Different Types of Pallets & How to Choose the Right One For You



The variety of types of pallets available can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned distribution company.


With so many different types of pallets available, how do you know you’ve chosen the suitable material for your shipment needs?


The pallet’s weight capacity, size, material, and storage and retrieval systems determine how effective your pallets are.


Let’s look at the types of pallets and how you might go about choosing the best pallet for you.

Wood Pallets


Wooden pallets are the first type of pallet on our list.


For the most part, wood pallets are used for retail, exports, logistics, general manufacturing, and e-commerce. Best of all, they are affordable. A few other reasons why businesses choose wood pallets include the fact they are recyclable, biodegradable, and repairable.


Unfortunately, wood isn’t free of challenges. It can be a place where pathogens and bacteria thrive. Additionally, they tend to have nails and screws, making them more difficult to clean and a bit of a challenge for safe handling.


However, wooden pallets rule the industry and are the best possible material for shipping various items.

Plastic Pallets



Plastic pallets are another type of pallet material. Plastics are used in nearly all industries, including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, consumer durables, and chemical.


Why? Because there are some advantages to plastic. For example, they can be stored in cool and dry environments because they don’t absorb moisture and cannot grow bacteria and microbes.


Additionally, they are easier to clean, don’t have nails and screws, and don’t weigh quite as much as our wood pallets.


However, plastic pallets are significantly more expensive than their wooden counterparts. They also present a different uphill battle when repairing them. They often end up in recycling when they break or break down in some way. While they are also not biodegradable.

Pallets With Technology


If your company is dedicated to efficiency, you might want to learn more about tech-enabled pallets.


One of the most modern innovations in the pallet world is the addition of an active radio frequency identification tag (RFID). This tech systematically uses electromagnetic fields to track a pallet’s location throughout the warehouse.


This technology prevents loss and theft and lets management and security know when anything unscheduled happens. It also helps with handling goods and the life span and longevity of pallets. Allowing you to be able to reduce the time and cost of managing your pallets.


There are different types of tags you can use, but in general, it’s important to be aware that this tech exists and how it can help your business be successful. You can connect with us to learn more about this technology.


How to Choose the Right Pallets for Your Business


Pallets are critical for countless industries, but ultimately you and your staff have to make the decision about what materials are right for your needs. Sustainability, environmental, and equipment factors matter in that decision-making process.


With innovations and new materials on the rise, it’s more difficult than ever to make a choice.


Fortunately, there is help.


Here at Packaging One, we can help you select the type of pallet that best suits your business and needs." You can turn to us for guidance about your pallets.


Contact Us For Your Pallet Needs.


Contact us for more information about the right types of pallets for your business.

We will walk you through your options and international standards.

Reach out today.

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