5 Major Indicators You Should Consider Total Pallet Management | Pallet Consultants
Efficiently managing a pallet inventory in high-volume facilities can be a challenge. Here are signs that show a total pallet management program might be your ideal pallet solution.
Pallet inventories take a lot of effort and know-how to properly maintain and keep working as expected. Between pallet quality, sorting and repair, logistics and other tasks related to maintenance, it can be difficult to manage an inventory in manufacturing and distribution operations with high throughput.
Issues related to poor pallet performance, dwell times, overhead costs and administrative bandwidth are also common. These can all be solved with total pallet management (TPM). A TPM program involves the pallet supplier taking over responsibility of all aspects of your pallet inventory’s maintenance and utilization within your facility, allowing experienced professionals to optimize a variety of operational facets. Want to know more about the total pallet management system and how it can be seamlessly integrated into your operation? Start a conversation with us. There are five major indicators that should make you consider a total pallet management program:
- High Personnel and Equipment Costs
- Inconsistent Sorting and Repair
- Poor Pallet Utilization
- Not Enough Time Spent Generating Revenue
- Inefficient Coordination Between Suppliers
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1. High Personnel and Equipment Costs
Forklifts, trailers, PPE, payroll and more are all costs of doing business when you’re a manufacturer or distributor. However, managing your pallet inventory in-house increases these expenses and may not make your operation more profitable. Especially if you choose to perform pallet repairs your, the expenses associated with hiring and training personnel, and purchasing and maintaining equipment can impact your bottom line. If reducing employee and equipment costs is a goal, TPM can help make it a reality.
Sophisticated and efficient pallet operations require specialized equipment, like this automated pallet sorting line.
2. Inconsistent Sorting and Repair
Consistent and high-quality pallet sorting and repair requires well-trained teams and established quality control practices. Pallet repair is one of the best ways to reduce costs, shorten lead times and have more control over your inventory. It can also be surprisingly difficult and laborious to implement yourself. If your facility sorts and repairs its own pallets but the results aren't consistent or efficient as you’d like, including this task in a total pallet management system may be an attractive option.
3. Poor Pallet Utilization
Do your pallets break more often than you’d like? Would you like unloading during delivery or loading for shipping to be quicker? Are there times when you have too many or too few pallets in the warehouse? Have you been looking for ways to reduce transportation costs?
Experienced and well-trained pallet personnel are key to optimizing pallet utilization.
If you answered yes to any of those questions, your pallet utilization likely has much room for improvement. Pallet utilization is a general term that covers how well your pallets perform, both under unit loads and how efficiently they are stored and used within your facility. TPM begins with a thorough pallet and facility audit that investigates all these aspects and more to ensure they’re used expertly.
4. Not Enough Time Spent Generating Revenue
Not only do you have to invest money in teams and equipment when you manage your pallets, you also have to spend a lot of time and energy on the never-ending project. Your facility doesn’t profit from pallets, so why have good employees focused on them? You could instead have your team managers, logistics specialists, forklift drivers and other personnel focusing on tasks that generate revenue and improve your productivity.
5. Inefficient Coordination Between Suppliers
Many operations have several pallet suppliers. This can give the pallet supply chain redundancy and resiliency, but increases the amount of work needed to coordinate pallet deliveries, pickups and repairs. Additionally, more vendors means more variability in pallet quality and increases the risk of mistakes or miscommunications between the vendors and yourself. Spend less time juggling suppliers. Simplify and consolidate the process with a TPM provider that can handle the coordination for you or eliminate the need for multiple vendors.
Effective pallet inventory management is a specialty that requires significant experience, talented personnel, high overhead costs and effective pallet utilization. If your facility is having issues with optimizing pallet usage, consistent sort or repair, high equipment costs and vendor coordination, a total pallet management system may be for you. To learn more about this one-stop-shop suite of custom pallet services and solutions, talk to one of our pallet experts.
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