The agreement aims to work with the company’s suppliers and extend the use of pallet pooling services
Riyadh (KSA) – CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, has announced that one of the leading supermarket chains in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Al Sadhan Group, operator of SPAR Saudi Arabia and Al Sadhan Trading, has signed a two-year full participating agreement with CHEP Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Al Sadhan Group will advocate for pallet pooling with its suppliers and vendors.
Al Sadhan Group is a private family-owned retailer that was established in 1952 in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. Prior to signing the agreement, the company collaborated with CHEP in a pilot program to demonstrate the advantages of pallet pooling vs. single-use pallets and other platforms.
CHEP’s business model is based on the circular economy concept of “share and reuse”. With the CHEP Pooling System, the customer rents the pallets they need. CHEP controls the entire administrative procedure, retrieval, and quality assurance of the pallets in a closed-loop system.
SPAR, which began a partnership with the Al Sadhan Group in 2016, also benefits from receiving productS on CHEP pallets which offer standard size, superior durability, and innovative design. Both SPAR and Al Sadhan Group receive CHEP pallets to their Distribution Centres (DC) and stores, resulting in easier handling and reduced risks that are inherent when using inferior-quality pallets.
Rakan Almarshad, Al Sadhan Group Procurement, and Contracts Manager, said: “We believe that officially making the switch to CHEP pallets gives us significant advantages over single-use pallets of non-standard sizes and quality that we receive from our suppliers,” he said.
“The benefits of receiving product on CHEP pallets include added value, quality and reduced product damage in the supply chain. Other advantages include faster receiving times, reduction in empty transit miles and the elimination of pallet repair costs,” he added.
The sustainability advantages of using reusable wooden CHEP pallets are also important to Al Sadhan Group. “CHEP’s business model of sharing, reusing, and recycling pallets helps us reduce our environmental impact, said Abdulaziz Al Sadhan, Group Supply Chain Manager. “The company expects to significantly reduce its CO2 emissions across its supply chain as a result of making the switch to CHEP.”
The CHEP pallet life cycle reduces both waste wood and the amount of wood used in pallet manufacture. A CHEP pallet lasts up to ten times longer than the single-use pallet equivalent, according to independent, peer-reviewed research. Empty pallets are collected and reconditioned at CHEP service centers before being returned to customers for reuse.
“Our customers appreciate our efforts to promote sustainability and to be a friend to the environment,” Al Sadhan added. “CHEP’s supply chain expertise and their standard pallets will help us reduce our carbon footprint and improve efficiency throughout our supply chain.”
“We have developed strong lines of trust and support to enable growth and future competitiveness, in addition to sustainability benefits,” stated Marco Salort Pons, CHEP MENA Director, Commercial. “We strive to build and maintain long-term relationships with our customers through collaboration to improve their supply chains, reduce overall supply chain costs and provide operational efficiencies.”
About Al Sadhan Group
Al Sadhan Trading is a leading Saudi Arabian retailer and supermarket operator, established in 1952 in Riyadh, the capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It is a unit of the Al Sadhan Group, which also operates SPAR Saudi Arabia stores plus 3 different companies in real estate, consulting, and education & maintenance & operations. The group has about 5,000 employees. For more information, visit http://www.al-sadhan.com.