If you go ahead and make the investment to move from wooden shipping pallets to plastic, one of your major motivators might be to do so to save money by getting several uses out of your plastic pallets. You might find that your pallets are not getting returned after they have been used. While this could happen for several reason such as loss or theft, you want to be able to close the loop on your shipping pallets and get them back after your shipment has arrived at its destination. Here are some methods you might be able to use to ensure that happens.
Cowboys brand their cattle to show who owns them should they get lost out on the prairie. While shipping isn’t quite the same, having your plastic pallets emblazoned with your company’s logo might serve as a deterrent from other companies taking it upon them to treat your plastic pallet investment as a gift. While this might add a bit to the initial investment, you may find this simple step is able to up the rate of return that you get on your plastic pallets after they have been used.
This may be a more costly method, but it can prove very effective if you have not chosen to have a logo or any other identifying marks put on your plastic pallets. RFID readers are common equipment in most warehouses now. This means you should be able to convince most reputable shipping companies and warehouses to keep a look out for your shipping pallets using their RFID identifying equipment. You can even choose to integrate this into your shipping pipeline and connect specific shipments to specific pallet RFIDs in order to track their movements and arrivals outside of your shipping line.
Customize the Colors
Plastic comes in many different colors. When you are getting your pallets created, you can choose to have them made with whatever color you wish, within reason. If you choose to have your pallets made from a bright color that stands out, it will help knowledgeable parties identify them and have them returned to you directly. Other shipping companies or producers will be reluctant to use materials that they know belong to a specific supplier.
You can also integrate the colors into your shipping and receiving system, coding shipments by colors. Those colors could then be associated with any manner of information such as product being shipped or distance of the shipment from where you are at. Colors are a great way to help you get organized.
You will need to have something to put on those pallets, so let Cratex Group help you with your industrial packing or custom crating needs for your shipments. We have many years’ experience in custom crating and packaging services. Contact us today about what services we could offer you!