Publix Pallet Requirements

Publix grocery stores are staples in the south and the chain regularly makes Fortune’s list of most admired companies. Publix is the largest employee-owned company in the U.S. and has more than a thousand store locations, many in Florida, where the company was founded. In this article, we’ll take a look at Publix’s pallet requirements for suppliers working with this chain.

iGPS plastic pallets on conveyor belt for the Publix Pallet requirements page

General Publix Pallet Requirements

A summary of Publix main pallet criteria can be found below but vendors are encouraged to confirm this information directly with Publix to ensure it includes the latest updates.

  1. All incoming pallets must be 48-by-40 inches with four-way entry.
  2. Pallets will be inspected for defects. Any pallets with broken, split, or double stringers will be rejected.
  3. Pallets with metal plate patches and other repairs will not be accepted.
  4. Only hardwood pallets are acceptable. Pine, cedar, or spruce or other white wood pallets will be rejected.
  5. Rental pallets must come from one of three approved vendors: iGPS, CHEP, or PECO.
  6. Pallets must be adequately stacked with no overhang or leaning. Publix reserves the right to charge a fee if pallets must be restacked upon delivery.

It’s also important to note that Publix does not participate in pallet exchange programs; the retailer encourages all suppliers to participate in a pallet rental program with one of Publix’s approved pallet pooling providers.

iGPS plastic pallets on conveyor belt

Why Plastic Pallet Pooling Is Ideal for Working with Publix

Renting plastic pallets from a pooling program is an excellent way to stay in compliance with Publix pallet requirements while also enjoying reduced transportation expenses and better protection for products. Here are just a few examples of how plastic pallets can benefit vendors.

Simplified LogisticsAs Publix does not participate in pallet exchange programs, suppliers not renting pallets must manage their own fleet. Plastic pallet pooling enables vendors to outsource pallet management to a company that specializes in reusable pallet logistics.
Reduced Transportation CostsPlastic pallets weigh around 50 pounds, which is significantly less than the weight of the wood block pallets offered by wood pallet pooling providers. The reduced weight of plastic minimizes fuel consumption during transportation and allows vendors to move more products in fewer trips, all of which leads to savings.
Better HygieneUnlike wood, plastic shipping pallets have no pores that could absorb moisture and cause contamination of the product. Plastic platforms are easy to pressure wash, which leads to better hygiene that prevents the spread of contamination. This ultimately helps reduce load rejection and product recalls.
Safer for WorkersPlastic pallets help protect employees. Not only are plastic platforms lighter, which minimizes the risk of a lifting injury, they also don’t shed debris or hardware. This reduces the chance of pallet-related injuries due to splinters, exposed screws, and loose nails.
Less Product DamagePublix specifies in their pallet requirements that products on a pallet cannot be leaning or otherwise damaged. If they are, they must be restacked at the vendor’s expense—even if the damage occurred during transportation. This means that suppliers must ensure products are protected from damage at all stages of the supply chain. Plastic pallets help by providing stable, durable support with no missing boards or gaps between boards that could contribute to the shifting or damage of products.

Plastic pallet pooling is an ideal option for vendors seeking to satisfy Publix pallet requirements. By using plastic rental platforms, suppliers can avoid the risk of rejected loads that comes with wood pallets and leave the hassle of pallet management to the professionals. Making the switch to a rental program that specializes in plastic pallets is the ideal way to meet Publix’s pallet guidelines seamlessly and cost-effectively.