Cleanpal Delivers Supply Chain Savings for FreshLinc

Cleanpal plastic pallets from Polymer Logistics provide a suite of savings, including the elimination of product damage, reduced weight in transport, as well as improved hygiene, cube utilisation, ergonomics and pallet life

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FreshLinc specialises in the total supply chain management of temperature controlled fresh, chilled and horticultural products. It is a leading service provider throughout the UK and Europe to retailers, producers and importers. Its modern fleet and facilities allow it to deliver cost-effective and customer-driven solutions to meet the needs of its unique clients.

From telematics to digital driver safety monitoring, the company has a reputation for its willingness to deploy new technologies, which promote productivity and safety. One area where FreshLinc has quietly embraced a new technology towards improving operational performance, quality and worker safety has been in the introduction of the Cleanpal plastic pallet from Polymer Logistics. At only 15kg, the hygienic Cleanpal can be readily picked up by one worker, rather than the two employees recommended for handling a heavier wood pallet. The plastic pallet construction eliminates the risk of cuts from exposed nails or bacteria-laden wood splinters, which also pose a physical contamination risk. The reduced debris from the plastic pallet means less time is spent cleaning the warehouse and trailer floors, thus increasing productivity.

The company is also benefitting from reduced product damage thanks to the use of its interlocking tray system in combination with Cleanpal. The system has eliminated the overhang of merchandise beyond the pallet deck, and with it, the associated exposure that often leaves pallets of perishable products subject to damage. Another benefit from the switch to Cleanpal is consistent pallet quality. FreshLinc’s customers have experienced a damage free supply of pallets which ensures time-sensitive perishable products are able to move without avoidable delay or double handling throughout the supply chain.

Cleanpal pallets also offer huge space savings compared to wood pallets when stacked in the warehouse or on the lorry, thanks to their 3:1 nesting ratio. In addition, unlike wood pallets, Cleanpal is RFID capable, providing the opportunity for accurate pallet tracking in the supply chain.

Adrian Dale, Polymer Logistics MD for the UK, said: “FreshLinc provides a highly sophisticated approach to supply chain management in the fast-paced temperature controlled supply chain. We are delighted to support their efforts through the provision of Cleanpal, which helps improve the safety, quality and efficiency of their operations.”

Wood Look Flower Stand from Polymer Logistics Offers Attractive yet Simple Display Solution for Flowers

Eliminates the need for decorative flower buckets, foil or fabric covering of the stand in order to achieve an appealing floral display

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Polymer Logistics has announced the introduction of its Wood Look Flower Stand to the UK market. The stand provides an elegant solution to a common challenge faced by retailers – choosing between displaying cut flowers in aesthetically unappealing plain black buckets, or more costly alternative of improving floral display appearance. The latter tactic can involve transferring floral stock to fancier buckets or covering the flower stand with fabric to enhance retail presentation.

With the Wood Look Flower Stand, buckets are simply placed into top openings, providing an instant fresh look without the inefficiencies that result from efforts to replace or beautify the standard black buckets. While supermarkets account for greater than 50 per cent of UK cut flower sales, the fresh ambiance of flower displays is expected to become increasingly important to the shopping experience of millennial customers, underscoring the opportunity for the Wood Look Flower Stand.

“Millennials are not purchasing flowers just to dress up their homes; they want to celebrate their personalities and express their moods,” a recent industry report from the US Produce Marketing Association has noted. “This generation is a natural target for the floral industry, with their environmental consciousness, urban dwellings in the need of greenery, and desire for unique colours, patterns and designs.”

When not in use, the Wood Look Flower Stand can be quickly disassembled to free up retail space while requiring only a minimal storage requirement. Stands are available in colours such as white, green, red and black in addition to brown.

Adrian Dale, Managing Director at Polymer Logistics, said: “The Wood Look Flower Stand is the result of engaging with retailers and understanding their challenges regarding floral merchandising. We are offering a solution that will improve dramatically the presentation of flowers in store, with minimum logistics concerns.”

Carrefour deploys the Marketplace crate from Polymer Logistics in its two new store formats

Attractive “wood-look” container provides a glimpse into the future of retailing, selected for Carrefour’s new Market Attrazione 2.0 and Carrefour Express 3 Minuti stores

As competition in the grocery retail sector continues to intensify, grocery retailers are looking to create stores that exceed shopper expectations for freshness and convenience, value pricing, healthy eating choices and locally sourced products. For its part, Carrefour continues to position itself for the future with the launch of its two newest retail formats, Market Attrazione 2.0 and Express 3 Minuti. The leading international merchant tapped the Marketplace crate from Polymer Logistics for deployment in both new outlets.

The first Market Attrazione 2.0 location recently opened in Pomezia in the Lazio region of Italy. At a size of almost 27,000 square feet, it offers more than 16,000 SKUs and is open 24/7. The emphasis of Market Attrazione 2.0 is on low pricing, including fixed low prices, as well as convenience. It also has a strong focus on healthy eating and local products, including a dedicated 640 square foot Bio area that offers organic, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan products. The store lists more than 1,000 locally sourced items, and the format also features perfume, seasonal non-food and textile departments.

Meanwhile, Carrefour has also launched its first Carrefour Express 3 Minuti in Genova. This 1,700-square foot store celebrates freshness and convenience in a small format setting, including a quick and easy customer experience. Shopping is made easy thanks to the organisation of products by area, including the featured fruit and vegetable section. Express 3 Minuti also offers tasty breakfasts, quick lunch options, as well as ready-made dinner selections. Other services include digital photo processing, free wi-fi, tickets, phone charging station, gift cards, ATM, bill payment and more.

Thanks to its attractive, wood-look exterior, the Marketplace crate evokes a farm-fresh ambience that has proven to help boost sales in all formats. The durable, standardised containers from Polymer Logistics also contribute to reducing both product loss as well as supply chain logistical costs, thus enabling retailers to compete successfully in both convenience and value pricing environments alike.

Gian Paolo Mezzanotte, Managing Director at Polymer Logistics, said: “We are delighted to support Carrefour’s development of innovative store formats with the Marketplace crate. Its acceptance at Market Attrazione 2.0 and Carrefour Express 3 Minuti stores demonstrates how the Marketplace crate can play a crucial role in helping retailers deliver on their vision for the future.”

Polymer Logistics salutes Tesco’s accomplishment of 20 million pieces of free fruit handed out to children

UK’s biggest supermarket utilises Polymer’s wood-effect Marketplace display fixtures to support the development of healthy eating habits

Polymer Logistics, a leading provider of retail-ready packaging (RRP) solutions, salutes Tesco on its accomplishment of having provided 20 million pieces of free fresh fruit to kids. Polymer is proud to have had its wood effect Marketplace units used to display the fruit selection.

Tesco’s innovative “Free Fruit for Kids” initiative, which has been rolled out in over 800 stores, has given UK children the opportunity to snack on over 6.5 million apples, 8 million bananas and 5.5 million oranges since the program began in the summer of 2016. According to a recent online survey of 1,400 Mumsnet users, one-third of parents say their children have eaten more fruit because of participating in the program, and nine out of ten respondents feel more positive about Tesco because of it.

With its extended line of Marketplace products, Polymer Logistics offers visual merchandising solutions for food retailers seeking to create an upscale fresh market look for stores. The distinctive wood-effect appearance of the Marketplace product family is advantageous to the perception of the store and has become the new standard for retailers.

In addition to visual appeal, Polymer’s Marketplace solutions provide other crucial benefits for the distribution of fresh produce including: robust product protection; foldable and stackable performance to maximise truck and store space; ergonomically friendly design; and the elimination of splinters and wires.  Fully recyclable at the end of their long life, Polymer’s Marketplace products eliminate packaging waste.

Following pilots, customer satisfaction surveys and acceptance of the Marketplace crates within international chains, including Wal-Mart and Carrefour, Tesco Group’s ‘One Stop’ shops have also selected Polymer Logistics’ Marketplace display and crate system – a modular display system that can be quickly assembled and is designed to create a uniform store look.

Adrian Dale, Polymer Logistics Managing Director for the UK, said, “We are delighted to support Tesco’s commitment to making the healthy choice easier for all its customers, children and grown-ups, through a distinctive ‘fresh from the field’ appearance of its stores and products.

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Commerciale GiCap enjoys a 10% fresh produce sales boost with Market Place crates from Polymer Logistics

Natural, wood-effect presentation ambiance results in sales increase for the Italian distributor/retailer with Shoppers perceiving produce fresher and higher in quality.

 

In a country long known for its passionate embrace of food ingredients of exceptional quality, particularly fresh produce, the Market Place crate from Polymer Logistics is quickly establishing itself as a foundational component of the Italian shopping experience. Following successful implementations at Wal-Mart and Carrefour, Commerciale GiCap, a major distribution company in southern Italy, has benefited from a highly successful rollout of the Market Place crate system. GiCap, affiliated with Italy’s VéGé Group retail consortium, is active in Messina and its provinces in that country. It operates 80 stores operating under the Quiconviene and Sidis names.

 

In its efforts to grow its fruit and vegetable presence in recent years, GiCap has taken several steps to target its trading strategies and implement policy changes. A crucial part of its initiative has related to improving its retail shopping experience. “We have expanded our commitment to improving the presentation strategies for fruit and vegetables at our stores,” said Giovanni Capone, Sales Director of GiCap. During the second half of 2016, the company introduced the Market Place crate system to a significant part of its store network.

 

“The result was totally positive,” Capone said. “We immediately found a significant increase in sales, which in some cases reached 10%.” He noted that customer feedback was also very positive about how the Market Place crates provided a greater “visibility” or visual appeal to the fresh produce being displayed.

 

Polymer Logistics provides industry-leading solutions for food retailers seeking to create an upscale fresh market look for stores. The distinctive wood-effect, ‘fresh from the field’ appearance of the Market Place product family is quickly becoming the defacto standard for the best-in-class merchandising of fresh produce in Europe as well as North America. Wal-Mart and Carrefour have both recorded substantial increases in fresh produce sales since instituting the Market Place crate. In fact, a study conducted in Italy indicated that 94% of consumers preferred the “Wood-Look” of Market Place crates to other alternatives.

 

Besides its obvious advantages in terms of visual appeal for retail display, Market Place crates provide other crucial benefits for the distribution of fresh produce, including robust product protection, foldable and stackable performance to maximise truck and store space, ergonomically friendly design, and the elimination of splinters and wires.  Market Place crates from Polymer also eliminate packaging waste through repeated reuse, and ultimately their recycling into plastic granules at the end of their useful life.

 

“In light of this experience, we are considering the possibility to introduce the Polymer Logistics solutions across all our network,” Capone concluded.

 

Psst! And the winners of the fresh awards are…

Who will be this year’s winners in fresh? Anticipation is running high as the Fresh Produce Consortium (FPC) gets set to stage Fresh Awards 2017, an event which spotlights the produce industry’s best and brightest in areas such as innovation, leadership, business best practices and sustainability. Judges have been diligently reviewing an “overwhelming” number of entries to get down to the finalists, according to Nigel Jenny, the CEO of FPC. The competition is intense, but the results can be beneficial to supply chain participants as well as customers.

A total of 16 awards will be presented at the black-tie event. They span five different categories, including Individual Excellence, Supply Chain Excellence, Retail Excellence, Business Excellence, and Best of the Best.  Polymer Logistics welcomes the opportunity to participate at Fresh Awards 2017 as the sponsor of the prestigious Fresh Produce Business of the Year Award. Last year, the winner in this section was fresh prepared fruit supplier, Blue Skies.

The celebration takes place Thursday 8th June at the Intercontinental, Park Lane, when well-known British comedian, actor and broadcaster Hugh Dennis will announce the finalists and winners to the capacity audience. More than 500 people attended last year’s gala.

It’s no secret that fresh produce is becoming increasingly important to shoppers, especially fresh, high-quality items that provide superior nutrition and more memorable meal experiences. As FPC’s Fresh Awards program supports the efforts of individuals and businesses in the fresh produce supply chain dedicated to improving customer engagement with fresh food, Polymer Logistics is extremely proud to support this initiative. It is one that holds true to Polymer’s own values around providing packaging solutions such as the Market Place Crate, an approach which maximises the quality and freshness of fresh produce in the most logistically efficient and retail-friendly manner possible – from grower to the produce display. As we celebrate the battle to win at Fresh Awards 2017, we also celebrate the collaborative aspirations of the fresh produce supply chain toward delivering the freshest and the best to customers. When consumers win, so do we all.

Polymer Logistics presents unique, adaptive display solutions at Retail Design Expo, 8th – 9th May 2017

The company, a leading provider of retail-ready packaging (RPP) solutions, welcomes Retail Design Expo attendees to visit booth P34 to explore how its innovative display solutions can help create a unique and flexible retail experience.

Following a successful showing at the recent Euroshop 2017 retail trade fair, Polymer Logistics will exhibit its Wood Effect display solutions and its Crystal-Clear freestanding display units (FSDUs) at the Retail Design Expo, designed to optimise shopper experience and functionality for both food and non-food retailers.

Polymer Logistics will be showcasing its revolutionary wood-effect Marketplace display systems. The Marketplace products provide a fresh and natural appearance while delivering supply chain cost savings and proven produce sales increase of 10%. The ergonomically friendly Marketplace display is designed for easy installation and relocation with no tools required for assembly.

The organic and natural feel product is suitable for a range of products from fresh fruit and vegetables to fashion wear and footwear. The modular system which was used for the “Tesco Free Fruit for Kids” Campaign throughout the UK is now being rolled out in Carrefour supermarkets in Italy. The latest addition to the Marketplace line is a stand for flowers, which is again modular as with other Marketplace models.

In addition to the Marketplace units, Polymer’s Crystal Clear FSDU’s, which are offered in clear polycarbonate, will be on display throughout the show, these are lightweight and reusable and can be quickly reconfigured to support a memorable shopping experience with each merchandising reset.

Products displayed in Crystal Clear containers are fully visible, helping catch shopper attention and aiding staff in locating items. The display units can be complemented with POS signage to increase customer interaction. A new refrigerated version of the Crystal Clear line has also been recently introduced for all store formats including superstores, through to convenience.

In addition to retail advantages, Crystal Clear crates help improve efficiency throughout the supply chain. Designed with ease of stacking and load stability in mind, they enhance material handling and storage operations, while preventing product damage. Consistently sized, they are ideal for automated fulfilment systems and omni-channel distribution. In store, merchandise received in Crystal Clear trays can be wheeled quickly onto the sales floor, providing a one-touch merchandising solution. Conservatively, Crystal Clear offers up to a 50% saving versus traditional cardboard shipping containers and FSDUs.

Polymer Logistics looks forward to meeting visitors at the show and hearing about their challenges.  By engaging in open dialogue and welcoming new ideas from retailers, Polymer Logistics innovatively designs, develops and applies new and better ways to pioneer novel solutions. The company’s unique approach combined with its strengthen relationship with customers makes a difference in the market by offering retailers a competitive position with quality product and cost savings.

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