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From Wood to Plastic: Pallet Management by Type

Pallets, the unassuming workhorses of the logistics industry, play a critical role in ensuring the smooth flow of goods across the supply chain. However, not all pallets are created equal, and different customers have specific needs when it comes to managing and processing them. At Relogistics, operations are tailored to meet the unique requirements of customers. Whether they use wood, plastic, metal, paper, or recycled materials, Relogistics helps its customers with custom pallet and container management solutions for their complex supply chains.

Choosing the right pallet material is pivotal in ensuring the safe and efficient movement of products. Different types of pallets offer distinct advantages, making them better suited for specific types of products. 

Wooden Pallets

Known for their versatility, wooden pallets are a go-to choice for many industries. Their sturdiness and ability to bear significant weight make them suitable for various products. They are excellent for transporting consumer goods, building materials, and non-perishable items. 

Plastic Pallets

Resilient and hygienic, plastic pallets are a preferred choice for industries like pharmaceuticals, food and beverage, and healthcare. Their resistance to moisture, chemicals, and bacterial growth makes them ideal for transporting perishable goods and products that require a clean and sterile environment. Moreover, they are also lightweight, making them suitable for air freight.

Metal Pallets

Heavy-duty and extremely durable, metal pallets find their niche in heavy industry and transportation. They are best suited for carrying machinery, automotive parts, and other heavy products that demand robust support. Their strength and fire resistance make them ideal for high-temperature environments. However, their weight can be a limiting factor for air freight or cost-effective transportation.

Paper Pallets

Made from recycled materials, paper pallets are lightweight and eco-friendly. They are best suited for industries where a one-time use is acceptable, such as for shipping lightweight items, electronics, or airfreight where weight is a critical factor. However, they may not be suitable for heavy or large products due to their limited load-bearing capacity.

Pallets from Recycled Materials

These pallets, often a blend of different materials like plastic and wood, offer a balance between strength and sustainability. They are suitable for various industries depending on the specific composition and can be used for transporting products that don't require specific environmental conditions or excessive load-bearing capacity.

Recycled Wooden Pallets

Recycled wood pallets, also known as reclaimed or reconditioned wood pallets, are pallets that have been previously used and then refurbished for continued use in supply chain and logistics operations. These pallets are created by repurposing and repairing pallets that have reached the end of their original lifespan, extending their usefulness and reducing waste. 

To prepare recycled wood pallets for reuse, they undergo a refurbishment process. This process may include repairs to damaged or broken components, such as deckboards or stringers. Nails or fasteners that are damaged or missing may be replaced. Pallets are often inspected, and any components that do not meet quality standards are replaced or repaired.

Recycled wood pallets are available in standard sizes, such as 48 x 40 inches, and in a variety of custom sizes for businesses. Recycled wood pallets are generally more cost-effective than new pallets because they leverage existing materials and reduce the need for new resources. Their refurbishment and continued use contribute to resource conservation and waste reduction in the logistics and transportation industry.


Matching the right pallet to the products being transported is crucial in ensuring the safety and integrity of goods during transit. Understanding the characteristics and strengths of each pallet material is essential for businesses aiming to optimize their supply chain and reduce potential damage to their products.

No matter the type of pallet your business uses, Relogistics provides pallet management solutions to make them effective for your supply chain. While the core process of sorting, repairing, and managing pallets, as needed, remains consistent, the details are customized to meet the specific needs of each customer. 

Their total pallet management program takes place at whichever location is most convenient for their customers. Pallets can be managed at the customer’s site, at a distribution center, or even at a Relogistics location – whichever best suits the customer’s needs. 

Whether you are looking for someone to help manage your pooled pallet program or you need a provider who can sort, repair, and reissue wooden pallets for use on site, Relogistics offers the services to meet your needs faster, better, and smarter. 

In addition to handling pallets, Relogistics manages and handles cardboard, scrap, crates, RTV, and whatever other materials that customers need sorted, processed, recycled, or otherwise disposed of. The commitment to eco-friendly practices is part of Relogistics' approach to sustainability and responsible resource management.

Relogistics is more than just a pallet management company; it's a partner that customizes its services to cater to the diverse needs of its customers. Whether it's sorting, repairing, or managing pallets, Relogistics ensures that each customer's unique requirements are met with precision and care, making them a reliable and trusted ally in the world of logistics.