Status: Need is Closed

Next Generation Pallet Boards

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Need was closed on
Nov 1

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 below for examples of damaged pallet boards).


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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
  • Corners: ½ inch rounded profile
  • Weight: 40-60 pounds
  • Handholds may be present (see attached schematic for placement)


Material Parameters:

  • 100% wood OR composite 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: each Frito Lay U.S. pallet consists of multiple layers of 6 cases each in the orientation shown below. The pallets consist of columns of cases that are not interwoven or crossed, that is the layers will not have alternating case patterns.



Nice-to-Have Performance:

  • Durability equal to or greater than 100 life cycles
  • Weight < 40 pounds
  • 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
Due Date
Oct 31
Items to be submitted

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To respond to this project, please use the online response form to provide the following information:

  • Response Title
  • Proposed Technical Approach
  • Technical Summary
    • Size and weight
    • Composition
    • Weight load limits
    • Anticipated cycle life span
    • Recyclability
    • Maturity
  • Organization Details
    • Organization Name
    • Point of Contact
    • Email Address
    • Phone Number
    • Mailing Address
  • Budget/Timeline
  • Experience

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Your response should be a concise abstract/executive summary. The proposal should briefly describe the technical approach and provide information on technology performance, background and description of the responding team and their related experience. By submitting a response, you acknowledge that PepsiCo, in its sole discretion, may select or reject a response or any portion thereof.


Nothing in this Project Description obligates PepsiCo to implement, practice, license, purchase or provide any solutions, recommendations, inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services, or to enter into any relationship or agreement with any party responding to this Project Description (a “Respondent”).  This Project Description does not create a relationship of agency, partnership, joint venture, or license between the PepsiCo and any Respondent.  Respondent acknowledges that PepsiCo may currently or in the future be developing, acquiring or licensing information inventions, intellectual property, products, concepts, systems, techniques or services similar to those being requested in this Project Description.  Accordingly, nothing in this Project Description will be construed as a representation or agreement that PepsiCo will refrain from developing or authorizing another to develop any products, concepts, systems or techniques that are similar to those contemplated in this Project Description. 

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Sameer Talsania
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Brandy Heflin
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