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Cut Warehouse and Distribution Center Costs with Pallet Bands

In a five-month trial period, U.S. Foodservice's Fort Mill, South Carolina, distribution center has saved close to $8,000 by switching from traditional shrink wrap to rubber pallet bands.

(Boonton, NJ, December 23, 2009) — U.S. Foodservice's Fort Mill, South Carolina, DC has found a creative way to stretch its dollars: by replacing plastic shrink-wrap with large, reusable rubber bands.

The DC had been using clear plastic wrap to secure food products for years. But, like many DCs today, it was looking for a way to cut costs.

"We were using tens of thousands of pounds of shrink-wrap in our warehouse every year to secure products on pallets while stored on racks, and we knew there had to be a more cost-effective way to manage this process," says Dan Harris, president of U.S. Foodservice-Fort Mill.

In a five-month trial period, the DC used 11 percent less shrink-wrap and saved close to $8,000.

In the December issue of Distribution Center Management, Harris details the transition from shrink-wrap to bands and the savings he was able to realize.

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