Replacing 5-gal pails with a space-saving 5-gal rectangular-shaped container has saved more than space for C.A.R. Products a West Springfield MA maker of cleaning solutions for auto dealers detail shops and car wash businesses. Although the new high-density polyethylene container costs more it cuts labor and storage costs for C.A.R. while benefits to end users have helped the company increase sales. "In our business a package should be designed for maximum ease of handling and application as well as cost-efficient shipping and inventory" says C.A.R. president Bob Goldenberg. The company fills containers from 16 oz to 55 gal in size but the 5-gal size is one of its most popular. Previously C.A.R. used a 5-gal pail with a full lid that included a 1" pull-out spout. Like other round containers with handles costly space was wasted when the pails were palletized. Last May the firm switched from the pail to the Ecoset® container from Hedwin Corp. (Baltimore MD). The patented container has a more efficient design that not only saves space but thanks to its contoured lines it allows for more complete emptying. This eliminates the "trapping" of product inside that many other containers experience. Both the container and cap are made of HDPE for easy recycling. The container also meets the specs for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and United Nations shipping regulations.