Pallet Matters June 2010
Wednesday 23rd June 2010
Pallet pooling specialist IPP Logipal has secured a contract with Brecon Carreg, the leading producer of natural mineral water. Under the terms of the deal, IPP Logipal delivers to the client’s site at Trap in Carmarthenshire on a planned basis whilst being able to react swiftly should the customer’s needs alter. Pallets are supplied from IPP Logipal’s regional distribution centre at Newport. After deliveries have been made through the company’s straightforward one-way system, pallets are collected and returned to the regional centre for checking before being returned to the pool.
Yale has announced two new powered pallet trucks. The MP13 is an entry-level pedestrian truck aimed at operations considered too demanding for a basic manual pump truck. Based upon the company’s MP16, the unit is powered by two 12-volt automotive style batteries and offers a payload of 1300kgs. The MP20DL ‘dual lift’ truck is aimed at the logistics and wholesale distribution sectors, has a 2000kgs payload - 700kgs at its raised height - and can be used for shelf replenishment and light picking. Both models have on-board chargers and can be charged via a standard three-pin plug.
Pallet specialist Craemer has introduced a range of reusable reel saddles and multi-purpose wedges aimed at improving handling safety and efficiency in the movement and storage of reels. Designed to be used with the company’s range of plastic pallets, the new ‘accessories’ will accommodate a wide variety of size and type of reel. Manufactured from HDPE, thus avoiding the contamination issues associated with polystyrene or timber products, the saddles and wedges can be securely fixed longitudinally or across pallets.
CHEP has increased its presence in the fresh produce logistics sector. A new contract with Nature’s Way, supplying produce to Morrison’s, involves the pallet pooling giant supplying both pallets and containers whilst vegetable supplier Hammond’s Produce is using up to 1,000 pallets and 10,000 RPCs a week during peak periods. CHEP is also seeing wider take up of its Managed Recovery option under which delivery drivers no longer need to wait for a matching number of empty pallets to be loaded. The totals are simply notified to CHEP who amend the operator’s account.