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Aviko saves 889 tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to pallet pooling

Switching from white wood to pooling can have different benefits for you and your business. Growing a business implies making several processes more efficient and sustainable for the long term. One of them is your pallet management, that sometimes takes up a lot of time, effort and costs. Read how the switch to pallet pooling has made a big impact for potato producer Aviko on time savings and the environment.

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The Dutch potato producer, Aviko, also searched for a different way to manage their pallets. An effcient and high-quality management is necessary for Aviko, since it is one of the four largest potato procession companies in the world. They process and transport more than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes annually to more than 110 countries. 

To better organize their shipments from its 6 productions sites in 4 countries to its customers all over Europe, Aviko tested and implemented the 'share and reuse' model of CHEP for their distribution. The planning of existing shipments was optimized by CHEP, and they standardized their pallets throughout the supply chain.

This integrated approach had some positive results for Aviko. The potato manufacturer realized important time savings in handling and administration and made a huge impact on the environment. "We were surprised by the figures from the ISO analysis. Thanks to this new, integrated approach in our supply chain, we can really make a difference", says Frank Scholten, Transport Manager of Aviko.

Environmental impact

  • Aviko saves 889 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 10,000 trucks traveling from Antwerp to Rotterdam, due to the absence of return transports of used return pallets. 
  • The switch from wooden exchange pallets to CHEP's circular pooling system means a saving of 785.53 m3 of wood per lifecycle, the amount of wood you need for making 50,000 pencils.
  • These figures are the result of a lifecycle analysis between exchange pallets and pooling for the total pallet volume that Aviko uses for its activities.
Environmental impact
Aviko saves 889 tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to pallet pooling.

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The next step is to set up transport collaborations to avoid empty kilometres.

Next to that, a further in-depth analysis of the various transport means of Aviko is planned. The objective is to set up transport collaborations with other companies to avoid as many empty kilometres as possible, since that is one of the goals Aviko puts forward, as Frank Scholten explains:

 "In 2014 we received our first Lean & Green Award because we deliberately searched for opportunities to make our logistics less taxing for the environment. The collaboration with CHEP fits perfectly into our vision. Moreover, this increases the quality and uniformity of the service to our customers. We now go one step further and look forward to real transport cooperation with other producers and transporters. We believe that is the way to tackle the global mobility challenges together."

In 2014 we received our first Lean & Green Award. We now go one step further and look forward to real transport cooperation with other producers and transporters. We believe that is the way to tackle the global mobility challenges together.

Frank Scholten Transport Manager

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