World’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit will begin shipping products on iGPS’ all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags
ORLANDO, Fla. – December 8, 2009 – Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), announced today that, commencing in December, Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company, will begin utilizing iGPS’ all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags in the shipping of some of its products within North America. Dole Food Company is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables.
“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 the absorption of liquids, providing an extra margin of safety for the food supply, 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, making its useful life indefinite. Finally, the highly engineered nature of iGPS’ pallet makes it stronger than wood alternatives.
“We are delighted that Dole has elected to begin shipping its products on iGPS’ all-plastic pallets. Dole is one of the world’s great brands, with a known commitment to quality and sustainability, and we are delighted that it has put its trust in us. This agreement is further validation of the superior value proposition we offer,” said iGPS CEO Bob Moore.
In just three years of operation, iGPS has revolutionized the way goods are being shipped throughout the North American supply chain. Its 100% recyclable pallets are 30% lighter than pallets made of wood and are vastly better for the environment. Unlike wood pallets, iGPS pallets do not absorb liquids that can cross-contaminate food and they cannot harbor wood-boring insects, which have seriously damaged North American forests.
iGPS operates the world’s first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags. iGPS’ state-of-the-art pallets are 30 percent lighter than wood, which saves on transport costs and helps reduce green house gases. Its 100% recyclable pallets are also more hygienic, easier to handle and, because they eliminate protruding nails and splinters, reduce workplace injuries and damaged equipment. Embedded RFID tags enable shippers and receivers to track and trace shipments in real time. Launched in March 2006, the company is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience. iGPS (www.igps.net) is headquartered in Orlando, FL.
About Dole Food Company
Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2008 net revenues of $7.6 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.