Since LPR, the UK division of Europes second largest pallet pooling provider, began to manage the pallet pool for Nestlé, it has successfully reduced production line stoppages and manufacturing downtime. Some of the popular brands transported on LPRs instantly recognisable red pallets include Shreddies, Cheerios, Purina pet food, Nescafé and Nestlé Pure Life spring water.
Adrian Fleming, regional director of LPR UK and Ireland, said it had worked closely with Nestlé to ensure its specific needs were met.
He commented: We were extremely pleased when, after successfully operating the pallet service for Purina Aintree for seven years and previously working with Cereal Partners, we were asked to take on the entire UK product stream 12 months ago.
As an FCMG specialist, weve been able to provide the best pallets for Nestlés product range and have also advised it on every aspect of the logistics journey to improve efficiencies.
The proof is in the pudding and its testament to the unrivalled customer service we provide that our first year has been such a success. We are looking forward to continuing to work together over the next 12 months to further improve efficiencies.
Dave Thompson, head of supply chain at Nestlé, added: Weve been extremely impressed with the professionalism and the level of service provision we have received from LPR in the first year. The customer service team goes out of its way to ensure that our requirements are met and the combination of the one-way trip service and improvements to the quality of pallets used for transportation and storage of Nestlés goods has meant we can focus on other key areas of our business. Ive no doubt that our relationship will go from strength to strength as we continue our partnership.
Continued expansion saw LPR move its UK and Ireland headquarters to a new base in Studley, Warwickshire, last year. In February 2016, the Ireland team opened two new bases in Dublin and Galway. LPRs pro-active programme of growth has also seen the company make strategic new appointments to boost its market share and the organisation now has more than 40 personnel in the UK and Ireland.