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Britvic chooses LPR as pallet partner

12 January 2021

LPR was invited to take part in Britvic’s formal tender process in 2019, where it ensured that in addition to providing an excellent pricing structure and the ability to meet demand, it also included a number of value added initiatives that would enable Britvic to make substantial cost savings.

An important consideration for Britvic was the need for superior quality pallets across its supply chain. This was particularly the case at its Rugby facility, where sophisticated automation is used, and the Lutterworth NDC, which handles the majority of the company’s UK output. LPR’s quality team were involved at an early stage of the process to demonstrate how its industry leading pallet quality provides hassle-free operations from receipt to despatch.

The business award will see LPR provide more than 2.3m pallets across the UK and Ireland, in a deal which will run for three years.

Britvic logistics category manager - procurement Kevin Gallimore says: “Britvic had been with their previous pallet provider for over 20 years, so I was concerned that it would be difficult to change, however, LPR were honest and reliable, delivering what they said they would. Britvic is a complex business, and LPR made sure that they understood our business, the handover process was seamless, and the move was a good experience overall, with both businesses working well together”.

Britvic head of logistics Bob Symons adds: “Given the importance of pallets within the Britvic supply chain, I have to say that I was concerned about the potential impact of changing supplier. I need not have worried. The transition was painless, communication between both businesses was top notch - as was the planning and preparation ahead of the go-live. It has been a very successful move.”

Adrian Fleming, Regional Managing Director LPR North said: “We are delighted to become the pallet pooler of choice for Britvic. The collaborative spirit of both companies has meant that the process was transparent and simple.”

Diane Carroll, Commercial Director at LPR said “The team at Britvic were very clear in their objectives, and this enabled us to provide a solution that aligned with their business needs in a cost effective and professional way. We look forward to a long and happy relationship.”

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