The Origins Of Wooden Pallets

Wooden pallets are something that many people overlook because they have become a part of our lives. Wooden Pallets can be found across a wide variety of different professions and industries. However, these wooden structures have played a major role in the history of economies and it is important to understand this. The origin of wooden pallets is something that you should consider to better understand the role that they play.


The Birth Of The Wooden Pallet


Before wooden pallets were used, boxes, barrels, kegs and wooden crates were used to store and transport goods. At times skids were also used for this purpose. The birth of the wooden pallet can be dated to the early 1920’s when the modern forklift was created.  

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Five Interesting Things About Pallets

Most of the times, the word “pallet” is unassuming. You can be thinking about exactly how pallets are really all that interesting. But they are! Pallets are actually a renewable natural resource and are beneficial for the environment. Often not thought of, wooden pallets are the choice for countless of companies when it comes to shipping and receiving goods. Here are five interesting facts about wooden pallets:

  1. Wooden Pallets are environmentally friendly

If you are environmentally conscious, wood pallets are a good choice! Plastic pallets are made using oil and gas, which are precious resources that can be run out. On the other hand, wood is a completely renewable resource that can be recycled and re-used several times.
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Common Wood Species for Pallets

Wood pallets are commonly used as a flat transport structure that functions as a support for items that are being lifted by forklifts, front loaders, cranes and more. Also, wood pallets have started being used for various do it yourself projects such as creating a makeshift table or shelf.

Wood pallets have a lot of surprising uses. Besides being obviously created from wood, pallets can be made with a variety of wood types, the top two most common ones being southern yellow pine (SYP) and oak…but it doesn’t stop there. Here are some wood species that are used to create wooden pallets.

According to a study done by the USDA and Virginia Tech, they determined that SYP makes up 18.9% of all woods used and oak came second, making up 17.1% (in terms of volume). As a result both SYP and Oakwood contain several different species that make up the wood classification.

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Wood Pallets vs Plastic Pallets

Pallets are a part of our everyday lives whether we realize it or not. Look around you at all of the objects, pieces of furniture, food items, and clothes you see people wearing- most of those things will likely have spent time on a pallet at one point or another. Pallets are used every day all around the world to transport goods over long distances and have them delivered to your local stores and suppliers. There are two types of pallets used around the world- wooden and plastic pallets. Which is better? How do they compare? Keep reading to find out!

Wood Pallets

Wood pallets have been the classic pallet for decades, and they are still the most common pallet used around the world, but are they deserving of all the praise so many businesses and pallet enthusiasts give them? Let’s take a look.

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How to Choose Pallets for International Shipping

We all know that the majority of companies that shipping products will use pallets. Just like shipping containers pallets are used around the world when it comes to shipping and warehouse work. They are used in the logistics of the transportation process. They are used for storing items in the warehouse, moving bulk products and providing protection to the products in question.

What is a Pallet?
A pallet is a horizontal platform, that is used as a base for handling, transporting, handling, storing and assembling materials and products. Additionally, pallets are designed to ensure that no damage occurs to the goods that are inside when another pallet is loaded on top of it.

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