Why Can’t I Use One Pallet for All Applications?

Plastic pallets are integral to efficient operations across many different sectors in South Africa. Although business owners would probably appreciate a “one size fits all” pallet being along their supply chain, in reality this isn’t practical and won’t help to reach maximum output at all stages of manufacturing. There are other reasons why this is the case that should be covered too. Today, this guide will detail these, along with pointing you in the right direction when you’re after different pallet types to elevate your operations this year. 

The Many Different Types Of Pallets

There are more than seven different pallet types¹ in a variety of different sizes, styles and colours too. Each of these is designed in a way to tailor to a specific application in a way that makes it as easy as possible for it to be used within the correct setting. From stacking, rackable, light weight, nestable and hygiene pallets there are endless possibilities to implement these into your supply chain in a practical manner. 

Avoiding Mistakes, Accidents And Other Missteps

Introducing the wrong pallet type into one or more of your supply chain links can have immediate negative cost implications on the business³. Doing so increases the risk of mistakes and missteps during the production process, which could result in damaged stock, machinery, or even injury to the workers on the ground. This is one of the primary reasons why different pallets should always be used for different applications, as the alternative can result in widespread losses that could eventually derail any potential for the business to scale up its operations. 

The Suitability Factor

Practical considerations aside, it’s impossible to use a single pallet for all applications as each type has its own pros and cons relative to environmental sustainabiliy². Rackable pallets, for example, are ideal for racking systems, while nestable pallets are a great option for transporting goods (return logistics)Rackable Pallet


     Deciding What’s Best For Your Business

If you’re unsure about which pallet types would be best for the specific applications in your business, MPC can help. We can help you look at the types of products you’re working with, packaging dimensions and frequency of use in order to determine which pallets are going to meet your needs best. We’re also here to answer any questions you might have about plastic pallets. Reach out to us today to learn more about how our pallets can be used to take your operations to the next level over the coming years. 


  1. In-House Editorial. (n.d.). 7 Types of Pallets: Properties & Applications. Bizongo. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://www.bizongo.com/blog/types-of-pallets 
  2. In-House Editorial. (2013, October 14). Why aren’t all pallets equal? Associated Pallets. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://associated-pallets.co.uk/blog/arent-pallets-equal/ 
  3. Hoffman, M. (n.d.). All About Different Types of Pallets. Larson Packaging Company. Retrieved June 15, 2022, from https://www.larsonpkg.com/blog/different-types-of-pallets 

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