Christmas time is always a rush period for the shipping and logistics sector. Coordinating hundreds or thousands of shipments nation or worldwide annually is no mean feat, with the pressure to deliver by December 25 adding further complexity.
Statistics from the Australia Post's 'Inside eCommerce' report indicate the Christmas period is the busiest time for shipping, with 28 per cent of all online purchases annually made between October-December.
The Christmas period is the busiest time for shipping, with 28 per cent of all online purchases annually made between October-December.
The last thing you want is delays to your busy shipping line on a tight schedule. Operators need to know their pallets are durable, won't compromise the safety of their goods for delivery and are easy to use in the logistics chain.
The only gift shipping managers may need this year is plastic pallets – the recyclable alternative to wood that keeps on giving.
More secure pallets
Plastic pallets offer durability in storing and shipping goods unavailable with wood:
- Plastic materials are resistant to changes of temperature and offer flexibility and 'give' in response to any impact;
- Meanwhile, wood is prone to warping with exposure to moisture or extreme changes of temperature, and can split or crack upon hard contact.
Resistant to splintering, warping or chipping, Eco Pallets' plastic pallets are strength-tested to the high standards required for long-haul national or international freight. They are also waterproof and resistant to a number of chemicals. This makes them the ideal solution for logistics managers who want to ensure there is no disruption to delivery through damaged goods or unsecured or loose cargo.
Protection against common shipping issues
There are three issues common in shipping freight goods that can compromise quality and delay your logistics line:
- Wooden pallets that carry insect eggs can cause tremendous damage to edible goods – once the eggs hatch, the insects will attack your perishables, potentially costing you thousands.
- Container rain from 'breathing' wood contributes to excessive moisture buildup. This excess moisture can rot perishable goods or severely damage electronics.
- Contaminated wood used for shipping pallets causing fungal or bacterial outbreaks which can ravage fresh food and contribute to wasted time in decontamination upon arrival.
Eco Pallets' plastic products ensures these three issues are negated:
- By replacing your wooden pallets with plastic, you prevent the possibility of insects laying eggs at all.
- Cargo holds can potentially become hot during transit. While this causes wood to release trapped moisture, plastic is resistant to damage at a range of temperature extremes.
- Plastic pallets cannot carry bacterial or fungal infestations as there is no natural material to feed on.
A superior material for shipping
Although wood has been used in shipping for hundreds of years, the advantages in using plastic are obvious when you consider the following:
- Plastic is a lighter material than wood – this contributes to lowered shipping weights, which saves you time and money in loading, transit and delivery.
- Plastic is safer and more uniform than wood – with plastic pallets, you have no risk of splinters, uneven surfaces or nails hurting anyone on the production line. Their uniform shape, size and surface also makes them easier in loading, forklift use and automated processing, speeding up your logistics line.
- Eco Pallets' plastic pallets are reusable hundreds of times, unlike wood which wears down much sooner. Once your pallets are no longer usable, they are fully recyclable, making them a more eco-sustainable and affordable investment in the long run.
Don't let the Christmas rush get the better of your shipping operation – make Eco Pallets' range top of your Christmas list. Getting more from your shipping pallets and ensuring your operations won't become compromised by contamination is the gift that keeps on giving in the long run. Contact the customer service team today for more information.