Brambles buys US supply chain technology provider

By: Jason Whittaker


Brambles has bought a United States-based supply chain solutions company to add to its CHEP pallets business. LeanLogistics provides technical support

Brambles has bought a United States-based supply chain solutions company to add to its CHEP pallets business.

LeanLogistics provides technical support for transport and logistics solutions.

Brambles CEO Mike Ihlein says the US$45 million acquisition will enable CHEP to provide a new and value-enhancing service to both existing and new customers.

"CHEP views and tracks millions of pallet movements through more than 21,000 locations across the USA every day," Ihlein says. "As a result, CHEP has a unique and immediate view of transportation in the USA across a wide range of manufacturers, logistics service providers and retailers.

"LeanLogistics provides on-demand network optimisation solutions to more than 40 major corporations, including many in the fast moving consumer goods sector, with a network in excess of 4,000 transporters.

"Combining CHEP’s extensive customer and information base with LeanLogistics’ customer network and innovative technology will enable us to offer a service that reduces transportation costs and optimises supply chain efficiency.

"By helping our customers and carriers to operate more efficiently, the acquisition of LeanLogistics will also strengthen our commitment to delivering environmentally sustainable solutions."

Kevin Shuba, Group President of CHEP Americas, says the acquisition of LeanLogistics is an exciting development, enhancing enhance CHEP’s customer service offering in an important and growing market.

"We will now be able to offer customers the ability to optimise transport routes and reduce empty transport miles by using the most efficient transport provider available," he says.

"This will be possible through the leveraging of CHEP’s extensive database of supply chain movements and the innovative technology of LeanLogistics."

The President and CEO of LeanLogistics, Dan Dershem, says joining the CHEP team will enable expansion of its technology to more customers across the USA and, in the future, to other countries.

Dershem will continue to manage LeanLogistics, reporting to Shuba. LeanLogistics will operate as a division of CHEP.

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