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CHEP promotes sustainability

ORLANDO, FL – CHEP USA is positioning its pallet storage and inventory management programs as sustainability solutions for grower-shippers.

“We know costs keep going up,” says Jason Adlam, vice president of new business development, at PMA Fresh Summit. “We help our customers with these high-quality assets more than they could on their own.”

He says CHEP conducted case studies with Tanimura and Antle, Salinas, CA, and Melon 1, the watermelon shipper headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, but with more than 20 packinghouses and distribution centers in the U.S.

“We have sustainability metrics that any company can use,” Adlam says.

Melon 1 uses CHEP for pooled pallets, storage and immediate accessibility. In the case study, over the last 10 years, the company avoided 1.7 million pounds of solid waste going to landfills and reduced 1.3 million pounds of carbon emissions.

With Tanimura and Antle, CHEP also offers pallet storage and inventory management so that RPCs are available on short notice depending on crop conditions.

CHEP stores thousands of pallets near Tanimura and Antle’s growing areas in Yuma, Ariz., and Spreckles, CA, which can quickly be deployed to the fields during harvest.

In the study, Eric Wexler, vice president of supply chain management for Tanimura and Antle, says “We are committed to doing business in a responsible way that protects and preserves our natural resources. CHEP and IFCO are innovative and collaborative partners that help us deliver on our sustainability commitments.”

Adlam says these two examples show CHEP’s commitment to helping customers fulfill sustainability goals, in addition to other benefits of the inventory management program.

“This improves food waste by keeping product healthier,” he says.


Greg Johnson is Director of Media Development for Blue Book Services Inc.