Gerber Juice Company has devised an environmentally friendly and novel way of reducing transport costs.
The partnership has resulted in the following savings and improvements for both businesses: the removal of 330,000 UK road miles plus an additional 40 road journeys annually from the UK to Europe and back, to sort and repair pallet equipment; the elimination of 763 tonnes of Co2 produced by road haulage saving 200,000 litres of diesel; the creation of 10 new jobs in the Somerset area and sufficient capacity to allow additional repaired pallets to be supplied to other local manufacturers saving them thousands of road miles.
Gerber's repair facility has also been shortlisted for an innovation award at the Somerset Business Awards 2012, now in their eighth year. Finalists will be announced at an awards ceremony later this month.
Alan Armstead, logistics manager for Gerber Juice Company said: "We are delighted to be short-listed for the award. Our on-site repair centre provides a sustainable way of reducing costs and environmental impact, across the supply chain.
"Our objective was to create a long term environmentally friendly and commercially viable solution to pallet sortation and repair in the South West.
By Lisa Jenkins
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