Bob Moore, iGPS CEO, Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year
Moore Earns Top Honors for Founding Innovative Plastic Pallet Rental Service
ORLANDO, Fla. – June 11, 2010 – Bob Moore, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company, LLC), was named by Ernst & Young as Florida’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging industries category.
A veteran of the pallet industry, Moore founded iGPS in 2006 in Orlando with a goal to create the world's first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags. Moore’s innovation has revolutionized the pallet rental industry. For over six decades, pallets had been made of wood. Recognizing firsthand the inherent dangers and shortcomings of wood—particularly its excessive weight, risks of cross contamination of food, medicines and other products, injuries to workers and damage to products through protruding nails and splinters—Moore seized the opportunity to create a new paradigm in pallet rental, a plastic pallet that is 100 percent recyclable and is lighter, stronger, safer and greener than pallets made of wood. In just four years, iGPS has transformed the supply chain and now counts among its customers many of the world’s most respected and environmentally responsible companies.
“I am grateful to receive this honor from Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year,” Moore said. “I also am grateful to the members of the North American supply chain who have embraced our technology and contributed to our success. Together, we are keeping the foods and products we ship and buy every day out of harm’s way. But without the commitment of each and every iGPS employee, we would not be able to deliver the safest and most environmentally responsible pallet to the market. To each of them, I once again express my appreciation.”
Moore was presented with the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year award at a black-tie gala ceremony at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate on June 10, 2010. As Entrepreneur of the Year, Moore will now compete in the Ernst & Young national competition in November in Palm Springs, California.
Based in Orlando, Florida, iGPS employs 150 people and operates throughout North America. In addition, iGPS has created nearly 2,000 new green jobs in North America as an outcome of the businesses that contribute to the development of the pallets and the tracing and tracking technologies used in them.
iGPS operates the world’s first pallet rental service providing shippers and receivers with all-plastic pallets with embedded RFID tags. iGPS’ state-of-the-art pallets are 30 percent lighter than wood, which saves on transport costs and helps reduce green house gases. Its pallets are also more hygienic, easier 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. And iGPS pallets are 100 percent recyclable. Launched in March 2006, the company has created nearly 2,000 new green jobs in the U.S. and is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience. iGPS (http://www.igps.net/) is headquartered in Orlando, FL and has offices in Dallas, TX and Bentonville, AR.