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Pallets are the unsung workhorses of warehouses and supply chains. According to Inbound Logistics Magazine, they're the glue that connects retailers, distributors, manufacturers and transportation and logistics service providers across numerous industries.
On the warehouse floor, plastic pallets work behind the scenes to improve the efficiency of the internal workings within the space. Here are just a few of the many ways they do so:
1. Saving on space
The ability to manufacture hundreds of custom plastic pallets to specific dimensions means that items can be stacked with much greater efficiency in a warehouse, saving on valuable floor space.
Unlike wooden pallets where stacking can sometimes feel like playing a game of Tetris, warehouse managers know exactly how much space their plastic pallets will take once inside, and can calculate the area needed much more effectively. Plastic pallet users can even customise the dimensions of their pallets, to achieve an even greater use of available warehouse space.
2. Improving cleanliness
Keeping warehouses clean and free from contamination is important, and so is knowing that the pallet material won't be introducing any contaminants of its own. Plastic pallets can be easily cleaned. Without the cracks and grooves of wood pallets, it is much harder for dirt, debris and microorganisms to accumulate.
Manufacturers using plastic pallets have the peace-of-mind of increasing the overall sanitation within their supply chain. Hygienic pallets go one step further, with an entirely smooth surface to ensure no contaminants can linger.
Stretching out the lifecycle of pallet material helps to reduce transportation overheads. Inside a crowded warehouse, a robust yet lightweight material such as plastic is able withstand the knocks and bruises of a busy warehouse floor, without breaking or damaging its surroundings.
"Compared to wood, plastic pallets cause less equipment damage and fewer employee injuries, and they last longer," says Mr Most.
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— Eco Pallets (@Eco_Pallets) February 27, 2017
4. Ease of transport
Goods are often moved around within a warehouse before they reach their final destination. Choosing a lightweight transportation material such as plastic can make moving goods from one place to another much easier for those involved, saving time and money in internal logistics.
There are many more reasons why plastic pallets are the right choice for transportation materials, no matter what industry your business services.
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