Pallet Exchange: How Big, Ugly, Is Your Truck Driver?

A decade since pallet exchange has largely disappeared from the landscape of major U.S. grocery retailers, here is a no longer politically correct reminder of how things used to be, circa Y2K, courtesy of Pallet Enterprise Magazine. Pallet Exchange: How Big, Ugly, Is Your Truck Driver? There is good news and bad news when it comes to pallet … [Read more...]

Why Palletize?

Why palletize? The palletization of goods provides many benefits for supply chain operations.   Move one box at a time or up to one hundred? Pallets were largely accepted to be one of the two greatest innovations of the Twentieth Century, along with the barcode. And while the use of pallets along with the palletization of materials … [Read more...]

Standard Pallet Sizes in Inches and Centimeters; the Strategic Importance of Choosing the Right Size

A review of standard pallet dimensions, why standard sizes are important in supply chain operations, and a list of pallet standards resources. There are a number of standard sizes for pallets being used in the United States and internationally. They vary between countries, as well as between industries. This article lists standard size … [Read more...]

Free Pallets – Ten Places Where to Find Free or Low Cost Pallets

  Wondering where to find free or low-cost pallets? I often receive inquiries about where to find such pallets to start a home craft project, or more steady sources of used pallets to generate work as a pallet street vendor or a pallet recycling business. Pallets available at no cost typically include unusual sizes, small qualities, or … [Read more...]

Sleeve Pack and Pallet Pack Vendors

Suppliers of plastic sleeve packs, also referred to as pallet packs and pallet sleeves. are listed below. What is a sleeve pack? A sleeve pack, also known as a pallet pack, is a lightweight unit load shipping system utilized to support, store, protect, transport and merchandise unit loads of goods or materials. The sleeve pack includes a … [Read more...]

Pallet and Container Deposits – Top Things to Consider

This post originally ran on February 27, 2012. Container and pallet deposits can be an extremely effective tool in promoting timely return of reusable packaging. Recently there has been a very good discussion about pallet and container deposit charges at the Pallet Security, Returnable Assets Management & Pallet Control group at Linked … [Read more...]

What Happened to the “Cadillac” Pallets of 1961?

Simply summed up, pallet users are finding that the per-use cost of a pallet is far more important than the purchase price -something we've been saying in the pallet industry for years. The only difference today is that a man who wants to apply this principle to his pallet program has better pallets to work with. Bill Sardo, quoted in the August … [Read more...]

Returnable Totes Offer Sustainable Solution for Auto Parts Transport

  Automotive packaging: reusability, durability, lightweight and ergonomic properties make reusable plastics totes the chosen alternative for closed-loop supply chains. A leading tier-one supplier in the automotive industry was in search of a returnable packaging solution to transport steering wheels for an exclusive German automotive … [Read more...]

Cartonplast best practice for transporting glass, cans and PET containers

How plastic layer pads make production processes efficient and flexible Cartonplast Group (CPL) offers Europe's most successful outsourcing transportation system with plastic layer pads (PLPs) on a rental basis for glass, cans and PET containers. The following CPL best practice examples provide insights into the practice of the work … [Read more...]

A Short History of Trade Unions and the Shipping Pallet

It was a time of war, trade unionism, and the early history of the pallet. Imagine legendary Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa, the U.S. Pacific fleet, the cast of Marlon Brando's "On the Waterfront" and that fantastic new product, the shipping pallet. There were going to be waves. Trade unions fight to sustain and grow their membership base; they … [Read more...]