A prominent fruit supplier in Europe has created a new environmentally friendly and easy way to reduce the costs of pallet repair and sorting. The Gerber Juice Company has come up with a novel way to reduce their overall transport costs by creating a pallet repair facility on site that has removed thousands of wasted trips from the UK roads and another forty or so trips in Europe.
Overall, the saved trips also help to save the environment from the release of 763 tonnes of CO2 and 200,000 litres of diesel. In addition, this saves the roads from 330,000 miles of vehicle travel allowing them to last longer before major repairs are needed. As you might guess, this also helps save the people over at Gerber some money since they do not have to pay for the transport of the extra pallets.
Based in Somerset, Gerber is known to have some of the most advanced manufacturing facilities in the country and with a new partnership with CHEP UK they are now taking it up another notch by integrating pallet sorting and repair facilities within their manufacturing plant. This allows them to reduce the carbon footprint of both companies while also saving money.
In the past, CHEP pallets would have to be sent all the way to Avonmouth from Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset for repair but now they can be repaired and re-distributed directly from Gerber at their Somerset depot. Not only has this created new jobs, but it has saved road miles.
As a result the Gerber repair facility has now been short listed to receive the Somerset Business Awards 2012 innovation award. The finalists for the competition will be announced next week with the awards ceremony being held on the 16th.