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Plastic pallet pooling launched
Business targeting pharmaceutical, consumer electronics, consumer packaged goods suppliersShippers seeking a lighter, more durable and easily tracked pallet now have a new option, with the launch of plastic pooling business Intelligent Global Pooling Systems, or iGPS Company LLC, by industry veteran Bob Moore and an affiliate of private equity investor Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. (“Pegasus”).
iGPS will be the only large-scale outside pallet supply service to provide radio frequency identification (RFID) in every pallet to track shipments in real time, which reduces the logistical cost of shipping and allows companies to verify food and drug safety as well as address homeland security. The Company, which will initially target consumer electronics and pharmaceutical suppliers, offers the ability to rent plastic pallets and avoid the ongoing expense of owning and maintaining wood pallets.
Plastic pallets are approximately 30% lighter than their wooden counterparts, which creates a tremendous potential savings in fuel costs. With one billion pallets in circulation in the US currently, a replacement with plastic pallets would remove more than 28 billion pounds of non-value freight from America’s shipping infrastructure.
Mr. Moore, who spent seven years as chief executive officer of wood pallet pool supplier CHEP International, Inc. (“CHEP”), will be chief executive officer of IGPS. When Mr. Moore left CHEP, it was a $2.5 billion global leader. The total annual global market for pallets is conservatively estimated at $14 billion by industry analysts. More than 600 million pallets enter the market each year as replacements, 97% of them made of wood.
Plastic pallets are lighter, more durable, consistently sized and easier to tag with RFID than wood,” Moore said. “The market has been waiting for a solution that has these characteristics—and the environmental benefit of a 100% -recyclable product that does not consume trees.
Pegasus’ significant equity investment gives us the scale to capture that market opportunity,” Moore further stated.
iGPS will be headquartered initially in Cos Cob, Connecticut, with operating units in Orlando, Florida, and Dallas, Texas.
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