Many businesses are switching from traditional wooden pallets to plastic pallets with Exporta. This guide will help you make an informed decisions for your business when it comes to finding the right plastic pallet. Helping you grow profit margins, improve logistics, reduce shipping costs and more!
Find out more about the benefits of plastic pallets.
If you’re shipping goods via airfreight and using wood, then you’re probably paying WAY too much for your carriage. You could save up to £45 per pallet per carriage, particularly with lightweight plastic pallets.
Because of their construction, plastic pallets have a bit of flex in them. This means they are less susceptible to cracks. They last much longer than wooden pallets and save you a lot of admin and time. Plastic pallets last up to 10 years and up to ten times longer in a closed-loop system than wooden pallets. How much of a saving is that for you?
Wooden pallets are a cost – you never see that money again. However, plastic pallets are an investment. Due to their design, durability, and returnable transit packaging potential, they are much more cost-effective overall.
Nestable plastic pallets slot inside each other when they’re not in use. This means they use around one-third of the space of a wooden pallet when idle. Four times as many nestable plastic pallets can for in one stack compared to wooden pallets. What could you do with all that extra space saved?
Wooden pallets require careful handling, as there is a significant risk of splinters and injury from broken bits of wood. Save on PPE equipment and in costly downtime with plastic pallets, as there are no sharp edges, nails, or splinters.
No matter how hard they try, each wooden pallet is different. However, with Plastic, it comes out the mould the same every single time, which ensures the smooth running of production lines and safe within any storage facility. Plastic is IDEAL for automation.
Did you know that plastic pallets can hold over 7 tonnes in weight? Because wood has flaws in it, there is a theoretical load limit. Plastic suffers no such flaws. What items could you put on a heavy-duty plastic pallet?
If you operate in a food or medical environment, then you’ll want to make sure you don’t get any ingress or contamination. Plastic pallets are far more hygienic than wooden pallets. With no collection points for dust, dirt, or mould, their surfaces are easier to keep thoroughly clean.
Plastic pallets, boxes, crates, and containers are more hygienic, and parasites, bugs and fungi cannot live in or attach to them. This means that they do not require any specific treatment or certification for exporting within the EU, or any other country that accepts ISPM15 standards.
Most plastic pallets are manufactured from recycled materials and can still be recycled. Where virgin plastic is used for food, pharmaceutical and hygienic applications, these can also be recycled at the end of their lifecycle.
Unlike wooden and presswood pallets, plastic pallets will not absorb moisture, and this eliminates damages to palletised goods and reduces mould and bacteria forming.
View our full range of Plastic Pallets.
So, what pallet do you need for your business? That depends on the application, if they are being used to export or as part of an automation system, the type of pallet, and where they will be going.
Ideal for use in a large range of industries including logistics and automotive businesses, distribution pallets are utilised for highly efficient transportation of goods. A cost-effective and convenient transportation solution.
Ideal for displaying plates in stores, customer facing settings, and all points of sale.
Automation pallets are ideal for use in multiuse and return systems.
Designed to minimise contamination, these pallets are very easy to clean so are ideal for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries where sanitisation is paramount.
Designed to fit two side-by-side within a standing container. Stackable and space-efficient, saving money on return costs.
Impact-resistant pallets, ideal for automation, storage, and most applications.
These plastic pallets are specifically designed to be strong enough to carry large weights and can be used within loop systems.
Try our Pallet Selector Tool to find the right pallet to suit your needs.