CC said: "Over the last few months we have been talking intensively with many of our customers about the new shelves and the proposed introduction programme.
"The introduction of a new item in an existing pool of containers is complicated. Many customers and users of the CC Pool think the initially proposed programme has too many operational and financial challenges.
"Based on the feedback from the market CC has decided to develop a new introduction programme. Alongside the development of the new introduction programme for the CC Solid, CC will search for a solution on how to support and service the wooden shelves."
CC said any delay in introduction of the new shelves "depends on how fast we will be able to develop a new introduction plan in collaboration with the market. We will continue with the testing of the CC Solid in the meanwhile."CC said they offer the following benefits over the CC Wood:
- Five times increased stacking capacity per base in the return transport
- Increased durabilityContainer Centralen predict total expected horticultural supply chain cost savings of €20 million annually, as a result of more efficient transport, handling and storage
With more than 14 million shelves currently on contract in the CC Pool, replacing them is going to require a joint effort from everyone in the sector: customers, stakeholders, users, and CC. We are aiming to start the introduction of the new shelves around the second half of 2017.