2580 – 2560 BC: Wooden sledges, an early form of pallet, are used to build the Great Pyramid in Egypt.
1920’s: The development of motorized freight vehicles prompts the evolution from sledges to pallets.
1924: The US grants a patent to Howard T. Hallowell’s “Lift Truck Platform.”
1937: Gas-powered forklift trucks are invented.
1938: George Raymond files a patent for a pallet designed to complement a new pallet jack design.
1941: The US War Production Board issues an order to purchase 1 million pallets after extensive testing showed that the pallet-forklift combo was the most efficient way to move materials.
1960s: The “Europallet” is standardized for commerce on the continent.