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Pallet pooling system saves Aviko 785.529 m3 of wood

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Core Tip: Aviko and CHEP Benelux recently formed a partnership.
Aviko and CHEP Benelux recently formed a partnership. This Dutch potato producer and the logistics packaging provider for the supply chain will work together to distribute potato products on the typical blue CHEP pallets throughout Europe. The deal will have a significant impact on the environment.
Aviko will participate in CHEP's worldwide circular pallet pooling system. This means Aviko will save no less than 785.529 m3 of wood and reduce their CO2 levels by 889 tons. “We were also surprised by these ISO-analysis numbers. By using this new, integrated approach in our supply chain, we are making a real difference", says Frank Scholten, Transport Manager at Aviko.
Aviko, which is based in the Netherlands, is a European market leader. It is also one of the four largest potato processing companies in the world. The company processes and transports more than 1,6 million tons of potatoes to more than 110 countries every year. Efficient, high-quality supply chain management is, therefore, an indispensable factor if the business is to continue growing.
By switching to a uniform, circular pallet pooling system (sharing and re-using pallets), Aviko can organize transport from its six production sites in four countries much more efficiently. In this integrated approach, the planning of existing transportation methods was scrutinized and optimized by CHEP. This approach, in combination with the standardization of the pallets throughout the supply chain, is beneficial for the company.

Frank Scholten, Transport Manager, Aviko
Aviko is saving 889 tons of CO2. This equates to the same amount pushed out by 10.000 trucks driving the Antwerp-Rotterdam route.
"Thanks to the standardization, pallets can now easily be processed in Aviko's warehouses. The pallets are also of better quality, and this quality is monitored. Besides the time saved in handling and administration, this new partnership also has a big, positive impact on mobility and the environment:
- Switching from disposable wooden pallets to CHEP's circular pooling system means a saving a 785.529 m3 of wood per lifecycle. This is more than half a million trees. (-242%).
- Returning transport is no longer needed for used pallets. Aviko, therefore, uses 889 tons less CO2. This is the equivalent of the amount of CO2 pushed out by 10.000 trucks on Antwerp-Rotterdam route. (-46%). 
- These numbers are the result of a lifecycle analysis comparing exchanging and pooling pallets for the total pallet volume that Aviko uses for its activities. 
During the next phase, further research will be into Aviko's different transportation methods. This has to lead to transportation collaborations with other companies to avoid empty transports, as far as possible.“CHEP want to make all its clients' supply chains more sustainable and more efficient. Through our in-depth data analyses and our global network, we have the power to realize both these goals", says Yoni Van der Veken, Country General Manager of CHEP Benelux.
Aviko's Frank Scholten is delighted with this new partnership. "In 2014, we got our first Lean & Green Award", he says. "We received this because we are deliberately looking for ways to make our logistics less taxing on the environment. The collaboration with CHEP fits in perfectly with our vision. This also increases the quality and uniformity of our service to our clients. Now, we are going to go one step further. We are looking for real transport partnerships with other producers and transportation companies. We believe that this is the way to address the global mobility, together."

Source: CHEP
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