If you want to maximize the space in your delivery vehicles, stackable plastic shipping pallets are the ideal solution. As opposed to nestable plastic shipping pallets, which are designed to stack together when empty, stackable plastic shipping pallets are designed to stack together when filled with cargo or inventory. These types of units make it possible for you to fit as much product in your delivery vehicles as possible, making your operations more efficient and reducing overall costs. Alternatively, they also can be used to effectively use the space in your warehousing units for product that has to be shipped at short notice. When not in use, these pallets can stack securely together in neat stacks because they have picture frame bottoms or bottom runners that interlock to the top of the pallets below.
Filled stackable plastic shipping pallets are able to sit on top one another because they have a consistent bottom deck which distributes weight evenly so that the product below each subsequent pallet is not damaged. Each supplier will have a unique design to the bottom of the pallets which they sell. However, the most common designs are 1) a picture frame bottom with a centered cross bar, and 2) a three runner configuration. Stackable plastic shipping pallets can be made for either two way or four way access.
Please keep in mind that because these units are meant specifically for placing product in high stacks, they require reinforced decks on the top and bottom. This gives them the advantage of being ultra stable and durable. However, this also presents a disadvantage because their design ultimately prevents them from nesting (sliding into each other when not filled, like ice or beverage trays). This means that they take up much more space, about three or four times more, compared to other types of pallets. This can be problematic and unprofitable if you do not have a warehouse that is large enough. There are a few businesses whose unique needs require the sole usage of stackable shipping pallets. However, most businesses will benefit more from having a combination of nestable, stackable, and other types of pallets. Stackable pallets are, not always, but usually best utilized in the delivery or transport of goods. While other pallets such as the nestable or rackable designs, are best utilized in the warehousing of goods.
Prices on stackable plastic shipping pallets will vary slightly between the various vendors. However, you can expect to pay an average of one hundred dollars per standard 48″ x 40″ unit. Standard models will usually have a 6,000 pound to 8,000 pound static weight holding capacity, and 2,000 pound to 2,500 pound dynamic weight capacity. Heavy duty and larger sized models will typically be priced at $200 to $250 per unit. Heavy duty models will have a static weight holding capacity of 10,000 to 30,000 pounds, and a dynamic weight holding capacity of 3,000 to 4,000 pounds. Larger sized models will have dimensions larger than the 48″ x 40″ standard. The most commonly sold large sized stackable plastic shipping pallets will have dimensions of 48″ x 60″ or 48″ x 72″.
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