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CHEP declares support for struggling manufacturing and retail industry

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President of CHEP Australia and New Zealand, Phillip Austin, last night declared his company’s support for manufacturers and retailers, as they seek growth in a challenging economy, at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Highlands Senior Executive Forum.

"CHEP has long been a reliable and trusted partner of the food and grocery industry and, more than ever in this challenging economic climate, we are investing in ways CHEP can deliver real value that supports the growth of the food, beverage and grocery industry," said Austin.

"We are today working collaboratively with a number of AFGC members and their retailer customers, to develop new pools of reusable retail ready packaging that meet the needs of all stakeholders and increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the total supply chain."

"For example, among other equipment, we’re introducing a new modular pallet that delivers flexibility and choice in inventory, order quantity, and in-store operations, whilst seeking to provide a ’best fit’ with customers’ existing infrastructure, logistics and handling equipment," continued Austin.

"Beyond this, our support of the industry means we are investing in AFGC initiatives such as Highlands, and using our data to help the industry communicate its key role in the economy, and make more effective decisions, through the AFGC CHEP Retail Index."

The AFGC and CHEP launched its forward economic indicator at the 2011 Highlands Senior Executive Forum. The AFGC CHEP Retail Index predicts growth in retail trade turnover using transactional data based on pallet movements and is carving a niche in the landscape of economic data available.

Highlands Senior Executive Forum for CEOs and senior executives from the Australasian food, beverage and grocery manufacturing sector is being held at the Hyatt Regency Sanctuary Cove

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