LPR Expands Depot Network in Belgium to Cut Mileage and Costs

Pallet pooling specialist LPR is expanding its network in Belgium with two extra depots in Halle and Sint-Katelijne-Waver enabling LPR to offer a new service to its customers. Branded as its Ex-retail service, it affords customers the opportunity to pick up pallets that have already been sorted at the two convenient locations. The new service addresses customer interest in cutting cost and kilometers.

Until recently in Belgium, LPR worked solely from its Ninove depot, where its red pallets are sorted, repaired and delivered to customers. The two new depots are located close to major retailer distribution centres. Since customers deliver their products to these distribution centres on LPR pallets, LPR says that it is a logical step to set up the depots there. LPR employees collect the empty pallets and perform a quality check. Customers who are using the Ex-retail service now pick up quality inspected pallets directly at the two new locations.

Substantial reduction in shipping costs

The new Ex-retail service offers a considerable reduction in shipping costs, which is in keeping with LPR’s sustainable policymaking and that of its customers. Says Dirk Vercammen, General Manager of LPR Benelux: “With innovative services like these, we are responding to our customers’ wishes. Listening to the customer and helping to devise clever supply chain solutions is part of the core values of our company. We expect the number of pallet movements to increase with this new service”.

Extensive network

LPR reports that its popularity with customers is enhanced through the transparency of its services, its simple invoicing system and its detailed customer reports. Moreover, it notes, customers can count on an extensive network throughout Europe. The company collects pallets in twelve countries in more than eighty local depots. Euro Pool System and LPR are continuously expanding their joint network. This cooperation enables both companies to work more customer oriented.

LPR – La Palette Rouge, a Division of Euro Pool System, is a pallet-pooling company for suppliers and retailers in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. LPR – La Palette Rouge Group operates throughout Europe, providing a full pallet service to its customers and their retail partners. It handles more than 45 million pallet movements a year across Europe, with turnover in excess of 117 million Euros.

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