Kimberly-Clark’s logistics supplier will share trucks with the pallet pooling company CHEP on the Czech Republic – UK route, reducing empty running by at least 10 percent. SmartWay Logistics, the 4PL brand of Van der Wal, will act as a trustee and operat
Utrecht, 21 October 2019 - Starting from September 2019, trucks transporting Kimberly-Clark’s hygiene and personal care products from Czech Republic to UK will be reloaded with CHEP’s reusable pallets on the way back from UK to Czech Republic. On average, both companies will share three trucks on a daily basis. SmartWay Logistics will coordinate the two transport flows in such a way that empty running and standstill are prevented, which increases the productivity for the carriers.
The three-party collaboration will mean a reduction of 70,000 kg of CO2 emissions per year, a significant reduction in empty running and ultimately important savings in freight costs for both Kimberly-Clark and CHEP. Henk Van der Wal, CEO of Van der Wal, explains: “Our joint goal is to reduce empty running by at least 10 percent. Our calculations show that we will certainly achieve that goal. From an average empty running of 20 percent, we go back to 5 to 10 percent.”
According to Michael Gierloff, European Transport Director of CHEP, the logistics collaboration fits perfectly with CHEP’s European Collaborative Transport Solutions programme: “Our Collaborative Transport Solutions programme counts over 210 partners focusing on decreasing the existing inefficiency in European transport through the reduction of empty running and improved utilisation of transport. The implemented projects have reduced over 4700 tons of CO2 emissions during the last 12 months and delivered important economic benefits to all partners.”
Mark Lowe, European Transport Manager at Kimberly-Clark, is also enthusiastic about the logistics collaboration: “Kimberly-Clark has been working to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and climate impact from our supply chain. Sustainable transportation solutions such as this project serve to reduce empty miles and emissions, and at the same time, help us to achieve our global sustainability goals for energy and climate.”
CHEP helps move more goods to more people, in more places than any other organisation on earth. Its pallets, crates and containers form the invisible backbone of the global supply chain and the world’s biggest brands trust CHEP to help them transport their goods more efficiently, sustainably and safely. As pioneers of the sharing economy, CHEP created one of the world's most sustainable logistics businesses through the share and reuse of its platforms under a model known as ‘pooling’. CHEP primarily serves the fast-moving consumer goods (e.g. dry food, grocery, and health and personal care), fresh produce, beverage, retail and general manufacturing industries. CHEP employs approximately 11,000 people and we believe in the power of collective intelligence through diversity, inclusion and teamwork. CHEP owns approximately 330 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centres, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points for global brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco and Nestlé. CHEP is part of the Brambles Group and operates in approximately 60 countries with its largest operations in North America and Western Europe. For more information on CHEP, visit www.chep.com. For information on the Brambles Group, visit www.brambles.com.
Kimberly-Clark and its trusted brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Its portfolio of brands, including Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Viva and WypAll, hold the No. 1 or No. 2 share position in 80 countries. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the company's 147-year history of innovation, visit kimberly-clark.com.
About SmartWay Logistics
SmartWay Logistics, the 4PL brand of Van der Wal, is an innovative supplier of transport management services driven by the latest IT technologies. With its ‘smart’ or sustainable solutions (road, rail, air or sea transport), transport costs are reduced, and service levels are increased. As a neutral party, it works with a large network of qualified transporters. Together with its customers, it creates benefits in the supply chain by preventing inefficiencies, lower transport costs and higher service levels.
About Van der Wal
Van der Wal is a logistics service provider with offices in The Netherlands, England, Poland, Romania, Russia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan. It is their mission to find the best possible logistics solution, for both their customers and the environment. Van der Wal offers transport, flexible storage space and logistical optimization and is therefore active as a transporter (2PL) and freight forwarder (3PL). With its 4PL brand SmartWay Logistics, Van der Wal takes over and optimizes the complete management of its clients logistics transport activities.