Pallet Information

Need to get up to speed quickly on basic information about pallets?  This pallet resources page is in the process of being developed just for that purpose. It is still a work in progress but look below to  find a selection of articles from If you have basic informational articles you would like to add, or have clarifications or corrections to posted content, please contact us.Pallet information


1. General Pallet Information

What Is a Pallet?

Why Palletize?

Standard Pallet Sizes

Why Quarter Pallets? FAQ

The Role of Half Pallets

How to Get Rid of Damaged or Unwanted Pallets

Wood Pallets: Are You Getting What You Paid For?

You Can Make Pallets Out of What?

Understanding Wood Pallets: The GMA

The Eternal Question: Should My Pallets Be Hardwood or Softwood?

How Pallet Collars Will Fit Into 2019 Industrial Packaging Trends


History of Pallet Usage

Short of dazzling conversational topics for your next social event? Fear no more. Pallets and their predecessor, the shop skid, definitely came into use in the early 20th Century, but pallet-like prototypes were probably in use hundreds of years or arguably thousands of years earlier.  Here are some pages that touch on the history of pallet use.

What Came First, The Pallet or the Forklift

History of the Pallet Truck

What Happened to the “Cadillac” Pallets of 1961?

Pallets During World War 2 – Quartermaster Corps

A History of Pallets During World War 2 – A Call to Action

Second Word War – Why Use Two When One Will Do

When Was the “Europallet” First Introduced?

The Pallet Pooling Opportunity – A Perspective from 1945

A Reference Guide for the Construction and Inspection of Wood Pallets – 1954

Changing approach to Palletization Led to Union Disputes

Enduring Standard: EUR Pallet Celebrates Fifty Years


Pallet Management and Pools

Enduring Standard: EUR Pallet Celebrates Fifty Years

Pallet Pooling in Australia: Collaboration and Reform Needed

Canadian Pallet Council

Swedish Collaborative Pallet and Container Pool (Retursystem)

Norwegian Pallet Pool (NLP)

Euro Pool System Acquires La Palette Rouge (LPR)

EPAL Heineken Interview

How I Learned to Love 3rd Party

CHEP Eyes $12 Billion Pooling Opportunity

Automotive Industry (AIAG) Pallet and Lid

Automotive Looks to Rationalize Use of Reusable Packaging

The Pallet Stops There, the Cost Stops Here

If You Can’t Make Some Heat, Get Out of the Kitchen


4. Manual Pallet Handling

Why Palletize?

Working around Pallets: an Introduction

Pallet Handling: Material Considerations

Working Safely with Pallets: Basic Steps

5. Pallets for Export

Pallets for Export: ISPM 15 Only the Start

Presswood Pallets

Plastic Pallets for Export

Paper Export Pallets

OptiLedge System