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About our LPR pallets

Would you like to use LPR's red pallets for your supply chain? All the answers to your questions can be found here.

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What type of materials do you use to build your pallets?

We have acquired PEFC certification and have therefore implemented a rigorous chain of custody to ensure that the wood for our wooden pallets comes from forests that are managed ‘sustainably’. By choosing a high quality timber, pallet durability is improved and sections of components parts can be optimized to meet source reduction and loading capacity requirements. In addition, nails design and a nailing plan are selected to obtain efficient performance and thus limit pallet damage during its lifetime. Nails (non-alloy steel) comply with relevant European regulations. Our plastics pallets are made from virgin polypropylene and recycled polyproprylene.

Is it safe for the integrity of my products to reuse pallets that have already been used before?

Our pallets are reserved strictly for the FMCG sector, in order to avoid any risk of contamination. LPR’s pallets components, when applicable, are selected and controlled to be safe for use within the food and drinks manufacturing and distribution industry. Nevertheless, the pallet is a tertiary packaging. By definition it is not intended to come into direct contact with goods (in particular unpacked foodstuffs) and does not have conditions to preserve products as applicable to primary or secondary packaging. In addition, to guarantee customers a constant supply of quality standards, pallets are sorted out after each rotation, inspected and repaired when required (timber, spare parts from agreed LPR sawmills and suppliers) by LPR Service Centers according to LPR technical specifications.

Is the red color safe for the integrity of my products ?

The red colour results from a water-based red paint applied on all sides of the palette. To ensure paint quality, LPR authorises the purchase of paint from its service providers and manufacturers only from approved suppliers and on specific product references. Moreover the paint has been selected to be safe for use within the food and drinks industry.

Are your pallets compatible with my production line?

We offer standardized pallets compatible with most food & drink manufacturing and distribution. Our pallets are suitable for all types of production lines and handling equipment. They are also fully compatible with all automated systems.

Are your pallets IPSM15 compliant?

Upon request, LPR can deliver pallets treated in compliance with the ISPM15 and the related laws applicable in the country of delivery. Only the pallets delivered as treated by LPR to the user are guaranteed as compliant with ISPM15 and related laws of the country of delivery, at the time of delivery.

Are your pallets accepted by all retailers in Europe?

Our pallets are accepted by all the main retailers in Europe.

What types of pallet do you have?

Our range of pallets is made up of wooden and plastic pallets. Our handling pallets include all formats commonly used in the FMCG sector : PR080 80x120 ; UK100 100x120, but also half-pallets 60x100 DP610 and Dusseldorf pallets 60x80. We also propose a display pallet called RQP46 (40x60) suited for in-store display building.

What is the advantage of wood over plastic?

We chose to use wooden pallets because wood is a more robust material and also easier to repair. Moreover, the circularity of resources is central to our approach: wooden pallets have a positive end-of-life and can be recycled when they are no longer repairable. We also make sure that we only use wood from sustainably managed forests.

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About LPR

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What do you do?

We offer European food manufacturers a pallet rental and management service.

Where are you based?

We can be found in Europe. We have subsidiaries in 10 European countries (France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, UK, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Romania) and we are able to deliver and collect throughout Europe.

What certifications do you have?

We are PEFC, Ecovadis and ISO 9001 v.2015 certified for our Portuguese and Dutch subsidiaries.

How can I apply for a job with you?

You can submit an application in response to one of our job vacancies via the dedicated page or send us your CV and covering letter.

What other services do you offer?

With LPR, you have access to a personalised customer portal which is a clear, intuitive and comprehensive account management tool. On the portal, you will find information about our pallets, how to place an order as well as easily locate your invoices.

What makes LPR stand out from other pallet poolers?

Our transparency. We are transparent about the costs involved in your logistics operation!

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Working with LPR

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Who makes and repairs your pallets?

We subcontract the manufacturing and repair of our pallets to trusted service providers and suppliers who work to our strict specifications. 134 service centres in Europe handle the sorting, inspection and repair of our pallets and we have approved manufacturers throughout the continent.

How do you control the quality of your pallets?

We have teams located across Europe who manage the quality processes with our suppliers and service providers. This process is very thorough and allows us to guarantee the quality of our pallets throughout their life cycle.

How do I order pallets?

If you would like to order pallets for the first time, you should contact your local LPR team either via the website or by telephone. If you are already a customer, you can use your MyLPR web portal and place your order. You can then use MyLPR to follow its progress.

Do I have a minimum delay to order pallets?

Pallets can be delivered the day after you have ordered them.

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About MyLPR

Do you have questions about our MyLPR web portal or its features?

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What is MyLPR?

MyLPR is the LPR customer online portal, accessible 24/7.

Can I order pallets using MyLPR?

Yes, you can order your pallets via the MyLPR web portal.

What information do I have access to via MyLPR?

You can manage all your LPR pallet activities using the portal, including ordering your pallets, tracking your stocks, viewing and downloading your invoices and accessing your reports.

How is my data processed on MyLPR?

You data is processed in accordance with current regulations established by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Your data is processed securely with LPR.

Is MyLPR a paid add-on service?

There is no additional fee for using MyLPR. It is a service included in our pallet rental and management services.

How do I access MyLPR?

Once you are a customer, you will receive your login details to connect to the platform. If you still do not have your access, you can contact your account manager.

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Sustainable development at LPR

Do you have questions about our vision of a sustainable supply chain? Find all the answers to popular questions in this FAQ.

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What is circular economy at LPR?

The concept of circularity is at the heart of all our activity. It is at the centre of our business model and we aim to further maximise this circularity. By sharing the benefits of returnable packaging, we are supporting our customers in reducing their carbon footprint, and in this way we are also encouraging the transition towards a circular economy.

How do you reduce your carbon footprint?

We aim to reduce our impact on the environment by managing truck capacity, working with local suppliers, using the same carrier for inbound and outbound shipments from factories, and using alternative transport such as rail, and other initiatives. In addition, we aim to compensate 5% of our carbon footprint per year through reforestation.

What is the average lifespan of your pallets?

Our pallets have a lifespan of at least five years, and we monitor them until their end-of-life.

What do you do when a pallet is not usable any longer?

Pallets that are no longer repairable are recycled.

How many tons of CO² can I save by switching from exchange pallets to LPR pallets?

Your impact on the environment can be reduced when you switch from one-way pallets to reusable pallets. You can use our Environmental impact reduction simulator to estimate your saving.

Is the wood used for your pallet certified?

We have acquired PEFC certification and have therefore implemented a rigorous chain of custody to ensure that the wood for our wooden pallets comes from forests that are managed ‘sustainably’.

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Research and development at LPR

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Is it possible to track pallets in real time?

Thanks to Shippeo, it is possible to track loads in real time. Managing your flows has never been so easy!

Do you plan to trace your pallets? How?

By combining Shippeo's GPS service and IoT technologies, your logistics tracking will take on a new dimension. Tracing in real time and on the device of your choice.

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About Covid-19

Do you have a question about the impact of COVID-19 on our business? Find all our answers in this FAQ.

Is the sanitary crisis impacting LPR's capacity to deliver pallets?

Despite the sanitary crisis across Europe, LPR has continued to operate its full service offering. The hard work and flexibility of our teams, as well as the close collaboration with our partners, have enabled us to ensure all our deliveries were made – even while demand was at its peak. However, due to the second wave of the virus and legislative measures adopted (or to be adopted), some services we provide to you could potentially be impacted (either delayed or prevented). We would like to reassure both our customers and partners that they will be informed ahead of time, should such a situation occur.

Is there any impact on the international transportation of pallets and goods?

Until now, the transportation of pallets and goods between countries within the EU has been continuously maintained. Longer delays in crossing borders may be seen, depending upon the controls implemented by each Member State. In the event of border closures, we will adjust our logistics solutions and utilise the flexibility of our networks at national level. This is included within our Business Continuity Plan.

What measures have been undertaken by LPR?

We have implemented a number of strategies since the beginning of the sanitary crisis in Europe, which includes: • Organising an internal task force, holding regular meetings to follow the evolution of the situation in each country where we operate, able to make rapid decisions when required. • Updating our Business Continuity Plan. • Providing specific health and safety guidance to employees and to our partners (service centres, pallet manufacturers and carriers) based on the guidelines of the local authorities of each country where we operate and from the World Health Organisation (WHO). • Restricting business travel to only necessary journeys, particularly in respect of international travel. • Implementing flexible remote working to limit the number of employees present in the office and to be able to close offices when necessary. • Providing all LPR employees with mobile equipment allowing the move to remote working with fully secure IT tools. • Organising telephone line transfers so that contact numbers remain unchanged for customers and business partners when employees are working remotely.

Does LPR have a Business Continuity Plan?

Yes, we developed a Business Continuity Plan for all our European subsidiaries. Among other aspects, this plan relies on: • The flexibility of our Service Centre network located across Europe, allowing relocation of pallets and activities to the most appropriate Centre. • The remote accessibility of all our IT systems and equipment, allowing employees to connect safely when remote working. Our Business Continuity Plan is available to our customers upon request.

What measures are being taken to mitigate the risk of drivers spreading the virus?

We have ensured that our transport suppliers follow the recommendations and directives expressed by the government authorities and apply good practices such as: • Carefully following the health and safety instructions of each site where our pallets are loaded/unloaded. • Not have been in contact with an infected person or have travelled to infected areas in the previous two weeks. • Should be healthy. Have no cough, or cold. And most importantly they should not have a fever. • Keep to good “coughing etiquette” (for example, they should sneeze or cough into a tissue, and throw the tissue away) or, if this is not possible, into a flexed elbow. • Interactions between the drivers and the employees of the sites to be limited as much as possible. In any event, drivers should keep to the required distance from the site’s employees (min. 1.5 meters where possible) and not shake hands. • If the driver needs to use site facilities, they should disinfect their hands with an alcohol-based sanitizer or wash their hands carefully with soap and water.

What measures have LPR implemented to avoid risk of contamination among LPR employees?

All our employees have received specific instructions based on the guidelines received from the local authority of each LPR operational country and from the World Health Organisation (WHO). All customer facing LPR staff are provided with homologated disposable masks and hand sanitising solution. In addition, all employees visiting customer and business partner sites have been requested to follow the specific procedures of each site. The instructions and equipment provided are continuously reviewed and adapted according to the evolving situation in each country where we operate. Any employee that has been in contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19 is requested to stay home for the quarantine period defined by each country in which we operate. Any employee that is concerned regarding their health or showing symptoms (including cough, cold, fever etc…) is requested to remain at home, consult a doctor and, if necessary, pass a COVID test.

What is the likelihood of transmitting COVID-19 via LPR pallets?

There is no evidence to date that viruses that cause respiratory illnesses may be transmitted via pallets or any other food packaging. The World Health Organisation (WHO): “Coronaviruses need a live animal or human host to multiply and survive and cannot multiply on the surface of food packages.” (Q&A: Food Safety and Nutrition related to COVID-19 on 14 August 2020) “It is highly unlikely that people can contract COVID-19 from food or food packaging. COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and the primary transmission route is through person-to-person contact and through direct contact with respiratory droplets generated when an infected person coughs or sneezes.” (COVID-19 and food safety: guidance for food businesses on 7 April 2020)

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About Brexit and ISPM15

LPR - La Palette Rouge answers your questions about the impact of Brexit on our UK activity.

What is the impact of Brexit on wooden pallets?

Unless further developments occur, it will be a legal requirement from the 1st of January 2021 for all wood packaging material moving in both directions, between the United Kingdom (UK) and the European Union (EU), to be treated and marked in compliance with the International Standard For Phytosanitary Measures No 15 (ISPM15 – see also Q2 for more details on ISPM15). ISPM15 treatment is not required for UK domestic flows and for pallets moving within the EU (except in a few territories, see Q9).

What are the International Standards For Phytosanitary Measures No. 15 (ISPM15)?

The ISPM15 standard provides for the regulation of wood packaging material in international trade. Its purpose is to prevent the spread of disease and insects that could negatively affect plants or ecosystems between different geographical areas. ISPM15 was issued by the Secretariat of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and must be adopted by the Contracting Parties of the IPPC in their domestic regulations. The European Union as well as the UK are Contracting Parties to the IPPC, and as such, require that the wood packaging materials imported into their territory comply with ISPM15. Wood packaging materials must fulfil the following requirements in order to comply with ISPM15: • They must be subject to one or more of the approved treatments set out in Annex 1 of ISPM15; • They must be marked as outlined in Annex 2 of ISPM15 attesting that they have been subject to the required treatments.

How will LPR support its customers with regards to Brexit?

LPR has prepared for the impacts of Brexit with its partners, to be able to respond to the additional needs of its customers, both in terms of volumes and the specificities of pallets complying with ISPM15. LPR has increased the heat-treatment capacities in its partners’ network and has put in place specific procedures, as well as logistical measures, to ensure proper treatment, marking, sorting and stock management . Customers are nevertheless strongly advised to anticipate the forthcoming legal change by sharing their forecasts with LPR as soon as possible, to allow LPR to secure the heat-treatment capacity and ensure delivery of ISPM15-compliant pallets to fulfil their requirements.

How do I order TREATED pallets complying with ISPM15?

Pallets complying with ISPM15 can be ordered by selecting the option “TREATED” or “TRT” in MyLPR. If the item “TREATED” or “TRT” is not available on MyLPR, please inform your usual LPR contact. It may be that your contract with LPR does not currently include this additional service, and a revision may need to be made.

Will I receive a certification of compliance for my LPR pallets with ISPM15 upon delivery?

No certificate or similar documentation is required. The IPPC mark applied on the pallet is the proof that the internationally accepted phytosanitary measures have been applied (see Q2 for more details). As stated in the ISPM15, the application of this mark makes the use of a phytosanitary certificate unnecessary. The delivery note of LPR will indicate that the pallets delivered are “TREATED” or “TRT”.

What do the ISPM 15 marks (also called IPPC mark) look like?

There are different variants authorised for the marks indicating that wood packaging material has been subjected to an approved phytosanitary treatment in accordance with ISPM 15. The size, position, font types and marking technics (fire-marking, ink, paint) may vary. To be valid the marks must comprise the IPPC symbol, a country code, a producer/treatment provider code and a treatment code (HT for heat treatment). Additional codes and information may appear adjacent to but outside of the border of the mark. In some cases, marks from different operators may appear on a single pallet.

Why is there an additional cost to order ISPM15 TREATED pallets?

The TREATED pallets complying with ISPM15 are subject to specific procedures and logistical measures of heat-treatment, marking, sorting and stock management. The TREATED pallets must be heat-treated by an operator duly authorised by the national authorities. Pallets are heated to a minimum temperature of 56 °C for a minimum duration of 30 continuous minutes. This must be achieved throughout the entire profile and the core of the wood. This process is both time and energy consuming. The additional cost for TREATED pallets can be provided by your usual LPR sales contact.

What are the consequences of using non-compliant pallets?

Control plans and consequences in case of non-compliant imported wood packaging material are mainly framed in each national law and/or decided by local authorities. Possible consequences may include denial of entry of the entire shipment, destruction of the pallet and/or the merchandise being carried.

Who is responsible for the compliance of the pallets with ISPM15?

LPR guarantees that the pallets it delivers as “TREATED” are compliant with ISPM15 and the applicable laws of the country of delivery. Once delivered, customers, and more broadly, the users of the pallets, are fully responsible and liable for the proper use of these pallets. It is nevertheless the sole responsibility of the user of a pallet to ensure that it is adequately informed of the applicable phytosanitary laws and regulations. Consequently, customers need to be aware of the ISPM15 legal requirements applicable to their own flows of goods, and to request from LPR “TREATED” pallets where required. Please be aware that apart from the flows between the EU and the UK, other destinations may require pallets complying with ISPM15 (see Q9 for more details).

Which other geographical areas require ISPM15?

1) EU Territories: ISPM15 treatment is not required for pallets moving within the EU, except for some specific territories: Some EU territories are considered as “demarcated areas” due to the presence of pine wood nematode (after Decision 2012/535/EU), in particular Portugal and the island of Madeira. Pallets originating in these areas must be treated and marked in compliance with ISPM15. For the purpose of phytosanitary regulation (in particular Regulation (EU) 2016/2031), some territories of the EU are considered as third countries such as: Ceuta, Melilla, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Réunion, Saint-Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, and the Canary Islands. Any pallets sent from these territories to another area within the EU must be treated and marked in compliance with ISPM15. According to Spanish law (Orden APA/1076/2018), all pallets imported into and exported from the Canary Islands (either loaded or empty) must be treated and officially marked in line with ISPM15.

2) Countries outside the EU: requirements for the phytosanitary regulations applicable in the country of destination of the pallets should be checked by the pallet user on a case by case basis. It should be noted that most of the countries having signed the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) require wood packaging material imported into their territory be compliant with ISPM15.

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