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Consider nestable pallets in racking

13 May 2020

While unsold goods are piling up in warehouses as the coronavirus crisis cripples consumption, the apparent shortage of wooden pallets is forcing businesses to look for alternative solutions for storing and shipping their goods.

According to Goplasticpallets.com, using nestable plastic pallets in racking could be one option. MD Jim Hardisty explains: “Our medium and heavy-duty pool pallets would be the ideal choice here, as they can support up to 2000kg in racking.

“Nestable plastic pallets that come on six or nine feet, would not be an option in this scenario as without very precise alignment, the feet are likely to slip off the framework. But upgrading a racking system by decking the beams with steel or timber decks, would provide nestable plastic pallets with a solid, sturdy storage platform.

A key driver for using nestable plastic pallets in racking is the cost, adds Jim. Nestable plastic pallets have an entry price comparable to the cost of a new wooden pallet and are a third of the cost of a five-runner plastic pallet.

Jim says: “Nestable plastic pallets are lightweight and therefore easier to handle and offer a more durable storage platform and longer life span than wooden pallets. This means that they can be used from production right through to distribution in one smooth, easy stream and then can be reused for multiple trips.”

For instance, in retail applications, nestable plastic pallets can be used to pick orders, rack the goods on decking and then when the goods are needed, they can be picked by forklift and delivered direct to the shop floor. Here they are lightweight for shop workers to handle with ease, and when empty, they nest securely inside each other for their return to the warehouse.

For exporters and airfreight, in addition to their low weight and space saving capabilities, nestable plastic pallets have the added benefit of being exempt from ISPM 15 heat treatment regulations so remove the risk and hassle of consignments getting delayed by customs at ports.


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