The platform for stacking and storing goods are called the pallets. There are two types of platform materials, wood and plastic. If you are in to exporting goods or simply goods transport business you would need to know how to choose the right material for the platform. Here are few things you need to consider when selecting the platform material.
Know the difference
Technically wood platforms are more costly; however they are also recyclable and can easily be repaired. Whereas the plastic pallet in Singapore is not easily recyclable. However these are durable but cannot be repaired if damaged. On the plus side plastic ones do not have fasteners that can damage the goods, where as the wood ones have fasteners that can damage the goods. Wood has a very classy look but they tend to grow fungus under the moist conditions and can be decayed easily but the plastic ones are not damaged due to the humid or moisture.
The weight of the products you ship
The material of the platform you choose should be based on what type of products you ship. If you are shipping heavy products like machineries wood platforms are more suitable as they can hold more weight without breaking. If you are shipping goods that weigh less like paints, fruits and vegetables then a plastic pallet would do.
Will you get them back?
Since wood costs more you need to know whether you are getting your pallets back. If you are getting your platforms back then using plastic would not be that suitable. For example in the pharmaceutical industry they usually purchase the platforms and reuse them. If you are not getting them back make sure to add the cost to the products.
Fragility of the products
When using wood platforms they have fasteners that can damage the goods. But the plastic ones are safe to use. So based on what type of a good you ship the material should be chosen. For example if you are a dairy products manufacturer you shouldn’t se wood as it can damage the products. So even if you are not getting your pallets back you need to use plastics for goods to prevent from damage.
Consider the environment that you are using the platforms. For example wood is more likely to be damaged in a moist conditions, but plastic is not. So if your warehouses are in a very humid and moist environment wood would not be a wise idea as they will grow fungus and decay and you will have to keep repairing them. Plastic would not be suitable if it is subjected to high heat. So if your warehouses are in very hot and warm environments there are a chance that it would be damaged and lose its shape.