Video Blog: Wood vs. Corrugated Pallets: Weight Comparison

Posted by Daniel Beighle on February 18,2019

Benefits of a Lightweight Corrugated Pallet when Compared to a Wood Pallet

A well-known difference between a corrugated and wood pallet is weight.  However, taking a closer look at the implications of this difference will uncover some pretty significant benefits you may not have considered.

Handling Benefits of a Corrugated Pallet

First, and the most obvious, is handling. The average weight of a standard 48” x 40” wood pallet is over 40 pounds. A corrugated pallet, doing the same job, can weigh as little as 10 pounds.  Handling these pallets can mean the difference between the necessity of using a forklift and simply hand carrying the pallet to your pack out area.

From an ergonomic standpoint, the corrugated pallet is much lighter and easier to maneuver with minimum strain on the back, joints, and hands.  In addition, the light weight of corrugated reduces hearing damage associated with dropping a heavier wood pallet.

Export Cost Savings Benefit of a Corrugated Pallet

Another benefit of a lighter weight pallet is in relation to export costs.  A cargo container’s total weight can be reduced by 600 pounds when switching to corrugated pallets. This can prove crucial when nearing the margins of air, sea, or even ground freight.

Green Initiatives Benefit of Corrugated Pallets

Related to transport weight, an increasingly important benefit of the corrugated pallet is carbon emissions reduction.  Lighter weight packaging means less fuel consumption and lower carbon emissions. Weight to fuel consumption is a linear relationship. So every pound of pallets avoided adds to the efficiency of a shipment.

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Daniel Beighle

Daniel Beighle

Design Engineer and Quality Coordinator at Conitex Sonoco