Pallets are a critical element of your product packaging and logistics. Making the right choice can make a huge impact on your bottom line.
Here are 4 factors to consider when purchasing pallets:
1. Strength – You need to carefully consider the load bearing capacity of the pallet. It is essential that the selected pallet is capable of supporting the weight of the materials that will be shipped.
2. Stiffness – This refers to the pallet’s ability to resist bending, collapsing, or flexing while under load. A particular pallet may be strong enough to resist failure, yet too flexible to hold the load safely.
3. Pallet Durability – Durability refers to the pallet’s ability to withstand use in the shipping and handling process. If the pallet is for one-time use, than pallet durability is not a critical factor in your decision. The manner in which the pallets are transported can also factor into the selection process and your durability requirements.
4. Functionality and Compatibility – There are many elements to consider when it comes to the functionality and compatibility of your pallets. Wood pallets need to be compatible with the materials being shipped. The packaging and handling equipment are also factors in the design criteria. You must also consider your destination. Some export shipments require the pallet to be in compliance with ISPM 15, heat-treated wood packaging.