Bridgwater-based Gerber Juice Company has joined forces with CHEP to set up a pallet sortation and repair facility, which it reckons will save 330,000 road miles a year.
Previously, CHEP pallets from customers would have been sent from Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to Avonmouth for repair and re-distribution. Under the new arrangement, the pallets are repaired at the dedicated Pallet Repair Centre on Gerber’s manufacturing site.
Gerber reckons this saves 763 tonnes of Co2 produced by road haulage and 200,000 litres of diesel. Savings also include an additional 40 road journeys annually from the UK to Europe and back, to sort and repair pallet equipment.
Alan Armstead, logistics manager for Gerber Juice Company said: “Our on-site repair centre provides a sustainable way of reducing costs and environmental impact, across the supply chain.”