Some Professional AdvicePosted: December 8, 2018
NO NAME, NO COMPANY, NO ID, BUT MAJOR PLAYER, REAL WORLD.
“The second point is that I can’t see it as being a closed loop pallet in our operation as we would need to invert every pallet and replace the wood pallet, a costly, time involved process given the number of pallets received daily, with limited benefit in the current process.
“Third we have arrangements with the current pallet suppliers (………………) for pallet transfer. You mentioned closed loop in our automated sites, one of issues this would have is we supply full pallets where orders so warrant which would again mean inverting the pallets and replacing the steel pallet with wood. We can’t send it out to stores as some stores do not return pallets to the original site but are sent to other D.C’s, some interstate, that are not automated.
“I would suggest that as you state the cost is relative to a Wooden Pallet the you either become a 3rd player in the market and do hire – de-hire or combine with an existing pallet supplier, this would allow the pallets to move around in the same manner as a wooden pallet making it seamless to vendors and ourselves. END QUOTE
FYI The first point related to a national wood pallet standard. Aside from material used there is no problem, e.g. sizes, carrying capacity, live load, dead load, racking capacity, bending moment, deflection and so forth.
There is no formal steel pallet standard. NOT YET.
BTW “cost is relevant to a wooden pallet” IS ON A RENTAL BASIS, THE SAME AS WOOD.
This is about the grocery industry in Australia but could be adapted to anywhere.