Pallets, you see them frequently and think nothing of it. This is definitely true as a consumer – how many times a day would you ever need one? But as a company, you would be surprised how imperative they can be.
The purpose of a pallet is, primarily, to help with transportation of bulk items. Anyone that has worked in retail, most notably supermarkets, can testify to their regular use, and are built in such a way to be reinforced to carry a lot of weight. Anything from commercial goods to office supplies can be transported in large quantities on a single pallet, so long as their tied down and distributed evenly.
The design is also generally the same, no matter the size. Whether it’s a small order or a truck load, pallets are generally made of wood, which is cheap to source, with the planks space equidistantly so as to ensure that no one par of the whole is under more stress. This also allows enough space for either a pallet or fork-lift truck to easily lift it.
So, for any form of company that either deals in distribution or buys in products from another supplier would be wise to ensure there are enough pallets for general use. But they’re not just invaluable to transport.
Say you’re a supplier of office paper. Like many wholesalers, you will likely have stock stored ready for distribution. Those pallets your surplus is sitting on suddenly have another purpose: they keep your produce elevated from the floor. This helps immensely in a warehouse, where it’s unlikely to be climate controlled, and therefore susceptible to the likes of damp or heat warping. Keeping stock off the floor helps in ensuring that your goods aren’t damaged.
So, just remember, keep a pallet or two to hand. You never know when you might need one.