‘Vision without execution is hallucination’…Thomas A. Edison

Consider this: do you want to lower your costs and reduce your carbon footprint?

At first this may seem a laughable question with a straightforward answer, but take a second to consider your supply chain in its entirety. Does your response truly reflect this seemingly obvious question?

So the actual question we must now ask is: are you truly applying best practice or simply using lazy logistics?

The reality is that convenience often takes precedence over optimisation, which seems ridiculous in a time where we strive for marginal gains in all area of business, as well as life in general. The familiar comfort of sticking to what we know means that time and time again we find ourselves remaining in the convenience of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Know what you want to accomplish and identify a means to achieve this. Where the two meet is where innovation is born.

A collective mindset angled towards innovation and transformation has resulted in a range of products from PALLITE® that are set to have a significant positive impact on all willing to embrace change within their supply chains.

Consider each of the following. Do you…

Ship via airfreight and find yourself paying excessively to account for the weight of the pallet or crate? Create needless CO2 by shipping unnecessary weight in your transit packaging? Send your consignments with limited height due to the risk of damage and are consequently transporting air? Dedicate valuable time to building heavy-duty crates to protect your goods? Spend vast amounts of time and money resolving issues because of damaged goods?

If the answer to any of these is yes, then please keep reading.

A collective mindset angled towards innovation and transformation has resulted in a range of products from PALLITE®

The ethos of PALLITE® has evolved with the view that things do not need to be complicated to be game-changing and you can ultimately deliver disruptive innovation through objective thinking and application. Think differently.

Constructed using honeycomb paper cells and glue in such a way that it retains exceptional strength and durability, the removal of any risk from splinters and the lack of nails means that they are far easier to handle and represent a far lower health and safety concern than a wooden counterpart.

If we stop thinking “we’ve always done it this way” – a phrase once described as “the most dangerous in language” by US computer scientist Grace Hopper – you will find new applications.

The business started out with lightweight pallets, expanded into the collapsible box arena and has recently purchased new machinery which means it can offer a complete transit packaging range to customers. There is more to come with the acceptance of change.

The sustainability benefits highlighted by PALLITE® are not exclusive, but are consistent with the message coming from a growing community of forward-thinkers within logistics.

The Change the Pallet (www.changethepallet.org) movement in the United States is actively working with students and key decision-makers alike, to raise the profile of alternatives that have an immediate positive impact. It is happening, but just slower than it should. IKEA changed to paper pallets in 2012, and had immediate and dramatic savings on both cash and their environmental measures.

But let’s return to the original question: are you still comfortable that you are following best practice within your supply chain?

If Rory McIlroy turned up to the first tee at Augusta for The Masters with only a putter in his bag, then we would question his sanity as he has a selection of clubs at his disposal and each has an occasion when it will be the best option. The same principle applies to logistics, so don’t be the one caught only carrying a putter… unless of course you want to spend all day hitting a ball through a windmill and that would just be crazy.

For more information please visit www.pallite.co.uk