The sustainable hygiene solutions company saves 113.8 tonnes of CO2 and 141,000 kilometres annually by sharing trucks with the pallet pooling leader
Weybridge, UK, 18 January 2022 - CHEP, the supply chain solutions company and pallet pooling leader, has demonstrated its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by offering collaborative transport routes with the personal and professional hygiene solutions company, WEPA.
The project is part of CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions, a logistics optimisation programme that combines the company’s unique visibility over millions of movements of its pallets with the power of Big Data technologies to identify synergies and opportunities to share transport both between customers and with CHEP. The programme has been running for seven years and involves more than 240 of CHEP’s customers in Europe. WEPA’s incorporation to CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions started in 2014 in Italy, becoming one of CHEP’s first clients to benefit from this programme.
WEPA and CHEP share a total of 12 collaborating lanes in four countries: Poland, France, Germany and Italy. Both partners work together to share trucks (i.e combining delivery and collection of CHEP pallets with the deliveries of WEPA’s products) to optimise the roundtrips and diminish the empty miles. These collaborative lanes have resulted in annual savings of 113.8 tonnes of CO2 and 141,000 kilometres.
Sebastian Schulte, Head of Supply Chain at WEPA, says: "Being part of this project represents an exciting step towards logistic collaboration for our business. Sustainable development has been and continues to be a priority in all our decisions, so it’s great to see that a logistics partner like CHEP shares the same values and strives to make improvements happen.”
WEPA’s partnership with CHEP dates back to 2006 when CHEP’s Euro pallets (1200 x 800) were incorporated in WEPA’s operations in Germany. Over the years, the partnership between the two companies has extended to Italy, Poland, France and UK. The use of CHEP’s reusable and intrinsically sustainable pallets have also helped the company reduce its environmental footprint.
Peter Adamczyk, Director European Key Accounts at CHEP, commented: “Developing a culture of collaboration with FMCG companies like WEPA is key in a world challenged by ever-growing demand and the imperative to reduce our environmental footprint, which has never been so strong.”
CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions are part of its Zero Waste World Programme (ZWW), a working collaboration that brings together leading retailers and manufacturers to create smarter and more sustainable supply chains. Besides eradicating empty transport miles, ZWW also focuses on eliminating physical waste and cutting out supply chain inefficiencies through digitalisation.
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 12,000 people and believes in the power of collective intelligence through diversity, inclusion and teamwork. CHEP owns approximately 345 million pallets, crates and containers through a network of more than 750 service centres, supporting more than 500,000 customer touchpoints 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.
The WEPA Group is a future-oriented European family business specialising in the production and distribution of sustainable hygiene paper. WEPA offers sustainable and innovative hygiene solutions that provide a safe feeling of hygiene and contribute daily to the well-being of millions of people. With 4,000 employees, the WEPA Group manufactures hygiene products such as toilet paper, paper towels, tissues and napkins at 13 European sites. WEPA is among the three largest European manufacturers and leading the market in the production of hygiene paper from recycled fibre. Its annual turnover is roughly 1.3 billion euros. In the Consumer business area, WEPA is a private-label specialist for European retailers. The Professional business unit with the brands BlackSatino and Satino by WEPA stands for sustainable and professional hygiene solutions which are used, for instance, in public washrooms, the industry, offices or health care facilities. The WEPA Group has its registered office in Arnsberg, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany.