Pallet Industry

Forklift Pallets

Is the deal too good to be true? Probably.

In the pallet industry, there is a common pattern that occurs every three to five years. The cycle typically looks something like this: pallet inventory soars leading to lower prices, and then pallet inventory decreases and prices rise once again.

When presented with the opportunity to decrease prices by using a different supplier, customers might be tempted by the idea. When faced with these decisions, we encourage the buyer to beware. Competition is good, but more often than not, the deal that sounds too good to be true, probably is. Here are a few things to keep in mind.Read more

Social media secrets from Nazareth Pallet Company - as featured in Pallet Central

Social media secrets from Nazareth Pallet Company - as featured in Pallet Central

We admit. We’ve been holding out on some information over the last few years, mainly because we wanted to make sure that what we were doing was right and felt right to us. But recently Pallet Central magazine approached us to spill some of our secrets about how we use social media in our business to connect with our clients and the Lehigh Valley Community, and we decided to tell all!

Well, maybe we left out a few super top-secret details...just in case. But all-in-all, we think the article in Pallet Central magazine turned out great. Read more


Grades of GMA pallets – A detailed overview

Over 80% of all materials and equipment is moved and transported using wood pallets. It can be easy to overlook the various types and qualities of these pallets when deciding the most economical one to use.

GMA pallets, the most popular and commonly used of all sized pallets, are constructed subject to standards issued by the Grocery Manufacturers Association of America. However, not all GMA pallets are made the same. When acquiring pallets for your warehouse or distribution facility you should become familiar with the different grades of GMA pallets.

GMA Pallets Generally

Pallets considered GMA pallets, regardless of grade, are always 48” x 40” with the stringer length always being the 48” length. They are built using three stringers to support between three to five base boards and five to seven top deck boards. The average top deck spacing is 2.5 to 3.5 inches. The three stringers are 3.5 inches by 1.5 inches. GMA pallets are always built with a four way entry and with flush mounted boards. The GMA grade depends largely on the condition of the stringers and the boards that compose the pallet.

Description of a GMA 48″ x 40″ Pallet

Premium Grade A


These are most commonly used at retail where they will sit out on the selling floor becoming an integral part of a display.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • 6″ lead boards top and bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • No block or metal repairs to stringers
  • No colored or painted stringers
  • Mostly clean of paint or markings on sides or end of stringers. Occasional small black out markings on sides

Grade A


Pallets are mostly used by food, pharmaceutical or others.

  • 7 boards on top
  • 5 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Each stringer can have one metal repair plate to strengthen any split
  • May have some paint or blank out markings on sides of stringers or have one or more stinger end color coded
  • May have minor cracks or chips in wood
  • Wood blemishes are acceptable

Premium Grade B


The perfect fit between a Grade A and Grade B. This cost saving pallet will have had fewer transfer cycles than a Grade B and as a result will likely have fewer markings, chips, cracks or other wear and tear damage.

  • Same as a standard Grade B pallet but with only one of the three stringers having added a plug or other type of repair
  • Will likely have some paint, blank out or other markings on sides of stringers and may have two or more stringers with painted ends

Grade B


Considerably less expensive than Grade A and are used primarily for warehousing or shipping where it is likely the pallet will not be coming back.

  • 6 to 7 boards on top, depending on board width which can be
3-1/2″ to 5-1/2″ wide
  • No less than 4 boards on bottom
  • Average top deck spacing 2-1/2″ to 3-1/2″ but can be up to 4″
  • 3 stringers (1-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ each)
  • 4-way entry
  • Flush
  • Has plugs (repairs) on stringers
  • Plugs can be various length and location
  • No more than two boards (stringers) thick at any one point
  • Chips or partial split boards are acceptable and may have multiple blemishes and color degradation

Most other sizes of pallets do not refer to the GMA grading process but they do come in different conditions. Tell your salesman what your use is and he can offer you the best choice for the size you need.

Top Questions to Ask When Hiring a Pallet Supplier

The Pallet; a simple, portable platform having a top and bottom deck, typically made of wood or plastic; used as a base to set products on so they can be packaged for freight shipping. This simple structure is a vital part of the supply chain, and the conventional way of thinking seems to be that all pallets are the same therefore all pallet suppliers are the same. So it doesn’t matter who I use, right?Read more

2016 Forecast and State of the Pallet Industry

The anticipation of more shipping traffic to the eastern United States and the steady rise in domestic factory production promise a positive outlook for the pallet market in 2016.Read more

The Importance of Safety in Warehouse Management

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 17 warehouse workers died on the job in 2013. The companies that employed these workers can face scrutiny from organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Even small issues of mismanagement can result in hefty fines. Of course, warehouse safety isn't just about following the law. Employers also have a responsibility to create safe environments for their employees.Read more

The Many Faces of Pallets

As noted in a recent article by WiseGeek, "Many companies are starting to realize the importance of pallet repairability, reusability and recyclability." When you think of a pallet, it is not uncommon to forget that these widely-used and often under-appreciated pieces of shipping and warehousing equipment can have an enormous effect on your operation's efficiency, expenditures, and even import/export law compliance.Read more

The Value and Benefits of 48 by 40 Pallets

In virtually all walks of life, there are standards to be found. For instance, the standard board used in buildings is the 2 by 4. The standard pie that everyone thinks about for picnics is an apple pie, and the standard name for a meat patty inside of a bun is called a hamburger. And in the world of commercial industry, the standard pallet is 48 by 40 and is collectively known as the Grocery Pallet.Read more

Recycled Pallets Vs Remanufactured Pallets

Virtually every type of entity within the commercial industry, from factory and warehouse, to manufacturing and distribution, uses pallets for storage and transportation of goods. Whether it is raw material or finished products, pallets are the standard of the industry.Read more

2015 forecast and state of the pallet industry

Over the last few years, manufacturing and warehousing has continued to account for the largest share of pallet demand, with the numbers holding steady as we head into 2015. This demand has been driven by the continued recognition of the suitability of recycled pallets as a cost-effective and environmentally responsible form of shipping and hauling goods while avoiding product damage. The rebounding U.S. economy in conjunction with the increased demand for recycled pallets have created a pallet shortage that is here to stay for the foreseeable future.Read more