Strong growth puts Baxter in healthy position.
According to Baxter Healthcare, Baxter’s business has grown strongly over the last 10 years.
So that has had a spin-off on the number of pallets it uses.
Baxter Healthcare established its manufacturing facilities at Toongabbie outside Sydney back in 1973, and also has had a strong presence in New Zealand for over 30 years.
Health care providers in both countries rely on Baxter products and services, and the company has invested more than $125 million in Australasian facilities.
Baxter was one of Loscam ’s first customers, and has been with the company for over 15 years. The health care company uses in excess of 600 wooden pallets a day at the Toongabbie site, and in addition, has customer facing warehouse and distribution operations in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
Baxter Healthcare aims for quality pallets everywhere, and because it knows what the critical requirements are for Baxter,
it has those specifics in place. Baxter makes sure that the quality is there for them.
All the pallets it uses are on its national account, the quality of the pallets is critical to Baxter Healthcare, because it has automated palletising processes in its manufacturing plant.
If the pallets are not square and all the boards intact, then it can stop the production line.
Strong growth puts Baxter Healthcare in healthy position, the bottom line is that pallets are critical to its business.
Their condition really matters because we are a health care organisation with medical supplies going direct to hospitals.
Pallets must be in optimum condition at all times. According to Baxter Healthcare, the site operates three shifts, five days per week with a staff of approximately 450 employees.
According to Loscam, it has stringent quality checks at its automated facility in Wetherill Park. The pallet goes through a number of checks before it gets to Baxter.
Loscam aims for quality pallets everywhere, and because it knows what the critical requirements are for Baxter, Loscam has those specifics in place. Loscam makes sure that the quality is there for them.
According to Baxter Healthcare, health care spending is always under cost pressure and Baxter is always looking at ways of improving the efficiency and effectiveness of doing things to maximise value for their customers.
So, Baxter Healthcare relies on its suppliers and believes in developing long term partnerships. Whether it is for pallet supply or carton supply, Baxter Healthcare has to manage its costs diligently.
According to Baxter Healthcare, the company had installed a roll-on roll-off system to service its Wetherill Park customer warehouse, which enables the delivery of four or five loads a day.
The loading takes less than two minutes. It has a conveyor belt and roll-on roll-off at both ends, so palletised stock sitting here on the floor, can be loaded on the truck and by the time it gets back, another load is waiting. It is a continuous process. Again, pallet quality is vitally important for the productivity enhancing process.