How to Choose the Right Pallet

Five Things to Consider When Selecting Your Pallet

Pallets are a critical element of your product packaging and logistics. Making the right choice can make a huge impact on your bottom line. The 48x40" GMA or grocery pallet is the workhorse of the logistics industry. Many additional standard sizes and designs exist for other uses such as shipping 55 gal drums, paint cans, electronics and telecommunications equipment.

How to choose the right pallet

Most pallets are designed specifically to meet the customer's requirements. PDS© can help you custom select the right sizes and designs.

Here are 5 Key Factors to Consider When Purchasing Pallets:

  1. Strength - You need to carefully consider the load bearing capacity of the pallet. It is essential that the selected pallet is capable of supporting the weight of the materials that will be shipped. The two major pallet designs are the "block pallet" and the "stringer pallet." Stringer pallets are generally more cost effective. Block pallets provide strength with minimal pallet weight.

  2. Stiffness - This refers to the pallet's ability to resist bending, collapsing, or flexing while under load. A particular pallet may be strong enough to resist failure, yet too flexible to hold the load safely.

  3. Pallet Durability - Durability refers to the pallet's ability to withstand continued use in the shipping and handling process. If the pallet is for one-time use, than pallet durability is not a critical factor in your decision.

    The manner in which the pallets are transported in-house can also factor into the selection process and your durability requirements. For example, if the pallet is to travel along a conveyor system or some other specialized delivery system, this will affect the type of pallet you choose.

  4. Functionality and Compatibility - There are many elements to consider when it comes to the functionality and compatibility of your pallets. Wood pallets need to be compatible with the materials being shipped. The packaging and handling equipment are also factors in the design criteria. You must also consider your destination. Some export shipments require the pallet to be in compliance with ISPM 15, heat-treated wood packaging.

    Block pallets are more suitable for a wide variety of handling environments, because they provide pallet jack access on all 4 sides. In contrast, stringer pallets only allow partial 4-way access if the stringers are not notched.

  5. Price - A very important aspect of the pallet decision involves the cost. We are committed to helping you identify the most affordable option.

Contact us today so we can help you through this process to find the best pallet solution.