So, you’re in need of a plastic pallet and you don’t know where to start?
In the packaging design process, the pallet is often given the least amount of attention when it is actually the most important part of the unit load. Determining the correct type of plastic pallet is important for both cost and safety reasons.
Where has all the lumber gone?
For those of you involved in the consumption of industrial lumber, 2013 was a year to remember!
The year started with a very mild winter and fairly stable supplies. Inventories of lumber were not outstanding, but neither was demand. Things were pretty much in balance.
In the softwood markets, pricing increased and decreased dramatically throughout 2013 as foreign buyers entered and exited the markets. In the hardwood markets, pressure from a variety of markets kept inventories low and prices on the rise.
Have you ever consider how packaging can affect the simplest thing? Let’s take the example of the ketchup bottle.
Remember glass ketchup bottles? How did you get the ketchup out? Did you have to hit the bottle on the #57 imprinted on the glass? How about earlier plastic ketchup squeeze bottles? Did the top get crusty from the extra ketchup on the lid? How about the plastic ketchup bottle that sits upside down with the silicon valve that does not leak and does not need to be wiped down after each use?
Most pallets used in North America today are produced from solid lumber. But what happens when there is a lumber shortage? A lumber shortage can affect wood pallet supply in a number of ways.
Wood pallets can be affected by:
• reductions in availability
• increased prices
• require full or partial redesigns
Each of these changes can present a challenge. However, they can potentially be turned into an opportunity for both the supplier and the customer.
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