In today’s fast-paced and competitive market, keeping your production and shipping costs low while still delivering a quality product to your customers is the key to a successful business. One of the ways to reduce transportation costs and ensure your business runs as efficiently as possible is by performing routine pallet audits. A pallet audit is a procedure in which all wood shipping pallets are inspected to ensure that they’re in the best condition possible. A pallet audit can help you determine how quickly your wood pallets are wearing down, allowing you to develop strategies to make them last longer. Here’s everything you need to know about performing pallet audits from the experienced team at Pallet Management Group.

How To Minimize Damage

One of the biggest concerns when performing a pallet audit is how to minimize damage, both to the wood pallets themselves and the products they’re carrying. Minimize damage to your products by assessing how you’re placing items onto your wood pallets and how you’re storing them. If you store wood pallets in stacks that are piled too high, you can cause accidental damage to your pallets and make them wear down faster than anticipated. Piling too many products on to a single pallet can also cause distress to both the pallet and your products. A pallet audit is the best way to assess and improve upon your current wood pallet and product storage system to reduce damage and minimize repair and replacement costs.

Reduce Shipping Costs

The other thing to consider when performing a pallet audit is shipping cost reduction. Smaller wood pallets, because they are lighter than bigger ones, can be shipped for a lower price. Therefore, using smaller wood pallets and loading items onto pallets more efficiently are two ways you can easily reduce shipping costs. The two most important questions to consider when assessing your wood pallets in terms of shipping costs are:

-Is your shipping cost per unit at the absolute minimum?
-Are you getting the maximum value out of each container?

If the answer to these questions is no, consider how you can change your current arrangement to save costs. At Pallet Management Group, we are here to help you get the most out of your wood pallets. To learn more about our services, including our wood pallet recycling and refurbishing programs, contact us today at Pallet Management Group.