New cooperation Aviko and CHEP Benelux has a huge impact on the environment

Saving 889 tonnes of CO2 emissions thanks to pallet pooling

Mechelen, 25 September 2018 - The Dutch potato producer Aviko and CHEP Benelux, supplier of logistical packaging for the supply chain, recently set up a collaboration for the European distribution of potato products on the typical blue CHEP pallets. The deal has a huge impact on the environment: by entering the circular pooling system of CHEP, Aviko saves no less than 785.53 m3 of wood and reduces 889 tons of CO2. "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 Aviko’s transport manager Frank Scholten.

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An efficient and high-quality supply chain management is indispensable for Aviko.

Aviko is the European market leader and one of the four largest potato processing compnaies in the world. The company processes and transports more than 1.6 million tonnes of potatoes annually to more than 110 countries. An efficient and high-quality supply chain management is therefore indispensable to continue to grow.

By switching to the circular pallet pooling system (sharing and reusing of pallets), Aviko can organize its shipments from its 6 production sites in 4 countries to its customers much more efficiently. The integrated approach, in which the planning of existing shipments was optimized by CHEP, in combination with standardization of pallets in the entire supply chain, has positive consequences for Aviko.

The collaboration with CHEP fits perfectly into our vision of making our logistics more sustainable. Moreover, this increases the quality and uniformity of the service to our customers.

Frank Scholten Transport Manager, Aviko

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Aviko saves 889 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 10,000 trucks traveling from Antwerp to Rotterdam

Thanks to this standardization and consistent pallet quality, the pallets can now be used even more easily in the Aviko warehouses. In addition to the time savings in handling and administration that is being realized, the new collaboration also has a major positive impact on mobility and the environment:

• 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. 

• 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. 

• 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.

In a next phase, a further in-depth analysis of the various transport means of Aviko will be made, which should lead to transport collaborations with other companies to avoid as many empty kilometres as possible. "CHEP wants to make the supply chain of all its customers more efficient and sustainable. Thanks to our in-depth analyzes of data and our worldwide network, we have the strength to realize both business ", says Yoni Van der Veken, Country General Manager at CHEP Benelux.

Frank Scholten from Aviko is delighted with the new collaboration: "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. "

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