Almost nothing works in business without Euro pallets. But they have become scarce and expensive. The lumber needed to produce the carriers remains in short supply. An end to the emergency is not in sight – on the contrary.
Peter Peschmann is sounding the alarm: “The logistics processes are out of step,” says the technical director of the Veltins brewery. The brewery is still able to deliver its beer to retailers and restaurants. But this has its price, because the pallets required for this are scarce and expensive.
Peschmann estimates that Veltins alone will incur additional costs of around 1.5 million euros for the supply of pallets in the current year, and that this will also be reflected in the price of beer. Before the pandemic, the price for the EPAL europallet format was still a good seven euros; at present, more than double that is due.