Pallet Bands Will Lower Costs and Change the Way You Work – Just Ask Fastmile Logistics
From Cold Storage to Warehouses - Replace Plastic Wrap
Say goodbye to wrapping and unwrapping of plastic wrap and make picking of product quick and easy. With unique formulations for cold storage, outdoor and warehouse, rubber pallet bands can be used in any environment, outperform traditional pallet bands and provide stabilization for your pallet loads. They allow easy access to materials, pose no fire hazard, and decrease condensation in cold environments.
Take the warehouse challenge and learn how effective pallet bands can be in your warehouse. Fastmile Logistics did just that and changed the way they work for good.
With plastic wrap costs averaging $14,000 a year, Fastmile Logistics, a solutions company, looked to reduce their packaging material and disposal costs. Historically, as loose shipments of cabinets arrived at their storage facility, they wrapped the pallet load in plastic wrap. However, each time they needed to load an outgoing truck they had to unwrap and re-wrap the pallet loads due to the product mix. This was a time-consuming and costly task. Aero Rubber helped Fastmile find an alternative and provided samples for testing.
After an initial evaluation, Fastmile found rubber pallet bands not only cost effective but also a time saver. “We have been using the bands since 2014 and found that in plastic wrap product cost alone we are saving around $5,000 a year,” claims Brad Ward, general manager at the Orlando location.
Fastmile uses a pallet size larger than your typical pallet to hold the cabinets. “Using custom pallets for the cabinets, the size of the rubber bands was just as important because they had to fit with our custom pallet size,” Ward says. “We use two bands: one at the top and one at the bottom to keep the load stable and have found no problems with the bands stabilizing our loads. They work so well, we use them at our other locations when those locations have had the same application.” He noted the pallet band elasticity was instrumental to secure palletized loads.
Aero’s rubber pallet bands were not the only alternative Fastmile tried, but they were the most efficient. “We tried the polyurethane with metal clasps but the clasps were time consuming and if you over tightened them, it could lead to product damage,” Ward explains. The other obstacle was the size of the pallet. After seeing how tightening the metal clasps led to difficulties, he enjoyed the way the bands snap into place after being applied to the pallet. No extra steps were needed.
Ward adds that the savings doesn’t include trash costs, which he estimates at another $200 yearly. Now, four years later, Fastmile continues to be happy with the bands and has expanded their use to other facilities. Ward believes the other locations have seen similar savings.
The bands have a very specific use inside their warehouse and are not seen on every pallet. “Most of our pallets come in wrapped and leave with the same wrap on them which doesn’t give us the opportunity to use the bands,” he says. Understanding that the bands are not for every warehouse application, Ward would still recommend them to anyone looking to change where wrapping and re-wrapping take place.
The strategy to switch from plastic wrap to pallet bands, which are reusable, led to yearly savings of more than $5,000 while keeping or improving efficiencies because they no longer had to deal with the wrapping and unwrapping every time they needed to unload and re-load the cabinets. The bands fulfilled Fastmile’s objective of lowering the amount spent on plastic wrap and reducing their trash costs.
Pallet bands can improve sustainability and productivity while cutting costs, but choosing the right band is just as important and trying the bands. When your environment goes beyond the traditional indoor warehouse, it’s time to think Aero Rubber Company®, Inc. Other bands used in outdoor and cold storage warehouses often fail or deteriorate needlessly. Aero outdoor bands resist ozone, UV, and hold up to the elements for a longer life when left outside. Cold storage bands also won’t fall off in freezing temperatures and can be reused.
Find out how pallet bands can work in your warehouse. Call (800) 662-1009, speak to an Aero pallet band consultant and request your free sample.
Aero Rubber Pallet Band Features:
- Pallet band reusability means less waste, lower costs and reduced labor when compared to plastic wrap.
- Easy Application
- Pallet band application is simple. It requires no tools and one person can apply a pallet band in just seconds.
- Custom Formulations
- Outdoor bands resist ozone, UV and hold up to the elements.
- Cold storage bands won’t fall off in freezing temperatures and can be reused.
- Cold storage, outdoor and indoor custom rubber formulations ensure a long life for your reusable pallet bands.