PepsiCo’s Quaker, Gatorade, and Tropicana business units have notified their customers that they will begin integrating plastic pallets with RFID (radio frequency identification) from Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC, Orlando, FL) into their supply chain networks. PepsiCo expects to ship its products exclusively on the iGPS plastic pallet as soon as all inventory on wood pallets turns, and the Tropicana chilled business will convert beginning May 1, 2009.
In a letter to its customers, PepsiCo noted that the change to the plastic pallets with RFID “is addressing shipping platform quality concerns and reflects our desire to be responsible stewards of the environment (this pallet is 100% recyclable).”
PepsiCo cited the many benefits of the plastic pallets, for example “fire-retardant, with a significantly lower burn index than wood pallets.” Additionally, “iGPS pallets are fully edge rackable (2800 lbs. capacity) and 20-27 lbs lighter than the average wood pooled pallet. If an iGPS pallet should become damaged, it will be remolded into new ones, making its useful life indefinite.”
PepsiCo also noted in the letter that the iGPS pallet is “more uniform in size (48x40) and is significantly more durable and hygienic than the typical multi-use wood pallet.”
As of April 1, 2009, the Quaker and Gatorade business units will begin integrating iGPS pallets completely across all SKUs into their networks, with the expectation of shipping exclusively on the iGPS platform as soon as all inventory on wood pallets turns.”
iGPS is the world’s first company to provide manufacturers and retailers with an all-plastic pallet pool with embedded RFID-tags. The pallets are 30% lighter than wood. —[email protected]