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In the UK pallet industry, plastic pallet experts Goplasticpallets.com, have not just achieved one industry first but many during the company’s 20 years in business. In this article, we share 10 pallet firsts Goplasticpallets.com is most proud of.

Some 2,000 plastic pallet boxes were supplied to a pharma giant ahead of the 2012 London Olympics

1. First to embrace plastic pallets

When co-founders Jim Hardisty and Chris Adam set up Goplasticpallets.com in 2001 they had many years of pallet industry knowledge behind them. Their first business venture together was as wooden pallet suppliers but 20 years ago they made a game-changing decision to diversify into supplying plastic pallets, making them the first UK pallet supplier to successfully transition to plastic pallets.

Now a team of 16 with 155 years combined experience, Goplasticpallets.com is the leading force in the UK pallet industry.

2. First plastic pallet partnership signed

In 2006, Goplasticpallets.com signed its first exclusive supplier agreement with top Belgian plastic pallet manufacturer Innova Packaging Systems (IPS), now CABKA-IPS, giving the company exclusivity to its then 50-strong product range. Since then, Goplasticpallets.com has secured four further successful partnerships with Q-Pall, SmartFlow, Gamma-Wopla and JCO Plast.

3. First unusual plastic pallet order

The depth of the company’s product range and ability to customise products, is an asset that has seen Goplasticpallets.com supply some very unusual applications.

The first unusual plastic pallet request came in 2008 from European producer of premium paperboards M-Real (now Metsä Board) who was looking for a solution to transport its wet lap pulp from Kent to its paper mill in Normandy. This unusual application required an unusual sized pallet, which Goplasticpallets.com customised to meet the exact specification.

4. First time exhibiting at IMHX

As the UK’s largest logistics event, Goplasticpallets.com first exhibited at IMHX in 2010 showcasing its pure yellow Hygienic plastic pallet.

This same year Goplasticpallets.com also launched its first two-colour plastic pallet at Packtech 2010.

5. First Olympic collaboration

2012 was a big year for the UK, hosting the London 2012 Olympics, and a big year for Goplasticpallets.com involved in two significant projects.

The first involved supplying 2,000 of its 1400 litre plastic pallet boxes and lids – the GoPalletBox 1311S 3R – to help a global pharmaceutical giant scale up production. The second involved supplying 26,000 plastic boxes to a leading security system provider.

6. First major warehouse expansion

Having over doubled its warehouse space in 2007 Goplasticpallets.com took on a further unit at its base in Alder Close, Eastbourne in 2013 over doubling its warehouse space again. The expansion included a new 3,200 sq. ft office adjacent to the two warehouses, providing the central operating base for the business.

7. First major project overseas

In 2013 Goplasticpallets.com secured its first major overseas project, supplying a whopping 10,000 plastic pool pallets to Qatar’s largest warehouse equipment company to be used in helping store and replenish duty free stocks at the new, Hamad International Airport in Doha.

8. First corporate video launched

In 2017 Goplasticpallets.com used the power of visual storytelling to take its “Leave the wood” marketing campaign to the next level by launching its first corporate video. The cinematic-quality video tells the story of how the humble wooden pallet has been superseded by the reusable plastic pallet – a must watch!

9. First plastic pallet recycling scheme

One of the company’s most recent proudest achievements is pioneering the UK’s first plastic pallet recycling scheme in 2019, pledging to recycle each and every plastic pallet and box it supplies. It was an epic campaign that got widespread trade media coverage which saw the company introduce its Responsibility Policy and change its strapline to The Responsible Plastic Pallet Company.

10. First to take a stand in the pandemic

COVID-19 has changed the way we live and the way we do business. Goplasticpallets.com was the first plastic pallet supplier to confirm Essential Business status for keeping supply chains moving, speaking out to reassure customers it would “continue business as usual”.

What’s next?

Goplasticpallets.com is a company that never stands still, and this year is no exception as it aims to achieve 20% growth.

For the widest range of plastic pallets and boxes and expert advice call us on 01323 744057 or email your enquiry to sales@goplasticpallets.com

 

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