Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lightweight Pallets in Australia from $19.99

Plastic2go has announced the availability of 4 lightweight plastic pallets suitable for export of products in containers to Europe, USA, New Zealand and other destinations. These pallets are brand new and offer an unprecedented combination of quality, high load-to-weight ration, very low cost of storage and transport when empty and prices from $19.99.

The company is offering 2 models of Euro (1200x800) plastic pallets, a nestable pallet and a pallet with 3 snap-on skids, as well as 2 similar models of ISO (1200x1000) plastic pallets.

With snap-on skids, these pallets can be stored nested to save nearly 80% of the space, and then quickly assembled before loading them by snapping the skids onto the feet.

All new plastic pallet models can be ordered directly from Plastic2go in shipping container quantities via the lightweight plastic pallets special page on the company's website.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Export Pallets in Perth, WA

Plastic2go has secured a limited stock of 1100x1100 lightweight (P2G110LU-WA) and medium duty (P2G110MU-WA) plastic pallets for export in Perth, Western Australia (WA).

These plastic pallets are an excellent choice for export, because they are clean, they fit well into a standard shipping container and they can enter any destination country at no additional cost.

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Residents of Western Australia can now purchase these excellent plastic pallets without the added cost of transporting them, which means a considerable reduction in the actual cost of the pallets. With the rising cost of petrol putting pressure on transports, business in Western Australia will greatly benefit from this offer, because it means buying their plastic pallets for export a lot cheaper than from Melbourne or Sydney.

Both the lightweight (P2G110LU-WA) and the medium duty (P2G110MU-WA) pallet models are stackable, UV treated, safe to handle and provide the ideal platform for products in crates, cardboard boxes or any other type of packaging. They retain their shape well due to the cruciform full perimeter base, while still allowing forklift and pallet jack access from all 4 sides.

Plastic2go is quickly selling this stock of plastic export pallets in Perth to local companies, but will accept large inquiries from clients elsewhere in Australia.

Inquiries can be made via the "Export Pallets" specials page on the company's web site.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

What to Do About the Brambles/CHEP Results?

A few weeks ago, Brambles, the parent company of pallet hiring company CHEP, announced some bad financial results, having (temporarily) lost its client Wal Mart and its stock went down in response to that. A drop in stock price usually means more trouble, translating the lower-than-projected profits into a loss of company value and market sentiment. This time, it only translated into a better deal for Wal Mart…

In Australia, CHEP's hired pallets are used extensively to move products around the country. Until recently, many companies considered this arrangement to be safe and therefore a smart business strategy, but is it?

With the rising cost of petrol already putting pressure on transports, buying pallets, especially plastic pallets, now makes more sense than ever before. Add to this the possibility that CHEP may need to increase hiring rates or that it will start focusing its business and leave small companies unserviced, and some may find themselves much better off buying than hiring.

Plastic2go is offering assistance to any company looking to purchase plastic pallets instead of hiring. Plastic2go's materials handling experts will analyse the company's requirements and current setup and propose a complete solution based on new or used plastic pallets, crates and/or bulk containers.

Plastic2go has materials handling industry experience in Australia of over 20 years. Its people have brought the first plastic bulk containers to Australia and have consulted and supplied plastic pallets, plastic crates and plastic bulk containers to many organisations who are now saving money every day as a result. Some of these companies used to hire their pallets, but now reap the benefits of owning their plastic pallets and seeing the business benefits over time.

The plastic pallets, crates and bulk containers offered by Plastic2go can reduce the storage and transport costs, as well as many other operational costs, significantly. Features like folding, nesting and disassembly, combined with superior hygiene and higher handling safety performance make these products a great choice for many companies looking to work smarter in the modern economy.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Why Buy Plastic Pallets and Not Hire?

Many companies in Australia use hired pallets to move their products. However, recently there has been some big news related to a large pallet hire company, which seem to raise the question: is hiring pallets the best way to go?

To answer this question, we interviewed an expert in the materials handling and pallet field, Plastic2go managing director Mr. Avi Meirovitz. Mr. Meirovitz has extensive experience in many industries and has agreed to share some of it with us.

Q: Mr. Meirovitz, thank you for talking to us. Do you think that pallet hire is a smart decision for Australian companies?

A: In some cases, it is, but not in every case. You see, pallet hiring is based on a daily rate. This rate appears to be very low - just a few cents per pallet - so companies consider it a small expense and go for it.

Q: Are you saying this is not really the case?

A: Well, that depends on how long you need the hired pallets for. If you need them for a year or two, hiring makes sense, but if you have a regular fleet of pallets, which you use over and over, after 3 years (and sometimes less), you have paid the full cost of the pallet, plus financing, and now it is starting to cost you more.

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Nestable plastic pallets are an ideal replacement for hired pallets

Q: What about pallet maintenance? Don't you get some benefit out of that by hiring your pallets?

A: No. Actually, it is quite the opposite. When a pallet is damaged and needs to be replaced, the hiring company will charge you for the pallet, because it belongs to THEM. So, in addition to paying the hiring charges, you incur the costs of any breakages.

Q: So what might be a better way for companies using many pallets on a regular basis?

A: A much better way would be to use plastic pallets, especially nestable plastic pallets. This is because they last a lot longer than the hired timber pallets, they are much lighter and can be handled manually in some cases, they are smooth and pose none of the risks of timber pallets, such as splinters and nails, and they save up to 80% of the storage space when they are not loaded by nesting.
For some applications, such as beverages and pharmaceuticals, where it is important to keep the pallets clean, plastic pallets are the only solution, because they can be steam cleaned.
In essence, plastic pallets are ideal for "closed-loop" systems.

Q: What about the risks associated with an upfront purchase and the accounting benefits of expensing the hire costs?

A: Well, asset purchases can be converted into an operating lease, which effectively turns the purchase into a type of hire. Now, if you have read any of the recent news related to hiring companies, surely you would see that hiring pallets (or crates or bulk containers, for that matter) from another company is risky business. I think that buying your own plastic pallets is by far more economical, safer and smarter than hiring.

Q: Thank you so much for your input, Mr. Meirovitz. I think this gives a really clear picture of hiring vs. buying of pallets.

A: My pleasure. I believe Australia is moving in the right direction with respect to pallets, and I can already see the smart companies out there buying plastic pallets, which is great.

Plastic2go is an Australian supplier of plastic pallets.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Cheap Plastic Crates

In the past few months, Plastic2go has been selling its stackable, vented plastic crates, measuring 600x400x240mm. These crates (RPC) are suitable for groceries, food, fruits and vegetables distribution systems, as well as for storage of parts and documents.

Now, Plastic2go is introducing a new stock of lower crates, measuring 600x400x200mm and offering 40L in volume. These plastic crates are in Australia and can be ordered in lots of 60.

These crates are cheap because they have been used on a single trip into Australia, but they are clean, strong and in perfect condition (see photo).

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Cheap plastic crates (RPC) for distribution of food, fruits and vegetables or for storage

What's great about these crates?

  • Volume – Each of these crates can hold 40L of good or parts
  • Light Weight – Each crate only weighs 1.35kg, but is strong enough to carry 40L of fruit or vegetables and to stack in a column
  • Ventilation – Excellent for fruits and vegetables or for documents
  • Stacking Strength & Durability – Stacking strength comes from vertical columns in the sides of the crate
  • PricePlastic2go is offering this limited stock at special prices

For companies looking to buy cheap plastic crates, there is a limited opportunity to buy them now, instead of new and expensive ones.

Inquiries can be made via the "Vented Crates" page on the company’s web site.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Plastic Crates (RPC)

Plastic2go has announced a new range of foldable vented plastic crates (RPC) for groceries, food, fruits and vegetables distribution. These new plastic crates are available in Australia and can be ordered in any quantity over 20.

In this range, Plastic2go offers 3 different sizes, all within the
600x400mm standard: 24 litre, 41 litre & 55 litre.

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Foldable vented plastic crates (RPC) for distribution of food, fruits and vegetables

What's great about these crates?

  • Food Grade Finish – FDA approved
  • Ventilation – Excellent for fruits and vegetables
  • Comfortable Handles – Built into all 4 sides
  • High Cube Utilization – No space lost for nesting
  • High Return Ratio – 3.6-5.7 to 1 space saving on return trips
  • Stacking Strength & Durability – Once unfolded, stacking strength comes from vertical columns in the sides of the crate

The new crates are suitable for delicate fruits and vegetables, from star fruit and strawberries to zucchini. They are ideal for display and cooling.

For a limited time only, Plastic2go is offering special deals on the new range of crates, with discounts between 10% and 30% off the retail price, depending on the quantity purchased.

How does all this affect Plastic2go clients? That’s simple. Clients can now order smaller quantities of Plastic2go's plastic crates. There’s no need to order full container loads. Clients also get their plastic crates delivered much quicker, because the crates come from stock in Australia.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Wine Export Plastic Pallets

Australian wineries produce a wide range of excellent wines from many grape varieties and regions. Winemakers from Australia have earned international praise and respect over the years and their wines have won many international prizes.

Plastic2go offers great deals on export plastic pallets for the Australian wine exporters.

Pallet for wine export to US, NZ & Europe

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P2G110: affordable lightweight plastic pallet for export
to NZ, US and Europe

For export of wine to the United States, New Zealand and Europe, Plastic2go offers its P2G110 plastic pallet.

P2G110 is a 1200x1000 nestable lightweight pallet, which can be used to ship wine smoothly even through the strictest quarantine checkpoints.

P2G110 gives exporters great savings in space in storage, at a ratio of 3:1 compared to timber pallets. There are 60 pallets in a 2.4m stack.

For airfreight, P2G110 also saves on the cost of shipping, being only 5.4kg in weight, or 1 third of the weight of a timber pallet.

Wine export to Asia

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P2G114V: affordable plastic pallet for export to Asia

For export of wine to Asian countries, such as China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Singapore and Hong Kong, Plastic2go offers its P2G114V plastic pallet.

P2G114V is a revolutionary 1140x1140 nestable and stackable pallet, with a uniquely designed full-perimeter base.

P2G114V gives exporters great savings in space in storage, at a ratio of 2:1 compared to timber pallets. There are 38 pallets in a 2.4m stack.

P2G114V can also be used to ship wine smoothly even to countries with the toughest import hygiene regulations.

Other options

Plastic2go also stocks used plastic pallets, which it sells in smaller quantities. These pallets are easy to clean and use for storing and delivering wine anywhere in Australia or abroad.

How does all this affect wine exporters? That’s simple. Plastic2go’s pallets are so affordable that wine exporters will be able to save money on shipping by seriously reducing treatment and quarantine costs and hassles, making wine export from Australia a whole lot cheaper and easier.

Inquiries can be made on the company’s web site.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Shipping and Storage Solutions using Plastic Products

In the modern, global economy, companies do their best to specialize in one or a few core products or services. This way, they can invest in what they do best, differentiate from the competition and win market share.

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Using storage and shipping experts is a smart choice for the modern business.

The flip side of this is that these companies now outsource every function deemed “non-essential”, such as payroll, recruitment and even accounting.

The same consideration can be applied to the creation and operation of shipping and storage systems. Manufacturers, fish/meat/poultry traders, fruit and vegetables growers and wholesalers and other business, having to store and/or ship their products safely and efficiently, can benefit greatly from outsourcing their storage and shipping systems to experts.

One such expert, right here in Australia, is Plastic2go. Plastic2go offers a wide range of high quality plastic pallets, intermediate bulk containers, crates and other products. But its main strength is in its ability to design and build complete storage and shipping solutions for any size of operation and under any conditions.

Plastic2go customers can choose a full turn-key solution or any number of the following:

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It takes years to develop deep experience, but when there’s no time, using an expert can be a great idea.

  • Needs analysis - Plastic2go's experts review and analyze the customer’s existing systems and recommend a conceptual solution, with emphasis on quality and long-term cost-effectiveness
  • Product/solution design - Plastic2go's experts create a detailed proposal for a fully integrated solution, which can be successfully implemented within the customer’s specific situation and provide peace of mind and safety to the customer’s business. This includes custom-made plastic products and add-ons, such as RFID tags, logos and special colors
  • Product/solution implementation - Plastic2go manufactures any desired products and assists the customer in their implementation into the supply chain. This includes provision and/or setup of washing facilities, palletizers, palletizers, conveyors, etc. It also includes advice on proper maintenance, loading and use for export, import or special conditions, such as cold storage
  • Warranty and maintenance – For environmentally-aware and cost-conscious businesses, Plastic2go offers a recycling program, in which damaged product can be exchanged for new, based on its recycled value, regardless of the cause of damage and in any quantity
  • Customer service - Plastic2go keeps in contact with its customers long after the successful completion of projects. When customers call Plastic2go again, they can save much time and effort, because Plastic2go already knows how their system works and can quickly and effectively enhance their operations time after time

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Plastic2go offers turn-key solutions for storage and shipping, using modern plastic products.

 

In the Australian market, Plastic2go certainly stands out as a market leader in consulting, plastic products and customer service.

The company’s web site features an extensive list of export pallets, crates and bulk containers and provides an easy way to contact Plastic2go.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Plastic Pallets, Crates and Bulk Containers for Export

Plastic2go's pallets, crates and bulk containers are highly suitable for exporting goods from Australia or importing goods into Australia. They are specially designed for Return Packaging Systems – they are durable and hygienic, but also light and foldable.

Plastic2go offers plastic pallets that fit precisely into shipping containers. On the return trip, these plastic pallets can be nested, greatly reducing space and shipping costs.

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Plastic crates can be folded to a fraction of their height to save space and money.

Plastic2go offers plastic crates that meet international standards for size and offer amazing strength and versatility. When loaded, these plastic crates can be stacked. On the return trip, these plastic crates can be folded or nested, greatly reducing space and shipping costs.

Plastic2go offers plastic bulk containers (also called “plastic bins” or “pallet boxes”) that meet international size standards. When loaded, these plastic bulk containers can be stacked. On the return trip, these plastic bulk containers can be folded, greatly reducing space and shipping costs.

For air shipment, Plastic2go's pallets, crates and bulk containers present an excellent strength-to-weight ration, being much stronger and/or much lighter than similar non-plastic products.

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Plastic bulk containers can be stacked and folded to save space and money

But that’s not all. Plastic pallets, crates and bulk containers don’t absorb water and can be steam-cleaned, which makes them ideal for trading with countries with strict quarantine regulations.

Plastic products significantly save on fumigation and customs handling charges and considerably shorten the time it takes for goods to clear borders.

On top of that, plastic pallets, crates and bulk containers can be used in every temperature along the supply chain, from deep freezing to near-boiling. This can eliminate much of the materials handling overhead required otherwise.

Plastic2go is an international manufacturer, wholesales, distributor and consultant in the plastic industry. Realizing its clients are all unique, Plastic2go offers individual storage and shipping solutions, including custom-made products. The company’s web site features an extensive list of export pallets, crates and bulk containers.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Plastic Crates

The challenge

You need a good crate for your process or supply chain. You want the crate to keep the quality of your products. You want to stack your crates when they’re full and nest or fold your crates when they’re empty, to save space and cost. You need to protect your product from fungi and bacteria and you need a hygienic solution that is easy to clean. You need a solid or vented crate that can take the temperature range of your factory or fridge. You need a crate that will fit your conveyors and stay in good working condition for years and years.

The solution

Foldable plastic crateUse Plastic2go's plastic crates! Our plastic crates significantly save you space and money. They’re stronger and more hygienic, they don’t break in humidity and you won’t have to replace them.

Plastic2go’s crates are foldable, stackable, nestable and easy to clean. They come in lot of different sizes, to suit your load and dimension requirements.

The benefits to you

Here are the main benefits of switching to plastic crates:

  • Plastic crates can be stacked, nested and/or folded – lower storage & transport costs
  • Plastic crates can be stored outside – lower storage costs
  • Plastic crates are much stronger than cardboard boxes and can be used in humid conditions – higher return on investment
  • Collapsible plastic cratePlastic crates can carry heavier loads – you can use them for metal parts, frozen products and other dense products
  • Plastic crates are cleaner. They do not absorb water or chemicals and cannot be used by bacteria or fungi – you can use them in clean areas for fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and lots more
  • Plastic crates can be solid or vented – you can store liquid, powder or products that require ventilation and/or a wide temperature range
  • Plastic crates can be recycled – you can even get paid when they break

Which plastic crates are best for you?

Plastic2go is an international manufacturer, wholesales, distributor and consultant in the plastic industry. We’ve found out over the years that our clients are all unique, so what you need is not plastic crates, but a storage and shipping solution.

Let our seasoned experts tailor the best solution for you. We’ll even custom-make products for you that nobody else can. Visit Plastic2go for more.