If you’ve been trying to source plastic pallets in 2021, you already know it ain’t pretty. The reality right now is that prices are on a steep trajectory. And, it may be some time yet before we see any relief.
What gives? If you’re pointing the finger at COVID-19 (and who isn't), you’re part way there. Let's take a look at more factors contributing to this chaotic ride.
To understand nestable pallets better, think about coffee cups.
When you're not using these cups at home, you probably store them in a way that saves space in the cupboard, right? The shape of most coffee cups lets one cup to rest inside another to take advantage of vertical storage space. It's the same with plastic nestable pallets. They're just a lot more stable.
Is your brewery storing and aging beer in barrel racks? What if we told you pallets can increase your warehouse efficiencies - both in space and time.
If you're stacking casks and barrels of brew, swapping out barrel racks for pallets can introduce a 15% product density increase. That's because pallets let you move 4 barrels at a time. As an added bonus, more beer on a pallet saves time by reducing the number of handlings or trips needed to the barrel house.
Many in the pallet industry would reflexively answer four. That's because 48x48 drum pallets can easily hold four 55 gallon drums without hanging over.
Everything from caustic chemicals to the raw ingredients used in the food we eat moves in 55 gallon drums. So, it should come as no surprise that the 48x48 drum pallet is the second most popular pallet size in the US. Popular? Yes. The only solution? Far from it.
Don't worry. You haven't done anything wrong. Not yet, at least.
I know, I know. You're in a hurry and don't really want to talk about hygiene and plastic pallets, but hear me out. Choosing the wrong pallet could wind up costing you - in time, money, or something worse.
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.
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