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La Palette Rouge (LPR), a division of Euro Pool Group, has signalled its commitment to investing further in customer and sales support by announcing two key senior promotions.
Joe Hebblewhite has been promoted to commercial manager, while Gary Anderton has been appointed interim AOS manager, as the European-wide logistics specialist focuses on an ambitious programme of growth.
The new appointments come as LPR restructures its sales and account management teams to maximise the services it provides to its client base.
Hebblewhite, who joined the company in 2014 as business development manager, will be responsible for commercial development and a team is being built to support him in his objectives. His promotion comes after his successful contribution to LPR’s growing relationships with a stream of new blue chip organisations within the fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) sector.
In his new role as interim AOS manager, Gary Anderton, who joined LPR in 2012 as customer account manager, will continue to focus on developing the company’s existing customer relationships and will look for new ways of maximising the support it offers to its current clients.
He said: “We pride ourselves on providing a value-added service to all our customers and work hard to understand their specific needs. The restructure of the sales and customer support teams is allowing us to focus even further on providing each of our customers with the individual support they need.”
Hebblewhite added: “As a dynamic and progressive company, LPR is always looking to grow its market share with the most recognisable names in the FMCG sector and is proud to be offering simplicity in pricing and the most reliable outsourced solution available. LPR is upping the ante by continuing to provide excellent customer service and I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading a new team to find fresh and innovative ways of supporting our customers.”
Adrian Fleming, managing director, LPR UK, said he was keen to promote within the existing LPR team to develop talent and to invest in its employees, as well as develop its customer support programmes.
“We have long been committed to investing in people, facilities and processes and this new strategic approach of proactively focusing on sales and customer support means we will be in the perfect position to innovate in this most competitive of sectors,” he said.
“Joe and Gary have a wealth of sector knowledge and we are confident that, in their new positions, they will continue to play a significant role in the growth of LPR.”
LPR delivered 62 million pallets across Europe in 2014, rising from 53 million in 2013. This is expected to grow further in 2016 due to a number of new contract wins with high profile blue chip FMCG manufacturers, including Nestlé and Kellogg’s.
In 2015, expansion saw the company move its UK and Ireland headquarters to a new base in Studley, Warwickshire, and make strategic new appointments to boost its UK and Ireland performance. LPR now has over 40 personnel in the UK and Ireland.
Polymer Logistics To Present At Fruit Logistica 2016 The Newest Member Of Its Market Place Products Family
Polymer Logistics, a leading provider of retail-ready packaging (RRP) solutions, will exhibit its effective product solutions for fresh produce at Fruit Logistica 2016; held between 3-5 February 2016 in Berlin.
Show’s attendees are encouraged to visit the company’s booth (Hall 21 / C-04) to discover more about Polymer Logistics’ latest product launch of its Wood-Look display stand and extension to its successful range of Market Place crates. Following pilots, customer satisfaction surveys and acceptance of the Market Place crates within international chains including Wal-Mart and Carrefour, Polymer Logistics has created its new display stand for retailers looking to develop an upscale fresh market-look across stores. The display stand is designed for all RPC types as well as cardboard.
Polymer Logistics joins over 2,700 exhibitors at the Messe Berlin grounds for the prominent event for the fruit and vegetable trade that has run there since 1993. Here, more than 65,000 visitors annually experience a wide-ranging display of the latest innovations, products and services in the international supply chain industry.
Among the new products that Polymer Logistics’ will introduce at its stand is its extended assortment of Market Place reusable plastics crates (RPCs), with five different size dimensions available. Having debuted at Fruit Logistica 2014, the Market Place crate has transformed fresh produce aisles with its market-fresh appearance. A new half-size 400x300 mm crate is now being launched, sharing the foldable, stackable and easily transportable characteristics that already define the range and significantly benefit retailers.
Also premiering at Fruit Logistica 2016 will be a new Wood-Look display stand, a modular system designed to support Polymer Logistics’ RPCs and create a unified store appearance. Food retailers will find that the new stand can be stacked specifically for store requirements and assembled straightforwardly for easy installation and relocation – with its “snap locks” design, no tools are needed for assembly and the option of interlocking clips mean that adjacent columns can be locked in place for stability. Its tilted plinth display creates easier reach to the back row of the crates for both stockers and customers, and the closed unit, preventing items falling down into the stand, reduces the need to dismantle it for cleaning. For food retailers that want to integrate the stand with the Market Place crates from Polymer Logistics to complement their displays, it has a compatibility with both the 600x400 mm and new half-size 400x300 mm RPCs. Furthermore, with the option of housing mixed crate sizes, the display stand is able to accommodate a combination of various crates from different suppliers as well as cardboard.
With its extended selection of Market Place products, Polymer Logistics offers visual merchandising solutions for food retailers. The distinctive “fresh from the field” appearance, in contrast to typical, industrial-look crates, is advantageous to the perception of a store. At a time when it is known that shrewd and savvy shoppers are driven by price, a differentiation in store displays can allow retailers to remain competitive. A switch towards a market fresh impression, without compromising on hygiene, cost and environmental impact, through Polymer’s Market Place range instils in the consumer a perception of fresh and local produce.
Additionally, with fresh produce often being located at the front of stores, a more appealing display would only drive foot traffic for an outlet, thereby benefiting the store and exponentially enhancing total sales. Visitors to Fruit Logistica 2016 will have the opportunity to see how the new combination of Polymer Logistics’ eye-catching products is able to transform both store appearance and operation.
LPR and Coca-Cola Enterprises Cut Carbon Footprint By 15%
Between 2012 and 2015, LPR, one of Europe’s leading pallet pooling providers, reduced its emissions of CO2 from 672 to 576 tonnes, in line with Coca-Cola Enterprises’ CSR policy. This equates to a decrease of 15%.
With environmental issues at the heart of its business model, LPR looked specifically at the optimisation of its pallet transport flows to reduce its carbon footprint. In line with collecting, sorting, repairing and delivering one million pallets a year to the Coca-Cola bottling plants in the south of France, LPR created a strategic plan to improve its C02 emissions.
The company implemented three measures focused on reducing emissions to ensure goals were met. The main areas targeted over the three years were pooling of transport resources, a better management of return flows and an improved pallet-loading rate. The application of all of these processes enabled LPR and Coca-Cola Enterprises to achieve the target they jointly set.
Adrian Fleming, managing director of LPR UK, said: “We are thrilled to announce this significant reduction in CO2 emissions. We’re passionate about caring for the environment and focus on continuous improvement in this area across the business. We used our expertise in this field to ensure we met our targets and it’s great to see the hard work has paid off. It was a pleasure to help a trusted partner achieve something positive and we look forward continuing to improve our carbon footprint in the coming years.”