8 Commonly Asked Questions Concerning Pallets
Last year, we started an annual tradition to post answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to our business and the industry. The top queries from 2016 included topics such as pallet measurement, heat treatment, scrap collection services, and more. For answers to those questions, click here. This year, we have compiled responses to the following (if you don’t see your question listed, please contact us):
What are the main differences between wood and plastic pallets?
Wood pallets are less expensive to manufacture and they can typically carry more weight. But, since they’re made of natural resources, wooden pallets are susceptible to mold, rot, and insect infestation. Plastic pallets are more expensive; but, they are extremely durable (long shelf life) and will not retain moisture or harbor bugs. For a full comparison, please read more.
What are the most important factors to consider when buying pallets?
One pallet does not fit all applications. Before buying pallets from any provider, consider the following: shipping destination, weight of product, life expectancy of pallet, equipment compatibility, and your pallet management needs. For a detailed explanation of each, click here.
How can I prevent my wooden pallets from mold?
Know your supplier and make sure the wood they use is freshly sawn (if a supplier stores materials for too long, there is an increased risk of mold). At your facility, store pallets where they can dry and will not be rewetted. If you can treat your pallets with mild fungicides, do so. This will reduce the risk of mold. For more tips, click here.
Are wooden pallets approved to transport food?
Yes. Just like pallets made of other materials, the FDA has approved the use of wooden pallets to transport food as long as they are designed and maintained in a way that makes them suitable and adequately cleanable, so the food they carry does not become unsafe during transportation. For more information, consult these guidelines.
Do you custom-design pallets?
Yes, we use the NWCPA’s Pallet Design System to specify pallet type, size, and style for a particular product as well as produce 2D drawings of the pallet design.
Do you offer any eco-friendly pallet solutions?
As an active user of the Pallet Design System, Rose Pallet is a proud member of the USDA Biopreferred® Program, which means we can design biobased pallets using less material, making them lighter and better for the environment without compromising their structural integrity. We also offer a variety of used, remanufactured, and combo pallets as well.
Is there a better time of year to buy pallets?
While lumber prices are constantly in flux, supply and demand has a greater impact on the cost of pallets (click to read a detailed report of the lumber market). In general, however, the busy shipping season occurs in Q4 prior to the holidays. During this time, pallet supply is low while demand is high, which drives up the price. Developing a pallet management program earlier in the year and keeping a watchful eye on supply is a good buying strategy. However, if needs arise in Q4, don’t hesitate to call on us; we will make sure you have a continuous supply regardless of time of year.
What sets Rose Pallet apart from other providers?
Our business is not about a one-time transaction—we want to be and will do whatever is necessary to be your partner in logistics. That is why we provide a multitude of services, beyond supplying a simple pallet. We know the impact that each line item has on a company’s P&L. Therefore, our approach is to assess your unique business operations to accurately diagnose needs, desires, and potential inefficiencies to provide a custom solution that works for the long haul.