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Used Plastic Pallets for Export

Container Exchanger specializes in used plastic export pallets . We are experienced in selling and distributing plastic pallets throughout the nation. We are a supplier selling these plastic pallets to large and small companies throughout North America. Our used pallets can take many different forms. We generally handle several common pallet sizes and styles. Each pallet may be made from different materials and have different structural properties.

Plastic Export Pallets

Some Pallets are specifically made for the export market. However, we have found that we can sell used plastic pallets for export purposes and save our customers money. These pallets are made from plastic, and therefore, they meet international shipping guidelines (while wood pallets must be heat treated before they are shipped internationally). Plastic pallets are often more durable than wood pallets, because they are generally all molded in one piece, while wood pallets require nails to hold all the pieces together.
Size requirements – While size requirements don’t really exist for product export, you may find that certain sizes do work well in intermodal (sea) containers. The most common size for export pallets measures 43″ x 43″ or 1100 mm x 1100 mm. This size of pallet can fit easily side-by-side on a sea container and they are large enough to put plenty of product on them.

Stacking Pallets

Stacking pallets are any pallet with runners. The runners (the strip of material that goes along the bottom of the pallet) go all the way across the bottom of the pallet. These runners serve a couple of purposes. The first purpose is for safety reasons. With the runners in place, a loaded forklift can go over rough terrain and not lose the load due to vibration because the runners prevent the plastic pallet from bouncing off the fork tines. The send reason is for stacking purposes. The runners provide a long strip of plastic material, and when the pallet is loaded, the weight from the load can be distributed over the length of the runner. When you place this pallet on top of another loaded skid, the presence of the runner distributes weight to decrease chances of damage to the lower pallet. An added bonus of stacking pallets is that when the pallets are empty and stacked, the forklift holes are readily accessible, which makes them easy to access by your forklift.
Here is a photo of a Plastic Stacking Pallet
Stackable Pallet with Runners

Nesting Pallets

Nesting pallets do not have runners. Instead, these used plastic pallets rest on pedestal feet. These plastic pallets are often made from thermoformed plastic, and as such, have slightly lower carrying capacity. The deep tray of a nesting pallet combined with it’s lightweight properties make this pallet a good choice for light weight applications. Many nesting pallets are also used with plastic top-caps for the same skid of product. The topcap prevents any material damage and when another pallet is stacked on top, and it help secure the load when the pedestal feet cross-link together. These plastic pallets are used more frequently in circular supply operations between manufacturing plants.
Here is a photo of a Nesting Pallet:
Nestable Plastic Pallet

Plastic Pallet Sizes

You can follow the links below if one of these sizes works for your operation:

How to buy Used Plastic Pallets?

You can buy used plastic pallets through Container Exchanger. Navigate your website browser to our page of Plastic Pallets for sale, locate the ones you wish to purchase, and fill out the form on that page. Container Exchanger will then contact you to answer any questions, provide shipping quotes, and complete the sale.

Returnable Packaging – The Next Phase of Lean – Automation.com

As industrial automation continues down its lean manufacturing journey, the area of packaging waste has taken center stage. The way to reduce this packaging waste is returnable packaging. The EarthWorks Group estimates that 30% of landfill waste is created by plastic and paper packaging. The use of cardboard products and other one-time-use packaging products contribute significantly to this waste.
David Madden is President of ContainerExchanger.com, an online marketplace that offers manufacturing and distribution businesses an outlet for procuring or selling used returnable packaging. According to Madden, “Product offerings include many standard and common reusable packaging solutions, including but not limited to plastic totes, plastic collapsible bulk boxes, metal containers, wire baskets, and plastic pallets. As a component in continued process improvement returnable packaging empowers companies to reduce packaging acquisition costs through access to used returnable packaging inventories and enabled companies to maximize return during disposal of used packaging fleets.”
Folding bulk containers, industrial totes, and metal storage bins are used over and over again within a facility or between a supplier and a customer. They can be used literally thousands of times. These bulk boxes are much cheaper in the long term when compared to buying cardboard boxes and wood crates every time that product is shipped. Savings can be observed in the per piece packaging cost. While the upfront investment in returnable packaging may cost more, savings can be realized quickly through repeated use (the same bulk containers, metal bins, and totes are used over and over), labor (no more box assembly), material handling (fewer moves from stackable containers), quality (fewer rejects due to damaged packaging), and floor space (plastic and metal containers can stack very high). The per piece packaging costs for used bulk containers and totes can be as low as 5% of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes.
Plastic Pallets:
Plastic pallets come in a couple of varieties. For the most part, they are made from structural foam, but there are also thermoform pallets available. The structural foam pallets are more rigid and durable than the thermoform version. Usually, the more rigid plastic pallets are paired with an HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic returnable tote in order to create a plastic container pallet . This pairing works well, because structural foam plastic pallets typically have a shorter lip around the edge of the pallet, and the totes fit perfectly within the lip. To finish off the combination, a pallet cover is used to make the plastic container pallets stackable on each other. By comparison, when using plastic corrugated (typically a custom made tote), the thermoform pallet is a better choice, because it uses a much higher lip height. The higher lip height on the thermoform pallet catches tote edges easily.
Plastic pallets can also be used as export pallets . Due to export pallet requirements, any wood pallets must be heat treated; alternatively plastic pallets circumvent these requirements. Used plastic pallets for export purposes make a lot of sense from a cost perspective, given that export pallets will rarely be returned to the company.
Madden noted that, &quotContainer Exchanger specializes in saving money by providing access to used pallets from Stratis, Rhrig, Hampel, Orbis, Linpac, and others. Most of the companies that buy our pallets also discover that they have used plastic totes or bins that they can sell as well. We broker any used returnable packaging and sell these containers throughout the nation to maximize ROI (return on investment) for our clients.”
Fortune 500 businesses, particularly automotive Tier 1 manufacturing suppliers, consumer product manufacturers, scrap steel businesses, and distribution and freight companies, are utilizing returnable packaging services as the next phase in a lean manufacturing initiative. Having maximized many of the plant floor operations, it is precisely this type of creative packaging purchase that empowers independent used equipment dealers, used equipment liquidators, and industrial end-users to eliminate another significant element of waste in their business model. Increasingly companies will convert entire operations to returnable containers as part of a company’s lean manufacturing methods. Improving packaging, transportation, and line-side presentation of containers are becoming the specific goals of the returnable packaging methodology. “Such a program will axiomatically benefit the environment by virtually eliminating waste from expendable packaging, while improving the bottom-line.
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When you’re ready to move on to the next phase of lean manufacturing, get in touch with Container Exchanger to find out how the right packaging choice can be used to optimize lean on your production floor.
 

Friendly and Affordable – Making the Case for Returnable Packaging – Business Excellence

Thirty percent of landfill waste is created by plastic and paper packaging estimates The EarthWorks Group. The use of cardboard products and other one-time-use packaging products contribute significantly to this waste. David Madden, President of ContainerExchanger.com noted, “The initial investment in returnable packaging may cost more that one-time use packaging. However, savings are often quickly realized with returnable packaging because bulk containers, metal bins, and totes are used repeatedly.” Madden also pointed out that reduced labor costs are achieved with reduced or eliminated box assembly as well as reduced material handling achieved with fewer moves from stackable containers. Ironically there is an enhanced quality impact since there are fewer rejects due to damaged packaging as well as increased efficiency in floor space usage since plastic and metal containers can stack very high.
Used Plastic Reusable containers provide the most cost-efficient shipping approach possible; corrugated one-way packaging is the least effective and most costly. “When a company is finished using a returnable packaging fleet, we represent the seller and find a buyer for the used bulk packaging. Sellers enjoy a high sales price for a better return on investment. Buyers save significantly in comparison to new packaging prices,” added Madden. The average price per trip for a corrugated one-way package is 54 cents versus a used plastic reusable container at just 2 cents.
COMPARISON OF SHIPPING CONTAINERS BY MATERIAL
(Based on typical two-cubic foot size)

Attribute of Container Corrugated One-Way Corrugated Reusable Fiberboard Reusable Plastic Reusable Used Plastic Reusable
Weight 1.5 lbs 2.2 lbs 5 lbs 5.5 lbs 5.5 lbs
Durability Poor Fair Fair to Good Excellent Excellent
Est. Initial Cost $0.53 $1.06 $6.05 $11.03 $6.00
Est. Life 1 trip 5 trips 50 trips 250 trips 250 trips
Cost/trip (avg.) $0.53 $0.21 $0.12 $0.44 $0.24
Setup
Disposal
Setup
Breakdown
Return/re-setup
Return Repair Return Return

 
Buckhorn, Inc., located in Milford , Ohio provided some of these data in “How to Select Shipping Containers” Container Exchanger provided the Used Plastic Reusable Container data.
The per piece packaging costs for used bulk containers and totes can be as low as 5% of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes. Returnable containers provide a way to reduce costs and increase productivity in food handling and distribution because the food containers can go from processors to distributors to retailers efficiently. They offer flexibility to meet the requirements of users throughout the food supply chain. Depending on the specifications required, some containers are molded from FDA/USDA-approved materials and some also resist impact, moisture and temperature extremes of -20 degrees to +120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Nearly a decade ago Sonja Randall reported in Modern Materials Handling, that, to a grocery retailer entering a produce cooler first thing in the morning it’s common to see collapsed corrugated cardboard boxes of fruit and vegetables. Hopefully not a lot of the product is damaged and discarded. And hopefully a lot of time isn’t consumed in cleaning the mess.”
Used pallets can take many different forms. Each pallet may be made from different materials and have different structural properties. There are plastic Export Pallets that are specifically made for the export market. These pallets are made from plastic, and therefore, they meet international shipping guidelines (while wood pallets must be heat treated before they are shipped internationally). Plastic pallets are often more durable than wood pallets, because they are generally all molded in one piece, while wood pallets require nails to hold all the pieces together.”
While size requirements do not exist for product export, certain sizes do work well in intermodal (sea) containers. The most common size for export pallets measures 43″ x 43″ or 1100 mm x 1100 mm. This size of pallet can fit easily side-by-side on a sea container and they are large enough for plenty of product.
Stacking pallets are any pallet with runners. The runners (the strip of material that goes along the bottom of the pallet) go all the way across the bottom of the pallet. These runners serve a couple of purposes. The first purpose is for safety reasons. With the runners in place, a loaded forklift can go over rough terrain and not lose the load due to vibration because the runners prevent the plastic pallet from bouncing off the fork tines. The send reason is for stacking purposes. The runners provide a long strip of plastic material, and when the pallet is loaded, the weight from the load can be distributed over the length of the runner. When this pallet is placed on top of another loaded skid, the presence of the runner distributes weight to decrease chances of damage to the lower pallet. An added bonus of stacking pallets is that when the pallets are empty and stacked, the forklift holes are readily accessible, which makes them easy to access by forklift.
Nesting pallets do not have runners. Instead, these used plastic pallets rest on pedestal feet. These plastic pallets are often made from thermoformed plastic, and as such, have slightly lower carrying capacity. The deep tray of a nesting pallet combined with its lightweight properties make this pallet a good choice for light weight applications. Many nesting pallets are also used with plastic top-caps for the same skid of product. The topcap prevents any material damage and when another pallet is stacked on top, and it help secure the load when the pedestal feet cross-link together. These plastic pallets are used more frequently in circular supply operations between manufacturing plants.
The International Food Container Organization (IFCO US ) now has hundreds of growers/shippers in North America and it is predicted that as food processing plants will dramatically increase their use of returnable containers. Product handling is reduced with some of these returnable containers because produce is often packed directly into containers where it remains until purchased by the general public. Reduced handling eliminates product damage possibilities.
Increasingly manufacturers and distributors are changing entire storage and packaging components to returnable containers. Beyond the public relations benefit of being environmentally conscientious, genuine corporate citizenship is frequently sincere and demonstrated through practice. Madden pointed to the bottom-line, “Since returnable containers enhance safety and quality issues, and are far most cost efficient, it is not a difficult choice for many organizations to shift their packaging and storage approach.”
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Container Exchanger helps companies save money through their unique online marketplace for used and new packaging items.

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CFOs Looking for Bottom-Line Impacts Choose Returnable Packaging – AS411.com

Used reusable packaging sounds strange yet it is precisely how many CFO’s are improving the bottom-line. David Madden, President of ContainerExchanger.com, acknowledged that, “Initial investment in returnable packaging may cost more that one-time use packaging. However, savings are often quickly realized with returnable packaging because bulk containers, metal bins, and totes are used repeatedly and there are reduced labor costs with reduced or eliminated box assembly.” Additional cost-saving are realized through used reusable packaging including reduced material handling achieved with fewer moves from stackable containers, increased efficiency in floor space usage since plastic and metal containers can stack very high, and enhanced quality since there are fewer rejects due to damaged packaging.
Used Plastic Reusable containers provide the most cost-efficient shipping approach possible; corrugated one-way packaging is the least effective and most costly. The quasi-e-Bay model of ContainerExchanger positively impacts both the buyer and seller of packaging. According to Madden, “When a company is finished using a returnable packaging fleet, we represent the seller and find a buyer for the used bulk packaging. Sellers enjoy a high sales price for a better return on investment. Buyers save significantly in comparison to new packaging prices.” The average price per trip for a corrugated one-way package is 54 cents versus a used plastic reusable container at 2 cents.
The per piece packaging costs for used bulk containers and totes can be as low as 5% of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes. Returnable containers provide a way to reduce costs and increase productivity in handling and distribution because the containers can go from processors to distributors to retailers efficiently.
Used pallets can take many different forms. Each pallet may be made from different materials and have different structural properties. There are plastic Export Pallets that are specifically made for the export market. These pallets are made from plastic, and therefore, they meet international shipping guidelines (while wood pallets must be heat treated before they are shipped internationally). Plastic pallets are often more durable than wood pallets, because they are generally all molded in one piece, while wood pallets require nails to hold all the pieces together.
Product handling is reduced with some of these returnable containers because produce is often packed directly into containers where it remains until purchased by the general public. Reduced handling eliminates product damage possibilities.
Increasingly manufacturers and distributors are changing entire storage and packaging components to returnable containers. Beyond the public relations benefit of being environmentally conscientious companies, genuine corporate citizenship is frequently sincere and demonstrated through practice. Madden insists, “Since used returnable containers enhance safety and quality issues, and are most cost efficient, it is not a difficult choice for many CFO’s to shift their packaging and storage approach.”
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If you’re ready to see some a positive impact on your bottom line result and can look at changing how you look at packaging, contact us today.  We’ll work with you to buy or sell any new or used packaging, such as used pallets, used bulk containers, handheld totes, and carts.  Visit us at http://www.containerexchanger.com today.
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Reuse It Or Lose It – Food Manufacturing Magazine

Buying used reusable packaging yields immediate cost savings and long term benefits.
Looking for new ways to add to your bottom line? Perhaps you should take a look at replacing expendable packaging with reusable/returnable options. Buying reusable packaging, specifically quality used reusable packaging, can generate cost savings. It reduces per-unit cost, when compared to purchasing new packaging items. It eliminates the middle-man usually involved in purchasing containers. It reduces labor costs. It reduces rejects due to damaged packaging. And it improves your environmental footprint.
Many packaging options; many ways to save
Reusable packaging, composed of durable materials such as metal and plastic, can be reused and shipped many times. These durable materials enable returnable packaging to last many years, so that it is not uncommon for one returnable container to replace up to 50 expendable packages. By avoiding the use of expendable packaging, businesses are able to save a considerable amount of money on purchasing new packages and disposing of old ones.
IBC totes, which are used commonly by companies that buy food grade products like fructose, are a perfect candidate for buying used. Once IBC totes are emptied, they are still completely capable of holding fluids, and all the bits and pieces still work. The only difference between it and a completely new IBC tote is that the used one has some residual fluids in it. Many users of IBC totes don’t actually need a brand new tote, they just need something that can hold fluids.
Plastic Export Pallets are specifically made for the export market. These pallets are made from plastic, and therefore, they meet International shipping guidelines (while wood pallets must be heat treated before they are shipped internationally). Plastic pallets are often more durable than wood pallets, because they are generally all molded in one piece, while wood pallets require nails to hold all the pieces together.
Bulk metal bins are a viable option for a small metal shipping bin. They work well in this situation, because the sides of the container can be collapsed, thereby reducing the size of an empty container. The collapsed storage bin can be stacked in a corner of the warehouse, or they can be loaded onto a trailer for return shipment to your plant.
Wire bulk containers are another version of the metal bulk container. These bins are made from wire mesh, as opposed to steel tubing and steel sheeting, as is often found in the solid metal containers. Wire bulk containers often have less carrying capacity, as they are made from light-duty materials, such as 1/4″ or 3/8″ wire mesh. These bins are lighter in weight and they are collapsible, which makes them much more economical from a shipping standpoint.
Improved efficiency equals reduced labor cost
The per piece packaging costs for reusable packaging can be as low as five percent of the costs for a comparable expendable solution, depending on shipping volumes. Returnable containers provide a way to reduce costs and increase productivity in food handling and distribution because the food containers can go from processors to distributors to retailers efficiently. They offer flexibility to meet the requirements of users throughout the food supply chain.
Depending on the specifications required, some containers are molded from FDA/USDA-approved materials and some also resist impact, moisture and temperature extremes of 20� to 120�F. Reusable containers provide a way to reduce costs and increase productivity in handling and distribution because the containers can go from processors to distributors to retailers efficiently.
Product handling is reduced with reusable containers because produce, for example, is often packed directly into containers where it remains until purchased by the general public. Reduced handling eliminates product damage possibilities, so there are fewer rejects.
Reduced labor costs are achieved with reduced or eliminated box assembly as well as reduced material handling achieved with fewer moves from stackable containers. Also reusable containers in plastic and metal can stack very high in the warehouse, increasing efficiency in floor space usage.
Reducing waste
In the United States, most expendable packages, such as corrugated boxes, paper and disposable wooden pallets, end up in the landfills. According to statistics provided by the Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia-based non-profit environmental organization, almost one third of the waste generated in this country is packaging. Although American businesses use approximately 21,000,000 tons of paper each year, only one-tenth of all solid waste in the nation gets recycled.
Worse, according to WorldChanging, American businesses send hundreds of millions of wooden pallets into landfills each year, spending approximately one billion dollars in the process. If reports by this Seattle-based non-profit media organization are accurate, then about 40 percent of all hardwood harvested in the United States is for pallets, about two-thirds of which are used only once before disposal. Up to 25 percent of all wood in landfills is from used pallets.
Much of this waste of paper and wood can be avoided if returnable packaging is used. Because a package reused is one less package that will end up in the landfill the general cost, time and manpower required for packaging material disposal can be greatly reduced. Businesses are able to reap the benefits of promoting their policies to protect and preserve the environment.
For more information about the sale and resale of used reusable industrial packaging, containers, racks and shelving, visit www.ContainerExchanger.com or www.RackExchanger.com .