As mentioned in that article, the two leading pallet providers in Australia have joined the ALC as part of this group, marking one of the first times CHEP Australia and Loscam have tackled such an issue together.
The Pallet Working Group was established to formulate a national approach to problems with the Australian pallet handling system, and in turn increase efficiencies at every step in the supply chain.
While this is a long term project, it is worthwhile looking at the current services provided by Loscam, and the potential benefits of using the company to handle pallet pooling and control services.
With over 3.4 million wooden pallets in its national pool, and a similar number across eight countries in Asia, Loscam has extensive experience coordinating pallet movement.
Some advantages of using Loscam's pallet pooling services include:
- no capital investment required as pallets are used on a daily basis as required
- all repairs handled by Loscam ensuring high quality pallets are available every time
- just complete Loscam transfer dockets when shipping pallets and Loscam takes care of the rest
- Loscam systems handle automatic account reconciliation and enable ad hoc reporting as required; and
- Loscam can supply additional pallets quickly to meet urgent needs, promotions and peak season demand.
To assist customers with the daily management of pallet numbers, Loscam provides an online Hire Management System that records all unit movements and produces documentation and regular reports to support these movements.
Loscam also offers a BUYBACK service that enables companies who have invested in their own pallets to sell these to Loscam, where upgrades and repairs are undertaken and then the pools are rented back to the client, converting a fixed cost into a more manageable variable cost.
The BUYBACK service is designed to:
- provide cash flow benefits to clients
- lighten the balance sheet of non-core assets
- reduce associated head counts; and
- give greater flexibility during periods of peak demand.