Agrolimen, a Spanish multinational holding company which owns companies in the food, consumer goods, hygiene, restaurants and other sectors, demands service excellence and reliability from its vendors. CHEP has been supplying pallets to a number of Agrolimen businesses for years. The customer has also been sourcing pallets from other pallet poolers as well as white pallet exchange operators.
BUSINESS NEED – The group needed a pallet supplier that could offer geographic coverage throughout Europe to meet strategic business expansion plans in markets where CHEP was already operating. The Agrolimen companies also needed a supplier that could provide quality pallets when and where required, plus innovative solutions to help streamline its supply chains in order to optimise efficiency and costs.
SOLUTION – CHEP presented a pallet solution that delivers the quality and availability the customer needs, along with supply chain expertise and close collaboration to help Agrolimen companies streamline operations and reduce overall costs. Also, since sustainability is a key consideration, CHEP’s reputation as a supply chain “green leader” factored into the group’s decision to sign a new contract that doubles its volume of CHEP pallets over the next 3 years.
BENEFITS – The customer sees CHEP as an innovative company that can meet its pallet quality and availability needs, while helping it grow in new markets throughout Europe. CHEP’s years of supply chain experience can open up logistics synergies that help the customer streamline operations and reduce overall costs. CHEP can also help improve the Agrolimen companies’ sustainability position through solutions that reduce their environmental impact.
Spanish Multinational Holding Company Signs New Pallet Contract
CHEP, the world’s leading provider of pallet and container pooling solutions, is pleased to announce today that Agrolimen, a Spanish multinational holding company based in Barcelona, has signed a three-year contract for CHEP pallets throughout Europe, supporting both companies’ sustainability goals. Under the new agreement, Agrolimen will double its use of CHEP’s services, replacing a combination of white-wood exchange pallets and other pallet pooling services provided by CHEP competitors.
Agrolimen operates mainly in the food, catering and pet care sectors. CHEP will supply pallets for domestic and international flows across Europe to the following Agrolimen companies: Affinity Petcare in Spain and France, weight-control specialist Bicentury in Spain, and prepared-foods producer Gallina Blanca Star in Spain and Holland.
Affinity Petcare Logistics Director, Andrés Sánchez, said: “Having built a partnership with CHEP over many years, we have been benefiting from their pooling model for some considerable time. Converting these extra flows to CHEP in France is going to simplify our ongoing pallet management processes. CHEP’s reliable delivery service, pallet availability, and ease of ordering pallets are also reasons for expanding business with CHEP.”
Another key factor in the decision to expand business with CHEP relates to sustainability and CHEP’s approach to helping its customers minimise their impact on the environment through innovative solutions. CHEP is implementing a Total Pallet Management (TPM) service at Affinity Petcare’s factory in La Chapelle, France, adding sustainability benefits and cost optimisation.
TPM is a service developed by CHEP which involves incorporating a pallet sorting, inspection and repair plant at or close to a customer site. TPM ensures that good pallets are reintroduced to the supply chain without delay, eliminating the need to transport empty pallets to a CHEP service centre.
CHEP Vice President and Country General Manager for Iberia, David Cuenca, said: “We are very happy to expand business with these Agrolimen companies, and we look forward to growing with them in new markets throughout Europe. We know that these customers are able to select from other suppliers for pallets. We thank them for choosing CHEP, and we are committed to maintaining the service level and quality that they have come to expect from us.”