The wood pallet is the workhorse of the U.S. supply chain. Most products manufactured in the U.S. are transported on top of a pallet. Every year approximately two billion pallets are circulated in the United States. The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) pallet accounts for more than 30 percent of this usage and represents more than 280 million new pallets annually.
The GMA pallet is 48 inches by 40 inches. It is wood intensive, expensive, and heavy. For the past 70 years, wood has been the preferred material choice of pallet suppliers. Even today, more than 90% of all the pallets in use are made of wood. Widespread availability and cheap production costs are the primary reasons. Raw material costs usually run above 50% for many pallet manufacturers.
The GMA pallet has changed very little over the past seven decades. Until now, that is. Compare Pallets LLC’s GreenBlock Pallet to the standard GMA pallet and the benefits are clear and significant. GreenBlock will reduce the amount of wood used in a standard GMA pallet by over 25%. GreenBlock will reduce the weight of a that standard GMA pallet by over 25%. And GreenBlock Pallets will enable pallet manufacturers to nearly double the number of pallets shipped per truckload, reducing fuel costs.