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Switching to plastic pallets


Daily, millions of tons of goods are loaded, handled, transported and unloaded via the use of pallets throughout the global supply chain. The 2 most common types are the well known euro pallet as well as the industrial pallet and these come in wooden and plastic material. Whilst the most cheap and common are the wooden type, it pays, for the internal supply chain and local distribution to consider the switch to plastic, especially in the areas of food and beverage. There are distinct advantages of plastic over wood such as:


Much higher durability and life


100% recyclable 


Resistant to chemicals


Usable in all climate conditions and temperatures


No need to fumigate during transport


Non porous nature of plastic ensures no build up of bacteria


Can be hot / pressure washed


No splinters from handling so more safe for human contact


HACCP approved on certain pallets


Safe for direct food contact (Virgin plastic only)


Much lighter thereby reducing transport costs


Can embed RFID tag in the manufacturing process allowing for integration to WMS software and location tracking


Wooden pallets have the benefit of being low cost and easy to repair, especially if your organisation uses the well known blue chep pallet, where for a small rental fee the pallets are pooled back into chep, fixed and returned to the circulation again. If you are mainly exporting without the expectation of pallets returning to you then the wooden pallet makes sense.

Plastic pallets on the other hand have these distinct advantages over wooden ones and in the EU now most of the food and beverage industry use plastic. In such industries where washing is a requirement and hygiene a concern  then plastic pallets are more suitable. Furthermore with the optional embedding of RFID tags and hence the integration into the company's WMS system, plastic pallets will certainly start streamlining the logistics process and start to pay dividends.

The switch to plastic is of course dependent on your operation and may sure need a significant investment upfront. But thereafter it will be considered a company asset that can also be depreciated over time. 

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Spima was formed in 1990 to serve the needs of the materials handling sector, especially in the areas of warehouse storage systems.

 

Over the years, diversification expanded the company's activities to include a full range of supplies for the logistics industry including and not limited to docking equipment, industrial cleaning machines, industrial, high speed & garage doors, light duty handling equipment as well as office filing & archiving systems. We represent leading European manufacturers as their sole distributor in order to serve the Cyprus market with a full range of products, ranging from simple office filing cabinets to complex automated warehousing installations.

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