When it comes to implementing a successful logistics process, your choice of pallets is crucial. Traditionally, corporations would use wooden pallets to transport their goods, but in recent years the introduction of plastic pallets has caused much debate over which one is ultimately better for delivery. Below, Silver Bullet Express looks at some of the advantages and disadvantages of each pallet solution to help better inform our customers:
Costs play an important factor when it comes to deciding whether to use plastic pallets or wooden pallets. Undoubtedly, it is cheaper to acquire wooden pallets; however, because they are of an organic composition and, therefore, prone to splintering and becoming weak, you may find that you need to replace them frequently. Plastic pallets, on the other hand, are more of an up front investment because they are more expensive.
Wooden pallets are heavier than their counterparts and, consequently, need to be replaced more often, although they do have the capacity to bear heavier items than plastic ones and can be put together quickly and easily. Wooden pallets can be repaired fairly easily by replacing the damaged board, whereas plastic pallets are much more difficult and time-consuming to fix due to the fact they need to be melted down and remoulded. They do, however, last much longer than wooden ones, potentially up to ten years before they need to be replaced.
The industry of your business and the nature of the products which you are transporting will certainly help to dictate your choice of pallets. Wooden pallets are not the ideal choice for pharmaceutical and food goods as they are difficult to clean and can harbour germs and bacteria which may contaminate the products. Plastic is a much safer option in this instance as it is much more hygienic and can be easily cleaned and sanitised.
The use of nails and screws are required to hold together the boards of wooden pallets; as a result, splintered wood – as well as exposed nails and screws – can be a major health and safety concern. Plastic pallets are usually made of one continuous piece and, consequently, don’t possess any sharp metal hardware that could cause injury or harm during the delivery process.
Whether you choose to use wooden pallets or plastic pallets, one thing is for sure – you can always depend on Silver Bullet Express to ensure that your items reach their destination safely and efficiently. Our palletised freight services are unparalleled, so why not find out more? You can speak to our friendly team by calling on 0800 907 0016 or, alternatively, fill in our online contact form.