Departmental stress across the world sells different product types ranging from food to electronics to commercial/residential products. There is the hyper store, megastore, and superstore – all are different. You can find products from private labels and specific brands in all these departmental stores. Another common factor is the presence of wooden pallets in the sales section. The stores have key sections –
- Sales – Here the products are organized and exhibited for consumer shopping.
- Warehouse – Product inventory is managed by the staff through wooden pallets. Depending n the traffic, product accessibility has to be quick and consistent. So, many retailers avoid single loads, but handle the unit load in a pallet.
From a logistic viewpoint, it is an efficient strategy but opinion changes from the hygienic stance. It is because of pallet material. Wood pallets cannot be sanitized. They follow transport, so are contaminated and stay consistently connected with products. The solution is to transfer goods from shipping pallets to plastic pallets.
Plastic pallets are expensive, so are not used for shipping. Therefore wooden pallets are still visible in several departmental stores. However, retailers can invest in a reliable pallet inverter from Top Industries to move their unit loads from wooden to sanitized plastic pallets. Top Industries offer an array of pallet changer models and systems.
Manually handling the switch from wooden to plastic pallets seems time-consuming and physically challenging. With the pallet changer, the task is completed in less than half the time it would take for manual handling. With a little investment, retailers can enhance their store’s hygiene level. Besides, using fewer wooden pallets means lower disposal costs for retailers.
Pallet changer features
Pallet changers are designed in stationary, mobile, and high-performance fully automatic versions. You can change approximately 80 to 100 pallets within an hour and handle every kind of load. Managing all kinds of the load is essential for a large-scale departmental store.
Stationary pallet turners need a dedicated spot to handle the load overturning or side-pushing or tilting. On the other hand, mobile or portable pallet exchangers are versatile because you can take them anywhere across the facility.
Both models enhance efficiency, performance, and safety within the department warehouse but their aim is different. Stationary models are great for automatic and cyclical operations, while mobile versions offer more flexibility in operation management.
Currently, retailers prefer Side Press and Falcon Wing’s pallet handling solutions. Both types can deal with every product type that doesn’t need tilting, turning, or rotating.
In Falcon Wings, the product is placed on a platform and side locked. For a solid base, the machine has two extendable blades that go between the product base and pallet on both sides. The locked product is lifted with the support from the Falcon Wings and transports and releases the unit load on a new pallet. The supporting blades and padded clamps return to their normal position and the operation ends.
Top Industries has posted videos on how the Falcon Wings work, so check them out. Here is LinkedIn profile, where you can see what their followers say about their solutions!