M S International, Inc. has initiated a
packaging system using pallets instead of wooden crates. The system has reduced
wood use by 70%.
M S International, Inc. is deeply committed to
caring for the environment by actively conserving resources, preventing
pollution and minimizing waste. One major component of our commitment to the
environment is to reduce wood used in the packaging process.
Although suppliers to M S International were
reluctant at first, the system has proven to save suppliers approximately $10
per pallet (or over $200 per container) by switching from crates to pallets.
Until approximately eight months ago, 98% of the
natural stone tile we received was packed in crates. We estimated that if we
were successful in converting from wood crates to palletization packaging of
natural stone, we would be able to reduce wood usage by 70%, saving thousands
of trees every year. In addition, moving to pallets has other benefits,
including more square footage per pallet and also a more clean-looking product
and lower packaging costs overall.
Each pallet consists of 420 square feet, with
five pieces per box and 84 boxes per crate.
When we first took the idea to our suppliers,
almost everyone resisted. The common response was that it would result in
higher breakage, more labor and effectively more costs for the supplier.
However, our calculation indicated otherwise, including the fact that the
supplier would save approximately $10 per pallet (or over $200 per container)
by switching from crates to pallets. Given this dynamic, we decided to force
the issue and not accept crate packaging from any core suppliers.
Today, eight months later, approximately 60% of our tiles are now packaged in
pallets. Suppliers have achieved the cost savings of approximately $200 per
container. We have the internal goal of reaching 80% by year end and 95% by the
end of next year.
Strong cardboard pieces should be used at the
corners where the plastic strap touches the boxes.
Technical specifications include the
- The size of the pallet is typically 31 x 42 inches.
- There should be five horizontal bars at the bottom in order to facilitate
even distribution of the material weight.
- The two long (42-inch) sides of the pallet must have grooves for the
forklift, and the short (31-inch) side of the pallet also needs forklift
- Overall, the pallet needs to have four-way entry for convenient movement from
- Boxes in the center are placed vertically.
- Strong cardboard pieces should be used at the corners where the plastic strap
touches the boxes.
- The plastic used for the shrink wrap should be thick plastic.
- Each pallet consists of 420 square feet, with five pieces per box and 84
boxes per crate. The boxes are made from cardboard.
Packaging of this type protects the material
from getting damaged during transit, and it can also be stored outdoors if
These kinds of strong crates help in stacking
four to five crates high, thus saving space in the warehouse. They can also be
shipped long distances out of state without any problems.
Additionally, packaging of this type protects the material from getting damaged
during transit. The pallets are well protected by the plastic shrink wrap,
thereby protecting the material from all weather conditions and allowing them
to be stored in an open warehouse.