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Recycled Plastic Pallets And The Fight For Mother Earth

Plastic: The Good, The Bad and The Business

The world has come a long way from the 1960’s and the movie ‘The Graduate’. When giving the best advice for success to a recent college graduate, the successful businessman said, “I have one word, Plastics.”

Today, plastic is where it shouldn’t be, in the ocean and on the beaches and it is killing animals as well as sea life and skewing the balance of nature, causing great harm to the environment and the future of a healthy earth

States are banning plastic straws, restaurants are banning plastic silverware and cups, and grocery stores are banning plastics bags, offering only paper bags to its customers.

With the anti-plastic movement coming to most neighborhoods near us, why oh why would the packaging industry want its customers to buy plastic pallets as opposed to the traditional wooden pallets?

Recycled Plastic Pallets

Well, it is important to know that plastic pallets are made from recyclable materials. Which can be reused, and reused, and reused, leaving a very limited harmful footprint on the environment. Ironically, plastic pallets are actually environmentally friendly and good for the green future of the earth.

In 2008, an independent study done compared the environmental impacts of plastic pallets and multi-use wood pallet, finding the plastic pallet is far superior when it comes to the environment. In all measured areas, global warming, ozone layer depletion and acidification, (the decrease of acidic balance in the oceans), the plastic pallet was shown to have a much lower environmental impact. It is 100% recyclable, lighter, stronger and safer than the multi-use wood pallet, and it is far greener.

 

Recycled Pallet Life Cycle And Shelf Life

In another study, an analysis done by Environmental Resource Management (ERM), a global leader in environmental consulting services, measured the total life cycle impact of the plastic pallet and the multi-use wood. The plastic pallet was found to be the environmentally friendly solution. It leaves a much smaller environmental footprint, and it offers an alternative to depleting our forests to make wood pallets.

Virginia Tech Center for Packaging and Unit Load Design did a study that made a strong case for pallets long shelf life. Researchers found that the plastic pallet has 18 times the life span of the wood pallet.

recycled plastic pallet life cycle

 

Advantage of Recycled Plastic Pallets Over Wood Pallets 

Though 90 percent of the market still uses wood pallets, an analysis by FasTrack proved there is an advantage to using plastic pallets over wood ones. The plastic can be reused. Though wood pallets are cheaper, companies are now looking at plastic because they are reusable, with a consistent design.

Also, they are cleanable and have environmentally friendly elements. The engineered solution, the plastic pallets can be specifically designed for all types of equipment, thus the product can be moved more easily. With all these benefits, plastic doesn’t seem to be such a dirty word anymore.

environmentally safe recycled plastic pallet
A 21 century technology to replace wood, the RM2 BLOCKPal pallet by One Way Solutions is extremely durable, environmentally friendly, and affordable.

 

Recycled Plastic Pallets: The Engineered Answer

We live in an age where all have to pay attention to saving the environment. From recycling what can be reused to stopping the careless use of plastics that are not reused, beyond what the private citizen can do, businesses need to be committed to keeping the earth green. The plastic pallet is the engineered answer to a problem in the packaging industry. Wood pallets deplete forests and do not have a long shelf life. Plastic pallets are made of recyclable materials, last a very long time, are reusable, and cost efficient. It appears the word for success in the 1960’s has returned to the 2010’s: Plastics. However, this time, plastics do not just make life easier they also help save the planet.

 

Share Your Comments!

What is your take on recycled plastic pallets? Are they serving your business while supporting the environment? 

 

Trying To Choose The Right Recycled Plastic Pallet?

In case you didn’t know, we LOVE helping customer find the right plastic pallets to suit their needs. It’s in our DNA. Please contact us to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Plastic Pallet Materials

Plastic Pallet Materials

Plastic Pallet Materials

Plastic Pallets are made from a variety of different materials. Each have their own benefits and challenges. When selecting the right plastic material for your pallet’s application, there are two main and opposing aspects to consider; impact resistance & rigidity. In general, these aspects are inversely correlated.

In other words:

The more rigid a pallet is, the less impact resistance it possesses.

The less rigidity a pallet has, the more impact resistance it possesses.

Resistance and Rigidity

A pallet that is very rigid will typically have poor impact resistance. Similarly, a plastic pallet with high impact resistance will usually be less rigid.

Popular Plastic Pallet Materials

As is true for many of our blog features, there is no right or wrong pallet, only what is best for your conditions.

With that in mind, here are some of the more popular plastic pallet material types:

High Density Polyethylene Pallets (HDPE Pallets)

High Density Polyethylene (HDPE): This is by far the most common material used to mold plastic pallets. Milk jugs are the single largest use of HDPE and is known as a very versatile resin. It is also very inexpensive compared to other plastics, especially recycled resin. It offers plastic pallets a middle of the road compromise between impact resistance and rigidity.

HDPE Pallet Benefits:

  • Impact Resistance
  • Resistance to Freezing
  • Highly resistant to strong acids and bases.

In one sentence: HDPE is the most common, versatile, and cheapest material used amongst the different types

In one sentence: HDPE is the most common, versatile, and cheapest material used amongst the different types of plastics.

Pro Tip: HDPE pallets absorb little to no water, making them easy to clean and store!

Polypropylene Pallets (PP Pallets)

Polypropylene (PP): PP is the second most widely use resin used in plastic pallets. It is much more rigid but lacks the impact resistance of HDPE. It’s also usually more expensive that HDPE.

PP Polypropylene Pallet Benefits:

  • Stronger than HDPE
  • More Rigid than HDPE
  • Excellent crush recovery – more resilient!

In one sentence: PP costs more to produce and is not as commonly used, as much as HDPE.

Pro Tip: Polypropylene it is extremely resistant to chemical solvents, acids, and bases!

Polyolefin Pallets (PO Pallets)

Polyolefin (PO): PO is basically a catch-all for plastic materials that don’t fall into any of the other categories. For our purposes, PO is a proprietary blend of HDPE, PP, and cellulose that is found in many of our plastic pallets. It is sometimes referred to as ACM (Advanced Composite Material). The benefits are very high rigidity and low cost, but is difficult to mold, is very brittle, and cannot get wet. The cellulose expands and leeches the carbon black used to color the pallets. This type of plastic is often used in the production of one time use pallets or export pallets, this means that once they are sent out there will not be an expectation to have them returned.

PP Polyolefin Pallet Benefits:

  • Lower cost pallets
  • Good option if pallets do not need to be returned or reused (export, one way pallets)

In one sentence: PO is a plastic blend that is common, but cannot get wet and is harder to manufacture.

Pro Tip: Don’t expose polyolefin plastic pallets to water!

Fiberglass Pallets

Fiberglass is a recent entry in plastic pallet materials. There are only a couple manufacturers in the world with this capability and they employ proprietary methods. Typically, the pallets are coated with clear finish to seal in the glass fibers. This adds significant cost but produces a pallet that is extremely rigid and has high impact resistance. In addition, it has excellent fire retardant properties without any added fillers.

Fiberglass Pallet Benefits:

  • Extremely flex resistant
  • Extremely Impact-resistant
  • Naturally fire-retardant

In one sentence: Fiberglass pallets consist of a glass and plastic mixture, they are very strong, but can be very costly.

Pro Tip: Fiberglass pallets allow lots of stacking capabilities, so tack them up to utilize floor space!

Share your Comments!

What type of plastic pallets best suits your needs?

What are your opinions on the different pallet materials currently on the market?

We’d love to hear from you – please share thoughts in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Plastic Pallets In Stock – Hello St. Louis

St. Louis Grand Opening!

Here at One Way Solutions, we are proud to announce the grand opening of our new St. Louis Warehouse! Our St. Louis warehouse will stock some of our best-selling, USA made pallets. In doing this we hope to outpace the constantly increasing demand for our plastic pallets! 

One Way Solutions Plastic Pallet Warehouse - St Louis

Now shipping from our new St. Louis warehouse!

Fully Stocked!

Our St. Louis warehouse will be housing many of our best selling plastic pallets, some of which will include:

PP-O-32-N2 32 x 48” Nestable Euro Pal 2 Plastic Pallet

PP-O-40-Eco1.3R 40 x 48” Rackable / Stackable Open Deck Plastic Pallet – 3 Runners – Black

PP-O-40-NL3.1 40 x 48” Nestable Plastic Pallet – Medium Duty

PP-O-45-NL 45 x 48” Nestable Plastic Automotive Pallet

PP-O-4545-N 45 x 45” Nestable Plastic Pallet

PP-S-40-R3 40 x 48” Solid Deck Rackable Plastic Pallet

General Sizing Options

At our new St. Louis warehouse we will be carrying different sizing options for the products listed above. Our sizing options are measured in inches and range from:

• 32 x 48” (Euro Pallets – fit smaller European sized trucks)

• 40 x 48” (Most popular size in the USA, most styles are offered in this size)

• 45 x 48” (Most popular in the automotive industry)

• 45 x 45” (Most commonly used to transport drums and chemicals. Also commonly used by the ocean freight industry)

Allowing our pallets to be available in different sizes is beneficial to our customers located in and outside of the US. Our different sizes allow our pallets to fit in different size transportation vehicles, ocean freights, and air freights. This is important to us so that our customers all over the world can purchase and utilize our pallets! 

Nestable and Rackable

Our St. Louis warehouse will contain different pallet options such as nestable and rackable plastic pallets. Nestable plastic pallets are designed in a way to stack more pallets at a safer height while also maintaining structure and balance. While our Rackable plastic pallets are designed to be more durable and reliable when stored on racks.

Positives of our Nestable Plastic Pallets:

  • Durable
  • Save floor space • Safer
  • Lighter in weight & density (reduces freight costs)
  • Improve stackability
  • Allow options for snap on runners

Positives of our Rackable Plastic Pallets:

  • Maximize floor space
  • FDA approved models available
  • Fire Retardant models available
  • Durable
  • Reliable
  • Safer

 

Our Promises to You!

At One Way Solutions we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction, quality products, great lead times, and exceeding customer expectations. These are goals and achievements we carry through to all of our shipping locations and warehouses. Our newest addition, being our St. Louis warehouse, will be held to the same standards to provide the best service imaginable!

  • Lead Times – we promise to ship your order within 2-5 business days after the order is placed (depending on location).
  • Customer Service – We promise to always provide the best customer service and be on site as soon as an issue occurs. Our customer service never expires!

Satisfaction Guaranteed

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Best Plastic Pallets

Best Plastic Pallets

Best Plastic Pallets

What are the best plastic pallets? Some say inexpensive plastic pallets are the best. Some say a pallet’s dimensions, like its size and weight are the most important factors. Pallet capacity is also extremely important to consider.

But what about less obvious pallet specifications, like longevity and durability? Because pallet applications and handling technique vary infinitely by employee, warehouse, and industry, etc, its very difficult to calculate!

So What Makes The Best Pallet?

Ultimately, it’s all in the details.

The features and specifications that are most critical to your material handling success could be all of following factors!

Pick the pallet that satisfies as many of the following characteristics as possible, and you’ll be on your way to pallet nirvana.

Best Plastic Pallets Factors

Pallet Price

Price plays an important part in determining our list of best plastic pallets. The most perfectly designed, beautiful, lightweight pallet that can hold a Sherman Tank doesn’t do much good if it’s not competitively priced.

Alternatively, it wouldn’t make sense to sell our cheapest plastic pallet if it doesn’t match the customer’s application requirements.

But the price is important factor when selecting a plastic pallet – and our online pallet store makes it easy to filter pricing to find the right pallet at the right price.

Pallet Design

The design Very simply, we are looking for the most efficient use of resin material. The majority of a plastic pallets’ price is determined by its weight.

A pallet with a high capacity and low weight will have a good strength to weight ratio. The higher the ratio, the more efficient the design will be.

A good example of a plastic pallet with a high strength to weight ratio is the PP-O-40-NM7.

Pallet Material

Plastic pallets are typically manufactured with HDPE (High Density Polyethylene), PP (polypropylene), or Fiberglass.

Each material has it’s own advantages and disadvantages. Regardless of material type, material quality is important.

The majority of plastic pallets are made with recycled resin which can contain fillers and contaminants.

If you’re unsure about the quality of pallet material, request a report from the material batch test.

Pallet Durability / Impact Resistance

Plastic pallet durability is a function of material, weight, and design.

Pallets molded with HDPE will tend to have better impact resistance than PP.

PP is a stiffer material which has its own advantages when it comes to load capacity.

Though infrequently used due to its higher cost, fiberglass has the best impact resistance.

Pallet Capacity

Pallet weight capacity is the single most important factor to consider when deciding which plastic pallet is right for your company. An overloaded pallet is a deadly disaster waiting to happen and something we take very seriously.

At One Way Solutions, we are very conservative with our published capacity ratings. We never use point of failure as our maximum rating, but rather allow for a margin of safety to mitigate variations in materials, temperature, loading pattern, and handling techniques.

It’s very important to understand that all ratings in the plastic pallet industry assume the pallet is uniformly loaded over the entire pallet surface.

The majority of failures we’ve seen are due to point loading. Point loading is a non-uniform pallet load in which there is variations in the weight per unit of area on the pallet deck.

The best plastic pallets will have low weight to capacity ratio, which is related to design efficiency. A good example of a pallet with a high capacity relative to its weight is the PP-O-40-NL7.

Higher isn’t always better. Paying more money for high capacity pallets for a low capacity application usually doesn’t provide any advantage assuming the pallets are loaded and handled properly.

Pallet Weight

A low weight pallet is typically less expensive and cheaper to ship. However, often times, low weight pallets don’t have the durability or impact resistance that a bulkier pallet will have.

Export plastic pallets are typically light weight because they need to be cheap since they are usually considered a single use pallet. Alternatively, pallets used in a returnable system and need to last for years will have a higher weight.

Pallet Weight To Capacity Ratio

This is a good indicator of how efficient the pallet design is. The goal of any pallet design is to obtain application goals using the least amount of material. There are exceptions when there are added features that are necessary but don’t affect capacity.

For example, solid deck pallets are sometimes required for clean room environments, but the solid deck doesn’t increase the pallets capacity.

We hope that helps!

We hoped you enjoyed learning how plastic pallet shipping charges can be reduced.

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what tricks have helped you save money in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Pallet Shipping Charges

Pallet Freight Charges

Pallet Shipping Charges – Oh No!

Let’s face it, pallet shipping charges are a significant expense that all buyers would prefer to reduce – or eliminate.

Rejoice! We’ve got helpful advice to help our customers reduce pallet shipping charges and stretch their operational budget dollars to their fullest.

Cutting Pallet Shipping Charges

To know how to get the best freight charge for your pallets, it is important to understand the factors and vairables that impact your total shipping charge calculations.

The main factors are:

  • Pallet Location
  • Pallet Specifications
  • Pallet Order Quantity
  • Shipping Service Level
  • Delivery Location
  • Truck Lane Opportunities

Read on to see how these shipping factors influence pallet freight costs.

Pallet Location

The shipping origin of your pallets is very important. The further away your pallets are located, the more you pay!

Pro Tip: We offer a location filter on our plastic pallets and containers that shows you where the pallets come from, allowing you to choose pallets close to your location – to reduce your shipping charges and save money!

Pallet Shipping Charge - Location Filter

Filter by the closest location to lower your pallet shipping charges.

Pallet Specifications

The smaller and lighter the pallet, the less shipping you pay. Furthermore, nestable pallets ship more compactly, allowing the shipper to pack more units into a stack.

Pro Tip: Reduce your shipping charges by Consider if Nestable Plastic Pallets will meet your needs; nestable pallet can reduce your freight charges!

Pallet Order Quantity

Generally speaking, the more pallets you order, the smaller your “per unit” shipping costs are going to be.

Here are some examples of how adjusting your plastic pallet order quantity can reduce your “per unit” shipping charges.

Pallet Shipping Charges - Increase Order Quantity

Find the sweet spot on your pallet quantity to optimize your “per unit” freight charges.

Pro Tip: Reduce your “per unit” shipping charges by increasing your quantity to find the sweet spot.

Extra Pro Tip: Reduce your pallet prices by order more pallets. For advice on how upping your order quantity can increase your plastic pallet freight savings and lower pallet prices – [go here ].

Shipping Service Level

In a hurry? It’ll cost you. Faster shipping services for your plastic pallets are more expensive.

Pro Tip: Monitor your inventory and place pallet orders before you run out. You’ll save at least 50% on shipping charges if you can afford to wait the standard 3-5 business day transit time (instead of using rush services).

Delivery Location

Your location, obviously, impacts pallet freight costs. If you’re far away from the plastic pallet shipping point, expect to pay more.

Residential Or Commercial?

Pallet freight charges are typically lower for delivering to commercial locations. Delivering Pallets to a residential area will add a $100 fee to freight charges.

Loading Dock

IF you don’t have a loading dock, you’ll need a liftgate service from the shipper (unless you can somehow unload it yourself. Liftgates add $50 to the shipping charges.

Pro Tip: Save the residential and liftgate delivery upcharge fees and ship the pallets to your buddy’s business. And buy your buddy a six pack of Beer to show your appreciation.

Pallet Shipping Charges - Six Pack O' Beer

Nothing says “thanks” like Beer!

Truck Shipping Lane Opportunities

Here’s a great way to save a ton of money when shipping quantities of plastic pallets that are less than a full truckload.

Shipping Lanes

Quick Vocabulary Word: Shipping Lane – a regularly used shipping route used for deliveries. 

When a pallet shipment approaches 8-10 stacks (see our product pages for the numbers of pallets per stack), that can cover as much one third of a truck’s cargo space (a 40′ truck has about 30 40″ x 48″ skid spots). This situation may cause you to pay for the entire truck! Boo!

But why?

This happens because the trucker may not have any other deliveries to make on that particular shipping lane – causing cargo space to go unfilled!

What does unfilled space equal? Inefficiency and higher costs. Money!

A genius move, used by our pallet experts, is to try dividing the shipment into 2 trucks, allowing the excess space in the 2 trucks to be filled with payload for other deliveries in that truck lane, reducing the overall freight costs by as much as 50% in some cases.

Pallet Shipping Charge Calculator

The One Way Solutions website is unique, unlike any other in the plastic pallet market.

One Way Solutions offers Pallet Shipping Charge rating and quoting, both in our online Shopping Cart and during online Checkout.

Our advanced pallet shipping calculator calls out to hundreds of shipping partners, in realtime, to find you the most competitive shipping rate!

This unique service makes the decision process, that was once far more complicated, as easy as pie.

We know you’ll love it – please let us know what you think!

Use Your Own Shipper!

Our website allows you to remove shipping charges from your pallet order and indicate your own shipper.

Pro Tip: If you have an account with a shipping company, you may get a discount that will reduce your shipping charges.

Here’s how to use your shipper account on our website:

  • Step 1. During checkout, indicate that you want Shipping Method “LTL Freight Collect $0.00”
  • Step 2. Add you shipper name.
  • Step 3. Add your shipper account number or ID
Pallet Shipping Charges - Ship Collect

Use your own shipper when buying plastic pallets!

We hope that helps!

We hoped you enjoyed learning how plastic pallet shipping charges can be reduced.

We’d love to hear from you – please let us know what tricks have helped you save money in the comments below.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

Our Plastic Pallet Experts are happy to help you find the right plastic pallet and send you a quote that includes shipping costs. Please contact to find the perfect pallet at the best price.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets – What’s right for you?

Are Plastic Pallets, Metal, or Wood best for you? Take our pallet Quiz!

Choosing the best pallet for your warehouse is an important decision.

Will Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets be right for you? We can help.

Take our quick Pallet Quiz and for our recommendation on the best pallet for your needs.

Can’t decide on Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets – We Can Help!

Please contact us to see if Wood, Metal or Plastic Pallets are right for your application.

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers Explained

Plastic Pallet Product Numbers Explained

PP-O-40-NL3, Whaaaaaat?

That’s funny looking. On first glance, “PP-O-40-NL3” may look like jargon from some new, unfriendly material handling science.

But wait- it’s actually one of our plastic pallet part numbers!

Confusing and random? No!

Once you understand our simple key, our part numbers are useful and make perfect sense.

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers Explained 2

Cracking The Plastic Pallet Part Number Code

Let’s dissect a part number.

PP-O-40-NL3

PP- This one’s easy, PP simply stands for Plastic Pallet. You might also see, CP (Container Pallet / Bulk Bin), and PW (PressWood pallet).

PP-O- The letter “O” means Open Deck. You may also “S” for Solid Deck (or closed deck). Plastic Pallets have two main deck types, so this part of the part number can help you zero in on your preferred pallet!

PP-O-40- This number indicates a pallet or bin’s dimensions, and starts with the width. In this case, the pallet is 40 inches wide. If the length isn’t listed it’s typically 48 inches.

PP-O-40-N This letter means the pallet is Nestable, one of our 3 main pallet types. “N” for Nestable, “S” for Stackable, “R” for Rackable.

PP-O-40-NL– This letter classifies the a pallet or bin’s weight capacity. “L” for Light Duty, “M” for Medium Duty, “H” for Heavy Duty.

PP-O-40-NL3– The trailing number differentiates similar products by creating a series. Pallets with a smaller series number were added to our product line earlier. Example: NL3 was launched before NL4!

Plastic Pallet Part Numbers

Other Plastic Pallet Part Number Designations

Example: PP-O-40-R2.001.FDA/FR/FA-Blue

.001,.003,.005 These are found at the end of a pallet that has 1, 3, or 5 reinforcing rods.

FDA Typically at the end of a part number, indicates the plastic pallet is FDA approved. This means that the pallet is manufactured using virgin resin and is typically blue

Black,Blue,Red, Green, Etc. When our plastic pallets and bulk bins are available in more than one color, we put the color at the end of the part number.

FR All Fire Retardant pallets are designated with an “FR” in the product number.

FA Pallets molded with Freezer Additive are identified an “FA” in the product number.

All good on Plastic Pallet Part Numbers?

Clear as mud right? While detailed, there is a science to our part numbers- and they do describe and explain the products they represent.

Need Help Selecting A Pallet?

We don’t require anyone to learn our plastic pallet part numbers if they don’t want to – contact us so we can choose the perfect plastic pallet or container bin for your application.

About Brian Pigott

Brian Pigott is an engineer and customer-centric entrepreneur. Brian is the Managing Director of One Way Solutions.

Pallet Sizing Guide by Industry

Sizing Pallets By Industry

Pallet Sizing Guide

Choosing the correct pallet size for your warehouse or industry is simple with our easy-to-understand pallet sizing guide.

So Many Choices! Where do I start?

There are many plastic pallet sizes in today’s market. Often the requirements of the pallet’s application and industry will help guide the size selection. Many standard pallet sizes were established long ago when wood pallets were the only option. Although industry specific sizes are not necessarily requirements, they are often the most popular and are therefore most commonly used.

Do Plastic Pallets Offer Enough Sizes? Yes!

Yes! Plastic pallets are quickly growing in popularity – and are even required for some industries. Plastic pallet sizes were initially driven by high volume wood pallet sizes. This is a tremendous benefit to plastic pallet users in all industries; their preferred size is available and offers the natural plastic pallet benefits such as:

  • added cleanliness & sanitization
  • enhanced durability
  • reduced product damage

Does Pallet Size Matter? Yes!

There are several reasons for the need to have the pallet made to a specific size.

Shipping Economy

Trucks and shipping containers have standard sizes. Many pallet sizes are designed to optimize or “max out” the truck’s carrying capacity, shipping as little air as possible to reduce freight expenses.

Match You Product Footprint

Match the pallet dimensions to the footprint of product packed for shipping allows a more uniform unit load and reduces product damage. Here are a few industry examples:

Dairy Industry Pallets

The Dairy industry commonly uses 40” x 40” pallets.

Automotive Industry Pallets

The Automotive industry commonly uses 48” x 45” pallets.

Pallet Size Differentiation

Some pallet sizes were created to differentiate against common pallet sizes found in the market. If a pallet is smaller or bigger than a commonly used size, its specialized size can deter pallet theft because its specifications may exclude it from use in certain industries.

Pallet Sizes By Industry

Here is a list of popular plastic pallet sizes the industries they serve.

48” x 40” Pallets

48 x 40 is the most popular pallet size in the United States and is available in greatest variety of styles, from lightweight nestable plastic pallets to heavy duty stackable plastic pallets supporting racking loads greater than 3,000 lbs.

Its widely accepted size easily fits drive / edge racking and beam racking.

A champ for truck loading, 40 x 48 pallets are “pin wheeled” by alternating 40 and 48 in each row for maximum packing density.

Common Uses:

  • Export (lightweight, nestable models)
  • Grocery & general warehousing
  • Over the road shipping
  • Bulk bottle storage & transport

48” x 43” Pallets

48 x 32 pallets, also called “Euro Pallets”, is commonly used for outbound export to Europe and is designed to fit smaller European trucks (lorries), that are smaller than US Trucks.

Widely used, this size is the European version of the US 48” x 40” pallet.

42” x 42” Pallets

42 x 42 pallets are a less common, specialized size designed to deter pallet theft.

Common Uses:

  • Telecommunications Industry
  • Paint & Technical Coating Industries

Trivia: 42 x 42 pallets were originally designed for the US Military to transport and store mortar rounds. 

48” x 48” Pallets

48 x 48 pallets nicely fit the footprint of 4 x 55 gallon drums, eliminating the drum hangover that occurs when less optimal 45 x 48 size pallets are used.

Common Uses:

  • Chemical industry
  • 55 gallon drum shipping
  • 5 gallon drum shipping

48” x 42” Pallets

48 x 42 pallets are uncommon, but used in certain niche industries.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Chemical Transport
  • Beverage Transport
  • Paint & Technical Coatings

40” x 40” Pallets

The Dairy industry commonly uses 40” x 40” pallets, and this no accident. 40″ x 40″ pallets best fit the configurations of stacked milk crates.

Common Industries/Uses: Dairy

48” x 45” Pallets

The Automotive industry commonly uses 48” x 45”, and this is no surprise. 48″ x 45″ pallets match the footprint of returnable bins/containers (the totes “cube out” nicely on this size) transported to and from auto parts manufacturers and the automobile companies.

Common Industries/Uses: Automotive

45” x 45” Pallets

45 x 45 pallets are commonly used to transport drums and chemicals. They are also used to transport ocean freight in sea container shipments because their size makes efficient use of the container space, “cubing out” to maximize freight density. With the high cost of a container shipment, it is critical to ship as little air as possible.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Chemicals
  • Ocean Freight

44” x 56” Pallets

44 x 56 pallets, known as bulk beverage container pallets, was one of the first plastic pallet sizes in existence. This pallet size is used to ship empty cans and bottles from the container manufacturers to beverage fillers.

Common Industries/Uses: Beverage

36” x 36”, 37″ x 37″, 36″ x 48″ Beverage Pallets

36 x 36, 37 x 37, and 36 x 48 pallet sizes are known as beverage pallets and are frequently used to move filled goods, sized specifically to fit in small bays on soft Coke & Pepsi delivery trucks, and through the doors of retail stores that sell the beverages to consumers.

Common Industries/Uses:

  • Beverage
  • Retail

48″ x 20″, 40” x 24” Pallets

40 x 24 & 48 x 20 pallets fit nicely on the floor in store aisles, making them a natural choice for Point of Purchase (POP)/Store Displays.

Common Industries/Uses: Retail, Point Of Purchase

Did You Get All That?

Who would have thought there were so many pallet sizes? On second thought, the more you think about the diversity of American industry, the less surprising the variety of plastic pallet sizes seems.

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Plastic Pallet Types Explained

Plastic Pallet Types – Let Us Explain!

So you’re interested in the different plastic pallet typess? You’ve come to the right place. We’ll provide our plastic pallet expertise to help you understand the differences between the three main types of pallets.

Type 1: Nestable Plastic Pallets

Design Features

Nestable Plastic Pallet decks are commonly supported by 9 legs and lack runners. Nestable pallet legs are tapered, allowing the legs to nest into one another when stacked. Nestable pallet decks are solid or grated (see also: open, perforated) and are usually designed with nesting registration holes that match the footprint of the pallet legs.

Application

Nestable Plastic Pallet Legs

These pallet design features allow empty pallets to stack inside one another, normally achieving a 3-1 ratio, a distinct space saving advantage over a stackable pallet. Some nestable pallets can achieve up a 75% volume reduction during storage and transportation! This space economy reduces the per pallet freight costs & storage space required of empty pallets.

Warning: Nestable Pallets are not designed for double stacking! Stacking nestable pallets on top of sensitive, uneven loads can result is product damage and unsafe working conditions. 

Fast Facts:

  • 9 Legs (usually)
  • No Runners

Recommended For:

  • Loads below 3306 lbs
  • Saving shipping costs and storage space

Not Recommended For:

  • Heavier pallet loads, double stacking
  • Roller tracks / Conveyors

Type 2: Stackable Plastic Pallets

Design Features

Stackable Plastic Pallets are designed to stack on top of each other and do not nest inside one another when empty; perfect for stack loading, static storage, and conveyance in manufacturing, warehousing, and processing environments.

Application

Stackable Plastic Pallet 6-Runner

Stackable plastic pallet bases are usually provided with 3, 5 or 6 runners. Pallets with bottom runners travel more safely and consistently through a chain or roller conveyor system. Pallet runners also provide additional support and stability for double stacking loaded pallets. Runners work to more evenly distribute the pallet load for more even stacking, reducing the incidence of product damage.

Fast Facts:

  • 3,5, or 6 runners
  • A 6 runner base is also known as a cruciform base

Recommended For:

  • Chain or roller conveyors
  • Double stacking loaded pallets

Not Recommended For:

  • When empty, efficient storage and space optimized shipping

Type 3: Rackable Plastic Pallets

Design Features & Application

Rackable Plastic Pallets have bases with runners, a cruciform or 6 runner pallet is most common. Rackable pallets are designed to be placed in perimeter racking where pallets are supported on fours sides, but are not supported in the center.

Does Stackable Mean Rackable?

“All certified mail is registered- but registered mail is not necessarily certified”
– Newman (Jerry Seinfeld’s arch enemy)

Huh? Similarly, Rackable pallets are almost always stackable – but stackable pallets are not necessarily rackable!

Load Testing – The Unsung Key To Material Handling Excellence

Of course every “Rackable” plastic pallet has a racking load capacity, but the suitability of the pallet’s capacity should always be tested for this very important reason:

Pallet capacity changes based on the unique properties of each load-
even with loads of identical weight!

Reinforced Plastic Pallets

Some rackable pallets are designed with additional support to boost their load capacity. This is achieved in two ways:

  1. Reinforcing rods: Some rackable plastic pallets are reinforced with fiberglass or steel rods that pin the pallet deck to the pallet posts, making them stronger in the rack.
  2. Added plastic: Other rackable pallets are designed with a greater mass of plastic, allowing them to rack without reinforcement rods.

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Want to continue learning more about plastic pallets? Here’s an article we wrote on how to determine pallet capacity!

About Robin Kiefer

Robin Spencer Kiefer connects customers with solutions and products. Robin is the Digital Marketing Manager of One Way Solutions.

Plastic Pallet Freight Savings – Buy More!

Greetings – I hope your year is going well.

I noticed something recently that I’m sure you’ll be interested in… and after all, who doesn’t like to save money?

Plastic Pallet Freight Savings

Improve Operational Efficiency by Reducing Inbound Freight Expenses

Plastic pallet shipping prices can be costly. Don’t let these expenses go unnoticed! Shipping expenses impact the bottom line profitability of your organization and should be kept in mind when you receive quotes from other plastic pallet manufacturers.

Concerned about true pallet replacement costs? Be sure to account for inbound freight expenses!

Order Pallets In Volume to Reduce Transportation Costs

Did you know you could save as much as $10 PER pallet, JUST on SHIPPING costs alone by ordering in volume?

When ordering plastic pallets and pallet containers in higher volume, especially by truckload, you can enjoy quantity pricing discounts and save up to 93% on per unit freight charges!

Check out these plastic pallet freight savings:
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I hope that helps!

Please contact me for a quote and advice on how to select the perfect plastic pallet.

– Andy Pigott
apigott@oneway-solutions.com
866-446-0872

PS. What’s the greatest challenge you face for your material handling operations? Let me know – I’m here to help.

About Andy Pigott

Andy Pigott has been helping shippers find the perfect plastic pallet for over a decade. He is the Sales Manager at One Way Solutions.

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