Orlando, Fla.-based Intelligent Global Pooling Systems has entered into an agreement with Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co. Inc., Los Angeles, for the fresh-fruit company to begin using iGPS plastic pallets in the shipping of some of its products within North America.
Dole will use iGPS pallets embedded with radio frequency identification tags, according to a release from iGPS.
The switch to iGPS plastic pallets will provide Dole a safer of shipping fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the release. The plastic pallets are nonporous, preventing the absorption of liquids that could contain harmful bacteria. And, the RFID tags provide traceability of shipments throughout the supply chain.
Also, iGPS says its plastic pallets weigh 30% less than wood, meaning less fuel required for transport, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The plastic pallets also are recyclable.
âWe are delighted that Dole has elected to begin shipping its products on iGPSâ all-plastic pallets,â Bob Moore, chief executive officer at iGPS, said in the release.
âDole is one of the worldâs great brands, with a known commitment to quality and sustainability, and we are delighted that it has put its trust in us,â he said.
Bil Goldfield, communications manager for Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole, said the companyâs decision to incorporate iGPS pallets into its shipping network reflected its desire to continue to provide customers with added value.
âWe see iGPSâ all-plastic pallet as an opportunity to strengthen our supply chain, especially with respect to Doleâs firm commitment to environmental responsibility, food safety and worker protection,â Goldfield said in the release.