The vision and driving force behind CHEP’s closed rental pool, that allows companies to share and reuse 375 million pallets, crates and containers in 60 countries – Australian Oliver Richter (1920 – 2014) has been recognised for pioneering the circular, sustainable use of pallets in the logistics industry. A non-profit initiative presided by German Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport, Dr. Volker Wissing, the Logistics Hall of Fame recognises leading figures who have made outstanding efforts to promote the development of logistics and supply chain management. Voted in by a global, 60-strong jury comprising journalists, scientists, politicians, associations and logistics industry representatives, Oliver joins the ranks of 41 logisticians, including Jeff Bezos, Henry Ford and Gottlieb Daimler. CHEP representatives received the prestigious, posthumous award on his behalf. “Being part of the Logistics Hall of Fame is a great honour for CHEP, and certainly would have been for Mr Richter. Thanks to his vision, CHEP was able to roll out its inherently sustainable supply chain logistics model”, said Volker Sdunzig, Senior Vice-President of CHEP Central and Eastern Europe. He continues: “Year after year, pallet manufacturers continue to strive to make pallets an even more intelligent and reliable means of transporting and presenting goods. The Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data are the next revolution in our path towards a net-zero, fully regenerative supply chain.” As a trade manager at CHEP’s parent company, Brambles, Oliver Richter discovered the potential of a closed rental pool for load carriers in the 1960s and successfully set up what is now considered one of the most sustainable and efficient logistics models globally. Whilst the question of who invented the ‘pallet’ cannot be answered unequivocally, Richter was undoubtedly the driving force behind the pallet becoming an optimised, reliable and sustainable logistics solution to a growing number of transported goods.