The 2023 Pallet Crisis, and a Solution

In Calgary the market supply for 48″ by 40″ used pallets continues to be limited.

In 2022, wood prices for pallet repairs went up 60% as a result of COVID, BC floods, and painful prices at the gas pump. The supply chain still hasn’t recovered.

Plus, pricing has increased due to major purchasers like Home Depot dropping from the CHEP program and buying out the smaller pallet suppliers.

Fortunately, this has not affected my ability to fulfill orders. I continue to have a 100% delivery rate because I sell only used pallets, limit deliveries to daily loads of between 60 and 90 pallets, and have almost no overhead.

If you are reading this, I have an opening for customers needing loads of pallets in quantities of between 60 and 90 pallets. If that sounds like you, just give me a call.

To get a FREE Pricing Quote on 48″ by 40″ used pallets:

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Thanks and take care out there,

Andrew Loucks – Longbow Logistics Limited

Note: I am often driving around in a noisy truck and cannot answer the phone, so leave a detailed voicemail if I don’t answer. I get a full transcription of your message and will respond as soon as I can.

Calgary Used Pallets - A standard load of 68 used pallets delivered to Manchester Industrial in SE Calgary.
Storytime: This was the first delivery to my customer Paulo who manages a production facility for pipeline supplies in the Manchester Industrial area of S.E. Calgary.

He was stuck paying 50% more for pallets that were the wrong size, and only accessible from the front and back (a “2-way” pallet, which made loading them super annoying and didn’t let him use metal banding to secure his product properly).

We started out delivering 68 pallets every 2 weeks at the proper 48″ by 40″ size he needed, and accessible from all 4 sides. Now that Paulo had relieved his shipping bottleneck with a reliable and consistent pallet supplier he was able to quadruple his sales, shipping, and production volume, hire several more full-time staff, and lease out the much bigger warehouse next-door.

We have grown together in the last year to where I now supply him with a 1-ton flat-deck load of 90 pallets twice per week, and for 5 weeks even supplied another part of his business with 520 pallets per week.

Get the same quality and competitive pricing you need,
AND tie up less cash and warehouse space.

Save Space

Buying 400 pallets at a time forces you to sacrifice valuable yard and warehouse space.

You can order the same number of pallets in smaller loads, and get that space back!

Win Peace of Mind

COVID comes back, Calgary weather drops to -30°C, and demand changes seasonally!

Order smaller loads to remain flexible and only order the pallets you need, as you need them.

Save Cash

Moving cash to pay for large invoices of 100s of pallets is never fun, especially when you have to pay for the pallets before you need them.

Submit a Purchase Order to me, and only pay for pallets as you request and receive them.

What you get

A mix of A-Grade and B-Grade 48″ by 40″ used pallets

B-Grade pricing for all pallets (so you get some A-Grade quality for No Extra Charge)

Small truckloads of between 60 and 90 pallets

Medium truckloads of 120-150 pallets per load through my partners if needed

❌ What you don’t get

❌ No brand new, manufactured wood pallets.

❌ No custom-sized pallets.

❌ No plastic pallets.

❌ No loads of fewer than 60 pallets

How do you get started?

It’s pretty simple, just call me (Andrew) directly at  (587) 735-1720 and I’ll walk you through the process.

We’ll go over what kind of pallets you need to ship your products, and try to come up with a delivery schedule and pricing that fits your budget.

If we’re not a great fit, that’s okay. I can try to refer you to other suppliers who offer newly manufactured pallets, heat-treated pallets, custom-sized pallets, and pallets in much greater quantities than I do.

There’s not a lot of pallet suppliers in Calgary and supply is pretty limited, but I’ll generally be able to point you in the right direction.