Wood-corrugated pallet readies for market
Chicago-based Pallets International has developed what it said is a lightweight, wood-corrugated composite 'pi' pallet to compete with traditional wood pallets.
'In this economy, we can't expect CEOs to choose the environment over cost control,' said Norman Gordon, the pallet's developer, in a statement. 'The pi pallet will help shippers go green while also cutting their costs.'
He added that 'to replace wood, I had to be sure my pallet could transport and rack a full load. It does.'
The pi pallet claims to be lighter than wood (16 pounds versus 45 or more), yet able to haul and rack similar loads. Fuel-related savings for air freight and less-than-trailerload shippers exceed the pi pallet's cost on the first use, the company said.
The pallet is also reusable and recyclable. It offers custom printing and is radio frequency identification tag-ready. 'No nails, staples or exposed wood means fewer handling injuries,' the company said.
Pallets International will offer replacement corrugated sleeves to serve as a quick repair mechanism to deliver a pallet that looks new but is even stronger. This will extend the pallet's life cycle.
'Next will be a heavily reinforced rental pool model far lighter than offerings from CHEP or iGPS,' the company said. Pallets International is seeking partners and capital to facilitate mass production.