For thousands of people, pallet networks are what keeps their business on the straight and narrow. Some would even go as far as to say that pallet networks are their unsung heroes. Where would we be without them? Right?
However, not everyone who sends pallets is familiar with pallet networks; and some may even be new to the process of shipping palletised freight altogether.
For this reason, we have put together everything you need to know about how logistics companies and pallet networks operate. Read on to find the answers to all the questions you have been asking.
What Are Pallets?
The first thing is first, pallets are essentially large wooden and flat structures designed to transport goods securely. Millions of people and businesses use them to send a wide variety of items, but first, those items need to be loaded, wrapped and secured.
Two main types of pallets used by pallet couriers throughout the country are standard wooden and moulded wood pallets.
With standard wood pallets, people typically use them for shipments of fruit and veggies, or generally just smaller and lighter items. However, moulded wood pallets are designed to hold much more weight (up to 1000 kilograms to be precise) and are naturally more versatile than standard pallets.
Furthermore, with no pallet, your items are likely to become damaged or even lost in transit. Pallets, so to speak, are purely for the benefit of the vendor as, without them, you would not be able to ship goods as easily.
As it stands, pallets come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes to accommodate the number of items you wish to send at any one time. For example, there are two- and four-way pallets, quarter, half, and full pallets and there are even options for oversized pallets too.
Regardless, you must take the time to fully establish which pallet type and size you require for your items. By that, we mean deciding whether your goods are lightweight and small enough to be placed onto a standard wooden pallet, or if they are too heavy and bulky and need to be secured to a moulded wood pallet instead.
Which Size Pallet Do You Need?
Working out which pallet size you need is often easier said than done. If you aren't a huge fan of calculations, then working out the dimensions of a wooden pallet can be quite confusing at times. Thankfully, most pallet couriers have a pallet size guide that you can refer to when trying to make the best and right decision for the safety of your goods.
Without a doubt, you should always ask the courier if you are struggling to determine the right size. An experienced pallet courier will always recommend using a pallet that is slightly larger than the goods you wish to send as this will help prevent them from getting damaged.
For example, if you are planning to ship around 10 lightweight fleece blankets, it would be better to ship them (dependent on the measurements) on a quarter pallet. This will ensure there is plenty of room for your boxes without any overhang, and no room for movement during transit.
While if you were looking to ship a spare tyre, again depending on the dimensions, it would be safer to select either a full pallet or two full pallet spaces to fully minimise the risk of damage in transit.
There is no shame in asking if you are ever unsure of which pallet you need. There are plenty of people out there who can advise you on which size pallet you need based on the items you wish to send. And remember, you can always check with us!
How Do Pallet Deliveries Work?
For thousands of UK pallet networks, there's a certain process that they have to follow. Not only does this make it easier for them to collect and deliver your goods on time, but also ensures that everything arrives safely and in pristine condition.
The process of sending a pallet begins with you. To start with, you must select a reputable pallet courier that you know you can trust and arrange for them to come and pick up your items - remember, these must be secured to a pallet, no matter what you are sending!
Once you have chosen the collection date, you can then confirm a delivery date, relax and let the courier do all the hard work for you. That's the glory of pallet networks and some even offer a range of services that take all the hassle out of shipping pallets, all at cost-effective rates as well!
For peace of mind, there is some level of communication between you and the pallet courier before collection and delivery take place. They will normally let you know when they are en route or inform you of the whereabouts of your goods at each point of the journey.
About The Palletline Network
The Palletline network comes with plenty of benefits that are great for their customers. By selecting a pallet courier that is partnered with Palletline, you will always be certain that your pallets are in safe hands and on the right track.
Thanks to the Palletline network, you will not have to deal with multiple delivery companies to get your pallet to where it needs to be, given the multitude of hubs and depots across the country.
The Palletline network can also deliver your goods to over 29 European countries, making it much easier for you to engage in international shipping and selling.
For more details about sending a pallet delivery, or if you have any concerns regarding a recent booking, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Either give us a call or send a message via our Live Chat service.
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