The Drawbacks of Wooden Pallets

The Drawbacks of Using Wooden Pallets

Speaking with clients in the food, pharmaceutical and other manufacturing industries, they mention a few recurring headaches:

1. Wooden pallets are regularly in need of repair due to harsh working environments

2. They are not consistent with regards to quality

3. They can harbour bacterial growth which make them unsuitable for use in hygienic production areas

4. Once wet, they degrade quickly and become hazardous

5. Splinters and nails in pallets often cause damage to the products and raw materials that they carry

Plastic pallets eliminate these issues and are suitable for use throughout your supply chain.

Feel free to contact us if you’d like to know more about how plastic pallets can reduce headaches and improve your supply chain.

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Developments in Supply Chains – the 2000’s

Last week we looked at developments in the world of supply chain management ranging from the early 1900’s until the late 1990’s. Today, we look at the 2000’s:

1. Enterprise resource planning systems have become widely adopted which has improved communication and the flow of information between producers, distributors, wholesaler and retailers.

2. The growth and development of emerging markets in South America and China as supply chain and production hubs.

3. Cross-function as well as cross-organisational communication is increased in order to make access to data easier and increase productivity and efficiency. Various supply chain tasks and roles have been integrated to increase end-to-end visibility of the supply chain.

4. The widespread adoption of risk management as an essential part of supply chain management. Manufacturing companies have designed advanced planning strategies with the goal of reducing the risk of disruptions throughout the chain and increase customer satisfaction.

Check out last week’s post to learn more about the history of supply chains.

2021 in Review

As every year, 2021 was filled with new challenges. Alongside these challenges we found exciting, new opportunities to learn and grow.

We would like to say thank you to all of our clients, partners and new connections for their support and another year of taking steps towards a sustainable packaging future. Without you, we would not be able to achieve the goals we set for ourselves every year.

We are extremely excited for what 2022 will have in store for us, we have some exciting projects we are working on and we can not wait to share more of that with you. For now, enjoy some well deserved time off, relax and come back refreshed for a new year.

We wish you all a happy holiday season, be safe and see you in 2022!

Plastic: Good or Bad?

There is a common misconception in the world that plastic is inherently bad, however this is not true.

The real culprit is single use materials of any sort. Plastic has always attracted the most attention due to being a popular packaging material in single use items such as plastic cups, bottles, takeaway containers, etc. that tend to end up in our oceans and landfills.

One of the cornerstones of our business is to eradicate single use packaging and substitute them with reusable plastic packaging solutions. When these solutions reach the end of their life, they are recycled and turned into brand new, reusable packaging such as plastic pallets and bulk containers. We call this the, “Circular Economy” and it is the future of packaging solutions

These solutions are one of our best options to reduce the immense amounts of waste that end up in our oceans and landfills.

If you would like to know more about reusable packaging solutions, contact us today.

What do we do, How do we do it?

Smartload’s service offerings for food producers & other industries are flexible. Some clients prefer our full service pooling model, others prefer the flexibility of the rental model, whereas other customers prefer to buy and own their own assets


The pooling model is an all inclusive service offering which includes cleaning, delivery to the client’s desired location as well as the collection of dirty units at the end of the cycle.


Clients order LBC’s/pallets as they need them and pay the daily rental at the end of the month. This model is very flexible, for instance, if a client needs to send pallets/LBC’s to an unloader where the units will spend a significant amount of time, the rental can be transferred to that client’s account, we call this a rental transfer.


Buying is straightforward, we provide unbranded versions of our products to customers who are interested in owning their own pallets/LBC’s. This option is ideal for customers who use these assets internally and do not send them to external locations. In the long term, plastic pallets with a superior service life can lead to significant savings compared to wood pallets.

For more information on Smartload DBC’s, please contact us today.

Dry Bulk Containers (DBC’s)

Manufacturers in the food, pharmaceutical, automotive (and other) industries make use of cartons, wooden pallets and plastic wrap solutions – in order to store and transport packaged materials and products – such as plastic bottles, caps, sachets, etc.

These solutions create immense amounts of waste and are not suitable for reuse.

The DBC is a foldable, plastic container that drastically reduces waste, eliminating the need for carton boxes, wooden pallets and plastic wrap. The DBC also saves space in manufacturing facilities as well as costs associated with return logistics.

For more information on Smartload DBC’s and how they could fit into your supply chain, contact us today.

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