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t has been a phenomenal year for supply chain management, and pallet collar manufacturers have impacted the way management is addressed. This year, manufacturers of pallet collars have influenced ever ything from shipping to storage solutions to reducing waste. Industries have been palletizing their products since the 1940's. Pallets are strong, durable, easy to load and unload, ship and move product. Wooden pallets are hard to improve upon in transporting goods. However, while offering many benefits to warehousing or supply chain requirements, the challenges to prevent goods from spilling over or being tampered with still exists. Wrapping is one solution. Wrapping came about as a way to hold goods firmly on the pallet. It reduces the risk of spillage, however, there is still room for pilfering. Consider this: anyone with a pen knife could easily access wrapped goods on a pallet. Pallet walls are another solution. There are two kinds of pallet walls: fixed and flexible. One cannot be removed and stowed away (which really makes the pallet more of a crate with a pallet bottom than a pallet with some walls) and the flexible (which really is not that flexible but can be removed from the base). The main challenge with both types of pallet walls is that its standard height requires them to be completely full with goods or costs will increase. If you don't have enough inventor y to fill them up, you have to add filler and are essentially paying for wasted space. Pallet collars evolved as the "perfect solution." They changed the way goods are stored and shipped by combining the best of both worlds: they were as flexible as wrapping but offered the security of wooden crate walls. 34 PalletCentral • November-December 2015 How Pallet Collars Changed BUSINESS BLOG I Guest blog by Aleksejs Volvenkovs

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