Modernising the construction industry’s supply chain
The move towards a pooled pallet system marks a significant step in the modernisation of Travis Perkins’ supply chain. Brian Huckle, Supply Chain Development Director at Travis Perkins, says, “Both Travis Perkins and CHEP are committed to finding new ways to work more efficiently, which will ultimately help to modernise the supply chain to a long-established industry.”
Travis Perkins always looks to its suppliers to help improve its sustainability. CHEP Managing Director, UK and Ireland, Rod Francis, says, “Until now, the construction sector has predominantly been served by high-cost, single-use white pallets, which ultimately end up in landfill.” CHEP’s pooling service, based on pallets that are reconditioned, reused and eventually recycled, has reduced Travis Perkins’ reliance on disposable white pallets.
A tailored, supportive service
CHEP and Travis Perkins agreed that CHEP would manage all pallet equipment throughout Travis Perkins’ supply chain. This includes CHEP’s own standard pallets, plus white pallets and bespoke pallets, under a tailored service. CHEP will provide onsite category managers at Travis Perkins’ primary distribution hubs to manage the partnership and support the change management process.
Standardisation for time and money savings
Having guaranteed pallet dimensions helps Travis Perkins move products through the warehouse and on to retailers much more easily. Also, instead of making manual adjustments to suit the individual size and quality of each pallet, working with CHEP gives Travis Perkins a more standard racking procedure, saving time and streamlining operations.
Standardisation is also safer. CHEP pallets are frequently tested and maintained at a high quality, and CHEP is proactive in its attitude to safety. And James Dinsdale, Travis Perkins’ Commercial and Supply Chain Director, points out another advantage: “Most significantly, this model is typically more economical for the supplier.”