EPAL UK & Ireland has announced that it has launched a traceable pallet that will significantly improve the traceability and efficiency of users’ supply chains.
The EPAL Euro QR pallet features a scannable code linked to a unique serial number, helping to boost supply chain visibility, improve efficiency, and optimise stock management.
Located on the right-hand side of the pallet, the QR code can be linked to the goods being transported, and gives users other essential information such as the pallet manufacturer, age of the pallet, how many times it has been used in the EPAL network, the number of repairs it has had, storage times, and location.
Pallet users can share this information easily with its partner suppliers and customers in the supply chain. The improved visibility will reduce pallet loses because it enables businesses to know exactly where their pallets are located and enable swift action in the case of events such as product recalls.
The QR code is marked on the Euro pallets with long-lasting inkjet printing, successfully tested within the EPAL network, and readable with a standard barcode reader.
Felicity Smith, National Secretary for EPAL UK & Ireland, said: “The Euro QR pallet is a significant development for EPAL, adding traceability to the list of benefits users already enjoy from being part of the EPAL network. It is an innovation that means EPAL pallets now not only protect the goods they are carrying but can also provide operational data that is essential for an efficient modern supply chain.”
The Euro QR pallets are manufactured and repaired to the same independently audited quality standards as regular EPAL pallets. The pallets are freely exchangeable within the existing EPAL international pallet pool across 35 countries. Administering some 650 million EPAL Euro pallets and 2 million box pallets internationally, EPAL is the world’s largest open exchange pool.