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The EPAL Academy looks back on a successful first year

What are “intelligent” pallets, the “light code” of an EPAL pallet or chamfered lower edge boards? What exactly are the quality features of an EPAL Euro pallet?

If you’re capable of answering all of these questions, you’re either an EPAL pallet producer or repairer yourself, or you’ve been on a training course at the EPAL Academy and are in possession of a “Euro Pallet Expert” certificate. At the end of its first year, the EPAL Academy is looking back on a successful year in which it has awarded this certificate to a multitude of participants.

In this first year, the international competence, information and training centre of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL), the EPAL Academy, has developed into an important institution for the Euro pallet sector. The Academy offers a broad portfolio of training courses and informative events specifically designed for EPAL pallet users in the retail and industrial sectors, logistics experts and suppliers. This is supplemented by customised training courses, which take into consideration the various complex requirements of the company and partially take place in house. “Each training course is preceded by an individual consultation and analysis in order to provide the participants and the company with optimal training results,” says Alexander Becker, Director of the EPAL Academy, describing the Academy’s standards.

Demand is high, both at home and abroad, with the EPAL Academy training pallet users in Hungary, Customs officers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia and logistics managers in Austria. The Academy is based in Düsseldorf, where regular training courses are offered, and where new concepts and collaborative ventures are developed and concluded. The Academy works closely with schools and universities, this year participating with a specifically tailored training course in the “Tag der Logistik” (Logistics Day) of the German Logistics Association (Bundesvereinigung Logistik – BVL), and together with GS1 Germany (Global Standard 1), it has already presented the seminar entitled “Pallet quality in practice – cost efficiency through professional pallet management” multiple times.

The network and expertise of the EPAL Academy is based on the almost 25 years of experience of the European Pallet Association e.V. (EPAL) that operates the world’s largest open pallet pool, which it continues to expand and make future proof. This includes innovations such as the Pallet App that has been developed together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics (Fraunhofer IML) and which will be presented by the EPAL Academy at the coming FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg.

FachPack, Nuremberg, 29/09-01/10/2015, Hall 3A Stand 317

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