Pet food company begins using RFID-tagged plastic pallets
Posted by John Kalkowski -- Packaging Digest, 9/26/2012 10:39:28 AM
Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Co., provider of a pallet rental solution featuring lightweight, 100 percent recyclable plastic pallets with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) tags, announced that Diamond Pet Foods will begin shipping its products on iGPS' plastic platform. Founded in 1970, Diamond Pet Foods' mission is to provide the highest quality pet foods at an affordable price so that everyone, from a commercial kennel operation to a child feeding their first puppy or kitten, can afford high quality nutrition.
"As a family owned business, we take extra care in all aspects of our business, from incoming ingredients to outgoing product, with extensive quality contr. ol at every step along the way," said Andy Kampeter, Supply Chain Manager of Diamond Pet Foods. "iGPS' lightweight plastic platform enhances the efficiency and environmental quality of our business and is a welcome addition to our operations."
Switching from wood pallets to lighter-weight iGPS plastic platforms yields operational savings, the company says. Studies performed by iGPS customers consistently show significant bottom-line savings, thanks to lower transport costs, dramatically reduced production downtime, larger loads per pallet, reduced product damage and fewer rejected loads. iGPS platforms put an end to broken boards and protruding nails that can damage product and injure workers.
Aside from providing savings, iGPS is setting a new standard in pallet hygiene, as its pallets are easily cleaned, do not absorb fluids that can cross-contaminate food and other consumer products and never require treatment with toxic pesticides or fungicides. In fact, iGPS' pallets have received Food Equipment Certification from NSF Intl., a testing and certification authority with respect to food-related equipment.
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