Companies have also shown an interest in using Plastic Pallet Solutions’ bio-based plastic, which has proven to be highly operational in a freezer environment. Up to 20 percent of bio-based plastics are used in their blend.
iGPS offers plastic pallets that are clean, durable, and approximately 33 percent lighter than its wooden counterpart; this can help companies save money on their fuel costs due to a lighter load.
Furthermore, iGPS’s plastic pallets come with an embedded RFID chip, in order to assist a company with passively tracking pallets. iGPS’s Spider Tag helps a customer know where a pallet is located and can send out a daily or weekly notification to help keep track of its location.
iGPS’s Lowe mentions newer technologies are in the works. “We’re currently experimenting with one tag that can be read as far away as 450 feet,” he says. “It’s an active tag with a seven year battery in it that can track temperature to within one tenth of a degree around the unit load that it’s carrying and it can report back the temperature range every 15 minutes, which is going to be very important for a lot of our food shippers.”
iGPS pallets are smooth and as a result there is no need for a slip sheet, which can help save food and beverage companies even more money.
Meanwhile, ORBIS has many unique plastic pallets that can meet various customer needs, such as their rackable, stackable, and nestable pallets. One of the benefits to utilizing ORBIS’s Rackable pallets is having the ability to store products in various racking systems in order to gain floor space in the warehouse. Stackable pallets are ideal for static storage and stack loading. These pallets can hold up to 30,000 pounds and—like most plastic pallets—are 100 percent recyclable at the end of their life. Finally, ORBIS’s Nestable pallets have the functionality to nest together after they’re empty with the purpose of saving space in a warehouse or trailer.
“Caring about empty assets is a big deal,” says ORBIS’s Klimko. “Many people care about assets when they’re full of product—we have to care about them always because that’s what makes an efficient system operate.”
ORBIS also offers a service called Reusable Packaging Management (RPM), which helps companies seamlessly manage their packaging fleet in order to help keep their focus on their core business. Asset tracking, included in RPM, contributes to maintaining an efficiently run business and gives companies greater visibility when it comes to asset tracking.