Western Pallet Magazine July 2021 - Page 16

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PalX: New Pallet Pool Launched in the United States

- New solution to offer enhanced durability and consistent dimensional accuracy,

IoT tracking, and per-trip or activity-based pricing

- PalX team is composed of deeply experienced leaders from both whitewood and

pooling sectors

- One national dairy account has been secured, with letters of intent signed with

several national food and beverage brands

- PalX pallets are produced using US domestic suppliers that have SFI (Sustainable

Forestry Initiative) certification

A group of pallet industry veterans has come together to launch Pooling and Logistics Experts (PalX), a new pallet pool in the United States.  The team is comprised of recognized leaders and experts in white-wood pallet management, rental pallet programs, and the technologies surrounding these operations.  The PalX pallet is a premium quality, IoT-enabled block pallet, painted green, and produced by SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) certified producers. 

According to Steve Mazza, PalX CEO, the company believes that pallets are the only end-to-end solution that integrates the entire supply chain and is the next digital revolution in a technology platform. The PalX pallet will provide companies with actionable insights through near real-time data retrieval, KPI dashboard interfaces, and unprecedented visibility into a supply chain that is truly digital at a granular level. That granularity will provide the flexibility to provide activity-based as well as per-trip pricing.

PalX pallets are equipped with LoRa technology. LoRa (short for long range) is a spread spectrum modulation technique derived from chirp spread spectrum (CSS) technology. LoRa devices and wireless radio frequency technology is a long range, low power wireless platform that is the de-facto wireless platform of the Internet of Things (IoT), according to Semtech Corporation.

​”Our industry experience showed us that pallet management programs were incomplete, inefficient, and too complex,” stated Mazza. The PalX pallet design is enhanced compared to other current rental pallets, making it more durable and providing excellent dimensional accuracy to promote seamless usage in automated systems.” The company sees itself as having an important advantage in bringing new, higher quality, IoT-enabled pallets into the market, as opposed to existing rental and whitewood sectors dealing with aging pools and the task of retrofitting sensors on existing pallets.