Sanitarium reaps the rewards of pallet management


Sanitarium New Zealand is saving an estimated $10,000 per year (and growing) with the 2ic Pallet Management System

Sanitarium reaps the rewards of pallet management
Sanitarium reaps the rewards of pallet management

April 12, 2011

Sanitarium New Zealand is saving an estimated $10,000 per year (and growing) with the 2ic Pallet Management System.

2ic Pallets is a pallet tracking and reconciliation software which helps to prevent pallet losses.

Produced and supported by 2ic Software, the solution is developed for pallet controllers to accurately record and track pallet or other reusable asset movements and reconcile pallet bills for multiple locations and multiple pallet pools.

According to 2ic Software, the tool is delivering cost savings to over 300 clients in Australia and New Zealand, including Fresh Direct, Linfox, Coca Cola, Visy, Supercheap Auto and
recently, Sanitarium New Zealand.

Sanitarium New Zealand Distribution Manager Peter Levett first looked into 2ic to assist in the management of over 10,000 pallets after a friend working at Linfox recommended it.

Prior to installation, Sanitarium utilised a combination of spreadsheets and manual forms to manage pallets. Levett was looking for an independent system with the capability of automatically reconciling with CHEP pallets.

"2ic is simple to use, you don’t have to be an IT guru, but the reporting functions are detailed and clearly display growth and balances on a weekly basis," Levett says.

Levett adds the potential cost or risk associated with not having a system such as this is "huge".

"2ic assists us in the process," he says.

"It is a tool that makes the whole weekly reconciliation easy to control and one that enables me to know what is on hand without using forms and spreadsheets.

"We feel like we now have control back with us."

Once the business case was made, Sanitarium utilised 2ic's Free Trial for a short period of time. But Levett only needed a few weeks to recognise that 2ic was a perfect fit.

"What I like about 2ic is that they have been willing to customise certain features to adapt it to the New Zealand Market," Levett says.

"They are responsive and clearly understand the business we are in."

Levett says he’d like to see more suppliers and trading partners utilising the system.

"Anything that controls pallets in the FMCG industry is good for us," he contends.

"The more people working with 2ic the easier it makes it for us."

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