How pallet standardisation makes a difference for your inbound flows

How pallet standardisation makes all the difference when purchasing raw materials and ingredients

Although few companies pay attention to their inbound supply chain, the impact of an inefficient inbound process should certainly not be underestimated. All the investments made to deliver goods to the customer as quickly as possible can be jeopardised if insufficient attention is paid to the condition in which those goods enter the premises. Standardization of inbound flows can help to make your supply chain run more smoothly.

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A lot of administration and operationally risky too

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Often, many different suppliers are involved in the delivery of raw materials, ingredients or packaging material, all with their own way of working.

Often, many different suppliers are involved in the delivery of raw materials, ingredients or packaging material, all with their own way of working and their own kind of plastic pallets. One might operate on the basis of pallet exchange, another might prefer pallet pooling, whilst a third might incorporate the price of the pallet into the product price.

This makes management a complex issue for the producer, as the producer will need to manage its stocks for each type of pallet individually, provide enough storage space for pallets, and untangle a jumble of administrative records, most of which are paper-based. Not only that, a producer generally has no control over the standard of quality provided. As a result, products can become damaged, automatic storage systems can break down and the entire handling process can even come to a standstill.

Advantages of pooling plastic pallets

Pallet pooling intrinsically offers numerous advantages for the purchasing of raw materials, ingredients and packaging materials. All you have to do is order the pallets, after which they will be delivered where and when they are needed. And tell us where you’ve send the pallets to by using the online tool myCHEP or via EDI. You will no longer need to exchange or pick up pallets yourself. The return transport is arranged by the pallet pooler.

Because of our ‘share and reuse’ system, all pallets are inspected and cleaned after use – in line with food safety regulations. That way  you can be assured of a high standard of quality and the pallets. Hiccups in your automated systems can be avoided.

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All pallets are inspected and cleaned after use – in line with food safety regulations.

Advantages of standardization in your whole supply chain

If your suppliers also decide to opt for pallet standardisation, things will become even easier. You will have a single point of contact for the management of your pallets. As a result, a huge administrative load will fall from your shoulders. Additionally, as all pallets are from the same supplier, sorting will no longer be required. The pallets can be collected more quickly, because you can let your pooler collect your wooden and plastic pallets at the same time. This service allows you to free up more space on your yard.

Standaardisation of your supply chain can make a big difference in administration, handling and costs. And it doesn’t have to be limited to only wooden pallets. Also standardization of your inbound flow has a noticeable impact on the rest of your processes.

Would you like to find out how your company can benefit from the standardisation of plastic pallets?

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