Definition of Crushability of SKUs on a Pallet
Crushability refers to different SKU’s picked as Cases (or non standard units) and placed on a pallet. If we stock light and fragile items below and place large heavy items on top, it will crush the bottom layer of products.
Stackability – How high can I stack pallets?
The picture of bulk stacked pallets above shows 4 normal size pallets stacked one on top of the other. It depends on the product and the packaging. You can be sure that almost all industrial sectors can stack a total of 2 pallets high. If the product is in tin cans or in sturdy containers, you can get 3 pallets high. If the corrugate used in the carton is sturdy, will not stretch or yield, you may get 4 high. There are many other ‘fixes’ to build sturdy and stackable heights.
Crushability – What will cause my product to crush on a pallet?
Crushability refers to the manner in which cases, cartons are loaded on a pallet for delivery. Crushability is not merely the WEIGHT of the items. It is impacted by the shape of the SKU, the material of the container -tin, plastic, glass, corrugate.
In some situations, the density of the item is a better indicator. Hence, the exact Crushability factor is different for different product sectors.
Therefore, much consideration must be taken when slotting product also for how it will be picked onto a pallet. The crushability and stackability of a product enter into how the product can be stored both on a pallet but also in a warehouse. Can you even store your product in a warehouse using bulk storage? Know this before you design your warehouse layout.
In my next article, I will explore an analysis of bulk storage.
Profiling is a technique to study the behavior of ITEMS, ORDERS, CUSTOMERS and apply the analysis to the layout design, selection of storage types, slotting criteria.
Consider performing a fresh ABC analysis for your warehouse facility. Why?