As I was planning my blog posts for the coming year, nothing seemed more important to my point of view than how to save my customers money. Focusing on pallet cost per use rolled out my first blog, soon to be followed by hidden costs of "cheap" pallets.
Supply and demand for used plastic pallets is already, by nature, organized chaos. Add in the recent global pandemic and the market is being thrown one curve ball after another.
First, inventory was scooped up by early panic buying. Then, trade restrictions forced import and export activity to plunge. As world economies responded to change, some industries came to a screeching halt while others ramped up to around-the-clock manufacturing. These unprecedented disruptions strained certain segments of the used pallet market.
Early in my career, I was introduced to the CEO of the company that had just hired me to help make plastic pallets. "Mr. Leo" as he was affectionately called, shook my hand and welcomed me to the team. To help me get my head around what I had just gotten myself into, Mr. Leo said, "Our pallets cost a lot of money. But remember. They are the cheapest product out there!"
If you've been shopping around for used pallet containers for sale, you probably know by now that these plastic containers come in two flavors: used and refurbished. Is there a difference? Yes. Which one should you choose? That depends...
Choosing between used or refurbished often comes down to 1) your application's tolerance for condition and function; 2) how many and how soon you need them; and 3) how much you want to spend.
When your company wins an award, it's easy to get swept up in the excitement. I mean, who doesn't like to win? It is especially satisfying when you didn't even know you were competing for the trophy. But, it's also a time to take stock of how you got here and where you're going.
Trying to decide which type or grade of plastic your pallet should be made of? With a variety to choose from, choices can be overwhelming. I hope this post helps you to make the best decision.
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