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Reader Survey: Talking pallets with Modern’s readers

From wood to plastic to pallet pools, our readers tell us what’s important in pallets.
By Bob Trebilcock, Executive Editor
September 01, 2013

Recently, we read a case study about how CHEP and IFCO worked with a food distributor to develop a new pallet management program. The project involved the implementation of a dock sweep program to pick up CHEP pallets shipped to the distributor and a new design for better performance of the used wooden pallet shipped to the distributor’s customers. “The industry is really becoming more consultative and service based rather than product based,” a spokesperson from CHEP told Modern.

That change may not yet be fully reflected in the broad market. In fact, 56% of respondents in Modern’s annual survey of pallet users said purchase price was the most important factor in their decision to use a certain type of pallet. That was more than any other factor. But, it is reflective of feedback we hear from system integrators, who are beginning to understand that a poorly built pallet can wreak havoc on their automated systems, and consultants who are now paying attention to how their clients’ loads perform after they come off the end of the packaging line. In other words, pallets and the associated transport packaging are more of a priority than ever.

About the Author

Bob Trebilcock
Executive Editor

Bob Trebilcock, executive editor, has covered materials handling, technology and supply chain topics for Modern Materials Handling since 1984. More recently, Trebilcock became editorial director of Supply Chain Management Review. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

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