Wood vs Plastic Pallets

As you can see from the exchange on the previous post, the war of words between iGPS, a plastic pallet pool operator and the National Wooden Pallet and Container is heating up.  Wood Pallets have been in existance for decades and any claims or instances as suggested by iGPS don’t seem relevant.  One retailer has chosen sides on the wood vs plastic debates as posted below.



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Pallet Configuration and Standards:


140 Westridge Dr

Watsonville, CA 95076


August 26

Dear Vendor:

At Whole Foods Market, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our supply chain efficiencies while maintaining our high quality standards. As a valued part of our supply chain, we want to alert you to a change in our distribution center policy designed to improve productivity. This change is effective August 26

This policy affects the physical condition of the pallets we receive from your company. Some vendors charge us for pallets separately from the product cost. However, oftentimes the pallets are inadequate for storage or reuse. Therefore, using the standards published by the Grocery Manufacturers of America, we have developed the following specifications we expect of all pallets:

Size: 40″ wide x 48″ long, square in each direction

Type: GMA standard hardwood pallets

Grade: Grade “A” quality, 4-way, flush, non-reversible pallet

Seven boards on top, five boards on bottom and three stringers

Must not contain broken or missing stringers or boards

No double stringers or patched boards

Nails and/or fasteners should not protrude from any pallet surface


Beginning August 26, 2009, we will begin tracking pallet arrival issues. We will commence the program in good faith by alerting vendors of specific problems with expectation that such problems will be resolved on subsequent orders. If the problem persists after verbal correspondence with the vendor, we will request credit for each pallet that does not meet the above specifications.

Failure to meet these standards will result in a $6.00 charge per pallet to the vendor. Additionally, we will request credit in the amount of $50.00 per pallet to re-stack the load on another pallet.

If you desire any further information, please contact Nick Moless at 831-722-0790. We thank you in advance for your support of this change.


Nick Moless

Purchasing Team Leader

Whole Foods Market


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