The sustainable hygiene solutions company saves 113.8 tonnes of CO2 and eliminates 141,000 empty kilometers annually by sharing trucks with the pallet pooling leader.
Weybridge, UK – – CHEP, the supply chain solutions company and pallet pooling leader, has demonstrated its commitment to reducing carbon emissions by offering collaborative transport routes with the personal and professional hygiene solutions company WEPA.
The project is part of CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions, a logistics optimization program that combines the company’s unique visibility over millions of movements of its pallets with the power of Big Data technologies to identify synergies and opportunities to share transport between customers and with CHEP. The program has been running for seven years and involves more than 240 of CHEP’s customers in Europe. WEPA’s incorporation to CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions started in 2014 in Italy, becoming one of CHEP’s first clients to benefit from this program.
WEPA and CHEP share 12 collaborating lanes in four countries: Poland, France, Germany, and Italy. Both partners work together to share trucks (i.e., combining delivery and collection of CHEP pallets with WEPA’s products) to optimize the roundtrips and diminish the empty miles. These collaborative lanes have resulted in annual savings of 113.8 tonnes of CO2 and 141,000 kilometers.
“Being part of this project represents an exciting step towards logistic collaboration for our business,” said Sebastian Schulte, Head of Supply Chain at WEPA development. “It has been and continues to be a priority in all our decisions, so it’s great to see that a logistics partner like CHEP shares the same values and strives to make improvements happen.”
WEPA’s partnership with CHEP dates back to 2006 when CHEP’s Euro pallets (1200 x 800) were incorporated in WEPA’s operations in Germany. Over the years, the partnership between the two companies has extended to Italy, Poland, France, and the UK. CHEP’s reusable and intrinsically sustainable pallets have also helped the company reduce its environmental footprint.
“Developing a culture of collaboration with FMCG companies like WEPA is key in a world challenged by ever-growing demand and the imperative to reduce our environmental footprint, which has never been so strong,” added Peter Adamczyk, Director European Key Accounts at CHEP.
CHEP’s Collaborative Transport Solutions are part of its Zero Waste World Programme (ZWW), a working collaboration that brings together leading retailers and manufacturers to create more intelligent and more sustainable supply chains. Besides eradicating empty transport miles, ZWW also focuses on eliminating bodily waste and cutting out supply chain inefficiencies through digitalization.