Seeking next generation pallet boards

  • PepsiCo
  • From United States
  • Responsive
  • Project Size Range : 250,000 - 1,000,000 €
  • Deadline completed
    The submission process for new proposals is closed. Proposals submitted before the deadline will follow the standard evaluation process.

Desired outcome

PepsiCo seeks innovative suppliers for pallet boards suitable for use in its production and warehousing efforts.

PepsiCo currently uses pallet boards made of Oriented Strand Boards (OSB) when warehousing products and goods in its facilities. Many of these pallets are currently made of 7/8” thick 9-11 ply fir or hardwood CC grade veneer core plywood and, while widely used in multiple PepsiCo production facilities, are susceptible to damage from other equipment including chains, brackets and forklifts (see images attached for examples of damaged pallet boards).

At present, a single pallet board has an average functional life span of 3-6 months.

To improve operations and reduce waste from damaged pallet boards, PepsiCo is interested in a composite pallet board. While the board can still be OSB, composite boards with other materials (such as plastics or aluminum, could be added for increased strength and resiliency) are of primary interest as long as there is no negative impact on recyclability.

While PepsiCo is primarily interested in pallet board technologies that are commercially available, earlier stage technologies are of interest, provided viable development pathways exist.


Key success Criteria

Physical Parameters:

  • Long dimension:
    • 49 ¾ inches minimum
    • 50 inches maximum
  • Short dimension:
    • 41 ¾ inches minimum
    • 42 inches maximum
  • Board Height – ¾” inches maximum
  • Corners: ½ inch rounded profile
  • Weight: 40-60 pounds
  • Handholds may be present (see attached schematic for placement)

Material Parameters:

  • 100% wood ORcomposite of wood and other material(s)
    • Woods: any suitable for this application
    • Composite materials: aluminum or plastics
  • Post-usage: board must be recyclable

Must-Have Performance:

  • Suitable for transfer by suction cups
  • Resistant to damage/failure along board edge and along areas in contact with transfer equipment (i.e. chains, brackets or forklifts)
    • Achieved by material and/or design changes
  • Durability greater than current pallet boards: minimum 4 years
  • Manufactured as per ANSI/APA standards – APA Voluntary Production Standard PS1
  • APA Rated Sheathing Structural I
  • Support loads of up to 2,500 pounds.

Nice-to-Have Performance:

  • Durability equal to or greater than 100 life cycles
  • Weight
  • Nothing moveable or bolted on the board

Possible Approaches

PepsiCo is open to all pallet board technologies capable of meeting the desired performance criteria noted above.

Approaches not of Interest

  • Medium Density Fiber boards
  • Boards that cannot support intended weight
  • Boards that cannot meet desired operational life span
  • Boards that cannot be recycled post-usage

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  • Applications for Transport and Logistics
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  • pallet
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  • warehousing

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion in net revenue in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.


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