Brambles is a supply-chain logistics company operating in more than 60 countries, primarily through the CHEP and IFCO brands.
Overview of Operations
The Group specialises in the pooling of unit-load equipment and the provision of associated services, with a focus on the outsourced management of returnable pallets, crates and containers. Brambles predominantly serves the consumer goods, dry grocery, fresh food, retail and general manufacturing industries. In addition, the Group has specialist businesses serving the automotive manufacturing, aerospace and oil and gas sectors.
The Group reports its activities through three operating segments:
Pallets – primarily serving the fast-moving consumer goods, grocery, food and general manufacturing industries and sub-divided into three regions: Americas (comprising the CHEP pallet-pooling and recycled pallet operations in the USA, the CHEP pallet pooling and Paramount Pallet operations in Canada and the CHEP pallet-pooling operations in Latin America); Europe, Middle East & Africa (comprising the CHEP pallet-pooling operations in those regions and in India); and Asia-Pacific (comprising the CHEP pallet-pooling operations in Australia & New Zealand, China and South-East Asia);
Reusable Plastic Crates (RPCs) – serving the fresh produce industry and comprising the IFCO RPC pooling business worldwide and the CHEP RPC pooling businesses in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa; and
Containers – comprising services to four separate sectors as follows: CHEP Pallecon Solutions and Transpac, primarily serving customers transporting raw materials in the food and general manufacturing industries; CHEP Automotive Solutions, serving the automotive manufacturing industry; CHEP Aerospace Solutions, which rents containers and pallets for the transportation of baggage and cargo to airlines, as well as maintaining these and other equipment; and Ferguson Group and CHEP Catalyst & Chemical Containers, which rent specialised containers to the offshore oil and gas and refining sectors respectively.
Brambles enhances logistics performance for customers by helping them transport goods through their supply-chains more efficiently, sustainably and safely. Brambles provides standardised reusable pallets, crates and containers to customers from its service centres, as and when customers require. Customers use that equipment to transport goods through their supply-chains, then either arrange for its return to Brambles or transfer it to another participant in the network for that participant to use.
Customers eliminate the need to purchase and manage their own pallets, crates and/or containers by participating in Brambles’ pooling system. Customers benefit from the scale efficiencies generated by Brambles’ network and systems, as well as the Group’s asset management knowledge and continuous development of innovative solutions.
Brambles retains ownership of its equipment at all times, inspecting and repairing it as required to maintain consistent levels of quality. Within this pooling system, Brambles generates sales revenue predominantly from the rental and other service fees that customers pay based on their usage of the Group’s equipment.
Brambles’ shared values are articulated in the company’s Code of Conduct and are a core component of the Group’s culture:
Strategic Focus & Themes
Brambles’ intention is to be a world-leading provider of supply-chain solutions that create superior and sustainable value for its customers, shareholders and employees. The Group implements its strategy under four key themes: