How Did The Pallet Come To Be

The birth of the pallet industry

Tabatha Crockett

2/29/20241 min read

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Before the dawn of pallets – wooden crates, boxes, barrels, and kegs were used to transport, store and move goods. Skids were also sometimes used. It was the during the early 1920’s, shortly after the modern forklift was invented, when skids evolved into pallets,

Boards were fastened to stringers to create a platform for the product to sit on and a space underneath that could easily accommodate the prongs of the forklift’. In 1925, bottom planks were added to the design. This addition led to the concept of stacking, which allowed goods to be moved, stored and stacked with extraordinary speed and versatility.

.Since the beginning of the 20th century, pallets have served as a convenient and affordable cog in the universal machine for transportation.

Used to ship, store and display items, pallets play some crucial roles – and when handled properly – can increase an operation’s safety and efficiency.