IPP Logipal provide pallet pooling service for Akzonobel UK Decorative Coatings

Akzonobel UK Decorative Coatings Business Unit, manufacturers of Dulux, Cuprinol, Hammerite and Polycell brands, has appointed IPP Logipal to provide a pallet pooling service for delivering its products to DIY centres and retail outlets in the UK.

The group produces paint in 26 countries on four continents: Europe, North America, Latin America and Asia. The headquarters are in Slough, in the UK.

With several customers increasing quality control checks on incoming pallets, AkzoNobel appointed IPP Logipal to ensure Dulux products were consistently distributed on high-quality pallets across the UK.

IPP Logipal's simple one-way nationwide operation makes weekly deliveries to AkzoNobel's Slough Manufacturing Unit and a depot in Stowmarket, Cambridgeshire. Over 150,000 pallets trips are made per annum to major DIY retailers, such as B&Q and Focus, as well as the leading supermarket chain, Tesco.

Once utilised, pallet collections are arranged by IPP Logipal, with inspections carried out matched to KPI (key performance indicator) criteria, ensuring customers receive consistently high-quality pallets.

David Macrae, AkzoNobel's UK Logistics Manager, comments: "To increase the efficiency of our supply chain we required a pallet solution provider with a high regard for quality that will work proactively with AkzoNobel manufacturing sites and our third party logistics provider, TDG, to deliver continuous improvement in our operations.

"We are pleased to work in partnership with IPP Logipal in developing a successful relationship that will benefit our customers and enhance the overall supply chain."