Timber Pallets & Packaging – Deliver More Value

Timber Pallets & Packaging – Deliver More Value

Could you get more from your timber pallets and packaging?

How long has your pallet design stayed the same? Perhaps the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” school of thought has prevailed in your business? However, maybe the time is now right to review your pallet and timber packaging design specifications and utilisation.

Timber prices have risen in the UK and Ireland over 24 consecutive months (CIPS Markit June 2018) and advancing safety standards are placing increasing demand on business to take responsibility for the safe transit of palletised goods, throughout the supply chain. Buyers are under growing pressure to deliver sustainable packaging solutions that fit with their businesses’ environmental commitments. Together, these factors represent challenges that can best be managed by working in partnership with an experienced, technically competent timber pallet and packaging supplier.

Scott Pallets has a positive track record of working collaboratively, within a commercial environment, to deliver added value to their customer relationships.


With safety the top priority in everything we do, we provide technical support services that have been honed over 30 years of industry experience.

Our expertise begins with our knowledge and understanding of our raw material, timber, and its associated supply chain from forest to sawmill. Understanding the logistics, the landscape, the sawmilling processes, the seasonal challenges and the global market influences that can impact supply, ensure we are alert to any potential constraints or interruption.

This combined with the well-established and diverse timber supply chain relationships that we manage in order to consolidate our total timber requirements, provides customers with exceptionally high levels of confidence in relation to supply environmental integrity and security.

Built on these solid foundations customers are offered additional added value through their relationship with Scott Pallets.

Technical support

Our technical support service begins with developing a detailed understanding of customers’ business needs and pallet applications. We gather information including; your existing pallet specification(s), where you store your pallets, how you move them internally and externally, what load they carry and how is it applied, how high they are stacked (static and in transport), how are they transported and to where, whether they are wrapped, containerised, kilned. Are they use once only or recovered and reused?

The answers to all these questions will help to establish an understanding of the likely performance of your pallet from both a safety and a functionality perspective.

Using the PDS (Pallet Design System) software programme, endorsed by our trade organisation TIMCON, our skilled technicians can review existing specifications and offer guidance in relation to expected safe working loads and performance of any re-design options presented. However, while the PDS system is a very comprehensive tool, it will only fulfil its full potential if the operator has a complete understanding of the chosen raw materials; timber and nails and their associated supply chains, as well as the pallet’s application. The quality of the data entered will determine the quality of the system’s output and ultimately the pallets suitability. Beware an inexperienced operator!

To discuss the technical detail of your pallet requirement and explore your potential options contact:


John Dye, Product Development Manager

Providing options

A pressing desire to reduce the cost of a new manufactured pallet by reducing the timber content may be an obvious reaction to a rising timber market. However, buyers are increasingly viewing their pallets as assets and are looking beyond simply reducing the unit cost. The emphasis is shifting towards getting more from pallets throughout their whole life cycle. Many businesses are recognising the potential to safely recover and reuse their pallets but will want to know that their pallet’s specification is suitable for multi-trip use. Having established this in collaboration with their supplier and the PDS analysis of safety and functionality, the opportunity to reduce whole life pallet costs can become an achievable reality for many customers.

By working closely to jointly promote a pallet recovery and repair service that will delight stakeholders across all parts of the supply chain, many pallet customers, who may previously have considered their pallets as suitable for only one trip, can now realise the opportunity to manage pallet costs and reduce the environmental impact of timber waste.


Alternatively, substituting a new manufactured pallet with a carefully graded, reconditioned standard four-way entry (1200×1000) or Euro pallet may be a suitable choice for some customers. An experienced supplier with a good understanding of the pallet’s application would be able to advise.

A choice of sustainable solutions will ensure that pallet users get the most from their pallets without compromise to safety or performance.

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