printech,June,2004Re: Disposal of Wooden Pallets

printech, June, 2004
Re: Disposal of Wooden Pallets


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From: Richard Illig(
rillig@state.pa.us)
Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2004 08:04:19
You don't have a pallet management problem...you have a supplier problem.

With such regular in-bound shipments of material some trucks must be returning to the suppliers. Arrange with the material supplier to return the pallets for re-use. Investing in better reusable shipping containers may make sense - for both you and the product supplier - if a significant amount of product is regularly damaged or lost due to management on pallets.

The cost of raw materials - delivered on pallets or otherwise - should include the cost of managing shipping materials for disposal even if the materials are often recycled. Perhaps you will find products from other vendors more competitive if they offer a way around the cost of managing pallets or other shipping material waste.

Minimizing the use of shipping materials reduces costs for both the supplier and the buyer. Obviously the supplier has to spend a lot of money buying the pallets in the first place - a cost that is surely passed directly on to you. If by simply accepting return pallets the supplier can significantly reduce costs to you and other buyers, it would seem in their best interest to re-evaluate their operation to be more competitive. Perhaps they're unaware of just how much odd-sized pallets are costing them and you these days.

Show the supplier your pallet disposal receipts and let them know you're pricing their materials against other suppliers that offer less expensive shipping alternatives. There is too much money to be saved by both the buyer and supplier to deal in the manner you describe. No doubt the supplier will not be happy if they loose your business to another supplier that will work with you.



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