners of the project consortium

  • Afreshed GmbH
  • BOOXit OG
  • Compunity GmbH
  • FH ÖO F&E GmbH - Logistikum Steyr
  • FH Wien der WKW
  • i-LOG Integrated Logistics GmbH
  • Name / Institut oder Unternehmen

Contact Address

Wolfgang Ponweiser
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
+43 50550 6250