Could you imagine having to unload a truck by hand? Just think, a truck drives up to the loading dock, the driver opens the doors and says, “okay none of your units were put on pallets, let’s do this by hand!” I mean I don’t know about you guys, but I know that unloading a full truckload of materials would probably take a couple hours and it wouldn’t be fun! In the world we live in today, those couple hours could prove to be critical. Pallets are an important piece to the supply chain process. The industry has proven that there are a number of benefits when using pallets. So take a seat, grab a cup of coffee and read up on the benefits of using pallets. These benefits are completely unbiased, I promise!
- Palletized products can be moved quicker than handling individual units.
- Based on the scenario given above, without the use of pallets, the pallet jack would useless. The pallet jack allows for more efficiency because it can move stacked and palletized units in a much more efficient manner.
- This also will allow for a reduced labor requirement. One individual using a pallet jack can unload palletized products efficiently.
- Being able to move the products quicker off the truck will increase the availability of the trailer door for the next delivery. This allows for more deliveries into the organization, which mean an increase in the availability of the products for the customers. (That is what we like to call in the business a win-win!)
- Palletized products can be stored efficiently in the warehouse and on the trucks.
- Putting palletized products into the delivery truck is a meticulous process. There are three different ways in which these products can strategically placed in the trucks. There is the Straight In Load, the Pinwheel Load and the Notch Load. No worries, you can always read more about these methods in our previous post.
- And if the products are efficiently stacked and organized in the trucks, these methods can be replicated in the warehouse.
- Less manual handling, reduces risk of injury and product damage.
- No one wants his or her workers getting hurt on the job. Worker safety is a crucial part to company success. And if there are fewer workers unloading heavy boxes, there is a decreased chance that these workers will be hurt in the process.
- And let’s be honest, when workers are handling boxes by hand, they are going to get tired and with exhaustion there is always the risk of products getting damaged. We are only humans. We all make mistakes. But if the products are palletized then we can rely on the machinery that was invented in order to reduce human risk. So let’s think about the workers and the products being moved and put things on pallets!
Pallets have been around for a long time and from the benefits provided above, you can see why. They are a crucial part of making the supply chain as efficient as possible, minimizing steps and focusing on what is important. At McIntosh Box and Pallet, we want to make sure that our customers experience this increased efficiency. We want to provide a pallet custom fit to the customer’s needs. We want everyone to love pallets just as much as we do.