2021 in Review

As every year, 2021 was filled with new challenges. Alongside these challenges we found exciting, new opportunities to learn and grow.

We would like to say thank you to all of our clients, partners and new connections for their support and another year of taking steps towards a sustainable packaging future. Without you, we would not be able to achieve the goals we set for ourselves every year.

We are extremely excited for what 2022 will have in store for us, we have some exciting projects we are working on and we can not wait to share more of that with you. For now, enjoy some well deserved time off, relax and come back refreshed for a new year.

We wish you all a happy holiday season, be safe and see you in 2022!

What is Pooling?

Pooling, as a concept, is about maximising efficiency of use and reducing the inefficient use of assets.

Pooling also allows businesses to focus on their core activities and leave things like logistics, asset management, reporting, cleaning of assets, etc. to specialist companies such as Smartload.

Let’s look at an example of a company that transports goods between their two locations, one in CPT and the other in JHB.

1. The business buys pallets to be loaded in CPT.
2. They schedule transport for the goods to be moved to JHB.
3. They unload and stack empty pallets in warehousing space.
4. They schedule transport to return empty pallets to their manufacturing site in CPT where it will be cleaned or repaired and loaded with goods to start the cycle all over again.

Now let’s look at the same scenario with a pooling company.

1. The business orders clean pallets to be delivered to their site in CPT.
2. They send the packed pallets to JHB.
3. Once unpacked in JHB, Smartload collects empty, dirty pallets.
4. When the business requires more pallets, they simply order from Smartload in CPT.

In this case, the increase in efficiency of use comes at the point where Smartload collects pallets in JHB. Before, these pallets would have been transported empty, back to where they are needed in CPT, but with pooling these pallets are collected, cleaned and then supplied to a business with a need for pallets in JHB.

Other businesses can now use these pallets for sending goods back to CPT or to other areas, reducing the carbon footprint and increasing the efficiency of use of these pallets.

If you would like to know more about pooling, get in contact with us today.

The Pooling Process

What do we do, How do we do it?

Smartload’s service offerings for food producers & other industries are flexible. Some clients prefer our full service pooling model, others prefer the flexibility of the rental model, whereas other customers prefer to buy and own their own assets


The pooling model is an all inclusive service offering which includes cleaning, delivery to the client’s desired location as well as the collection of dirty units at the end of the cycle.


Clients order LBC’s/pallets as they need them and pay the daily rental at the end of the month. This model is very flexible, for instance, if a client needs to send pallets/LBC’s to an unloader where the units will spend a significant amount of time, the rental can be transferred to that client’s account, we call this a rental transfer.


Buying is straightforward, we provide unbranded versions of our products to customers who are interested in owning their own pallets/LBC’s. This option is ideal for customers who use these assets internally and do not send them to external locations. In the long term, plastic pallets with a superior service life can lead to significant savings compared to wood pallets.

For more information on Smartload DBC’s, please contact us today.

Dry Bulk Containers (DBC’s)

Manufacturers in the food, pharmaceutical, automotive (and other) industries make use of cartons, wooden pallets and plastic wrap solutions – in order to store and transport packaged materials and products – such as plastic bottles, caps, sachets, etc.

These solutions create immense amounts of waste and are not suitable for reuse.

The DBC is a foldable, plastic container that drastically reduces waste, eliminating the need for carton boxes, wooden pallets and plastic wrap. The DBC also saves space in manufacturing facilities as well as costs associated with return logistics.

For more information on Smartload DBC’s and how they could fit into your supply chain, contact us today.

Dry Bulk Container

Liquid Bulk Containers (LBC’s)

Previously manufacturers of food and pharmaceutical products made use of either 1000 litre flow bins or 25 litre bag in box solutions for the transport of raw materials and finished product.

Unfortunately, flow bins are difficult to clean, often cause losses in raw material due to inefficient decanting, provide little to no traceability and are therefore not a very hygienic solution. 25 Litre bag in box solutions are inefficient when it comes to transporting intermediate loads, they cause a loss in product during use and create large amounts of waste that take up space in manufacturing facilities.

Why are LBC’s better?

They are foldable, reusable liquid containers that make use of 100% recyclable inner liners, maximising space and reducing waste in manufacturing facilities. Because LBC’s are foldable, they not only save space on site, they also increase the efficiency and reduce the costs of return logistics. Every liner comes with FDA, ISO, BRC, etc. certification offering superior traceability and hygiene over other solutions.

LBC’s have been tested extensively in the pharmaceutical, dairy and juice industries to name a few, proving itself to be a superior packaging solution.

The LBC is available on all three of our service offerings, pooling, renting and selling.

For more information on Smartload LBC’s and how they could fit into your supply chain, contact us today.


What do we do, how do we do it?

What do we do, how do we do it?

We often get asked how our reusable packaging solutions work. Over the next three weeks I will be unpacking some use cases and how our solutions fit into different supply chains. First up…

Plastic Pallets

One of the main culprits creating waste and hygiene risks for manufacturing facilities is the wooden pallet. Although these pallets often get reused, they are not ideal, mainly due to the fact that they can not be washed or sanitised and often break after more than one use. The solution? Plastic pallets.

Food and pharmaceutical manufacturers increasingly make use of plastic pallets in production areas due to strict hygiene regulations prohibiting the use of wood.

Plastic pallets have a heavy duty load bearing capacity of up to 7500kg. They are capable of withstanding the frequent changes in temperature without cracking making it the ideal candidate for manufacturers in the South African market. The pallet has proven itself, having been tested thoroughly in the dairy, juice, pet nutrition and other manufacturing industries over the last five years.

Our pallet is available on all three of our service offerings, pooling, renting and selling.

For more information on Smartload pallets and how they could fit into your supply chain, contact us today.

CR3 Plastic Pallet
Smartload SA