WITH increasingly stringent regulations in the global supply chain, the logistics industry is taking a closer look at the relationship between wooden pallets and food safety.
In response to demand from customers, single-operator pallet-free bulk bags have been developed by Tellap, providing what the company says is a cost-effective, safe, stable and environmentally-friendly packaging substitute to the heavy, expensive wooden pallet and bulk bag design.
“Tellap pallet-free bulk bags are a dependable alternative to a normal bulk bag and pallet. The patented system has two plastic sleeves integrated into the base of the bulk bag. A standard forklift simply raises the Tellap from the base. There is no need for a wooden pallet, no need for fumigation and no need for more than a single operator to do the job,” said company Director Ken Mouritzen.
“We all know there are many issues associated with wooden pallets – including weight, packaging damage and contamination from splinters, nails and mould. A regular wooden pallet can weigh up to 23 kg while a Tellap system weighs less than 2.3 kg, which means users are not transporting dead weight, just product.”
Mouritzen said the system offers efficient, secure and hygienic packaging, storage and transportation. Dry, loose and bulk products – including food commodities and ingredients, stay fresh and are safely handled.
“This patented packaging system uses the space between the sleeves to increase bag volume by approximately 10%. This means users are able to transport more product at no additional cost, while reducing the number of bags, trucks and containers by about 10%. These are substantial savings for any business.”
They can be stacked securely two high in a container or four high in a warehouse and are loaded and unloaded by one forklift operator.
The pallet-free bulk bags also comply with ISPM-15 regulations, which apply to all soft and hardwood packaging materials. These regulations stipulate the mandatory treatment of solid timber packing and dunnage, in order to reduce the risk of pest or disease entry into foreign countries.
“No heat treatment or fumigation is necessary with the Tellap system. So, more cost savings.”
Mouritzen said Tellap bags are manufactured to international standards, conform with strict quality controls and are independently tested. The bags are recycled or re-used and there is no packaging waste or dumping in landfill.