Is Your Pallet Working for You or are You Working for It?

December 28, 2011

Costco recently took a proactive approach to revamping the pallet solutions for their chain of wholesale stores. In an effort to standardize their receiving operations and to increase safety, Costco has said goodbye to the stringer board pallets and instead opted to use only block pallets.

The concern, and resulting change was for deterioration of the stringer’s parallel boards over time. If the integrity of the board was jeopardized, then the pallet could, at best, snap and damage the product. Worst case scenario,  it could injure a warehouse worker or customer.

Block pallets, with their parallel and perpendicular stringers, provide extra stability and security. In addition, Costco cited the four-way pallet-jack operations of the block pallets as an increase to efficiency because they wouldn’t have to rotate a pallet of product within the truck to allow their electric jacks to reach the 40” opening.

Costco took initiative in addressing a pain point in their logistics and security by addressing their pallet needs. Warehouses and warehouse stores like Costco and Sam’s Club need pallet solutions that work for them and not the other way around.

What are the pain points in your shipping process? Are you taking steps to correct them?

If you know or suspect that your current pallet system is an accident waiting to happen, you need a partner with the experience, the team, and the solutions to fix it.

Ernest has a team of shipping and design experts, from custom cases and wood crating to kit assembly and corrugated products, our San Diego facility has the packaging/shipping solutions you need. Our team can identify new solutions and find cost-savings solutions across the package lifecycle. Welcome to your one-stop resource for all your packaging and shipping needs.

Whether you need a new super-thin packaging wrap, high-tech temperature controlled packaging, or a new fleet of strong long-lasting pallets, Ernest Packaging Solutions has the solution for you.