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4 Types of Plastic Pallets For Your Warehouse Operation

Plastic Pallets
Plastic pallets are an ideal alternative to wood pallets, which are vulnerable to breakage and tend to be cumbersome for employees and shipments. They can be used again and again, making them an economical solution for your business. Ergonomically friendly, they can be made from recycled material and can eventually be recycled if the time comes you don’t need them anymore.

They are an ideal choice for many industries and have benefits you may not have thought of.

Some Benefits Include:

Lightweight. Depending on the style of plastic pallet, some models are much lighter weight, and thus are easier to handle than wood pallets and can reduce shipping costs. Additionally, they will put less total wear on your forklifts.

Long-lasting. They are durable and stand up to the abuses of a typical quick moving workday. They save money by providing hundreds of uses.

Earth friendly. They are recyclable and do not use trees to manufacture. They’ll reduce waste and you won’t have to dispose of them.

Maintain safety standards. Since plastic pallets don’t splinter and break the way wood pallets do, they are safer for everyone who comes into contact with them. There won’t be the hassle of a forklift lifting a cracked pallet either.

Moisture and chemical resistant. They can be used outdoors and indoors where water is an issue. They won’t warp, bow or grow mold.

Sanitary. They meet the requirements for food grade applications as well as the pharmaceutical industry and don’t attract bugs. It is a simple process to clean them.

Uniformity. They are easy for forklifts to pick up and provide organized stacking capabilities, reducing the risk of jamming and uneven loads.

There are four types of plastic pallets your warehouse organization can reap the rewards from. Learn what each of these types can do for your work processes.

Export Plastic Pallets

These ergonomically friendly pallets are ideal for “one way” shipments, particularly those headed out of the country. Distribution operations find they are an inexpensive alternative to costly, treated wood pallets, which are not only inconvenient, but have no guarantee your goods will be accepted by European Community (EC) countries.

Your goods won’t be refused entry by customs, because they don’t require fumigation and are known to not harbor pests. Eliminate the risk of having your products not reach their destination.

They are space savings compatible because of their convenient, nestable design and can save on shipping costs and labor when you factor in the wood pallet treating process.

Their lightweight feature makes them ideal for air cargo shipments and can be used in a variety of applications. Export plastic pallets are widely used in the health and beauty product industry, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, food processing, dairy, automotive, chemical manufacture and printing industries.

Nestable Plastic Pallets

Nestable pallets make stacking more convenient.

Their clean and hardy material makes them ideal for products requiring a cleaner and safer transport method. Being fully nestable, products remain safe with a 4-way pallet jack and forklift entry, and an even, predictably stackable nature.

Tare weights are usually lighter than wood pallets and consistent. They can be relied upon not to warp, splinter or rot. In other words, they won’t breakdown at an inconvenient time. Weather resistant, you don’t need to worry about what will happen to your product when it’s out of your employees’ hands and being transported elsewhere.

Decrease your transportation and freight costs by eliminating empty wood pallets which take up far more space than nesting pallets.

Nestable pallets are a solid choice when you’re spending too much money on wood pallets, your warehouse space is limited or most of your product shipments occur in a closed-loop system.

If you use RFID to track pallets and products through your system, nestable pallets make sense.

Another consideration is that aesthetics can be a consideration when pallets are used in a retail operation. Improve consumer perception and safety with evenly stacking nestable plastic pallets. These pallets just look better when displayed in a retail environment. Even if they’re only being used to carry goods to stock a sales environment, they come across as more sanitary and professional.

Stackable Plastic Pallets

Where plastic pallets are concerned, stackable means the pallet has a solid double face base on the bottom which allows pallets to double stack with products and other pallets.

Warehouses that require the use of durable, evenly stacking pallets for racking find them useful.

In addition, automated systems, including conveying applications, do well with plastic pallets, as downtime due to pallet issues are no longer a worry, and processes are more streamlined.

If storage requirements anticipate high stacking or different rack configurations, a stackable/rackable pallet is very appropriate.

Their design makes them extremely easy to clean. They will be the right choice for environments such as food and beverage, pharmaceutical and household products. They come conveniently in vented or solid styles and can be made with materials according to your operation’s specific needs.

For example, if the materials you require include FDA-approved or fire-retardant substances, we make every effort to accommodate your industry needs.

Consider stackable plastic pallets when your typical product loads are very heavy, and you need to stack-load products in your warehouse operations.

There’s also the consideration of when you need to prevent product contamination. Stackable pallets are your best bet for this concern. Ease of clean-ability makes your process that much smoother.

Rackable Plastic Pallets

These pallets are designed to be used in a variety of unsupported racking systems to store product and optimize valuable storage and floor space. Their strength makes them valuable in many heavy-duty operations. They are reliable and designed to be safely and securely stored on racks. Maximize your available floor space without sacrificing storage space.

For added levels of safety these pallets also can be made in FDA-approved materials, depending on your needs.

If your wood pallets have caused you costly product damage, it’s time to consider rackable plastic pallets. Whereas wood pallets can need constant repair and replacement, plastic pallets are durable and made to last. These pallets provide a highly impact-resistant solution to your storage problems.

Rackable plastic pallets can handle heavy-duty cleaning when necessary. They can handle both racking and long distant shipping as well as a complex returnable environment.

Many industries find them suitable, from warehouses, processing and manufacturing environments, distribution centers, static storage, and stack loading.

Which Pallet Types To Choose

To sum up the variety of needs that can be addressed with the 4 plastic pallet types:

Export plastic pallets reduce the cost and streamline operations of export shipping. They eliminate risk of customs issues based on pallet problems.

Nestable pallets make for clean stacking and are beneficial for shipping vulnerable products in an evenly stacked, economical way.

Stackable plastic pallets are great for evenly stacked pallets in warehouse storage situations. They provide sturdy stacking and are easily cleaned.

Rackable plastic pallets are extra-durable for heavy-duty product loads and long distant shipping needs. They are ideal for use in unsupported racking systems where space needs to be optimized.

Some industries require all four plastic pallets, while others find they do well with just a few. It depends on the needs of your operation and the goods you store and ship. Contact us today with any questions and we will be glad to help the decision-making process go faster and easier for you.

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