Par-Pak Expands Use of CHEP Pallet Pool

    Test shows lower total cost with CHEP versus one-way and exchange pallets

    BRAMPTON, ON, June 26 /CNW/ - After conducting a thorough examination of
its material handling processes, Par-Pak, Ltd., a leading producer of rigid
plastic containers, is now transporting all products on pallets from CHEP, the
world leader in pallet and container pooling. The company is shipping its OPS
and PET plastic containers on CHEP pallets from its facility here to
supermarkets, foodservice distributors, bakery outlets, food packers, and
quick serve restaurants across Canada.
    Par-Pak previously used one-way disposable pallets and a pallet exchange
network to move its product, but faced administrative and control issues with
both systems. The cost and quality of the one-way disposable pallets were
particularly challenging, so the company undertook an internal study to
determine what shipment platforms were most effective. The results showed that
total cost was in CHEP's favour.
    "The use of one-way pallets and exchange systems initially looked to be
more price effective, but when we examined the entire supply chain impact, it
was clear that CHEP delivered the best value. Our associates and customers are
very supportive of the program, which is helping to ensure a successful
rollout," said Glen Armstrong, Vice President of Sales at Par-Pak.
    Armstrong said Par-Pak is already seeing several benefits from the CHEP
pallet pool, including better customer satisfaction, improved safety
conditions at facilities, and enhanced management control. He also said that
while the initial expansion of the CHEP program is focused on Canada, the
company is considering expanding the solution to its US and UK plants.
    "Par-Pak looked closely at all of the alternative shipping platform
solutions, rightly examining the enterprise impact of each system, and found
that CHEP provides the lowest total cost and the most favourable impact for
both customers and staff. CHEP is committed to ensuring that value is
delivered to Par-Pak and all of our partners everyday, 365 days a year," said
Jason Adlam, Director, Sales and Customer Service, CHEP Canada.

    About Par-Pak
    Par-Pak, Ltd. is a leader in the international polystyrene packaging
industry as a designer and manufacturer of rigid plastic containers used
primarily in supermarkets, bakeries, delis, food processing and quick serve
restaurants. Incorporated in 1973 and acquired by the current owners in 1977,
Par-Pak has manufacturing facilities in Brampton, Ontario; Houston; Santa Fe
Springs, Calif. and Milton Keynes, UK. Par-Pak's commitment to its customers
and products has allowed the company to become an innovative manufacturer,
supplying most of the world's larger markets. More information is available at

    About CHEP
    CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container pooling services
serving many of the world's largest companies. The company has more than 7,700
employees and operates in 44 countries. Combining superior technology and an
asset base of more than 280 million pallets and containers, CHEP offers its
customers exceptional value, a platform that enables reduction in customer
product damage, and an environmentally sustainable logistical solution. Supply
chains served include consumer goods, produce, beverage, and the automotive
industry. With global partners that include Procter & Gamble, SYSCO,
Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestle, Ford and GM, CHEP is known for Handling the World's
Most Important Products. Everyday. For more information about CHEP, please

For further information:

For further information: Glen Armstrong, Par-Pak, Ltd., (905) 792-3021,; Jason Adlam, CHEP Canada, (905) 789-4213,; Ronald Margulis, RAM Communications, (908) 272-3930,

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