Jewson to save £52,000 a week re-using pallets

8 July 2009

09 July 2009 | Jake Kanter

Building materials supplier Jewson is to save up to £52,000 a week by reusing and recycling timber pallets in its supply chain.

The company will re-use around 13,000 pallets a week, which previously would have been sent to landfill at a cost of £4 a unit.

The pallets are stacked into empty lorries following deliveries and sent to one of Jewson's three timber distribution centres across the country. It reduces the demand for new pallets and as a result could cut lorry miles by as much as 135,000 a year.

The scheme was launched in December last year and Jewson has also offered the service to its customers.

Jewson's procurement manager Rod Leigh - who is leading the project - said as well as making savings, it will enhance the company's sales and help the environment.

"In this economic environment, everyone is looking at costs and this is a major benefit," Leigh told supplymanagement.com. "It's a simplistic model, so it works."

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