Chep, Heinz and Samskip join forces

Chep and Samskip support Heinz by strengthening the logistics chain, with a focus on cost reductions and sustainability

Chep, Heinz and Samskip have reached a supply chain cooperation agreement that will maximise equipment utilisation and achieve joint objectives on efficient and sustainable transport. Chep handles all palletised cargoes shipped in containers from Heinz factories in England. The new arrangement integrates traffic flows from Elst in the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, creating a ‘smart link‘ to optimise equipment use. The cooperation is a result of the European pallet pool tender process recently undertaken by Heinz, which identified supply chain cooperation as a core requirement.

The new arrangement allows Samskip, Heinz and Chep jointly to manage the return of excess pallets within the Chep network in the United Kingdom directly to the Heinz factory in Elst. In line with joint objectives on sustainable transport, the route includes the ‘Lean and Green‘ barge project, connecting inland waterways between Rotterdam and Cuijk. Olivier Legendre, Country General Manager Chep Benelux: “We see this as a really good solution to further increase the supply chain’s sustainability”.

Over the past year, Heinz shipped over 4,500 containers by water from Cuijk to the Port of Rotterdam, with around the same number of mainly empty containers moving by barge to the factory. Tom Tillemans, European Head of Logistics Excellence at Heinz, says: “Through the cooperation with Chep and Samskip at least ten percent of the containers arriving at our factories will be filled with pallets. Following the discharge of these pallets, the containers will be loaded with finished products. Our partnership with Chep is making it possible to strengthen the logistics chain, with a focus on both cost reductions and sustainability”.

Quelle: LogEastics

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