Pallets Continue to Play Vital Role in Warehouses

Pallets have been used in warehouses and transportation for a long time for good reason. Even as technology advances, warehouse pallets remain one of the best ways to store and move materials while keeping damage to the products to a minimum. They are also generally preferred by customers because they are so easy to maneuver with material handling equipment.

A recent poll carried out by Peerless Research Group (PRG) found that the most important factor when deciding which type of pallet to use was price, with 61 percent of respondents saying it was a crucial consideration. This was followed by strength (56 percent), durability (54 percent) and reusability (44 percent).

An overwhelming majority – 96 percent – of the firms polled use wood pallets. This is a rise over 2015’s figures, when just 91 percent of respondents used wood pallets. When it comes to purchasing wood pallets, nearly two thirds preferred used or core pallets, while 54 percent say they prefer new ones. Some of the other materials used are plastic, wood composite, and metal.

When it comes to pallet type, 54 percent of respondents use stringer pallets, while 20 percent prefer block and 20 percent report using equal amounts of block and stringer varieties. Just over half of respondents said they ship primarily using stringer pallets, which is a drop from the 57 percent who did the same the year before. Pallets measuring 48×40 inches are preferred by 66 percent of respondents, with just over a quarter saying they prefer the 48 x 48 inch variety.

The Future of Pallets

The survey also asked for feedback on some of the latest pallet trends. While experts have predicted a shift by retailers away from stringer pallets toward block pallets, 45 percent of those polled said they have not been making any changes in that direction. Five percent say that they have, and these firms report that block pallets are more durable, easier to load and unload, and help save time.

This blog post was based off an article from Modern Materials Handling. View the original here.

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