Reusable Plastic Pallets are designed for long-term use in closed-loop applications or in-house applications such as processing or system pallets. They are a critical component for operations that consider and evaluate the ROI of any purchase decision. When reusable plastic pallets are introduced into a a well-suited supply chain, they can provide pronounced returns and streamline operations with numerous intangible benefits. All reusable GT Plastics come with a 5-year warranty.

There are several key components to consider when calculating an ROI for a plastic pallet project. Procurement cost over the lifetime of the pallet or trips is one of the biggest factors. A wooden pallet that only makes four or five trips before requiring repair or replacement is actually going to be much more expensive than and plastic pallet designed for 100 trips or more even at a significantly higher purchase price. Other components that should be included in a plastic pallet investment project are: product damage reduction, material handling maintenance reduction, downtime reduction, and transportation savings. Some intangibles that do not always make their way into an ROI, but are possibly even more impactful to be considered are: environmental sustainability, product branding, shelf-availability, employee safety and employee satisfaction.

The performance of a reusable plastic pallet must be seen as a differentiator over typical wood pallets. They naturally have more impact resistance and therefore maintain their dimensional consistency, which is critical in automated or mechanized material handling systems. This resistance to impacts also prevents the potential introduction of contaminants (like wood particles and nails) into sensitive processing and storage environments like food & beverage, health & beauty, and pharmaceuticals. Plastic pallets also do not absorb fluids, oils, and odors like wood pallets.
Pallet usages that occur over and over again benefit from an owned asset that is designed and configured to do exactly what the user expects it to do. In situations like this, considering a plastic pallet as an operational asset will benefit the organization in numerous ways. Plastic pallets were conceptualized with this reusability aspect in mind so that pallet users have an ideally suited and long lasting pallet for years to come. In these applications, pallets can be treated as depreciable assets and they are a critical part of the material handling system. Why would you use a generically built and sourced pallet that others consider as “one-way transport packaging” for these applications?