When it comes to pallet delivery, you have to keep in mind that the carrier’s job is not to prepare your pallet for shipment, but only to take it from point A to point B. In this respect, you are the one responsible for the sturdiness, so to say, of your pallet.
Naturally, once you contact one of the pallet delivery companies and schedule your pallet pick-up, you don’t need to worry about too many things – order collection, distribution, tracking, and delivery timelines are metrics that you can only check, but not alter.
Therefore, before scheduling your pallet’s pick-up, you have to make sure that everything regarding its safety has been dealt with. So, here is our beginners guide to pallet delivery!
Pack Your Products in Individual Boxes
Each product/item that you want to ship within a pallet must be packed inside individual boxes – especially if you have fragile items. It is not recommended to have one huge box for all of your items.
So, after packing a certain box, make sure that it is full – by full, we mean that it has no air in it. If there’s any air inside the box, this means that the products can move and shift their position inside it and potentially, get damaged.
Use plenty of packing materials, such as bubble wrap, peanuts, and such – and make sure to use enough duct tape to prevent them from opening mid-shipment.
The boxes must be stacked on the pallet together, in a careful and even manner, so to speak. Most pallet delivery companies prefer staggered or aligned boxes. Moreover, you have to make sure that the heavier boxes are at the bottom of the pallet, and that the lightweight boxes are placed at the top, on the heavier ones.
Also, the boxes should not overhang or be misaligned – if so, the entire pallet can act as a bumper or, in a worst-case scenario, the boxes will move and get damaged while in transit.
The weight of the boxes and the entire pallet must be distributed evenly for a pallet pick up. Every single box must have its weight distributed within it so that all of the boxes are properly placed on the pallet.
Each box of items must be stacked according to its weight. For example, the largest and heaviest boxes are to be laid on the pallet first, followed by the lightest boxes on top. This will ensure any items at the base of your pallet are secure and will not become damaged during transit.
By placing boxes of heavier items at the top of your pallet (on top of lightweight items), you run the risk of severely damaging those at the bottom of the pallet. Not to mention, if anything happens to fall off as a result of the uneven weight distribution, you may also cause damage to other pallets on the delivery vehicle.
However, if your pallet is packaged inappropriately, then we will be forced to refuse collection until you re-pack to meet the requirements. We will simply not risk your items becoming damaged or lost in transit, or causing our drivers any harm for that matter.
Make Use of Flat Empty Cardboard or Liner Paper
Every couple of rows – 2 rows recommended – you should use either flat empty cardboard or liner paper to solidify all loose boxes. This will make it harder for them to shift their position and move while in transit. Overall, using the aforementioned will make the pallet sturdier and safer.
Make Use of Cardboard Corner Beads
You can place cardboard corner beads around the pallet to strengthen it for a pallet pick up. As mentioned before, you have to make sure that the pallet is as resilient as possible so that it can face all of the bumps and movement that will be inflicted on it while it’s being shipped and handled.
To make the pallet even safer, you can use shrink wrap – keep in mind that one or two layers might not be enough, so go for around 3 to 5 wraps. Remember that if you use shrink wrap, you should not entirely wrap the top part of the pallet so that it can be accessed by the forklift when it’s being shipped. You can also twist the shrink wrap to give it more strength when wrapping the boxes.
These were the basics when it comes to pallet delivery. Remember – if you want to further ensure your pallet’s safety, you can rely on the Palletline network and choose the optimal location for delivery of your shipment.
This can reduce the risk of damage and can also ensure fast delivery.