Pallets are an essential part of your product packaging and shipping process. Determining which pallet to use can have an enormous impact on your budget and efficiency. At Dominion Pallet, we can create custom wood pallets built specifically for your needs, however there are many pallet options, such as unnotched pallets, partial four-way entry pallets and four-way entry pallets.
Pallets are often referred to by their size or design, but you’ll also hear them mentioned by type, stringer or block pallets. Stringers are created with 2:x4” wood and are often more cost efficient.
Block pallets are made with individual blocks, making them stronger and allow for more efficient handling. Block pallets are also called four-way pallets because a pallet jack can be used from any side.
There are countless pallet designs, sizes and capabilities, but here is an overview of what really matters when you’re looking for the right pallet for your products:
The load capacity is a critical consideration when selecting pallets. Pallets with a higher load capacity often cost more, but underestimating your load weight is a dangerous miscalculation, as too much strain can cause the pallet to give out, potentially causing your products to fall and result in major property damage or injury.
A pallet’s stiffness describes the amount of force a pallet can take before collapsing or bending. Depending on your product, a certain pallet may strong enough to hold your load, but not stiff enough to safely secure it.
Are your pallets going on a one-way trip or will they be used over and over again? Pallet durability denotes how long a pallet can endure repeated use in the shipping and storing process. Durability isn’t quite as much of a factor when it is only to be used one time. Businesses that require frequent use, however, will find a much better long-term value in highly durable pallets.
Pallets that are being shipped internationally are required to meet ISPM 15 standards, which requires all wood packaging be heat-treated or chemically treated to eliminate the risk of bugs hiding within the wood. Our heat treated pallets
meet European Union, APHIS, ALSC and IPPC guidelines and are stamped on both sides so they easily clear customs.
Last, but certainly not least, is the price. We know how important the budget is to you and we are happy to help you determine which type of pallet will meet your needs and provide a competitive quote.
We’re happy to help guide you through the pallet selection process and find the pallet that meets your needs and your budget. Contact us
today to get started.