An estimated 1.2-billion pallets are in use in the United States alone. An unresolved debate continues over which types of pallets, plastic or wood, are best for food grade warehousing. Some say that plastic pallets are ideal because they are made from non-porous material that resists contamination by bacteria salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria. Others believe that natural wood pallets do a better job of containing the spills of potentially dangerous contaminate in food grade warehousing.
The debate over which pallet type is better at resisting bacteria is open for discussion. Wood pallets are heavier than plastic pallets. Because of the heavier weight the cost to ship wooden pallets is more than plastic pallets. Heat treated wood pallets are susceptible to mold growth. Plastic pallets are three times as expensive as wooden pallets.
After examining the pros and cons of both, there truly is no telling if plastic or wood pallets are better, but it all depends on the companies preference.Considering plastic pallets cannot be penetrated by insects, they are very popular in food grade warehousing. Wooden pallets are built from downfall or unattractive wood that is not used for building material or furniture. Plastic pallets are one hundred percent recyclable but consumes five times more energy to make. Wooden pallets contain hundreds of nails that could puncture packaging in food grade warehousing. Wood pallets are the eighth largest component in landfills. Wood pallets can be easily repaired. Plastic pallets have a ten year life span. Wooden pallets are quick and easy to construct. Wooden pallets can hold more weight if properly constructed.
FW Warehousing’s valued added services promise to find a solution to any problem within the warehouse. The Pallet Repair and Cleaning video is a testimony to that.
FW Warehousing is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri with Midwest warehouse distribution centers in Kansas City, Indianapolis and St. Louis totaling more than four million square feet. Founded in 1949 with a focus on food-grade storage, FW later broadened its services to include contract warehousing, dry storage, hazardous material and chemical storage, temperature-controlled storage, product distribution and B2B and B2C fulfillment.
FW Warehousing has more than 50 years of experience in third-party 3PL logistics and has been ranked in the top 100 Third Party Logistic Companies in the country by Inbound Logistics magazine.
For more information about FW Warehousing and its complete warehousing, fulfillment and logistics capabilities, visit the FW Warehousing website.