Color Coding for Pallets and Containers

In an age of sophisticated RFID and other auto-ID solutions, there is still a case for color coding, or colour coding. All you have to do is watch the reverse logistics operation at supermarket distribution centres as they make full use of color identification to quickly separate pallets such as CHEP (blue), Loscam Australia (Red), etc.

Colored rack placards by Kennedy Group aid warehousing efficiency.

When considering color coding of pallets and containers, be sure to weigh the benefits and disadvantages.


  • Enables material handlers to quickly discern between different types of pallets or containers
  • Can aid in preventing misuse of specific pallets or containers
  • Can be used to identify type of inventory associated with the pallet or containe
  • Can be used to prevent cross-contamination
  • Can aid in control and correct allocation of color coded pallets or containers


  • Color coding can add extra cost to the pallet or container
  • When color coded assets are assigned for certain applications only, this may limit the utility of the asset. Flexibility may be lost

Can you think of other benefits or disadvantages, or do you have a good story about the use of color coding? Please click on the “Submit Comment” box below to share your thoughts.

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