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Orlando, FL-based Intelligent Global Pooling Systems announced Dec. 8 that Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co., will begin utilizing iGPS's all- plastic pallets with embedded radio-frequency identification tags in the shipping of some of its products within North America this month.

"Our decision to incorporate iGPS as part of our shipping network reflects Dole's desire to continually provide our customers with added value," William Goldfield of Dole Fresh Fruit said in a Dec. 8 press release. "We see iGPS's all- plastic pallet as an opportunity to strengthen our supply chain, especially with respect to Dole's firm commitment to environmental responsibility, food safety and worker protection."

The non-porous nature of iGPS's pallets prevents the absorption of liquids, providing an extra margin of safety for the food supply, while embedded RFID tags enable tracking of shipments throughout the supply chain. The potential weight savings per pallets means less fuel is required for transport, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and the pallets are 100 percent recyclable, making their useful life indefinite. Finally, the highly engineered nature of iGPS's pallets makes them stronger than alternative options.

"We are delighted that Dole has elected to begin shipping its products on iGPS's all-plastic pallets," Bob Moore, iGPS chief executive officer, said in the release. "'Dole' is one of the world's great brands, with a known commitment to quality and sustainability, and we are delighted that it has put its trust in us. This agreement is further validation of the superior value proposition we offer."

In just three years of operation, iGPS has had a notable influence on the way goods are shipped throughout the North American supply chain. The firm's 100 percent recyclable pallets are 30 percent lighter than pallets made of wood and can be better for the environment. Unlike wood pallets, iGPS pallets do not absorb liquids that can cross-contaminate food, and they cannot harbor wood-boring insects, which have seriously damaged North American forests.

iGPS's pallets are also hygienic, easy to handle and, because they eliminate protruding nails and splinters, reduce workplace injuries and damaged equipment.

Embedded RFID tags enable shippers and receivers to track and trace shipments in real time.

Launched in March 2006, the company is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience.