New rackable plastic pallets from Rehrig Pacific Co. are designed to meet specifications of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and include embedded technology to track loads and monitor temperatures of perishables such as fresh produce.
The rackable plastic pallets are made of 100% recyclable high-density polyethylene resin, according to a news release from Los Angeles-based Rehrig Pacific. A high-pressure injection molding process is used to make the pallets. The process prevents moisture and bacteria absorption.
Rehrig’s rackable plastic pallets meet traceability requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act, said Van Nguyen, Rehrig spokeswoman. She said technology embedded in the pallets is similar to radio frequency identification tags and allows shippers to track their products.
The technology also monitors temperatures in the trucks, distribution centers and along the entire route. If pre-entered temperature tolerances are not maintained, the technology in the pallets sends electronic notification to the shipper or their designee.
Despite the innovations, rackable pallets can help users contain costs, Jerry Koefelda, Rehrig Pacific general manager said in the news release.
“We’ve engineered the GMA pallet as a result of customizing innovative products and solutions that help our customers achieve a lower cost-per-trip, improve sustainability, and ultimately provide efficiency in every aspect of the supply chain,” Koefelda said in the release.
The new pallets are scheduled to be on display at Rehrig’s booth — No. 6102 — at the upcoming Pack Expo Sept. 23-25 in Las Vegas.