The European pallet-pooling specialist, LPR- La Palette Rouge, a division of the Euro Pool Group, continues its policy of optimizing its European network of Service Centers by strengthening its operational reach in the United Kingdom.
LPR has announced a significant restructuring of its UK pallet inspection and repair operations through a new partnership with James Jones & Sons (Pallets & Packaging) Ltd. The relationship will allow LPR to continue to deliver the highest quality service to its customers.
The contract sees James Jones & Sons provide a full pallet inspection and repair service for LPR from their Golborne site, as well as taking on responsibility for the management of LPR operations at Castleford and Stretton.
“Entering into a partnership with a timber pallet and manufacturing specialist as trusted and reliable as James Jones & Sons has really helped LPR further improve the service offering we provide to our customer base,” commented Adrian Fleming Regional Director of LPR UK and Ireland. “The relationship has got off to a fantastic start with the successful changeovers at Golborne, Castleford and Stretton and we’re looking forward to building on this moving forward.”
“We are delighted to have been awarded this long-term business by LPR with whom we have a long-standing partnership as a supplier of timber, new pallets and pallet inspection and repair services,” stated Gil Covey, Executive Chairman of James Jones & Sons.
“We have in recent years developed our expertise in the area of high-quality pallet inspections and repairs to the closed loop pallet pools. We supply all the pools who operate in the UK and who value our experience and knowledge in this specialized field. We recognize the critical importance of these operations to the pools whose core business is to provide clients with high-quality pallets as efficiently as possible. We are already seeing major improvements since we assumed control of this business and this will be highly beneficial in terms of productivity and pallet quality.
“We have invested heavily in machinery and trained labor to develop this business which fits extremely well with our sawmilling and new pallet manufacture. We look forward to further developing our business relationship with LPR.”
With this new partnership, LPR now covers all its needs, which means improved logistics systems as well as reduced CO2 emissions by being closer to its customers, thus providing them with substantial savings while at the same time fulfilling the commitments of its environmental policy, announced several years ago. LPR is increasing its storage capacity and confirms its wide geographical coverage.
As usual, these operational developments go hand in hand with a commitment to customers in terms of environmental and purchasing policy: PEFC certification, which LPR was the first pallet-pooling company to obtain in 2010, LPR stresses that all the wood used in its pallets comes from either certified or uncontroversial sources. The legality of wood products is an essential element of this chain of custody. It includes a risk assessment to ensure that the company’s products are not derived from illegal forestry activities, and it is a core subject for the pallet pooling specialist. Providing Green Logistics Solutions to all the stakeholders is definitely a point of attention for LPR.