One of the most overlooked product in our modern economy is the pallet. It’s been called “the single most important object in the global economy,” in fact. Pallets affect our lives every day. Approximately 80 percent of U.S. commercial goods are shipped on pallets, in fact, and the invention of the 4-way entry square pallet and the forklift changed the way that goods were shipped. Packaging was modified to fit within the space constraints of what became a universal shipping unit, and in the twentieth century shipping exploded globally.
Unlike our grandparents whose consumption patterns were far more local, we wear, eat, and use items grown or produced thousands of miles away all of the time. As a result manufacturers, wholesalers, food producers, and grocers also changed how they shipped and stored their products to accommodate the humble pallet.
The problem is that, while pallets are useful, versatile, and recyclable, they’re also large, frequently constructed of wood and nails, and heavy. This means that the people who work with pallets and work with lot of them are at risk for injury if they do not take the proper safety precautions. These include:
- Proper forklift operation
- Careful lifting and handling of pallets
- Regular pallet inspection and repair
- Proper protective clothing
- Clear entrance and exit pathways in storage areas
- Good storage
Advocating for a proper safety culture for workers and shippers should be a goal of everyone who works within the global shipping network. Beuschel Sales recommends that companies and employers familiarize themselves with the proper safety standards and implement them in their facilities. One way we can work to create a safer working environment is by helping our customers locate and install the pallet racking solutions that fit the needs of their companies. We offer the following options for pallet racking:
- Secure Pin Cantilever Rack
- Structural Cantilever Rack
- Structural Selective Rack
- Drive In/Drive Thru Systems
- PushBack Systems
- Pallet Flow
- Rack Supported Buildings
It can be a challenge to determine which of these systems will be the most economical and efficient. Many factors are involved and a number of questions to ask. Price, as always is one. Others questions to ask are: how high are the ceilings in the storage facility? How much floor space is available for pallet storage? What kinds of pallets and which pallet sizes are being stored? What is the maximum number of pallets that need to be stored and how often do they have to be accessed? What is the shelf life of the products being stored? Which forklifts are used to lift and carry them?
Different answers to these questions will result in different answers to the question of what is the best solution for your company’s needs. If you would like to explore options or talk more generally about how Beuschel Sales can help make storing and shipping easier for your business, contact us today. We would love to hear from you.