What exactly is a pallet?
A pallet //
, sometimes inaccurately called a skid
(a skid has no bottom deck boards), is a flat transport structure that supports goods in a stable fashion while being lifted by a forklift, pallet jack,front loader
, work saver or other jacking device
. A pallet is the structural foundation of a unit load
which allows handling and storage efficiencies. Goods or shipping containers
are often placed on a pallet secured with strapping, stretch wrap
or shrink wrap
and shipped. Since its invention in the twentieth century, its use has dramatically supplanted older forms of crating like the wooden box
and the wooden barrel
, as it works well with modern packaging like cardboard boxes
and Intermodal containers
commonly used for bulk shipping.
While most pallets are wooden, pallets can also be made of plastic, metal, paper, and recycled materials. Each material has advantages and disadvantages relative to the others.
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