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Pallet Basics

Pallets, the base of most modern materials handling systems, do more than carry loads. Applied correctly, they can also protect their loads—as well as the supply chains through which they travel.

You probably see them every day. However, the more you see something, the more you tend to take it for granted. Take pallets, for example. Simply, a pallet is a portable platform, usually made of wood, which facilitates the movement and storage of unitized goods. However, do you know how pallets help protect products from damage? We’ll get into that, but first a bit more about pallet origins.

Stacking goods on pallets and moving those pallets with lift trucks became a popular handling technique of the U.S. military during World War II. The technique spread rapidly after the war, and today the pallet is a fundamental component of most modern materials handling systems.

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The frame of a block pallet is made of three stringer boards supported by blocks of wood (see illustration). Most block pallets have nine blocks: one at each corner, one on each side, and one in the center of the pallet. Most block pallets are true four-way pallets, meaning they permit forklift and pallet truck entry on all four sides. Both stringer and block pallets usually have a series of bottom boards underneath the frame. Pallets with the same number of boards on the top and bottom are called reversible pallets, as they can be used with either side up. Pallets with no bottom boards are known as skids.

Other Pallet Materials

While traditional wooden pallets dominate the market, pallets are available in a variety of other materials. The most common of these alternatives are plastic, metal, paperboard and specialized wood.
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Pallet Sort And Repair

All pallets that have not met our strict quality control criteria are repaired to the manufacture original specifications. A pallet entering stock is thoroughly checked and graded by an experienced quality control manager to ensure high levels of stock are maintained through out the year and careful attention is given to customer satisfaction. Gregory’s insures all repairs are carried out using grade A lumber.

Each company has different pallet requirements which is why we offer a wide range of grades, from this selection you are sure to pick a product, which is not only cause effective but suitable for your particular service and delivery.

We are constantly searching for the opportunity to provide our valuable customers with a better service. Quality, efficiency, and value for money is the key to our success and this formula is never compromised.

Gregory’s price it self in offering a full and professional service to each and every customer. GPC is dedicated company in providing complete pallet services including:

  • New and used pallets
  • Remanufacture and recondition pallets
  • Custom pallets
  • Total pallet management
  • Purchase and removal
  • On site sort and repair
  • Same day turn-around
  • Export pallets (IPPC stamp)

Reconditioned Pallets

GPC has a wide range of recycled and reconditioned pallets available. The Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA) pallet is the most common design in use.

It measures 48 inches long by 40 inches wide, and is most often used to meet the minimum requirements of down stream customers at the least possible cost. This reconditioned pallet is available in several grades at different price range.

Please contact our sales department for a quote and specifications on all of our reconditioned pallets. GPC also inventories a wide variety of other sizes and different grades of pallets made with recycled lumber.

  • Skid: a pallet that has no bottom boards (also known as a “single deck” pallet) that cannot be used when turned upside down, either because it has no bottom boards or has a limited number of bottom boards
  • Reversible: a pallet that has deck boards spaced identically on the top and bottom, permitting the pallet to be reversed
  • One-way: an expendable pallet made of low-quality materials intended to be shipped once and then disposed
  • Two-way: a pallet that permits forklift entry in the two opposite pallet ends only
  • Four-way: a pallet that permits forklift entry in all four sides