No matter what type of warehouse or distribution center you might operate, the humble pallet plays an integral role in the cost of running it.
The seemingly insignificant pallet, introduced to logistics and distribution in the 1920s, has come to play a prominent role in almost every aspect of your operation and has an enormous impact on the costs associated with warehousing and storing any type of product. Without pallets, organizing, maintaining, and staffing a warehouse or DC would be a very different picture than it is today.
However, as beneficial as the pallet has been over the preceding decades, pallets can cost your logistics company an enormous amount of money each year. How can the simple pallet impact your operating costs?
For instance, if your company utilized nonstandard pallets in your warehouse environment, storage space is certainly at a premium. Because nonstandard pallets come in a variety of lengths, widths, and heights, they can wreak havoc on your racking system, thus costing you thousands of dollars annually, simply from not making correct use of your space. Of course, stringer pallets are a better option even than block pallets, for several reasons.
Why should you opt for stringer pallets in your logistics operation? Block pallets are well over 5 and ½ inches in height. Stringer pallets are less than 5 inches in height, which can help free up additional space within your racking system with which to store additional merchandise or materials.
The choice to use stringer pallets can simultaneously reduce operating costs while increasing efficiency. Of course, there are numerous other reasons to take a more in-depth look at your pallet program and ensure that everything is running as smoothly as possible.