Why Should Your Company Palletize?

The proper use of pallets minimizes product handling times, saves space in your warehouse and allows for more efficient shipping. It’s no wonder that pallets have become the go-to logistics product for companies of all sizes, in a variety of markets. The bottom line: if your company ships products in significant quantities, then it’s time for your company to palletize.

Pallet Shipping is More Efficient

By grouping your shipments together, your warehouse will be able to fulfill orders more quickly. If you start with pallets at your warehouse, you can bundle shipments together that are headed to the same distribution centers. Then, once a pallet arrives at your satellite location, the pallet can easily be broken down and grouped according to its final destination.

Companies spends thousands of dollars on outside “efficiency experts”. While these professionals certainly play a role in reducing operating costs, this article is designed to give you the information you need to make meaningful steps towards reducing the cost of operating your supply and delivery chain.

Pallets may seem like a simple, and oftentimes overlooked shipping necessity. But sometimes the simplest solutions can offer the quickest return on investment. Even when shipping with a third party, if an order is large enough to fill a pallet, you’ll score points with your third-party shipper.

These points aren’t only about making FedEx, UPS and DHL happy. It’s about keeping your cashflow happy. Pallets, to a third-party shipper, represent a single package for delivery.

Delivery companies will offer bulk discounts when shipping an entire order in a single, easy to handle package (i.e. secured on a single pallet). A single, self-contained package will always be cheaper than sending the same shipment in multiple, smaller packages.

Pallets are Cost-Effective

Wooden pallets are reusable and are available without a major up-front investment. Depending on the size required for your shipments, a reusable wooden pallet can be purchase for as little as $7. Larger, more durable pallets can cost upwards of $100. Even at the higher end of the spectrum, these pallets represent an affordable investment in your companys logistics, that will pay dividends for years to come.

Palletizing Reduces Shipping Risks

Whether your company is shipping items across town, across the country or across the globe, pallets are an attractive shipping solution that can minimize the risk of damage in transit. At your warehouse, a pallet offers a stable surface for your team to efficiently stack outgoing shipments.

Because a pallet groups large quantities of items into a single load, the items leaving your warehouse are handled less. Most warehouse accidents occur while items are being moved; pallets significantly reduce the number of movements required to get your products out the door.

Fork-lift accidents happen. Thankfully, pallets absorb the impact of forklifts sliding in to pick up loads and moving them from place to place in your warehouse. Sliding along the warehouse floor and on truck beds can be a high-impact sport. Pallets absorb this impact, move after move, keeping the packaging materials that your customer comes into contact with in pristine condition.

Reduce Turnaround Time

From the moment your trailer is backed up to the warehouse, your driver is stuck with nothing to do. This dead time hits your payroll department every time they load up. Pallets allow for shipments to be staged together, before the trucks arrive at the shipping center.

This means that the downtime your warehouse team faces at various times of the day can be turned into productive time; staging shipments on pallets before inbound trucks arrive. Between the newly productive time for your warehouse team, and the minimized wait time for your drivers, pallets provide a serious return on investment.

Increase Customer Satisfaction

Did you know that the majority of your customers already use pallets in their receiving centers? Your non-pallet shipments actually cause frustration for your customers when they load and unload your orders. Give your customers an easy to handle, efficient shipment using a standard pallet. Youll notice the time spent by your trucks at your customers ramps decrease, and customer satisfaction sharply increase!

Fresher Produce and Specialized Handling for Perishable Items

Pallets offer perishable items the specialized drainage and support they need. Despite your teams best efforts, shipments get left outside sometimes. Rain can ruin a shipment, but with pallets the damage is limited. This is because fluids can simply escape beneath the pallet, protecting your shipments from additional damage. While a pallet cant completely protect your shipment from the elements, it will limit the damage caused by standing water at the bottom of a shipping container.

Speaking of warehouse mix-ups, shrinkage is real. No matter how conscientious your team is, there are going to be shipments that arent secured properly. If the item thats poorly packaged has liquid inside, youre looking at a major mess.

Would you rather have a spill occur on a hard surface that doesnt provide a path for the liquid to move away from the rest of your shipment, or would you prefer to use a shipping platform that allows liquids to escape beneath your shipment without rotting the bottoms of your packages?

The answer should be a simple one. While pallets cant completely save a shipment, they can reduce the impact of a leak or spill.

All Shapes, Colors and Sizes

Pallets traditionally are manufactured using wood. The standard pallet measures 40” x 48”, although custom sized pallets can be ordered from a variety of suppliers. The other standard feature of most pallets is that they include spacing to allow forklifts to easily slide underneath and securely lift your shipment as it is moved from one part of the warehouse to another.

In response to the skyrocketing demand for pallets, suppliers have started offering custom pallets to meet the needs of almost any shipment.

Just like when you go to the grocery story and the clerk asks, “Paper or Plastic?” when bagging your items; the sales rep on your next order of pallets may ask, “Wood or Plastic?”. The customization goes beyond the materials used to construct your company’s pallets.

The color and branding of your pallets may prove to be an important marketing tactic. Your customers already know they love your products, but they have a habit of forgetting the company behind the great products they order every day.

Make sure you’re always in the forefront of their mind by adding custom branding and coloring to your company’s pallets. This adds to the uniqueness of doing business with your company.

But making your pallets stand out is about more than simple advertising. Pallets are designed to be reused. Many clients forget to return pallets to their suppliers, or they return the pallets to the wrong supplier.

This can be a frustrating problem for companies looking to get the most out of their investment in pallets. But fear not! By coloring your pallets in a unique color, your clients will come to recognize your shipping supplies more easily, and hopefully take steps to return your shipping supplies on your next truck.

Pallet Collars, a Pallets Best Friend

When shipping items with a pallet, the use of pallet collars can completely transform the way your warehouse handles outgoing shipments. Even when not in use, pallets and pallet collars compactly store in your warehouse, saving your company valuable warehouse storage space.

Customizable to Any Size Shipment

While pallets are generally standardized when it comes to size (although some new and exciting pallets are heading to market), pallet collars work in tandem with pallets to help accommodate a wide variety of shipments without wasting precious packaging materials.

pallet collarThe best part, they’re completely reusable! Made from wood or plastic, pallet collars can quickly be assembled to provide support for any size shipment. When not in use, they fold up to a fraction of their original size.

So what happens when you pair up the two most reusable shipping materials in the world? You get maximum return on investment. Provide your goods with a stable platform throughout transit by utilizing a reusable, easy to move pallet. Stack your items vertically on the pallet, and secure them in place with the flexible application of pallet collars.

Tired of wasting space with traditional wooden crates and construction boxes? Even though they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, there’s almost always going to be a little bit of empty space at the top of your shipment.

Pallet collars minimize this problem by securely stacking to the exact size and dimensions of your shipment. Plus, the wood and plastic materials used to construct pallet collars provide significantly more protection than a standard cardboard box. And over the course of their lifetime, they’re way cheaper than a single-use wooden crate.

When shipping through a third-party, pallet collars save you money by eliminating wasted space. The smaller the dimensions of your shipment, the cheaper it is to ship. Pallets and pallet collars save you some green, and they help the earth out too! Letting clients know that your company is embracing-eco-friendly shipping methods is a great way to build trust and brand loyalty with your clients.

So what are you waiting for? Pick up the phone and get a quote today for all your company’s pallet and pallet collar needs! Remember, time is money, so don’t delay and start saving today!

05.10.2015

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