How to Choose the Right Pallet for your Business and Why it’s Important
It seems like a simple task – choose a pallet and use it to move your materials. But there are many options, and selecting the right pallet can be more difficult than you expect. Let’s discuss how to get the right pallet to fit your needs, and why it’s important for your business.
How to Choose the Right Pallet
Choosing the right pallet comes down to asking the right questions. Relating your product and its destination to your choice is the key.
1. Choose Between Hardwood vs. Softwood
Using the right material is the first step, and that involves the choice between the hard and soft wood. Hardwood (such as maple, oak or walnut) may cost a little more but have traditionally been used because of their durability and strength. Often, they can be used multiple times without an issue. Softwood (such as pine) is more readily available, so you won’t need to worry about shortages. Also, softwood can be easily used as scrap wood or kiln when you’re done.
2. Determine the Right Style
There are two predominant styles to choose from: stringer or block. Stringer pallets have more pieces and block pallets are usually more sturdy. The experts at Ranger3PL can help you determine the style right for your business.
3. Do You Need Heat Treat?
Depending on the length of time you’re storing your materials or the distance in which you’re shipping them, you may need heat treated pallets. These should be ISPM 15 regulated, which means they should be debarked and then heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and marked with a brand of compliance.
Why Grabbing Any Old Pallet Won’t Do
Using the right pallet is critical for business efficiency and asset maintenance.
Having the right pallet can help you maximize and protect shipments, making sure they arrive at their intended destination within budget.
It’s such an important business function that Ranger3PL offers both new and used pallets, heat treated, just-in-time delivery and even pallets that are built to specifications. In fact, we have 20 different pallet schematics to fit any job.
Don’t leave your shipping and storage needs up to chance. We have 15 facilities in Indiana for storage and can service any business with new and used pallets, heat treat, customized or just-in-time pallets. We’ll help you choose the right pallet and ensure satisfaction at every step of the way.
Contact us today or call 812-522-6000 to find out how Ranger3PL can help your business!