Leading UK fruit juice supplier, Gerber Juice Company, claims it has devised an environmentally-friendly and novel way of reducing transport costs.
The Bridgwater, Somerset-based company has been working in partnership with CHEP UK, which provides pallet and pooling systems globally, to create a pallet sorting and repair facility. This has resulted in cost savings and substantially reduced the carbon footprint of both businesses, Gerber said.
Previously, CHEP pallets from customers would have been sent from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset all the way to Avonmouth (Bristol) for repair and re-distribution. Under the new arrangement, CHEP pallets are repaired at the dedicated Pallet Repair Centre based on Gerber’s manufacturing site. This has resulted in the following savings for both businesses:
- Removal of 330,000 dedicated UK road miles plus an additional 40 road journeys annually from the UK to Europe and back, to sort and repair pallet equipment
- Eliminates 763 tonnes of Co2 produced by road haulage and saves 200,000 litres of diesel
- On-site repair facility has created 10 new jobs in the Somerset area
- The repair centre has sufficient capacity to allow additional repaired pallets to be supplied to other local manufacturers saving them thousands of road miles
Gerber’s repair facility has been shortlisted for an innovation award at the Somerset Business Awards 2012, which are now in their eighth year. Finalists will be announced later this month at
an awards ceremony on 16 November 2012.
Alan Armstead, logistics manager for Gerber Juice Company, said: “We are delighted to be short listed for the award. Our on-site repair centre provides a sustainable way of reducing costs and environmental impact, across the supply chain.”
“Our objective was to create a long term environmentally friendly and commercially viable solution to pallet sortation and repair in the South West.”