Rackable pallets are pallets that include bottom runners or picture frame bottoms, allowing for the pallets to sit safely on top of a rack.
Rackable plastic pallets allow for storing the unit load above the floor, ultimately saving space.
The bottom deck of a rackable pallet can consist of many different configurations. These configuration variations include:
Rackable pallets can be either two-way entry or four-way entry.
Rackable pallets are usually "heavy duty" in nature due to their load capacities. Rackable pallets weigh more due to the additional structure on the under side of the pallet. As a result of this increased structure and stability, rackable plastic pallets are also stronger pallets.
Stackable pallets are pallets that include bottom runners or picture frame bottoms, allowing the pallets to sit safely on top of each other when the pallets are empty. Stackable pallets allow for the safe double stacking of multiple pallets with product on them during the shipping process. Since they have a consistent bottom deck, these pallets allow for a very steady platform.
The bottom deck of a stackable pallet can consist of many different configurations. Like rackable pallets, These configuration variations include a 3-runner, picture frame or a picture frame with a crossbar in the center of the base and can be either two-way entry or four-way entry.
Although there are many benefits for their use, it should be noted that empty stackable pallets can take up a lot of space in storage. In addition, it should be taken into consideration that the shipping process to the manufacturer for the first use or on a back haul to the shipper can result in higher costs. Since stackable pallets are generally a very durable style of pallet, they are most often considered for use in a closed loop or returnable type of environment.