5 Steps to Buy Pallets | Pallet Consultants
With so many different sizes and types of pallets, deciding which kind you need can require careful consideration. To make the process easier, read these 5 steps to buy pallets that fit your needs.
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There’s a large variety of pallets available. But which ones are right for you?
There are different types of pallets that come in all shapes, sizes, conditions and quality.
Just a few quick searches online will show you how many pallet providers and manufacturers are operating. You’ll need to consider not only the pallets you need to buy, but who you get them from.
Make sure the business you’re looking at will be able to fill your orders and deliver the pallets on time. For example, larger companies with multiple locations should be able to better ensure your deliveries are on time.
With all that in mind, here’s 5 steps to make it easier to find out what pallets you need. We can also review your needs with you, and find out what works for you.
Know your product weight
Pallets are designed to hold and carry weight. Since this is a pallet’s primary function, this is where you should start when thinking about buying pallets.
What are you shipping? Toys and dry goods may call for different pallets than a dish washing machine. Many pallets have certain expected weight capacities, but this can change depending on how the pallet is constructed.
If you ship a variety of different products, you might need more than one pallet type. While some pallet sizes can act as a one-size-fits-all solution, many won’t or would be much less efficient in terms of shipping volume.
Figure out how many pallets you’ll need
Once you have your weights nailed down, quantity is the next thing to consider. Seasonal upticks and drops in demand are normal, but you should look at your average pallet use or the amount of product you ship. Having a ballpark range is important to keep in mind, because you want your supply chain and facility to operate smoothly. If you order too many pallets, precious warehouse space will be taken up by inventory that can’t be used yet. Oder too few pallets and you might have to worry about a last-minute pallet request. If you find yourself in either situation, Pallet Consultants can help with our inventory management or just-in-time delivery. Knowing the number of pallets you need is key to making a smart purchase.
Think about what size you think you’ll need
Just like you need to know how much the stuff you’re shipping or receiving weighs, you’ll need to know how large it is. If you are dealing with boxes of product, there may be multiple pallet sizes that can fit your needs depending on your automation and transportation systems. But if you’re dealing with larger items, you may need specific pallet sizes. There are all sorts of considerations when talking about pallet sizes, like how product will be secured and transported. Some items will only be safe on some pallets large enough to fit them in the right way. For example, the pallet size 48” x 48” is used mainly for transporting barrels of oil. This is because you can fit four barrels of oil on one pallet of that size with just enough extra room on the edges. 48 x 40 is used by grocery and retail stores since it’s a good all-around wood pallet. There are many examples of one certain pallet size being used across entire industries because they just work better with certain products.
Do you need your pallets to be an exact size?
If your operation runs using automated machinery or you need things to line up perfectly, you should consider new pallets. New or Grade “A” pallets not only look the nicest, but are also guaranteed to be exact in their measurements. This can be especially important for facilities with automated pallet inventory and racking systems. Or if your pallets don’t need to be a very specific size, recycled Grade “B” pallets might suit your needs better. These are as functional as new pallets, they may just not be an exact size and will show some wear. It’s important to remember recycled pallets that look weathered aren’t necessarily worse than new pallets. As long as they are repaired by qualified people, their functionality should be as good as new pallets.
Consult with a pallet provider
Now that you have an idea what you’re going to look for and ask about, it’s time to contact a pallet company. With their
expertise and experience, they should be able to address all of your questions and concerns including some things you may not have considered. Maybe they’ll recommend combination pallets for your situation, or suggest a more cost effective size. However, it’s still best to have written down information on your product dimensions and weight, how many pallets you think you’ll need, and what size you would prefer. Compare prices, services, and look into reviews and customer experience. You’ll want someone who is responsive and service-oriented, either in case you need to contact them for an issue or if you later want to grow your use of pallets and related services.
What we can do for you
If you are looking to buy pallets, give us a try. We’re dedicated to customer service and our record of dependability and flexibility set the industry standard. We manufacture wooden pallets in a variety of common and custom sizes. Feel free to start a conversation with us and we’ll be happy to take time reviewing your needs.