Roundup: LPR Makes Improvements at Its Weetabix Depot, PACT Registers Important RPC Win in Australia

LPR palletsLPR has made efforts to improve safety and efficiency in the UK at its Weetabix depot at Burton Latimer.  The second largest pallet rental provider in Europe has been working with Weetabix for seven years.

LPR uses standardized paint on all pallets across its network, providing better coverage, as well as a more vivid red. It is also water-based, which provides an environmentally sustainable outcome. As LPR pallets are all free from chemicals, they facilitate the safe transport of well-known brands such asWeetabix, Weetabix Minis, Alpen, Ready Brek, Weetos, Weetabix cereal bars, as well as the Weetabix On The Go drink.

Through efforts to formalize the process for the quality assurance program, including an increased frequency of internal checks at depots, LPR has improved overall pallet quality and decreased the number of returns.  By implementing more rigorous personal protective equipment (PPE) controls and emphasis on cleanliness, workforce safety has been improved.

Also noteworthy, over the last year, LPR has expanded its capacity at its onsite Weetabix depot to facilitate pallet delivery direct into plants, providing total flexibility to meet production schedules.

“Health and safety are at the heart of everything we do at Weetabix,” stated Catherine Lund, strategic sourcing manager, indirects, at Weetabix. “LPR has invested in its depot at our Burton Latimer site to ensure they can support and maintain the high levels of safety we expect from our suppliers while continuing to focus on pallet quality and service performance to Weetabix and our customers.”

“I’m delighted to be working with Weetabix and this year has solidified our commitment to providing excellent quality pallets and unrivalled customer service,” commented Adrian Fleming, regional director of LPR UK and Ireland.


Pact Takes Aim at RPC Market

Pact, the packaging company backed by billionaire Raphael Geminder, believes that a recent deal to supply RPCs to Woolworths may translate into an international business worth $500 million.

Geminder holds a 40 percent share in Pact Group Holdings. The company is escalating its material handling play to include pooling solutions and track and trace technology. It hopes to eventually become a $5 billion enterprise.

As part of the Woolworths deal, Pact will manufacture, own and operate a reusable crate system for the retailer. In support of the arrangement, wash facilities will be located in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and at a location near Perth.

Pact recently acquired the assets, brands and trademarks of the Fruit Case Company in New Zealand, which has about 45 percent of the New Zealand crate wash and pooling market.

PACT swingbar crate

PACT’s award winning swing bar crate

The new contract at Woolworths follows a recent industry award for designing a reusable swing bar meat crate for Coles. Washed and used 23 times annually, the container replaces corrugated cardboard. It is the first crate pool of its type in Australia, according to the report.

Source: The Australian