Annual Pallet and Unit Load Design Short Course

location_on The Inn at Virginia Tech
calendar_today September 24 - 26, 2024

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New state of the art software packages are available for annual lease, including , Best Load™, for comprehensive supply chain simulation and analysis and Best Pallet™, for wood pallet design and structural analysis.

Best Load™

A sophisticated yet user friendly unit load structural analysis software tool.

Best Load™ is the first and only software that models the mechanical interactions between distribution packaging, pallets, and storage/handling equipment.

Best Pallet™

A 3-D Pallet Engineering Design Tool Made Easy

Best Pallet™ is a pallet design software tool for packaging professionals, buyers and end users.

Best Load™

The software uses modern 3D, FEA, structural analysis techniques to simulate unit load supply chain operations and generate performance outputs such as maximum safe load carrying capacity for pallets and maximum applied compression stress on distribution packaging systems.


Design unit loads


Analyze unit loads


Fit distribution packaging systems to pallets


Fit unit loads to shipping methods

Best Pallet™

User-friendly and simplified for packaging professionals, buyers and end users, Best Pallet™ provides a structural design and analysis tool for all wooden pallets. Developed by one of the lead creators of the pallet industry association's proprietary Pallet Design System (PDS), Dr. Marshall White, and his team of experts at Virginia Tech's Center For Unit Load Design, Best Pallet’s 3-D mathematical model is based on over 30 years of research on the scientific principles of wood properties and systems-based design.


Design stringer pallets and block pallets


Analyze designs


Optimize designs


Create specifications with graphics

About Us

White & Company was founded in 2007 by Dr. Marshall S. White as an independent packaging research and consulting firm focused on delivering ‘systems-based’ unit load solutions, using his proprietary software Best Load™, to reduce packaging waste for manufacturers and distributors. Recognized by Modern Materials Handling magazine as one of the Top 10 materials handling professionals in the new millennium, Dr. White is a globally recognized expert on unit load analysis and pallet design.

White & Co's innovative approach focuses on 'system' design that incorporates knowledge of how packaging, pallets and unit-load handling equipment interact during storage and distribution to deliver maximum efficiency, safety and cost savings.

Client Portfolio

People oriented and customer centered, White & Co. has a commitment to produce feasible and economic solutions. White & Co.'s client portfolio includes many Fortune 500 companies including Georgia-Pacific, IBM, Chep, Chevron, QVC, Coca-Cola, GAF, Owens Corning, ExxonMobil, Anheuser-Busch, Proctor & Gamble, Dole, Eastman Chemical, Kodak, DuPont, Home Depot and many more. Furthermore, Best Pallet™ and Best Load™ software subscribers represent pallet and packaging manufactures and users around the world.

Strategic Partnerships

White & Co. partners with a select group of packaging component suppliers to deliver complete solutions to all packaging related issues. This includes primary, secondary and tertiary levels of rigid and flexible packaging, pallets, and unit load stabilizers.

Our Team

The firm provides a full complement of material handling experts specializing in key aspects of the unit load including: pallet design and performance, corrugated and plastic packaging, and the design of automated material handling systems. Our specialists work together daily and 'cross-train' in multiple disciplines to better understand the interactions of the unit load during handling, further amplifying their ability to identify opportunities to maximize unit load efficiency, improve performance and reduce costs.

Software Development

Utilizing more than 30 years of unit load research data, White & Company has developed proprietary packaging optimization software called Best Load™. Dr. White was also the lead project manager for the initial development of the National Wooden Pallet and Container Association's Pallet Design System© (PDS), a computer automated design and analysis program for wooden pallets.

State-of-the-Art Packaging Research

White & Company also offers the broadest range of unit load evaluation and material handling design and efficiency research available publicly within the United States today. We do this by contracting all of our testing services exclusively through Virginia Tech's ISTA-certified Center For Packaging and Unit Load Design and The William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet & Container Research Laboratory, where Dr. White served as the Director of both research centers. These laboratories feature comprehensive packaging, pallet, and unit load testing equipment. Also available is a unit load supply chain simulator called the VT FASTRACK which can be set up to simulate and accelerate the rough handling of consumer and industrial product supply chains.

Get in Touch

Give us a ring

White & Company LLC
Mon - Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Mailing address

PO Box 10337
Blacksburg, VA 24062
United States

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