When it comes to reusable pallets, ethics – or lack thereof, often come into play. Because these assets are often not tracked as rigorously as other inventory, they are subject to unauthorized use, theft, black market activity, bullying by powerful trading partners, as well as other inefficiencies resulting from inconsistent trade practices.
All of the above can result in painful loss of assets for companies that do not do an adequate job of managing their reusable assets, and overall price increases for all pool participants because of these inefficiencies. While the story linked to below is from Australia, make no mistake about it, the inefficiencies around pallet pooling cited above are by no means unique to that country. They take place in Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and elsewhere.
When pallets are illegally bought and sold, diverted for unauthorized use, or otherwise abused, not only specific companies can get burnt. All of the users in the system can end up absorbing the cost. John Stuart of Pallet Loss Prevention, a friend of www.packagingrevolution.net, has played a leading role in championing reform, tirelessly working towards standards for ethical behavior in the Australian pallet system. The article features comments by another Rev reader, Andrew Whittam, CEO of 2ic Software, as well as George Balis, Vice-President of Sales and Services for CHEP in Australia.
One of the best ways to eliminate abusive behavior is to effectively manage your assets and pooling relationships, maintains Whittam, whose company, 2ic Software, offers the inexpensive, easy to use, and well supported 2ic Pallets.
Read more at Pallet Loss Prevention.com