Over the past year, I’ve noticed a number of overseas articles about Pallet Suppliers burning down and causing huge scale damage. These news stories come up every month. Its not something we read about with Pallet Suppliers in Australia, but does that mean we’re not at risk?
You’ll find with most incidents, the the “rubbish tip” style of storage contributed to the damage that was caused. It got me wondering, how safe and reliable are some of the Pallet Suppliers in Australia? Is it something that customers even look at.
I have driven past some second hand pallet suppliers and wondered, would anyone actually buy from this company if they saw the way in which these pallets are stored? I know we’re conditioned to buy the cheapest product we can to save money, but the risks with dealing with some of these businesses could eventually outweigh the savings you’ve chased down.
The 3 key points that stand out for me is the way the quality of the pallets and the way they are stored. Its important to note these 3 points and consider the following;
Pallets stored on dirt have a higher chance of termite infestation. Depending on your business, this could be catastrophic.
Are you being sold a pallet that’s been picked up for free off the street without any repairs done to them at all?
How long can these prices be sustained? Is this Pallet Supplier going to be around to see through to the end of the contact and beyond.
If you’ve got the time, and the inclination, go and meet with your Pallet Supplier, if you don’t have the time, look at their premises on Google Earth make sure you’re dealing with a company that meets the standards you expect.
As a manufacturer of Wooden Boxes, we need to know your application before we can accurately quote to custom make the wooden box you need. After all, what you’re using it for will determine how we pull it all together.
The directors at UBEECO would probably be able to write a book on the variety of items they’ve manufactured boxes for over the past 45+ years. We still get surprised as well as pleasure out of some of the more exciting and unusual applications our customers have had over the years.
TO SEND YOURSELF TO ANOTHER COUNTRY
It was only this week that I was reading an article about a Man, “Reg Spiers” who had a wooden box custom made for the purpose of shipping himself from London to Perth in 1964 (read more here). Whilst the entire article is quite an interesting read, I was most impressed at the effort that went into purpose building this box. Even down to having straps built inside to avoid injury with the excess movement from being thrown around like standard cargo…
A recent application for us was a couple of wooden boxes for Batman & Robin Lego statues. These were being shipped to trade shows around the country. Whilst the boxes themselves weren’t anything to write home about, its not every day we get to box up a couple of super hero’s.
One from our history books, and quite a rewarding job at the time, was to make wooden shoe boxes, 800 of them to ship to Darwin after Cyclone Tracey in 1974.
The boxes were needed to transport new shoes to the defense force during their bid to repair the damage.
All in all, every application is always unique and should be made to fit the purpose of what you need it to. Our team might ask a lot of questions when you contact us, but this is the best way we can ensure you get a product that is perfect for YOUR application.
No matter what you’re packing, get in touch with us today.
“How Much Does Packaging Cost”; This is the number one question we get asked when an enquiry comes into the office. Whether its a new customer looking at what options are available or existing customer checking to see that they’re using the right products to save time and money.
There is no one set answer to this as there are many variables to consider; What are you packing. Where is it going. How much storage do you have, just to name a few.
With mail order products being so popular, I thought it would be worth looking at the packaging options for an A4 item, say a book, or something around that size.
Below is a chart with 5 options in order of cheapest to the most expensive.
There’s no doubt that by far, the price of using cut down secondhand materials, or sheets of board cut to size and wrapped with bubble will be the absolute cheapest material cost you’ll have. BUT there’s something more important than material cost that some times gets forgotten.
What is your time worth?
Looking at the same chart, but weighing up time, the ‘cost’ does a complete flip! With the cheapest packaging option taking more than twice as long to pack as the more expensive one.
So when you look into the options for your packaging don’t forget to consider the time it takes to pack. What is your time worth?
Needless to say, storage should also be taken into consideration, but that will probably need to be article on its own!
If you would like to review these options in more detail, get in touch with us on 02 9670 9800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The trick is not to drown yourself in the packaging but to be clear on what you want to achieve with your shipment. For me, I think the options are easier to narrow down when you look at the following 2 points.
Consider what your customer is expecting to see. Have they spent significant money buying this product from you? The importance of your customer’s experience from placing the order to receiving it cannot be underestimated. If you sell books via mail order, imagine your customers reaction to the packaging you’ve used. If you’ve used second hand cartons cut down and wrapped around the book with half a roll of packing tape, i suspect your end user experience is going to memorable, but it will be due to the frustration of not being able to open the parcel.
This is equally the case with larger shipments. If you’ve sold a new machine and decided to ship it on a ratty second hand pallet with layers of stretch wrap applied to attempt to secure the machine to the pallet, you’re customer is likely to be somewhat disappointed.
Whether or not you have a product that’s sensitive to being damaged its vital that you understand the weak points. Its not just about protecting the corners, you need to consider movement to avoid damaging your products. Taking the time to talk to a Packaging Expert could save your business money with reducing claims on damaged goods.
If we use the book example again, imagine your order in a mailing bag. A hard covered book in particular is likely to move around risking corners turning and being damaged. Using a secure mailing carton, or adding a layer of bubble wrap would be essential in reducing your risk.
Hopefully we’ve been able to help you consider your options in a new light. We have a team of expert consultants ready to help you work out the best solution for packing your products so feel free to get in touch with us today.
Even if you’ve ordered Wooden Pallets in the past, its not always easy to work out what size you need to get or even what style of pallet you can choose from for that matter.
As a manufacturer I would say, its all about YOUR product rather than what pallets we have. Getting a Custom Made Pallet won’t carry an MOQ of 100′s of pallets. You will find manufacturers to be open to make as few as 1 Custom Pallet Size so don’t disregard the idea in fear of not having the right order quantity.
But if a standard pallet size is what you’re looking for, then you’d find the 1165 x 1165 (Aust Std) or 1200 x 1200 (Euro) to be the most readily available, holding around 1 tonne in weight.
If these sizes don’t look like they’ll work, then you can have a chat to our team to establish how we can ensure you have the right pallet.
We’ve made a video to showcase the options you can consider, hopefully it’ll give you some ideas of the possibilities;
We look forward to hearing how we can find the right pallet for you. get in touch with our team on:
If you need to export products you’re likely to here about this certification requirement, but what is it, who needs it, and how do you get it?
ISPM stands for International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures. The 15 is because its the 15th publication. This certification is a requirement for the export or import of wooden packaging. This includes items like PALLETS, WOODEN BOXES, SHIPPING CRATES and even DUNNAGE (pieces of timber). So if you’re shipping overseas and using a wooden pallet it will need to carry the ISPM 15 stamp.
This is not something you necessarily need to manage. Depending on the timber you need, you will find your timber manufacturer will take care of this for you. You just need to mention your exporting needs at the time of being quoted. Note, than in some country towns there might be restrictions on what treated timber they have on site, so longer lead times may occur.
Here is a short video giving you some more information about ISPM 15 certification;
If your questions haven’t been answered, feel free to comment below or get in touch with our team today. We’d be more than happy to help in any way we can.
ISPM 15 Certification was established a little over 10 years ago to protect the importing countries from pests that live in RAW WOOD. It was established by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), this is a multilateral treaty for international cooperation in plant protection. Australia is a member or ‘contracting party’ to the treaty.
Australia and New Zealand were 2 of the first countries to comply with this regulation. Over the past 10+ years more and more countries have come on board. You can see updated lists of which countries require this regulation here.
If you export your timber packaging without the certification stamp you may find of the following will take place; The importing country may refuse to allow your goods to enter the country, dispose of them or if yo’re lucky, they might sent it for treatment at your expense. This will also occur if your timber shows signs of being infested.
The IPPC state that you’re able to re-use wooden packaging that carries the ISPM 15 certification providing that there have been NO ALTERATIONS made. If you replace pieces of timber to the pallet, then the new pieces must also be treated and stamped.
It’s in your best interest to follow these rules properly and make sure that the supplier you choose is authorized to provide this to you.
Our experienced are always happy to help with any questions you may have. So don’t hesitate in getting in touch with us any time on
Custom Made Pallets don’t need to be ordered by the hundreds. The fear of not having enough buying power shouldn’t stop you from looking at the price of getting one made. You can order as few as one custom made pallet, but the more you buy, the better the pricing will be.
Here’s 3 key things to consider when weighing up whether Custom Made is what you need.
Does your product hang over your pallets? This is are clear indication that your pallet isn’t suitable for the application.
You can stop your products from being damaged by changing the size to suit the item sitting on it. Speak to a rep and see what a Custom Made Pallet can do for the reducing your losses.
Have you considered whether your pallet is over engineered for what you need it for? Maybe you could use something lighter weight and smaller? This could save you on the unit cost, footprint in your warehouse and even freight costs.
If you’re not interested in a Crate but still want more protection than a Standard Pallet, then a custom made pallet could be the solution. From simply pre-drilling holes for you or lining the base with felt, to fitting your pallets with scalloped timber, we can customise your pallet to make sure your product is better protected when its being shipped.
Get in touch with our experienced team today to discuss what we can do to improve your shipping experiences.
So for this article, lets assume you want a STANDARD SIZE PALLET. These measure 1170 x 1170 and can hold 1 Tonne of weight.
FREE… YES FREE!
In almost any industrial estate you will find pallets left out to be taken for free. They will vary in size from export up to machinery size. This is ideal if you’re just looking for material for a small DIY project at home.
$5 – $10
There are a number of things that determine the Pallet Cost for Second Hand. Quality will vary, so you might find them super cheap if you’re prepared to have some boards missing, but likewise with ‘reconditioned’ being at the higher price point.
$12 – $20
Brand new Standard Pallet Cost will be quoted based on volume and material. Understandably you will pay more if you’re only after 5 pallets, but 500 pallets on a regular basis will see you getting a more favorable Pallet Cost.
We hope this has given you a starting point when looking at the cost of a pallet. Clearly with options like this, you need to consider the value that a pallet has for your application.
Our experienced reps are always happy to speak to you and help work out which option is best, so get in touch today;
Are you sick of your pallet rental bills and wondering if there’s another option? Don’t get me wrong, renting your pallet serves a brilliant purpose, but it doesn’t mean its the only thing to consider for your pallet distribution.
Pallet manufacturers like UBEECO can offer a repair service where your damaged pallets are collected and repaired. This repair service is similar to Pallet Pooling except, you OWN the pallets and are paying a fraction of the cost to have them repaired for REUSE.
Ensuring your pallet lasts longer and won’t require frequent repairs is a sure way to save money. The pointGUARD pallet system is a guard fitted to the leading ends of your pallet, right where the majority of the impact takes place! It will take the impact and keep your pallet in the cycle for longer!
Reviewing the type of pallet you use is another solution to getting more trips out of it.
If you’re experiencing frequent and significant damages to the pallets in your distribution network then perhaps you’re not using the right type of pallet? A custom made pallet could be the solution you’ve been looking for.
As you can see there’s more than one option when is comes to Pallet Pooling, take the time to weight these up and consider the savings that could be made.
In all cases, you should speak to a Packaging Expert to see which solution is right for you. Get in touch with our team today on
Hi Anne, Thanks for your message. We don't carry that exact size in stock but would like to see what we can do to help you. Please call our office on 02 9670 9800 and ask to speak to Katryna to see what we can work out.