Inside Logistics

iGPS tracks customer savings on pallets


October 28, 2010
by MM&D staff

Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company, LLC), operator of the world’s first pallet rental service providing all-plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, claims its customers have saved nearly US$68 million by switching from wood to plastic pallets.

“Thanks to the lighter weight of our pallet (48lb versus a wood pallet’s 75-80 lb), our customers save on transport costs immediately,” said Bob Moore, iGPS Chairman and CEO. “These savings–up to $2 per pallet load–have been documented through rigorous operational studies by our customers, many of the world’s leading companies.”

“Production line shutdowns caused by nails and splintered wood that jam equipment are a thing of the past, as are warehouse floors littered with wood shards and nails. Further, unlike wood pallets that warp and shrink, we provide a consistently true 48-inch by 40-inch platform that can hold more products per load.  And since iGPS pallets are easily scanned as they depart facilities, there are no year-end surprises in the form of questionable ‘lost equipment charges.’  The good news is that our solution can be implemented quickly, without any disruption to continuing operations.

iGPS pallets are easily cleaned, do not absorb fluids that can cross-contaminate food and never require treatment with toxic pesticides or fungicides. iGPS’s pallet is the world’s only rental pallet to receive Food Equipment Certification from NSF International, the foremost testing and certification authority with respect to food-related equipment.  Four embedded RFID tags in each pallet enable shippers and receivers to track shipments throughout the supply chain and locate products in the event of a recall.

iGPS’s pallet provides shippers and receivers with measurable sustainability benefits, as well.  An independent life cycle analysis has documented that iGPS pallets are dramatically better for the environment than both one-way and multi-use wood pallets on every commonly-measured metric, including global warming, ozone layer depletion and ecotoxicity.  Over the course of five years, iGPS customers have cumulatively prevented the destruction of over 600,000 trees, saved 635,000 gallons of fuel and saved nearly 14 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.