The logistics industry is huge, involving several activities. If you run a logistics business, or are in charge of logistics in your organisation, you are probably looking out for a cost effective way to get pallets for packaging and transport. You have two options – either buy plastic pallets or rent them. What is the best choice to make and what type of pallets should you use?
About 6 months ago (June 17, 2014), we announced a set of new folding (collapsible) ventilated plastic crates for agriculture handling and distribution. But, as we said, our engineering department just keeps the good stuff coming.
We are very excited to announce a brand new range of 5 foldable vented plastic crates with ergonomic easy-lock handles for super easy handling in the fields, while loading trucks and in the cool room.
Whether you are growing or distributing, this is a great selection of crates for you. It’s easy to find the ideal crate for your tomatoes, bananas, avocados, mangos, stone fruit and any type of fruits and vegetables you need to process.
Besides the ergonomic easy-lock handles, a massive advantage of these crates is the very high return ratio. They fold down so tightly that storing and transporting them empty is cheaper than any other crate range on the market.
There are many possible plastic crate uses today. Although they have been around for almost 30 years, plastic crates have become more widely used in recent years. Why is this so and how diverse are the industries where plastic crates are being used?
The plastic injection molding industry keeps moving forward and making better and better products, including vented folding (collapsible) plastic crates for return packaging systems. We have just added 6 of these crates to our range of products.
Whether a folding crate for picking peaches or for delivering kiwi fruit to the market, one of these brand new, state of the art vented plastic crates will be ideal for the job. 3 of them fit the ISO standard (600×400) and the other 3 fit the Australian standard at varying heights. All of them fold to take up to 6 times less space to save money on return trips.
Using plastic shipping pallets is a cost-saving strategy for today’s businesses. Switch to plastic pallets and reduce costs by: saving on transport costs; minimising product loss; re-using plastic pallets; and purchasing used pallets.
Reduce transport and shipping costs with plastic shipping pallets
Transporting or shipping goods anywhere, be it across the country or internationally, costs money. There are not only costs associated with the goods themselves – taxes, etc – but also those related to transporting them. Plastic pallets are light and easy to transport, reducing your overheads; they are easy to sanitise, reducing quarantine charges.
Minimise product loss
Traditional timber pallets can splinter, break and absorb water, which can warp the timber as it swells. the resultant product damage can be very costly. Switching to plastic shipping pallets, while initially more expensive than timber, can minimise loss caused by product damage: the savings can greatly outweigh any increase in pallet cost.
Timber pallets have been around for decades, but are you aware of the quarantine risks associated with their usage? Using plastic export pallets avoids any issues with termites, other timber-borne insects, moulds and fungi: better for the environment all round!
Traditionally, international transportation has relied on wooden structures, such as timber pallets, to support cargo in transit. The cargoes themselves are regulated by quarantine, requiring identification by type and origin; however, the same does not apply to the timber pallets used in their transport.
Using plastic export pallets for transporting goods internationally offers some benefits that you may want to consider.
Quarantine risks with timber pallets
The Australian Quarantine Inspection Service identifies a number of quarantine risks associated with wooden packaging, including the removal of bark. Bark removal is essential in order to: