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  • 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 market
    • Products are protected in transit to help achieve best price at market
    • CHEP's larger stock of equipment reduces the chance of running out when needed
    • The availability, accessibility and scalability of platform supply helps support business growth

    Reduced capital expenditure and costs

    • No capital outlay needed for equipment or maintenance systems
    • You only pay for what you use
    • Platforms are available on-demand and fit for purpose
    • A transfer system helps reduce storage, handling and loss
    • Transactional ease is increased through transferability of widely accepted standard equipment
    • Use as much or as little equipment as needed as business cycles change
    • R&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 equipment
    • All CHEP materials handling equipment is designed to help lower occupational health and safety risk
    • CHEP container conditioning processes can lower HACCP risk
    • Reduced risk of production downtime through certainty of supply
    • No obsolete equipment left on your balance sheet

    Reduced environmental impact

    • Reduced need for one-way packaging such as cardboard and Styrofoam
    • Reduced amount of waste directed to landfill
    • New designs such as collapsible and folding containers mean more empty containers can be carried in fewer trips, which uses fewer transport vehicles
    • Consolidating 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 truck
    • Count returned equipment
    • Record returned equipment


    • Assess quality of returned equipment
    • Sort into major and minor repairs
    • Repair
    • Paint / wash to ensure well presented
    • Stack ready for issue


    • Receive order
    • Load truck
    • Dispatch

    Inventory management

    • Carry out stock take
    • Check orders for next day to make sure enough stock will be available
    • Relocate 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.