Packaging Slip Sheets:
Packaging slip sheets are the most effective and environmentally friendly alternative to wooden pallets when it comes to shipping commercial grade goods. Packaging slip sheets are typically made of either corrugated cardboard, paperboard, or high density plastic. Slip sheets are used in the same way as a standard pallet. The goods are loaded on top the slip sheet, they are bound with shrink wrap, and transported with either forklifts or pallet jacks. Slip sheets have a few notable advantages in comparison to standard pallets. The first advantage is that they can be layered on top of one another, as seen in the photo below. This allows a shipper to fit significantly more product onto a trailer when shipping in full truckload quantities. The second most cited advantage to slip sheets is their price. Slip sheets are typically a third of the price of the standard pallet, and sometimes even cheaper. This allows shippers to purchase significantly higher quantities for the same price as a truckload of pallets. The third and final advantage to slip sheets is their environmentally friendly nature. Almost all kinds of slip sheets are reusable, and are recyclable.
Plastic Slip Sheets:
Plastic slip sheets are made of either polypropylene or high-density polyethylene material. While plastic slip sheets are the most expensive form of slip sheet, they are often the most durable, and frequently have multiple lips. The reason that plastic slip sheets are the most expensive is because they are the most durable option available. Plastic slip sheets can be used upwards of three to five times without incurring any significant wear and tear.
Cardboard Slip Sheets:
Corrugated cardboard slip sheets are the cheapest and most common option form of slip sheet. Cardboard slip sheets typically have one lip, and are extremely inexpensive. However, there is a significant trade off between price and quality. Unlike the plastic slip sheets, corrugated slip sheets are very resistant to extreme cold or humidity. Because of this, corrugated cardboard slip sheets are only used once or twice, and do not have a very high resale value. With that said, corrugated slip sheets are the best option if the cargo will not be exposed to extreme or inclimate conditions because their price is unrivaled.