The Crate Debate—Advantages of Using Wooden Crates

September 13, 2013
The Crate Debate—Advantages of Using Wooden Crates

The shipping industry has two main options when it comes to wooden crates. Option one is to use plywood boxes. Option two is to use wooden crates. Here at Herwood, we prefer using and recommending wooden crates, for a wide variety of reasons. Wondering why?

Reasons to Choose Wooden Crates:

Affordable prices. Choosing wooden crates is more affordable than using plywood boxes mainly because the cost is less to produce wooden crates. The materials used to construct wooden crates is simpler, more natural, and requires less processing; therefore your overall cost to manufacture and sell is less for wooden crates.
Simpler Natural Designs. Building a wooden crate requires far less investment in the manufacturing stage simply because the designs are more straightforward. This can be a huge saving for huge shipments that require large quantities of wooden crates. Wooden crates are quite easy and efficient to manufacture from a set design or from a customer’s custom design specs.
Secure and Sturdy.  Because of the way that wooden crates are manufactures, it is more difficult for an unauthorized person to get in to them. This is an important factor especially if you are shipping fragile and valuable items. Wooden crates offer added security and protection. Wooden crates are also very stable and sturdy and will give the most fragile of items the protection and assurance of arriving at their destination un-damaged.
Stack Them Up!  Wooden crates have thick walls that make the possibility of stacking a reality. They offer greater strength and durability and will withstand the weight of multiple rows. Wooden crates can withstand great vertical pressure if they are stacked correctly and with the weight evenly distributed.
Fewer Resources Required. During the manufacturing process, plywood uses multiple materials and equipment to be produced, including many very toxic glues and additives to enhance and facilitate the lamination process it undergoes. Wooden crates are just that. Wooden!
No Toxic Ingredients. Again, wooden crates are completely natural. Herwood’s wooden crates also can be heat treated to International ISPM 15 standards using a completely chemical-free heat process.  Furthermore, cutting and working with wood products that are engineered exposes workers to toxic elements that can cause long term damage, as well as possibly leach into the shipment.
If you’re looking for some high quality shipping supplies, Herwood can supply all of your wooden crate and pallet needs. We are based in southern Quebec, and supply pallets and crates throughout Eastern Canada and the United States. For our New England pallet customers we offer competitive pricing and high quality products that meet international shipping industry standards.

Why take a chance? Call us today for your standard or custom made wooden pallets and crates!
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