Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), announced that Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co, will begin using iGPS’ all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags for shipping some of its products within North America in December 2009.
“Our decision to incorporate iGPS as part of our shipping network reflects Dole’s desire to continually provide our customers with added value,” said William Goldfield of Dole Fresh Fruit. “We see iGPS’ all-plastic pallet as an opportunity to strengthen our supply chain, especially with respect to Dole’s firm commitment to environmental responsibility, food safety, and worker protection.”
The non-porous nature of iGPS’ pallet prevents absorption of liquids, while embedded RFID tags enable tracking of shipments throughout the supply chain. The potential weight savings per pallets means less fuel is required for transport, reducing green house gas emissions, and the pallet is 100% recyclable. According to iGPS, its pallets are 30% lighter than pallets made of wood.
Orlando FL-based iGPS operates a pallet rental service for shippers and receivers. Access www.igps.net for more details.
With 2008 net revenues of $7.6 billion, Dole Food Co is the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.