When shopping for the cheapest pallet, any one of the standard size pallets may appear to be the most economical. However, if your merchandise or freight are not sized according to standardized pallet dimensions, it may actually be costing a good deal more money to use standard pallets instead of custom pallets.
Custom pallets are sized to meet the specific dimensions and weight requirements of the freight to be transported. If the freight package is smaller than the closest fitting standard pallet dimension, the shipper risks losing too much space on the truck. With fewer pallets per truckload, the shipper faces the expense of extra trucks or runs to meet their shipping quotas.
Recently, Greenway Products & Services was asked to evaluate the entire shipping program for a ceramic tile manufacturer. The manufacturer delivered heavy boxes of ceramic tiles in box trucks to distributors and customers in Brooklyn on a daily basis. As anyone in the business knows, delivery trucks in Brooklyn is an expensive proposition. Delivery runs can be time consuming and expensive with perpetual road congestion, tolls, and high cost of fuel.
Boxes of ceramic tiles were being stacked on the standard 36 x 36 wooden pallets. At this size pallet, the manufacturer was able to load the trucks with 10 pallets worth of heavy freight.
Greenway Products & Services evaluated the manufacturer’s shipping, and determined that the shipper could increase the truck capacity from 10 pallets per truck to 12 pallets per truck, if they switched from standard 36 x 36 pallets, to custom sized 30 x 36 pallets.
Although the custom pallets cost slightly more than standard sized pallets, the savings in delivery runs saved significantly more in trucking and transportation expenses. Less delivery runs saved on driver expenses, gasoline, tolls, and equipment wear and tear. Faster deliveries to the distribution centers and ultimately to the customer was also a boom to the bottom line, as the manufacturer could deliver greater quantities in less time, keeping his customers happy and coming back for more.