High praise for Express Park pallet centre


Gerber Juice was a runner-up in this year’s Somerset Business Awards after its Express Park pallet repair centre made the shortlist in an innovation category.

The company’s on-site facility - run in partnership with CHEP UK since January 2012 - impressed judges but lost out to Taunton-based civil engineers Gary Gabriel Associates in the Collaborative Innovation Award.

Bridgwater’s Futures for Somerset, last year’s category winner, was the other runner-up. Judges said that the standard of both innovation and collaboration shown by all was exceptional. “When you are shortlisted and do well in any awards, from a business point of view it demonstrates best practice and that you’re leading the field” said Distribution Centre Manager, David Keeping. “There’s only one other repair centre like this in the country. The volumes are substantial and the savings we have made are great so these type of awards really recognise the scale of the business. All of these things added together can only be a positive for Gerber".

The on-site pallet repair facility has removed thousands of annual road journeys from UK roads and an additional 40 trips to Europe. That in turn saves 763 tonnes of CO2, 200,000 litres of diesel fuel and around 330,000 road miles.

Until the Gerber link-up, CHEP UK sent pallets from customers in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset to Avonmouth for repair and re-distribution. They are now repaired at the dedicated Pallet Repair Centre at Express Park.

Story by: Mark Gravatt

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