If you’re not super familiar with all the packaging options in the material handling sector, you may be asking yourself, “What is a skid?”  Fortunately, that is a relatively simple question to answer about an industrial packaging component that serves a very important function in material handling.  Understanding the uses of this industrial packaging tool is important to maintain maximum efficiency in the supply chain.

So when we talk about the question, what is a skid, it makes sense to start with a definition.  In essence, a skid is a single deck pallet or a platform on runners.  In other words, it has a top deck to put your palletized goods on but does not have a bottom deck, as you would see in pallets.

On a skid, the platform or deck rests on runners (also called stringers or skids) that make up the foundation of the skid.  In other words, skids rest on the ground (or floor) on their stringers, like a sled sitting on its runners.  In fact, most people call the stringers on a skid “runners,” and the term sled or sledge is often used to describe skids used to move freight.

At this point, it might be useful to take a look at the video below to understand the difference in construction.

What is a skid?  Is it the same as a pallet?

As you probably already know, the terms skid and pallet are often used interchangeably in industrial packaging and logistics applications.  As you’ve seen in the video above, there are some very specific differences between pallets and skids.  Essentially, the skid was the first type of pallet ever invented or used.  That means that using the two terms interchangeably is mostly correct, but it’s importan