Whether it’s a large-scale operation or a small, private company, everything always boils down to one thing: profitability. Without the big ‘P’ word, most businesses wouldn’t be able to continue offering the goods or services they are so passionate about.
And while increasing profitability may seem like a difficult – or even out-of-reach – goal, sometimes it’s just small tweaks to everyday routines that can make all the difference.
If you’ve never before considered how the use of custom pallets can impact your bottom line, now’s the time to take note.
Integrating custom pallets in the workplace can help save and earn money by preventing product damage, easing shipping woes and improving production efficiency.
Unsure how such a simple structure can do all of that? Take a look at these three reasons custom pallets lead to profitability and see for yourself:
1. Protect Product Integrity With Custom Pallets
There is often nothing worse for a company – no matter the size – than damaged product. It can lead to loss of profits, a halt in production and can even impact employee morale.
However, there are workplace precautions that can be taken to avoid such a disaster, and sometimes they start with the simplest of steps.
It may seem like a small detail, but are you storing, displaying and transporting goods on the proper sized pallet? Whether they are wood, plastic or metal, pallets not only range in design, but size as well. And using the wrong sized pallet for a job is like running a marathon in a pair of sneakers that are two sizes too small – there is bound to be some physical damage from forcing two things together that just don’t fit.
If a pallet is too small, for example, product can hang over the sides and be prone to falling, bumping and jostling. On the other end of the spectrum, using a pallet that is too large could mean goods aren’t secured tightly in place as there is too much room to shift on top of the pallet. Damage can also occur as a result of items not sitting properly on the surface area of the pallet, causing the weight to be disproportionate instead of evenly distributed.
Sometimes the damage is done within minutes of a product being placed on the wrong sized pallet, and it’s immediately clear where things went wrong. In other scenarios, it may take some time or movement before things go awry, and the damage may not be noticed until much later.
Whether it’s caught early or late, or is the result of pallet being too large or small, product loss is a pain in any company’s neck – especially when it could have been so easily prevented.
Rather than using whatever pallet is lying around, companies can help protect the integrity of their product by choosing to have pallets custom made. By ensuring the structure is the right fit for a specific job, workers can rest easy knowing goods are secure and safe. Additionally, a custom-sized pallet means a company’s packaging will only take up the amount of freight space that is needed, rather than using more space with pallets that are too large.
2. Export Your Uncertainty
If pallets could talk, oh the tales they would tell. These simple structures travel on all manner of journeys, some of which take them across oceans to faraway countries and back.
Here are some important questions you should ask:
- How old is the pallet?
- How many times has it been used and what was it previously used for?
- Was it subject to chemical treatments or a hazardous materials spill?
- Has it been damaged and, if so, was it repaired?
Ordering custom pallets means companies can start from ground zero with their packaging structures, and feel more confident about their production and longevity.
Having a new custom pallet also means owners are aware of its source and traceability when it comes to certification for overseas shipping. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, wood packaging being exported to the United States must be free of signs of living pests, be produced in Canada or the U.S. if there is no ISPM 15 mark, and have the appropriate markings to signify it has been repaired or remanufactured. Exporters shipping wood packaging outside Canada or the U.S. to a country that has adopted the ISPM 15 standard are responsible for meeting the requirements in the Canadian Wood Packaging Certification Program.
With so many rules and regulations to consider, companies can simplify at least one aspect of shipping by trusting in the dependability – and background – of custom pallets.
3. In Sync
Nothing is more harmonious to a worker of industry than the sweet sound of a well-oiled machine. Life is just so much more enjoyable when things work properly.
To maximize the efficiency – as well as minimize the downtime – of production equipment, workplaces can opt for custom pallets that fit into machinery or assembly lines. This customization allows pallets to work in harmony with the machine and its operators, resulting in a faster and more bountiful production.
This one small adjustment can make such a significant impact, one might wonder why they didn’t do it sooner.
Pallets may be disregarded in the workplace as commonplace pieces of equipment that play a minimal role in a company’s success. It’s an unfortunate misconception, considering how much a customized pallet can help a production to run smoothly.
By choosing custom pallets, you are also choosing product quality, reliability and efficiency. With the improvement of those three things alone, how can you not expect to see results?
Pallets are used to their full potential when created specifically for a job. So if you’re looking for an easy way to increase profitability, custom pallets are the place to start.