If you own a product-based business, you’re keenly aware of the impacts that good shipping and fulfillment processes can have on your company’s logistics. However, shipping and fulfillment are crucial to more than just individual businesses. They’re also huge logistical drivers of the economy. Because they are such a routine and necessary part of the way we run our companies and interact with our clients, these processes also carry a considerable environmental impact.
2020 posed unique challenges for the shipping and fulfillment industry. One such result? Online shopping increased dramatically as people around the globe decided, en masse, to stay at home. This, in turn, increased the demands upon the transportation industry as more companies had higher volumes of shipments to fulfill. Available materials and labor to support this increased demand became scarce.
Finding ways—particularly now—to make shipping, transportation, and fulfillment easier, more efficient, and more affordable will result in discrete benefits for customers, companies, and the earth itself. Doing so will require creativity. It will require thinking outside of the box.
Or, perhaps, it will invite thinking about different ways to make the proverbial box. Wooden pallets have been a traditional method for storing, stacking, protecting, and transporting materials in warehouses and as they ship worldwide. Today, let’s look at corrugated cardboard pallets as well as the attractive options and benefits they offer companies and consumers alike.
Corrugated pallets allow for lighter loads.
The lightweight properties of corrugated pallets translate to direct benefits on the part of both company and consumer: Trucking costs, for example, are reduced because these pallets are light and customizable. In addition, you may be able to save time, energy, and money by potentially eliminating a requirement to ship the pallets back after use.
The lightweight nature of corrugated pallets offers more than financial benefits. These types of pallets have been shown to reduce strain on workers and also to reduce noise pollution in warehouses, creating a healthier and more positive working environment for all involved.
They exhibit an increased capacity for weight.
Let’s take a quick look at a direct material comparison for typical wooden and corrugated pallets. Your run-of-the-mill wooden pallet might weigh between 30-70 pounds, can support approximately 4,600 pounds, and tends to cost between $12-$25+. Plus, many times there is an added cost associated with a bottom sheet used to protect packaging against abrasion or other damages from a wood pallet.
A corrugated pallet can support the same load a wooden pallet can - and it can do so while providing many other additional benefits. A normal weight for a typical corrugated pallet might be between 13-16 pounds—much lighter–allowing it to exhibit a better strength-to-carrying capacity. It does this even while requiring reduced up-front costs - and while being much more sustainable and safe.
In other words, where a traditional wooden pallet could be considered to hold a respectable amount of weight for its size, a corrugated pallet is more akin to a tiny ant that can hold up a piece of food many, many times its own body weight. This is impressive; but, more importantly, it’s extremely practical.
They’re safer than the alternatives.
Because they’re more lightweight, corrugated pallets are less likely to cause worker strain or other occupational injuries. However, the safety of corrugated pallets extends further than their weight. Corrugated pallets don’t require nails or staples within their own integral structure. As a result, workers don’t have to worry about lacerations, puncture wounds, or other injuries that might arise from a poorly placed or loose nail.
Lastly, because corrugated cardboard is a uniform substance, there’s no need to protect workers against splinters or dust—both substances commonly associated with wooden pallets, substances that can contribute to frustrating and even dangerous occupational hazards.
Ultimately, corrugated pallets are cheaper, lighter, stronger, and safer than the alternatives out there.
Ease your shipping logistics with Conitex Sonoco.
At Conitex Sonoco, we’re pleased to offer you our LoadRunner corrugated pallets as superior, safer, and smarter options for sustainable packing solutions. Our corrugated pallets weigh approximately a third of the weight of a wood pallet while working overtime to carry heavy loads, delivering attractive freight and fuel savings for you.
Easy customization, attractive appearances, unique identification opportunities—we built our corrugated pallets to enhance your business processes and logistics in every way possible. They even have the potential to reduce damage to your product. We’ve seen product damage reductions as high as 60 percent after a manufacturer’s conversion to paper pallets.
With all of these benefits in addition to easy, safe, inexpensive shipping, corrugated pallets are here to add value, efficacy, and sustainability to your business. If you’re interested in learning more, the packing and transportation experts at Conitex Sonoco are ready to assist you with your every need. Reach out to our team today for friendly expertise.