‘Tis the season – busy season, that is. 48forty is the one to call when your pallet supplier fails to pick up or deliver pallets during peak season. Here’s why you want to work with the largest asset-based pallet supplier in North America.
This year, the fourth Thursday of November falls on the 28th. Thanksgiving hasn’t been this late since 2013. And with shoppers crunched for time, retailers will feel the pressure.
Pallets should be the last thing a procurement team has to think about during the holiday rush. Pickups and deliveries should be seamless. However, it’s no secret that there are many pallet suppliers that fail to deliver on their promises. They can’t meet volume requirements or make on time deliveries or retrievals because they do not have the capacity or 100% control of their operations.
In a nutshell, 48forty is an asset-based pallet recycler that owns all or most of the assets necessary to support a customer’s supply chain. This includes the warehouses, distribution centers, trucks, and of course, the pallets. Full control over operations translates to maximum efficiency, exceptional customer service, and a merrier season for you and your company.
Here are four advantages to working with an asset-based pallet recycler during the holidays:
1) We're Accountable.
We manage our staff, drivers, and plants and carefully select our asset-based vendors. As a result, 48forty has 100% control over our operations. This means we can ensure things like on-time deliveries and quickly respond to any issues that may pop up during this busy time of year. In return, you enjoy a higher level of productivity and service.
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2) We're Flexible.
Not only are we accountable, we’re flexible. Because we own our tractors and trailers, and have company drivers available when needed, we can easily respond to seasonal spikes in demand as well as the reduced cycle time requirements of online retailers.
This control over each step in the supply chain allows us to create custom-made pallet management solutions. There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” approach to pallet management and we pride ourselves on being responsive to our customers’ needs.
3) We're Transparent.
Inconsistencies in pallet counts as well as order and billing inaccuracies are common customer pain points in our industry. Because 48forty owns all the steps in the supply chain, we have been able to mitigate some of those pain points for our customers. We’ve invested in technologies like e-signature and our industry-leading customer portal PalTrax.
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PalTrax tracks and captures every customer transaction, from original order entry, electronic proof of delivery and bills of lading, to invoicing and payment. You can even drill down for details like totals on your company’s pallet purchases by week, month, quarter, or by location. This includes specifics on the number of pallets purchased and type (say, Premium A versus A.)
Additionally, if you sell cores to 48forty, your complete sales history is on PalTrax. See all the detail you need on purchase dates, locations, the number of trailers, the number of pallets per load, how your pallets were graded, and ultimately how many were purchased by 48forty.
The holidays are busy, and we know customers do not have time to sift through reports or track down a bill of lading. PalTrax provides virtually any metric a customer needs, on demand. This digital “paper trail” offers your organization full transparency into your pallet purchases and sales.
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4) We're Service-Oriented.
As an asset-based pallet supplier, 48forty works to effectively manage our customers’ supply chain and logistics. Given our extensive network, we can ensure a supply where and when our customers need it. Put simply, our goal is to help our customers:
- Increase overall efficiency
- Cut both hard and soft costs
- Decrease errors
- Mitigate risk
- Meet deadlines
We don’t view our offerings as standalone services but rather a customized suite of solutions that aligns with and supports our customers’ goals. We encourage savvy businesses to do their due diligence to understand what pallet providers can bring to their business and even suggest touring pallet provider facilities to compare an asset-based operation with a brokered pallet supplier.
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Our commitment to our customers is this: we make pallet management simple. And when you have 2,250 team members to back it up, you can guarantee we keep our word. Even during this busy time of the year, 48forty is here for you.
Your Holiday Season Can Still Be A Happy One
Don’t just survive the holiday rush, maximize it. As an asset-based pallet recycler, we can customize a pallet management solution that works for you and your supply chain.
There’s still time to make sure your Q4 is the most wonderful time of the year. Get in touch to learn more or call 48forty at 1-877-779-8577 to hear how we can help.
Natalya is Director of Marketing & Customer Experience at 48forty. She has over 18 years of industry experience with a strong focus on cross functional sales, marketing, and customer service. Read more about Natalya here.