Since February, the platform of ITM LAI, the food logistics subsidiary of Les Mousquetaires at Saint-Hilaire-les-Andrésis in the Loiret département (FRANCE), has been equipped with a sorting centre run by the European pallet-pooling specialist, LPR-La Palette Rouge. The aim is for pallets to be sorted on the spot in order to optimise flow rates and shorten travel distances.
Although LPR and the food logistics subsidiary of Les Mousquetaires have been working together for some time, their partnership will now take on a whole new dimension. In February this year, the pallet-pooling specialist LPR set up a sorting centre inside the 35,000 m2 of ITM LAI’s logistics hub at Saint-Hilaire-les-Andrésis (in the Loiret département). This is a first for La Palette Rouge in France, but not in Europe, because the company already has a dozen integrated centres like this one in Spain, Portugal and the Benelux countries.
This new centre is intended to enable ITM LAI to sort LPR pallets according to its own quality requirements. They will then be shipped directly by LPR to the Group’s suppliers, which deliver goods to Intermarché’s 2,200 points of sale in France.
To achieve this, LPR has given ITM LAI the means to be totally autonomous, because the centre is equipped with conveyors and a semi-automated sorting system, to help operators handle the pallets during inspections, and also an intranet enabling ITM LAI and LPR to display pallet availability in real time, and to schedule trucks to deliver them to its suppliers.
LPR has again demonstrated its customer focus and its ability to respond to their needs by proposing logistics solutions that optimise their supply chains. The ongoing assistance provided by LPR in setting up these new solutions positions the company as a genuine logistics partner and key player in the market.
“We decided to go ahead with this project because we have had a healthy and effective relationship with LPR for several years. By sorting the pallets ourselves, we reduce the need to transport them to and from LPR’s service centres, and thus also reduce our environmental footprint", explains Samuel BIDOLET, Director of Logistics Operations France for ITM LAI, adding that, if the project is successful, LPR sorting centres will be set up at other platforms.
About LPR-La Palette Rouge
LPR-La Palette Rouge, a Division of Euro Pool Group, is a pallet-pooling company for manufacturers and distributors in the fast-moving consumer goods sector. LPR operates throughout Europe, providing a full pallet service to its customers and their retail partners. The company manages more than 76 million pallet movements per year throughout Europe. www.lpr.eu
About Euro Pool Group
Euro Pool Group is the European leader in logistics services for returnable packaging in the fresh produce sector. Euro Pool Group is composed of two divisions, Euro Pool System (EPS) and La Palette Rouge (LPR). www.europoolgroup.com
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