RETAIL / GROCERY
The retail products & grocery segments represent the largest market group within the U.S.A. Beyond the diversity of products and warehousing operations engaged in by many organizations, the range of innovation needed to bring supply chain solutions is where GT+Plastics USA can bring the most unique value propositions to our customers.
Flooring products manufacturer requires shipping rolls of product in a unique fashion.
Standard 40×48 wooden pallets with a linerboard over the top surface of the pallet.
Rolls are “squooshed” together standing vertically, and stretch-wrapped together.
Rolls tend to droop and waver on a pallet, leaving unbalanced rolls that are difficult to unload.
GT+Plastics USA created a custom plastic pallet – utilizing positioning “spools” built into the pallet top surface.
A pallet allows for cleaner and better cubing of the trailer for shipment, and easier storage of pallets in use within the warehouse.
Rolls are protected better and are easier to load and unload.
Benefits / Results
Retailer has many retail stores across the country; daily deliveries of product go to stores.
Products are delivered by company delivery trucks, on 40×48 wooden pallets that driver and store personnel must break-down.
Space for storage within stores is minimal and no large areas are present to work in.
If deliveries must be made during store hours, impact on consumers at the store could be negative.
With such a limited space situation, GT+Plastics USA worked with the customer to develop a “mini” pallet – 24×22 in size – that could hold the majority of items shipped to store, and be transported off the truck by the driver by using either a small hand jack or a dolly.
“Mini” pallets can be kept in the back area of the store until next delivery (if needed).