Pallets Are The Backbone Of The Logistics Industry
Most of us are very familiar with pallets. We see them stacked up next to buildings by loading docks, being used in garages and storerooms for stacking unused items or inventory (on top of), being re-purposed for handmade furniture (wooden pallets), and more. Occasionally, we even see them used for their intended purpose – as a base for cargo to be shipped upon.
Let's take a closer look at pallets and how they figure into the industry of logistics.
The Importance of Pallets
Your tires are to your car as pallets are to the world of logistics. They are the point of contact between various modes of transportation and the shipments themselves. In the global supply chain, they are a necessity. Yet, somehow, they are forgotten about in many cases. It's like they're invisible! But just like, without your tires you would have a hard time using your car, without pallets global commerce would grind to a devastating halt.
What Are Pallets?
The pallet upon which it is loaded is a unit load’s primary interface. Traditionally made from wooden boards, they serve multiple purposes. While traveling through the supply chain, they do the following:
Encounter fork truck impacts
Bear the weight of cargo
Absorb the stresses involved
And protect the product overall
The outcome of a shipment is influenced tremendously when you consider all that is expected of pallets. Their sturdiness has a direct impact on their dependability. Though still made from wood in many cases, plastic pallets are now available from certain suppliers.
Charging by the Pallet
There are handful of ways by which to charge for the transportation of cargo. Trucking and shipping costs may be charged by the pound, by the cubic foot, by the pallet, etc.
A pallet can be used for a single item like a washer or dryer, or for a collection of boxes or items. In the case of the latter, these items are usually shrink-wrapped and banded onto the pallet.
Earlier, pallets in the world of logistics were compared to the tires on your car. Just like buying cheap tires, buying cheap pallets can have a detrimental impact on your company. Imagine driving your family around on tires that are less than reliable, safe, and dependable. The same goes for the shipping and transportation of your product. Do you want a pallet falling apart in the middle of the transportation process? Now you've got damaged goods to try and get rid of.
As with most manufactured products, the quality of pallets differs depending on the material used, the construction, the workmanship, the age of the pallet and the material used to build it, etc. Saving money on cheap pallets could end up costing your company more money in the long run.
Everybody's Going Green
The re-usability of pallets already makes them desirable in a world where everyone and everything seems to be "going green". If they are of higher quality and are not overly abused, they can be used again and again.
The manufacturers of wood pallets view forests as a renewable source for their products while recyclability is a winning factor for the manufacturers of plastic products. That doesn't mean, however, that plastic is preferable over wood from a planet-friendly aspect. Wood is reusable, recyclable, and 100% renewable. Today, rather than ending up in landfills, wood pallets are being recycled on a 95% basis.
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