The success of the pallet began with the development of the fork‐lift truck and with increased mechanisation of piece‐good transport since the Second World War. This brought with it a world‐wide revolution in distribution which has still today not yet run its full course. Specialised educational faculties, technical magazines and industrial management positions have been established for the “TOTAL DISTRIBUTION CONCEPT” discipline since the latter part of the Sixties and there is talk of enormous unexploited rationalisation reserves in this field which commences at the end of the extraction or manufacturing process and terminates either with the subsequent processor or the final consumer.
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