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PALLITE adds SLOTS to PIX range

PALLITE®, designer and manufacturer of the popular PIX® range of flexible warehouse storage solutions, is expanding the brand range to include PIX® SLOTS, to meet the demands of businesses storing small and lightweight products, such as the fashion and beauty industry.

PALLITE® launched its PIX® range over two years ago and has since taken the warehouse industry by storm. An alternative to correx and corrugate pick bins, as well as metal racking, PALLITE® PIX® is designed to consolidate pick-faces to create more space in a warehouse, ultimately giving operators a higher yield of SKU density per m2. The difference with PIX® is that it overcomes the grievances you face when choosing any of the other solutions in the market and offers a flexible, quick-build, and easy to bespoke solution.  What’s more, PIX® and PIX® SLOTS is made from over 85% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

PIX® is quick and easy to build without the need for any tools. A customer recently proved just how quick and easy PIX® is to construct without the need for any tools when they had a team of two people build over 9,000 pick-faces in just five hours. It was easy and cost-effective for them to specify bespoke units and benefit from the short lead times offered by PALLITE.

https://www.pallite.co.uk/our-products/pix-slots/

PALLITE unveils PIX SLOTS warehouse storage solution

PALLITE, designer and manufacturer of the popular PIX range of flexible warehouse storage solutions, is expanding the brand range to include PIX SLOTS, to meet the demands of businesses storing small and lightweight products, such as the fashion and beauty industry.

PALLITE launched its PIX range over two years ago and has since taken the warehouse industry by storm. An alternative to correx and corrugate pick bins, as well as metal racking, PALLITE PIX is designed to consolidate pick-faces to create more space in a warehouse, ultimately giving operators a higher yield of SKU density per m2.

The difference with PIX is that it overcomes the grievances you face when choosing any of the other solutions in the market and offers a flexible, quick-build, and easy to bespoke solution.  What’s more, PIX and PIX SLOTS is made from over 85% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable.

PIX is quick and easy to build without the need for any tools. A customer recently proved just how quick and easy PIX is to construct without the need for any tools when they had a team of two people build over 9,000 pick-faces in just five hours. It was easy and cost-effective for them to specify bespoke units and benefit from the short lead times offered by PALLITE. What’s more, they can now flex the units around their product range by removing dividers and store up to 200kg per shelf.

Following sales of over 1,500 units and 30,000 individual pick-faces in the UK alone, and with a reputation for innovation, PALLITE is proud to introduce PIX SLOTS to the market.

PIX SLOTS is a lighter-weight, lower-cost version of the original PIX range and focuses on consolidating pick-faces for lightweight and small items such as those found in the fashion and beauty industries. Since the UK soft launch in March, PIX SLOTS has already sold over £135,000 of units in the UK alone, with a further £30,000 landed as part of PALLITE’s ongoing international expansion.

https://www.pallite.co.uk/our-products/pix-slots/

5 Minutes With… David Rose, Innovation Director at PALLITE

In the latest instalment of our supply chain industry executive interview series we spoke to David Rose, Innovation Director at PALLITE, about the company, the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, industry opportunities and technical innovation…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

PALLITE® is an ambitious, award-winning international designer and manufacturer of paper honeycomb board products from Northamptonshire, UK. We focus on innovation and sustainability. All of our products are made from over 80% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. We try to empower our customers to make sustainable choices while still achieving efficiency, productivity, and bottom-line cost improvements. We make everything from pallets and shipping crates to pop-up warehouse storage units.

What have been the biggest challenges the Supply Chain industry has faced over the past 12 months?

Everyone in the supply chain deserves a huge pat on the back and the industry has definitely been the unsung hero of the pandemic….although I think more of the general public are starting to appreciate what supply chain means.

If I was to nudge towards the top three challenges, I would say the growth of online sales and the impact on warehouses and delivery; the management of spike demand (remember toilet rolls) and product shortages; and clearly the big challenge of HGV driver shortages.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

The biggest opportunity is to recognise any shortcomings that have been exposed.

If we’re candid, we’ve all had them and like us, many businesses will have put systems or solutions in place to overcome these…and that’s made us all stronger.

What is the biggest priority for the Supply Chain industry in 2022?

Getting slicker and greener. Consumers want their order tomorrow.  Consumers also want us to be more environmentally friendly. These two priorities need to work out a way of going hand in hand.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2022?

I think it will be a year of settling from the COVID impact. There’s no doubt the container related challenges will still have an impact, but that aside, I hope it’s a greener way of working.

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

Automation. There’s still a long way to go but I’m seeing this more and more.  Anything from robots in warehouses to payments and invoicing being used by our customers, it’s here to stay and we need to embrace it.

In 2025 we’ll all be talking about…?

What we can do to be greener

Which person in, or associated with, the Supply Chain industry would you most like to meet?

I think after the year or so of Zoom and Teams, I’m happy to meet anyone!

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the Supply Chain sector?

I’ve not been surprised, but proud of the resilience.  Not many other industries can survive and thrive after massive demand spikes, COVID, product shortages, disruption globally whilst trying to embrace automation and being more environmentally friendly!

You go to the bar at the Total Supply Chain Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?

Guinness, Guinness, Guinness, Guinness then a red wine.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

Love meeting new businesses and being able to help. I love it.

And what’s the most challenging?

Not having enough time in the day to give everyone the time they deserve.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Say ‘please’ when you’re meant to say please, say ‘thank you’ when you’re meant to say thank you and ‘sorry’ when you’re meant to say sorry.

Peaky Blinders or Stranger Things?

Can I say Silent Witness?

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Keeping warehouses moving

By PALLITE

As warehouses across the country look for new ways to boost capacity and increase efficiency to help manage ever-growing customer demand, a Northamptonshire-based expert has come up with an innovative way to do both.

PALLITE® are known for their lightweight yet strong paper transit packaging solutions including pallets, pallet boxes and layer pads. But the company’s latest innovation is a shelving and storage system that is having a huge impact on the warehousing industry.

PIX® consolidates pick-faces into a single storage unit, freeing up under-used space and allowing warehouse managers to increase their yield while remaining flexible to supply chain demands.

Combining multiple pick-faces into a single pallet footprint at ground level increases pick efficiency by reducing pick times and walk sequences. With research suggesting workers in some warehouses can walk more than 10 miles a day, it’s easy to see why this is needed. As next and same-day delivery becomes more commonplace in major manufacturer and e-tailers’ offerings to customers, every second lost in picking an order may mean the difference between it being on time or late.

Areas for labels and barcodes, and moveable dividers allowing the space to be flexed around different products, help reduce the 15% of time the average picker spends searching for products, and reduce the chances of mistakes being made.

PALLITE®’s customers are noticing the difference. A Kuehne + Nagel spokesperson said: “PALLITE® PIX®provides us with a flexible, adjustable option in contrast to more conventional, rigid or fixed methods. It allows the ability to stretch and shrink, add or remove, or expand and retract, at a moment’s notice. This agility is unprecedented and introducing it into our operations has delighted our customers. We can now rapidly adapt to any seasonality and volume peaks and have managed to condense multiple, existing operations into a more compact area.”

They are not the only ones to have noticed PIX®’s appeal. Earlier this year, PIX® scooped the UK Warehousing Association’s Innovation Award for its “bold and innovative response to the challenging market”.

David Rose, PALLITE® Innovations Director, said: “PIX® is a cost-effective way of making better use of space, without needing to invest in more expensive and permanent options. The ability to flex the size of a pick location is crucial for modern warehouses where supply and demand changes almost daily. Being able to store 72 products in a 2.5-metre bay instead of 10 reduces the cost per pick, as well as having the added benefit of freeing up space to use for other customers.”

Like all PALLITE® products, PIX® is lightweight, with a ‘flat-pack’ design, allowing it to be built, moved and dismantled with ease. And yet it remains strong, with units capable of holding up to 500kg each, and individual pick-faces able to hold 50kg.

To find out more about the PIX® range, call 01933 283920 or email enquiries@pallite.co.uk.

Living the dream: How changing your pallet choice could save money AND the environment

By Pallite

Transit packaging that does the job you need it to do while saving you money and safeguarding the environment may sound like a dream that’s too good to be true, but one company has had more success than most turning that dream into a reality.

PALLITE’s lightweight yet strong, paper-based packaging products – including pallets, pallet boxes, layer pads and warehouse storage solutions – are made from sustainably-sourced materials and 100% recyclable after use. They contribute less to climate change and the disappearance of the world’s rainforests than wooden pallets, and result in reduced CO2 emissions and total cost of distribution for businesses that choose to use them.

There is a growing movement away from traditional wooden pallets towards alternatives like PALLITE. But many of these come with limitations or drawbacks – something that PALLITE strives to avoid.

“We were clear from the start that our products had to offer a credible alternative to wood, meaning they were strong enough to handle the kind of jobs customers routinely require,” explains PALLITE CEO Iain Hulmes. “It didn’t make sense to us to offer products that only a small proportion of businesses could actually use.

“You wouldn’t think something made from just paper and PVA glue, that weighs under 5kg itself and can be engineered to carry 1 tonne with ease. The fact a standard PALLITE pallet can do this, and hold up to 750kg in open-beam racking, is testament to the many design hours invested to create a product range that is truly innovative.” 

Thanks to the honeycomb-cell technology used in their design, PALLITE pallets are stronger than cardboard equivalents, and bespoke versions have been manufactured for customers allowing them to hold much more than the figures Holmes quotes.

This strength, together with a weight saving of around 20kg on their wooden counterparts, makes PALLITE pallets a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly choice for businesses large and small across a wide range of industries, whether they are transporting goods by land, air or sea. Even if businesses have very specific requirements that mean they can’t use PALLITE for all their transportation needs, switching to PALLITE for the journeys they can delivers significant benefits. These include reduced fuel costs when travelling by road, cheaper air freight, and lower CO2 emissions across the board.

What’s more, the entire PALLITE range contains no nails and does not splinter. It also has a higher resistance to mould than wooden pallets. These factors make PALLITE an ideal choice for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries, as well as reduce the risk of manual handling injuries in the workplace.

The PALLITE range is readily available and can be tailored to customers’ requirements. For more information, call 01933 283920 or email enquiries@pallite.co.uk.

PALLITE environmental credentials secure major endorsement

PALLITE has received a rubber stamp on its sustainability goals following an evaluation by Giraffe Innovation.

The paper-based transit and storage packaging specialist commissioned Giraffe Innovation to evaluate the environmental impact of its product range to support current and future customers in reaching their sustainability goals. 

The report addresses Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of PALLITE UK and Euro sized pallets and pallet boxes versus wood-based equivalents across their lifecycle. Various scenarios were modelled using indicative transport modes (by road, sea and air) as well as manufacturing.

The report shows that by changing from a wooden pallet to a PALLITE pallet, carbon emissions are reduced, overall freight load weight is reduced, and the general life cycle of a PALLITE pallet has less impact on the environment than a wooden pallet. 

Various scenarios were demonstrated in the report, one of which involved flying 10 standard pallets with corrugate boxes, each holding 500kg, from London Heathrow to JFK New York, a total of 5,536km.

This overall distance of 29,608km produces emissions of 36.77tCO2e. By replacing the wooden pallet and corrugate box with a PALLITE standard pallet box, emissions drop to 35.611tCO2e. That’s a total reduction of 1.101tCO2e, 0.148t less weight, saves 397.7 litres of fuel and a cost saving of £119 on fuel alone.

For context, that’s the same COemissions as 1,204 pounds of coal burned, 45 propane cylinders used for home barbeques, or 140,391 smartphones charged. It’s the equivalent greenhouse gas emissions avoided by 48 bin bags of waste being recycled instead of landfilled, or 41.8 incandescent lamps switched to LEDs. And lastly, is the equivalent carbon sequestered by 18.2 tree seedlings grown for 10 years or 1.3 acres of forest in one year.[i]

Matthew Marks, Quality Manager at PALLITE said: “Working with Giraffe has been insightful and by learning about the life cycle analysis of our product range with quantifiable data means we’re much better positioned to help our customers achieve their sustainability goals. It’s reassuring to know that our products are making a positive impact on how value chains and companies approach reducing their COemissions.”

[i] https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator

PALLITE unveils PIX – A new range of alternative warehouse storage solutions

PALLITE has announced a product diversification and launch of its new warehouse storage solution range – PALLITE PIX.

PIX is designed to increase available capacity in warehouses by consolidating pick-faces to free up under-utilised space while increasing pick efficiency and accuracy.

As warehouses require more and more the ability to flex their storage space around their ever-changing product ranges, the PALLITE PIX range will become increasingly prevalent.

The ideal solutions for warehouses and 3PLs

PALLITE PIX is a range of lightweight, flexible and robust storage and shelving systems made from 100%-recyclable paper honeycomb deck, that are designed to consolidate pick-faces. By creating free space. You can store more product and ultimately increase the yield of your warehouse while maintaining the ability to flex around the demands of your supply chain.

Made from sustainable materials, the PALLITE PIX range features removable dividers to allow you to flex your storage around your product, with reinforced edges to prevent wear and tear. It’s easy to improve your pick efficiency by reducing pick times and walk sequences. 

The range is available in both standard and bespoke sizes to fit all types of warehousing and racking. Each honeycomb shelf has a smooth edge applied for labelling to allow for items to be easily identified to improve pick accuracy.

The PALLITE PIX range is strong enough to hold up to 500kg per unit and remains lightweight to protect teams from manual handling injuries. What’s more, the units can be built and dismantled with ease without the need for tools or screws and be stored flat-packed to help keep warehouse layouts flexible.  

“Consumer demands are ever-changing and supply chains are always under pressure to squeeze the asset against headwinds. With shifts in sales density and store sizes changing, labour and fuel inflation, as well as more dynamic consumers, it’s more important than ever to focus on creating space and improving productivity,” said PALLITE CEO, Iain Hulmes. “It’s hard to commit to a fixed solution when your space requirements can change so quickly. The PALLITE PIX range offers a solution that allows you to be flexible, save space, and become more efficient in the process.”

The concept of PALLITE PIX began when supplying one of the UK’s leading 3PLs with PALLITE’s award-winning pallet boxes. Following the development of the PALLITE PIX concept, the range has grown to include a variety of different standard units and storage accessories and is now in use and supported by many 3PLs. With the flexibility to design and create bespoke solutions based on an individual site’s requirement, the PALLITE PIX range is suitable for all warehouses. 

As an alternative packaging specialist, PALLITE provides a viable alternative to wooden pallets and crates that is 100% recyclable. Their lightweight paper pallets, pallet boxes, layer pads and components are designed to reduce the total cost of shipping consignments while boosting organisations’ green credentials. Stronger than standard cardboard pallets and boxes, they carry heavy loads with ease thanks to their innovative ‘honeycomb-cell’ design and IP-registered designs.

Businesses use their award-winning products across all industries, including the aerospace, automotive, healthcare, pharmaceutical, warehousing and logistics, and food and FMCG sectors.

Supply chain businesses join forces to support the Northampton Hope Centre’s Big Sleep Out

PALLITE and Kingsley Consulting joined forces for a second year to support the Northampton Hope Centre’s Big Sleep Out on Friday 1st February.

The Northampton Hope Centre’s Big Sleep Out is designed to help raise awareness and understanding of the realities of living on the streets, whilst raising thousands for the charity, which supports homelessness and disadvantaged people.

This year, with more than double the number of participants compared to last year, the charity is hoping to raise over £70,000 from the event based in Abington Park.

“It became a very humbling and emotional experience for us all,” said Cliff Masey, Commercial and Sales Director at industry recruitment specialist Kingsley. “Having the companionship of everyone around you for the evening obviously helped us get through the night but the realisation in the morning hit home as we remembered that even though we were cold and tired, we have the ability to go and have a hot shower, go to the toilet, to a warm bed and a roof over our heads, which is not the case for the individuals who we are trying to help.”

PALLITE Managing Director, Patrick Mulhall, added: “Homelessness is an increasing issue that can affect people from all walks of life and the opportunity to bring awareness of the plight of individuals and to the efforts of a group of people that are attempting to tackle it within our local community is something that we are pleased to be affiliated with.”