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Northwood & Wepa cut roadmiles with Pooling Partners

Own-brand toilet and paper products manufacturer cuts road miles with Pooling Partners

March 17, 2017 – The UK’s biggest manufacturer of own-brand toilet and paper products has cut the number of unnecessary journeys from its supply chain by a staggering 50,000 miles per year, as part of a war on waste (WoW) partnership with Pooling Partners.

Northwood & Wepa, which manufactures hygiene paper products such as toilet paper, tissues and paper towels, was the first UK customer of Pooling Partners – Europe’s number one integrated full-service pooler and producer of pallets – back in 2004, and has just signed a contract extension taking their relationship forward to 2021.

Part of the rationale behind the re-signing was the fact that Pooling Partners’ One Way trip system has reduced ‘empty running’ – the wasteful return journeys carrying no product – by 50,000 miles which has further cut five metric tonnes of CO2 from Northwood & Wepa’s annual carbon footprint.

The one-way trip system sees the Coventry-based organisation deliver the specific number of pallets needed, then manage collection at the end of the supply chain – making life as simple as possible in an often complicated, fast-paced consumer goods sector.

It is key for Northwood & Wepa to be able to rely on Pooling Partners to absorb the knocks, bumps and tough turnarounds required in its robust supply chain.

John Turner, customer logistics manager for Northwood & Wepa, said: “To begin with, we had a contract with Pooling Partners but it soon developed into the partnership it is now.

“Pooling Partners share our sustainability aims and that collaborative effort, along with the quality of supply, was the number one factor for us.

“It’s a long-term partnership which we value immensely. Pooling Partners makes the process of distribution simple and if there are any slight issues, they are on hand 24 hours to resolve them. We work with major supermarkets and it is imperative we are able to rely on our supply chain running smoothly.”

Alun Griffiths, GB purchasing manager for Northwood & Wepa, played an influential role in the renewal of the firms’ partnership. He said: “With any long-term supplier relationship you need to prove its competitiveness every once in a while by going out to tender.

“Credit to Pooling Partners, they fought off a very determined bid from their rivals during this tender process and the subsequent negotiations enabled us to go forward with a mutually agreed new contract and clear roadmap for further collaboration.”


Phil Storer, UK Country Director for Pooling Partners, said: “Northwood & Wepa was the first customer to sign a contract when IPP Logipal began operating in the UK. That was back in 2004 and our close working relationship has really flourished. I would agree the relationship is now long, strong and very absorbent.

“Supplying own-brand goods to major supermarkets means the company requires robust supply chain management and we are very happy to continue to deliver on our commitment to them.”


Pooling Partners is Europe’s #1 integrated full-service pooler and producer of pallets and boxes.

With a history dating back to 1891, this Dutch family business provides pallet and box pooling services across Europe and is also one of Europe’s largest producers of wooden pallets. It operates three pooling networks in demanding supply chains: the IPP Logipal pool, the European Exchange Logistics Network, and its PRS Return System.

The IPP Logipal pool is leading in rental provision of pallets and boxes in fast moving consumer goods and industrial supply chains across Europe. Via an extensive service centre network customers rent IPP pool pallets to store and deliver their brands. By deploying its pooling expertise in recovery and refurbishment, customers of the IPP Logipal pool are provided with pool pallets when and wherever they need them.

The European Exchange Logistics network is the market leader in pool management of exchangeable and standardised load carriers such as Euro pallets and box pallets. Customers receive pallets at the right quality where and when they need them and return them wherever and whenever; via an extensive network of  more than 10,000 pooling stations across Europe.

The PRS Return System is an efficient and reliable pooling system for users of CP-type pallets in the demanding polymer and chemical sectors across Europe and Turkey. For nearly 20 years it has contributed to sustainability by strongly growing pallet re-use and reducing packaging waste.

Pooling Partners is a long-standing and leading exponent of circular economy models, promoting recovery and continual re-use of durable standard pallets and boxes in efficient and sustainable pooling systems. Its production facilities source from sustainably managed forests and produce and repair over 20 million pallets and boxes per annum from wood that is PEFC™ or FSC® certified.

The company has an annual turnover of more than € 300 million and employs around 800 staff.

For more information, please visit: www.poolingpartners.com or call Newsline PR +44 (0) 1926888308