JBS USA, Greeley, Colo., announced an agreement with CHEP, Livonia, Mich., to expand existing pallet volumes and engage in additional collaborative supply chain solutions.

During the last 12 months, ongoing collaboration eliminated 880,000 empty truck miles from the JBS supply chain, resulting in a reduction of more than 3.3 million pounds of CO2 emissions.

“At JBS, we constantly seek to reduce our environmental footprint across our operations, and that includes our significant transportation assets,” says Tim Wagner, procurement category manager, JBS. “CHEP was a logical partner to help us make our transportation system more efficient and more sustainable. The results of our work together speak for themselves, and we look forward to working with CHEP to develop additional platform and supply chain solutions.”

The CHEP and JBS logistics teams worked for 12 months to evaluate the company’s transportation operation and develop and implement innovative solutions to make the network more efficient by reducing empty truck miles. JBS operates more than 600 trucks that move refrigerated and non-refrigerated products throughout the United States, with freight terminals located in Colorado, Wisconsin, Utah, Texas and Georgia. 

“We look forward to our expanded relationship with JBS and the opportunity to continue our collaboration to deliver additional value through our supply chain solutions,” says Laura Nador, president, CHEP USA.

CHEP’s supply chain solutions leverage the company’s in-depth end-to-end supply chain expertise to help their customers improve efficiency, reduce costs and increase sales. CHEP solutions include transportation optimization, unit load optimization, product damage reduction, packaging performance testing, value stream mapping and environmental sustainability.

“CHEP has decades of supply chain knowledge and expertise, and we deliver tangible supply chain efficiency and sustainability benefits to our customers like JBS every day,” adds Nador.