In addition to increased operational efficiencies and transportation optimization, Herndon says, pallet pooling programs can contribute to the success of packaging reduction initiatives by providing better product support and protection as goods move through the supply chain—resulting in less product damage.
Pallet pooling also helps to maximize the inherent benefits of wood, says Herndon. Since the pool operator maintains ownership of the pallet at all times in the supply chain, greater accountability and opportunity for control exists throughout the lifecycle of the pallet.
“For instance, the pool operator can control the sourcing of all lumber used in pallets to ensure quality and sustainable harvesting methods. They are also responsible for ensuring appropriate end of life management controls to keep wood out of landfills,” says Herndon.
“This is not always the case for unmanaged systems where ownership of the pallet constantly transfers.”
When dealing with your suppliers, Herndon adds, it’s important to understand their commitment to sustainability. “The entire CHEP business model was founded on the principles of reuse and recycling over 50 years ago and we continue to place a heavy emphasis on being a responsible corporate citizen and business partner,” she says. “CHEP considers environmental stewardship and social accountability key corporate priorities.”
Electric Reefer Delivers In NYC
Big Green, an all-electric refrigerated cargo truck, is making its first deliveries for a seafood business in New York City.
Down East Seafood owner Ed Taylor and his employees nicknamed the vehicle Big Green because of its green paint job and its green technology. The truck joins the Down East fleet that makes intercity deliveries of fresh fish from the wholesale business in Hunts Point, New York City’s large food distribution center.
“On our daily trips into the city, we pass through some residential areas that have high asthma rates for children so that’s why we decided to go with an electric vehicle,” Taylor says.
A cooperative effort among Brown Cargo Van in Lawrence, KS, Smith Electric Vehicles in Kansas City, MO, and Dole Refrigerating Co. in Lewisburg, TN, the zero emissions truck was made specifically for carrying fresh food and frozen products, like the shrimp, lobsters, oysters and sea bass that Down East hauls.
The refrigeration unit and the Smith electric truck use no fossil fuels. Both the chassis drive motor and refrigeration compressor are fully electric and get plugged in at night.
Blower fans that run throughout the day operate from an auxiliary 24-volt lead acid battery system.
The electric refrigerated vehicle can be used for any type of refrigerated or frozen cargo as long as the user has a dedicated route structure with vehicles returning to the home base daily.