Outsourced Equipment Pooling - the costs and complexities What are the dollars and cents arguments around outsourced pooling? Outsourced equipment pooling makes commercial sense. It can boost profitability, increase efficiency and help your business gain a competitive advantage with: Increased revenue potential Goods are efficiently stored and moved through the supply chain to marketProducts are protected in transit to help achieve best price at marketCHEP's larger stock of equipment reduces the chance of running out when neededThe availability, accessibility and scalability of platform supply helps support business growth Reduced capital expenditure and costs No capital outlay needed for equipment or maintenance systemsYou only pay for what you usePlatforms are available on-demand and fit for purposeA transfer system helps reduce storage, handling and lossTransactional ease is increased through transferability of widely accepted standard equipmentUse as much or as little equipment as needed as business cycles changeR&D investment in materials handling equipment is outsourced Reduced risk Reduced risk of cost blowouts associated with the repair, off peak storage or replacement of equipmentAll CHEP materials handling equipment is designed to help lower occupational health and safety riskCHEP container conditioning processes can lower HACCP riskReduced risk of production downtime through certainty of supplyNo obsolete equipment left on your balance sheet Reduced environmental impact Reduced need for one-way packaging such as cardboard and StyrofoamReduced amount of waste directed to landfillNew designs such as collapsible and folding containers mean more empty containers can be carried in fewer trips, which uses fewer transport vehiclesConsolidating relocation into fewer trips and having service centres closer to customers reduces the need for heavy vehicle movements and reduces CO2 emissions In-house equipment pools - does it make sense? Running an equipment pool for complex supply chain movements is a complicated process requiring facilities, labour, supervision, regulatory compliance and the physical materials for the pool. The key stages of the supply chain process are: Receiving Unload truckCount returned equipmentRecord returned equipment Conditioning Assess quality of returned equipmentSort into major and minor repairsRepairPaint / wash to ensure well presentedStack ready for issue Dispatching Receive orderLoad truckDispatch Inventory management Carry out stock takeCheck orders for next day to make sure enough stock will be availableRelocate extraneous stock to a service centre that needs it (load truck, record, etc)Order in/ relocate stock to make sure enough on hand to manage demand over the next few days Not to mention Manage the labour relations required to get this all done, everyday Running an in-house equipment pool takes time away from your core business. CHEP takes the stress out of running your own pool so you can focus on your business rather storing and managing pallets and containers. The CHEP solution ensures you always have quality equipment ready when you need it.