Unknown Pallet Condition
If, when pallets are finally returned, they are damaged, it’s also a significant problem. While composite pallets are more resilient and durable than wood pallets, damage can still occur. You need a way of knowing which pallets are in good condition and which will need replacement.
A lack of visibility on pallet condition can lead to an inefficient or inadequate pallet replacement strategy, making it difficult to keep your facility running smoothly.
Ad-hoc replacement when the pallet handler decides through visual inspection that the integrity of the pallet has been compromised has flaws. It depends on the goodwill and accuracy of the person doing the visual inspection, who may not be accountable to you. They may report everything is fine when, in reality, pallets should be marked for replacement.
Pallets are also sometimes marked for replacement simply because they’ve reached a certain age. However, in many cases, these pallets are still in good shape and reusable.