Supply chains are becoming increasingly more complex. This is partly due to the expansion of global markets, product storage keeping units, variety of shipping and distribution methods and rising customer expectations. And as this happens companies are attempting to improve supply chain efficiency and sustainability. To do this companies should evaluate their shipping and distribution... Read More »
In recent years, global warming and climate change have been the subject of much debate and controversy. It has often been thought of as a problem of the future. But as the science has become clearer and a consensus across the globe grows impossible to ignore, the debate has shifted towards solutions. In response, the international community has developed and introduced a range of... Read More »
The global climate is changing, and will continue to change, in ways that affect the planning and day to day operations of businesses. In some parts of the world, like Florida and Switzerland, these shifts in climate are already starting to have an effect on the environment and wildlife. To combat this change in our climate, businesses around the world are taking steps to invest in... Read More »
Pallets and pallet collars are two of the most important solutions that are used to fulfil all of the requirements of high quality product transportation. You may have heard the term before, but what exactly are pallet collars? And what are the benefits of using them alongside your wooden pallets?
What Is A Pallet Collar?
Pallet collars are a modern and efficient replacement for traditional... Read More »
In recent years, global warming and climate change have been the subject of great debate and controversy. It has often been thought of as a problem of the future, something that won’t impact ‘our’ generation. But as the science has become clearer and consensus across the globe grows impossible to ignore, the debate has shifted towards solutions and how we can respond as a planet. In... Read More »
The closer we get to Brexit, the further away it seems. Meaningful defeat after meaningful defeat, slowly parliament seems to be creeping towards leaving the European Union. After almost three years of negotiations, how we leave is still anyone's guess. Earlier this month, it was reported that the government were to hold emergency talks with distributors across the country in relation to a... Read More »
More good news for the packaging sector, as a recent report has found that the global transit market is projected to reach revenues of approximately $148 billion by 2024. Many industries that have struggled post 2008 are now consistently starting to show growth across the globe. This growth is now starting to drive demand within the global transit packaging market. What is driving this... Read More »
In an uncertain economy when every penny counts, even the smallest reduction in costs can have a significant impact on a business. Often simple, common sense approaches can have the biggest impact, especially for small companies. One area that businesses can often improve on is the quality and durability of their equipment, like pallets. There are several things that you can do to help keep... Read More »
In 1997, the Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations were introduced, with the aim of reducing the amount of packaging waste ending up in UK landfills. Under the regulation, any company or organisation using and/or producing any packaging or packaged products are legally required to report your usage. But what is ‘packaging’ waste? And how do these regulations... Read More »
Are you looking to sell your used pallets? Here’s our step-by-step guide to selling your surplus inventory. It is now very typical for businesses and distribution centers to accumulate a large quantity of pallets throughout the supply chain process. Finding a place to store surplus pallets can be quite a challenge for any business owner/site manager. If you have a large amount of... Read More »
A recent report has highlighted the importance of medical and pharmaceutical companies taking into account the technical considerations around the shipment of medical products. More specifically, optimising and refining the entire journey through from logistics and handling through to the actual delivery of medical products.
What’s the Importance of this to the Healthcare Packaging... Read More »
Recent reports featuring The National Wooden Pallet & Container Association have instigated praise for the wooden pallet and container manufacturing industry for the impact they have had on US employment. The study named ‘Economic Analysis of the U.S Wooden pallet and Container Industry’ is an incredibly positive piece of research - highlighting the far reaching effects that the industry... Read More »
It will come as no surprise that industries such as architecture, furniture and logistics are considered just a handful of a plethora of industries which are renowned for their usage of wood. Many industries such as these have been gradually growing or consistently maintaining their usage of wood components within their work, services and product ranges. It is believed that the growth and... Read More »
A recent and well respected industry report has revealed some incredibly promising forecasts and trends for the heat treated wooden pallets market. The Pallets Market report revolves around some of the ultimate drivers for such significant growth across the pallet industry - along with some of the ongoing challenges and stumbling blocks faced by those companies within it.
Wood Has Stood the... Read More »
When organising your pallets for delivery, there are common pallet delivery terms that could make the process more difficult if you don’t understand what they mean. Every industry has its own terminology, you do not need to be an expert, but knowing the common pallet delivery terms can help you avoid mistakes and difficulties during the process. There are common pallet delivery terms... Read More »
The process of delivering a pallet when choosing a pallet courier pick up is a fast one, so it is important to have a well thought through plan prior to the arrival of your courier. There are 4 ways we advise you prepare for your wooden pallet delivery:
It is important to ensure that all the items are able to fit within the dimensions of the chosen pallet, without overhanging... Read More »
There are many different guidelines when it comes to transporting alcohol and meat products across the borders, if you are thinking about shipping these items, there are things you need to know. Import regulations are different for each country, so it’s important to look this up prior to delivery overseas to avoid a stressful ordeal, costing you money, time and energy. Items to be... Read More »
Shipping palletised freight into Europe is relatively simple these days but it is worth doing some prior research and taking some extra precautions to ensure your shipment arrives safely. If you want your shipment to arrive without delay, damage or unexpected additional costs. Preventing Damage or Delays to your Pallet Shipment
It is important to not risk any damage or delays to your pallet... Read More »
Winter care for your wooden pallets is vital because the adverse weather conditions can have severe impacts upon your pallets. To prevent damage to your pallets in the harsh winter weather, it is best that they are kept in a dry place to protect them from damaging conditions and excessive moisture. How Snow and Ice Affects your Pallet?
Wood has the ability to retain water just like a... Read More »
ISPM 15 is a standard that is being progressively implemented throughout the world. There are already 28 countries that have adopted the standard and a further 21 are in the progress of doing so. Each country has their own ISPM 15 requirements so it is important to be aware of the countries specific guidelines, but we have outlined a basic guide to ISPM 15 requirements for you to adopt:
What is... Read More »
Pallet delivery is an excellent way to ensure your business delivers the goods. Pallets are sturdy, stable platforms on which a huge range of items can be shipped from fresh produce to motor parts. A good courier can help keep business flowing with services like same day pick up so you can deliver on your promises to your customers. Here are a few useful tips on what to do and not to do for... Read More »
The pallet remans the workhorse of the warehouse, so increasing the lifespan of your wooden pallets will save you costs in terms of repair or replacement. The savings that are possible from increasing your pallet lifespan is much greater than this, due to the costs that damaged pallets inflict on the supply chain in terms of disruption, load damage and injuries. How to Look After your... Read More »
Pallet delivery can be daunting if you are new to the business, so it may be a good idea to make a decision to locate a pallet delivery company. This short guide will help you to understand what you need to know when it comes to pallet delivery. 1. Terms For Pallet Transport
There are particular terms that are associated with pallet delivery types that may come up when you are discussing... Read More »
Decorating your home for a festive period can be more exciting than taking a trip to your local supermarket to purchase pre designed decorations. If you are a creative parent who wants to scare your children’s friends when they come round to trick or treat or you fancy a nice activity to spend time with your children, designing Halloween decorations to make your house stand out from the... Read More »
It’s important that a business chooses the correct pallet sizes for UK and European delivery. There are several reasons why this is an important decision to make, goods are delivered every single day and each shipment needs to be handled in the best way for the type of shipment being delivered. Ensuring you choose the correct size for your shipment, can also help to prevent any additional... Read More »
It may seem like a logical and easy task when it comes to packing your pallets for delivery, however there are details which can affect the safety of your load if not carried out securely. To securely deliver your goods safely, you must ensure that your pallets are packed correctly, we have outlined 6 steps to correctly packing your pallets. 1. Choosing The Right Pallet For The Job
The... Read More »
Supply chain performance and business success are tied together. 79% of businesses with high-performing supply chains achieve higher than average growth, while poor supply chains can bring a company down within five years. For your business to succeed, it's essential that you recognise the need for a well-functioning supply chain management system that is closely aligned with your general... Read More »
If you asked the average person what they know about wooden pallets, they probably wouldn't have much to say. But like many unsung heroes of the modern world we owe a lot to these unassuming wooden constructions. Not only do wooden pallets allow us to transport goods all round the world, but they also help with storing them safely too. They are the backbone of every factory, workshop, supplier... Read More »
People have been using wood in packaging and for moving goods for hundreds of years, and that doesn't look like changing any time soon. The lifecycle of a wooden pallet is relatively straightforward, though there is still room for improvement and reducing the impact of the process on the environment. What Is a Pallet?
A pallet is a (generally) wooden structure that is designed to be moved... Read More »
Recycling wooden pallets can have a hugely positive impact on the environment. This can help to save millions of trees every year and the demand for trees is greatly reduced by recycling initiatives in the wooden pallet industry. Read on for more details about the environmental impact on recycling wooden pallets. How Many Pallets are Produced Each Year?
It is estimated that around 2 billion... Read More »
Any business involved in transporting or shipping goods will be using pallets of some type. As concerns for the environment increase, a major issue for any industry is the sustainability of the materials it uses in everyday activities. Any business that is moving goods would be anxious to know what the most sustainable and durable material for pallets would be and how to use this effectively to... Read More »
Wooden pallets are common in a huge range of applications that need to transport produce, including agriculture. The pallets have to put up with a lot of wear and tear, as they're stacked on other pallets and moved between boats, lorries, trains and warehouses. Inevitably, pallets get damaged, and this can present a hazard to people working with them. Protruding wood can rip clothing and cut... Read More »
Pallets are a fundamental tool in the effective movement and shipment of goods. Pallets, of course, are subject to wear and tear, which can be a costly element when profit margins are slim. Naturally, all kinds of factors - from weather to negligent handling and leakage - can cause pallet damage, but forklifts are one of the main culprits. Protecting pallets from forklift damage should be a... Read More »
Without pallets, most fulfilment facilities, warehouses and factories would not be able to receive, dispatch or move products and raw materials around. Pallets can be designed to suit the needs of a particular industry and have greatly improved the efficiency and safety of freight transport. They are a crucial part of the supply chain, but this does not necessarily mean that they will always... Read More »
Unfortunately, pallets are the cause of numerous injuries in warehouses and workplaces every year. These injuries can be serious and even fatal, so it's important to put a safe handling wooden pallets protocol in place. Let's look first at the hazards. Fully laden pallets are extremely heavy. Crush injuries, and even fatalities, can occur if the pallets are not stored on the correct racking,... Read More »
The new ISPM 15 standard is currently being rolled out around the world. Not heard of it? Unless you are involved with distribution or exports, that isn't surprising. So the first thing you need to learn from a guide to ISPM 15 is: what is it? It's a set of phytosanitary measures. Phytosanitary, meaning relating to the health of plants, is the key to everything you need to know about ISPM 15.... Read More »
If you own a warehouse and use pallets as one of your main forms of packaging, you may want to invest in pallet accessories. This is because pallet accessories can help to protect shipments as they travel, so they are less likely to break or become damaged. Over time this can save you a lot of time and money - which is very important if you are shipping particularly expensive goods. Here's... Read More »
Pallets came into popular use just after World War II and have done much to revolutionise the distribution industry in the years since. Today pallets are available in a variety of materials, but the traditional wooden pallet still dominates the industry, so why choose a wooden pallet? Why Wood?
The big advantage of wooden pallets is that they are widely available and low-cost. They are... Read More »
Upcycling wooden pallets can result in a wide variety of excellent new items, from garden furniture to picture frames and planters. Sourcing the perfect pallets, preparing wooden pallets for upcycling and then working on them requires a bit of specialist knowledge, so read on for our quick guide to help you through the process. Pallet Styles
Depending on the upcycle project, you may want a... Read More »
Pallets may appear to be one of the more benign objects in a warehouse or storage facility, but they can actually be responsible for a wide range of injuries when used incorrectly. Pallets have been known to cause puncture wounds, splinters, broken toes and feet or even worse. In fact, improper use such as a using as a man lift can even prove perilous. We take a look at why it's so important to... Read More »
If you own a warehouse, it is likely that you are interested in maximising the life expectancy of your wooden pallets. After all, constantly replacing wooden pallets can be fairly expensive, so if you can make the pallets last longer you will save money. It also means that you are less likely to experience human injury or load damage. Of course, the lifetime for a wooden pallet often depends... Read More »
If you run a transportation company, it is likely that preventing damage when transporting pallets is a priority for you. After all, regularly replacing pallets can be fairly expensive, and broken pallets can damage the products that you are transporting. Thankfully, it is entirely possible to prevent damage to your pallets - you just need to make sure that you are looking after the pallets... Read More »
Wooden pallets are a natural product. But nature isn't always on our side - moulds, fungus's, bacteria and insects such as beetles and termites are all natural too. So to prevent pests and diseases spreading from one country to another as the pallets travel around the world, they must be sterilised before they are used. As companies seek to recycle wooden pallets, the problem has become even more... Read More »
In many businesses the moving and storage of goods produced are critical elements of the process, and choosing the most effective materials to be part of the supply chain can play an incredibly important role in the ultimate success of a venture. When shipping goods, buying wooden pallets is usually part of the equation for safe and efficient transport of a business's output. Choosing the right... Read More »
If you are involved in moving goods, then you may be in need of wooden pallets or have to calculate loading metres. Terms like this are common in logistics and transport, so it is a good idea to know exactly what these things are so you can use these terms confidently and efficiently. The World of Pallets
A pallet is a commonly used device for moving and protecting all kinds of goods. It is... Read More »
A pallet is something used by manufacturers, distributors and companies to transport various types of goods and equipment. Old pallets have many different uses. Here are just a few DIY summer garden pallet ideas. 1. Wooden Pallet Benches
This is a good initial project when you are first trying out your carpentry skills. An ordinary wooden pallet can be quickly transformed into a stunning... Read More »
Recycling is big business at the moment. The media is playing a huge part - recycling is always in the news - and programmes like Blue Planet are changing the way we think about what we use and what we do with waste and packaging. There is a similar story across the pond in the US, particularly when it comes to recycling wooden pallets. People are realising how easy it is to reuse or repurpose... Read More »
Mould can take a variety of forms, and there are some so tiny they cannot be seen without a microscope. Generally mould - or the growth of fungi - is not a good thing when it comes to wood, as it can look unsightly and may even weaken the timber eventually by feeding on and breaking up its internal structure. In a business that uses a lot of wooden pallets, preventing the growth of mould is seen... Read More »
The European Pallet Associated (EPAL) lays down strict regulations governing how Euro pallets are made and their sizes. Although most pallets conform to the 1200mm x 800mm x 150mm sizing, there are in fact different Euro pallet types. Used pallets are graded according to their quality, and when you’re buying used pallets it’s important to know what the various gradings and descriptions mean.... Read More »
Two sets of standards apply to pallets that are going to be used in Europe. First of all, the International Standards Organisation (ISO) sets out the standard sizes that can be used for pallets. Then the European Pallet Association (EPAL) lays down a set of standards that govern how a pallet is built. Together these two standards ensure that when shipping Euro pallets the logistics industry can... Read More »