System Management

Replas Slipsheets are very advantageous for modern materials handling, storage and containerisation, transportation and distribution. However, a good system using Replas Slipsheets must be well designed and comprehensive.

It needs to take into account the various parts of the distribution channel, such as the shipper and the warehouser and receiver. It affords savings for all. There are a number of factors which must be considered when designing a slipsheet operation::

  • Number of loads
  • Quantity shipped
  • Average pallet life
  • Pallet storage requirements
  • Number of pallets in a system
  • Number not returned per year
  • Pre‐load handling time
  • Number invoiced but not paid for
  • Current cost of money
  • Average weight of outbound freight
  • TL, LTL and railcar shipments
  • Dunnage cost
  • Pallet weight
  • Annual pallet repair costs
  • Load staging time
  • Labour rates
  • Returned pallet processing costs
  • Influence of pallets on insurance
  • Cube loss from pallets under loads
  • Storage methods
  • Pallet shortages
  • Pallet product damage
  • Sanitation requirements
  • Safety
  • Pallet availability
  • Slipsheet cost
  • Influence on palletising
  • Influence on conveyors
  • Influence on warehouse handling
  • Cost of new handling equipment
  • Cost of additional equipment maintenance
  • Effect on receiver
  • Equipment life 
  • Cost of driver training
  • Truck loading time
  • Captive pallet costs including: repair, captive pallet life, storage requirements and the cost of additional unitising equipment such as shrink or stretch wrap.

Not all factors are applicable, however, among the listed factors there are likely to be some which are of key importance when designing a successful slipsheet program. With a collaborative approach, Replas can work with you to design and implement the most appropriate slipsheet system for your organisation.