The most popular standard pallet size in US inches is 48L x 40W. How popular? The 48x40 accounts for approximately 30% of all wooden pallets produced each year.
The 48x40 standard was set by the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) more than forty years ago. For this reason, you may hear it called a GMA pallet. But, not all 48x40 pallets are designed to GMA specs nor are they all used in the grocery industry. Interestingly, that's true of most any "industry standard" pallet. Even though a pallet may have originally been standardized for a specific trade, its use is often not exclusive to that industry alone.
In previous discussions about pallets, I touched on the nature of the load that a pallet might be expected to handle. If you are a pallet geek like me, the term “unit load” is often used to describe the goods that are configured in such a way as to be easily handled by that pallet.
So, I guess the unit load is and has always been associated with pallets, right? Well, not exactly. Although we can trace the use of pallets all the way back to ancient times, the common use of pallets to handle the unit load did not get going until World War II.
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?
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