Modern Materials Handling Magazine has provided insight into what pallet purchasers in the US look for when considering their pallet options. As a premier provider of pallet courier services throughout the UK and Europe, we thought we’d share the findings.
The survey in question allowed readers to choose from over a dozen different factors contributing their decision in choosing a pallet.
Purchase Price 60.9%
Unsurprisingly, the majority of those asked considered the price of a pallet to be the an important factor when selecting a pallet. Though while we all place a degree of importance on the price of any item we’re considering buying for our company, pallet users also understand that a quality pallet will, in time, pay for itself.
Readers rated the strength of a pallet as an important feature. The whole purpose of a pallet is to support a large amount of weight. Pallets perform their purpose to perfection, having been built to keep their structural integrity regardless of the burden they must carry.
There would be very little reason in purchasing a pallet if it wasn’t reliable after a few uses. The longevity of a pallet was the third most important reason someone would make the decision to buy a certain pallet. A pallet must have the ability to endure through loads of weight as well as the elements. The conditions that a pallet will face should play a major role in choosing a pallet of a certain material or make.
Reusability, Cost Per Use, Recyclability < 50%
The remaining reasons provided to magazine readers were all chosen by less than 50% of readers. Reusability was chosen 44% of the time, while cost per use came next with 30%.
As far as pallet material goes, 91% of responders said they would use wooden pallets, followed by 37% for plastic, 15% for wood composite, and 5% using metal.
If you need to send something that’s too big for a parcel, use a pallet. Contact National Pallets today and we’ll be happy to help with your questions.
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