When it comes to logistics, pallets may not shine in the limelight as much as say, security systems or refrigerated trucks. But, it is a fact that they are detrimental to the supply chain. Without pallets, the ability to move heavy loads would be a nightmare, so it’s important to understand how they keep global shipping and distribution moving nonstop and the different types of pallets available to shippers.
An Overview of Pallets & Shipping:
Pallets can hold a load of 1,000 kg (2,205 lb), with a flat shape and varying dimensions that allow them to easily be moved and stacked by forklifts and pallet jacks, to safely hold goods and to fit through doors and openings. Since goods of all shapes, sizes, consistencies and preservation needs are being transported all over the world, there are pallets available in various sizes and materials, whether a shipper need contamination-free containers for food or a they seek special technology to monitor pallet movements for security purposes.
According to this post by Inbound Logistics, strength, stiffness, durability, functionality and price are the major factors that should to be considered when choosing the right type of pallet for your goods. Can the pallet handle the weight? Will it be stable and last under the strain of frequent handling? These are all pertinent questions that can help with your decision as well as being informed on the most common types of pallets out there.
Wooden pallets are simple to manufacture, are extremely common and highly cost effective when compared to plastic and metal pallets. For shippers looking for a more eco-friendly way of doing business, wooden pallets are recyclable and made from renewable resources. If damaged, they can easily be repaired and reused.
Plastic pallets boast durability, especially when it comes to being weather resistant. While wooden pallets endure the threat of mold and fungi, as well as an infestation, plastic pallets are a breeze to keep clean and sanitized, with no worry of transporting invasive insects that can burrow into wood. Although wood is stiffer for more apt transporting, plastic pallets are lighter in weight for handling convenience.
Though they are heavier than their wood and plastic pallet rivals, metal pallets are quickly gaining popularity among large companies shipping heavy loads because they are the strongest of the bunch. With metal pallets you get the same peace of mind as with plastic when it comes to shipping pest-free and they will not rot and splinter. Cleaning these pallets are effortless as well, and they can be recycled.
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