Pallet strategies for the coldchain

Kiel, Germany: Wooden pallet collars offer big advantages whether its for plastic or wooden pallets says Kronus.

“They are highly durable, have flexible construction, allow to optimise warehouse space. Brilliant solution for professional logistics from reliable manufacturer and supplier, the company says.

Pallets are not a glamorous conversation when it comes to optimising your cold supply chain, but it is a necessary conversation. Pallets are the backbone to the supply chain. They are found in every supply environment around the globe. The estimates of pallets in circulation range from over 400 million to 2 billion.

They are an important part of every supply chain, including the cold supply chain. The right pallet strategy can optimise your supply chain, reduce costs and increase protection for your goods and reduce risk of labour work related injuries.

It is hard to find a business that does not at some point in the supply chain depend on pallets to get their goods and supplies from one location to the next.

We all tend to take pallets for granted and get lazy when it comes to investigating ways to improve the packaging processes that we use. Ensuring that your strategy is still working for your business and does not need some improvements starts with giving the strategy a little attention.
Day to day operations likely demand most of your focus but if you can get your pallet strategy on point that is one thing you can take off your plate.

Evaluating your packaging regularly is important to ensure that your operation is constantly evolving and evaluating your pallet strategy to ensure that it is optimal is an important activity that can present new, more effective ways to do things.

The first step in your strategy is determining if plastic pallets are worth the additional costs or if maybe wooden pallets may be the better solution for your product needs.

The Problems With Plastic
Plastic pallets are a favourite in the cold chain, but the cost can be as much as 3X’s that of traditional wooden pallets and there are other issues with plastic pallets like cracking from drastic temperature changes and the inability to repair damaged pallets.

They definitely have their place in the cold chain but the question is are they doing what they are supposed to do for your activity. Plastic has its benefits:
• It is easy to clean
• It is non-porous
• It does not pose a risk due to splintering

Ultimately a plastic pallet cannot hold the amount of weight that wood pallets can hold. Whether they are the right choice for you depends on how much weight you need to ship and whether you are willing to absorb the extra costs.

Most warehouses wind up using more plastic pallets to manage their goods because they hold less weight. This of course means not only an increase in costs but it also means an increase in the amount of space that has to be dedicated to storing your pallets.

Wooden Pallets
On the other side of the fence sits the wooden pallet. Wooden pallets are the original pallets. They have been a part of supply chains since the 1940s. They are a familiar sight across a wide range of industries and they deliver a range of unique packaging support. Wooden pallets are more malleable when it comes to extreme temperature changes. They are completely repairable. They are tougher than plastic pallets and can carry more weight. Other benefits include:
• Total recyclability
• Widely available
• Reusability
• Cost effectiveness

The fact that they cost 3X’s less than their plastic counterparts can be a very attractive consideration. Not only do they cost less but you will need less because they can hold heavier loads. Wooden pallets can reduce costs across the board but even with the advantages they may not be what is best for your operation.

Whether you choose plastic or wooden pallets for your shipping, storing and packaging needs there is something else you need to know about that can up your pallet strategy considerably. Pallet collars can add to your strategy for protecting, reducing risk of transport damage and tampering and reduce the amount of space it takes to manage your packaging.

Collars are used to contain goods on a pallet. They take the place of shrink wrap and stretch wrap. They bring added benefits to your packaging that include:
• Protecting the contents
• Keeping the cold in
• Increase security
Reduce the risk of injuries in the warehouse
Shipping can cause spillage and damage to your goods which of course can be a poor reflection on your brand when damaged goods arrive at the end user point. Collars provide the coverage that you need to ensure that your goods are kept safe during every stage of the supply chain.

Combining pallet collars with insulation materials can help to keep your cold goods at the perfect temperature. Creating a strong crate that is fully lined is simple with pallet collars.

Once your goods leave the warehouse for transport that pallet comes in to contact with many people along the way. Collars can be outfitted with lids to create a complete crate that will protect against unauthorised entry, damage and spoilage.

Less work means fewer injuries. Adding collars to palletise your products is an easier way to confine your goods to the pallet. They are better than a wooden crate or other types of crates because they are flexible. You do not get stuck with one sized box to manage your packaging needs. The depth of the box can be changed by adding more collars and it can be done without any tools.

Ultimately the goal in any supply chain is to have a cost-effective packaging solution that delivers unmatched protection for your goods. Whether it is a plastic solution or a wooden solution, consider pallet collars as the add on that is really a game changer.

Choosing the Right Strategy
Choosing the right strategy is critical to your operation. Pallet collars can be the option that helps to define the best strategy for your organisation. They are well worth investigating to learn if you should incorporate them into your pallet strategy.

The benefits are clear and they may exceed your expectations.

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