How purposeful innovation improves standards
Thebaud is convinced the success of the partnership lies very much in the innovative technology and solid expertise of both parties that combine to ensure the just-in-time sourcing process is maintained. Much like IFCO, Système U has made it a priority to invest in technology that safeguards the continuity of the logistics and the safety of the personnel.
What makes the benefits of IFCO’s unique all-round solution particularly compelling for Système U? "The IFCO Banana Lift Lock improves the quality of pallet storage and boosts automation efficiency in the logistics operations," explains Thebaud. "Most importantly, the IFCO team supported the U LOG team throughout the trials and beyond, but especially during the preparatory phase, namely in the configuration of the robots," he adds. Given the scale of the operations and the geographical coverage, Thebaud highlights that getting this stage right is a crucial factor in the long-term success of automated warehouse logistics.
Franck Tatibouët, Head of National Purchases Fruit and Vegetables at U Enseigne, the sales arm under Système U, is in full agreement. In his view, the complete packaging solutions from IFCO tick all the right boxes. "Thanks to their reusability, the IFCO RPCs improve our carbon footprint and reduce our solid waste. It is also important for us to work with IFCO from an environmental perspective, but also because IFCO RPCs support automated processes," he adds.