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.
Why is my 2x4 lumber not 2 inches by 4 inches?
Many decades ago, lumber purchased from a sawmill physically matched the common dimensions we use today. So why does that pine or spruce 2x4 from your local lumber yard now come up short? The short answer is modern surfacing and shrinkage.
Over time we've come to accept these nominal (approximate) dimensions as standard. But there's still a catch. Shrinkage can be highly variable. This makes it very difficult to manage and regulate dimensional accuracy.
Have you tried any products that could extend the life of your current warehouse pallets? Reducing damage can be achieved by using pallet protectors, forklift fork-guards, and warehouse racking add-ons.
Every pallet user has experienced fastener failures at some point.
Putting a nail or screw into a wooden pallet sounds simple enough, but it can actually get quite technical. When there is a failure, a good set of photos is often enough for an engineer to identify if the problem is the fastener or something else entirely.
You might be asking yourself how is it possible to save money by spending more money? It is always important to consider the BIG picture. Spending a little extra money in one area might create cost savings across the board.
We have the perfect case study to demonstrate this claim.
Have you noticed a change in your LTL shipping charges?
The methodology that LTL carriers are using to determine their rates is changing. This is in follow up to what the major parcel shippers (UPS and FedEx) have already done.
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