For all pallet deliveries, the most important thing to do before even contacting a courier is to make sure you have selected the right pallet size.
Although this can be often easier said than done, deciding on the correct pallet is something you should remember for every shipment you plan to send through a pallet delivery courier.
If you send goods on a pallet that is too small, your boxes or items are likely to overhang and therefore, the courier is bound to refuse to handle the pallet.
For practically every pallet courier, the standard pallet size has a length of 120cm and a width of 100cm; the only difference being the height and maximum weight allowance for a standard pallet size.
Then of course, there’s the Euro pallet size. Again, the length and width remain as standard, but the height and weight vary for each Euro pallet size.
With most pallet couriers, a pallet size guide is available to help customers find which is the appropriate size for their shipment. Just ask for help if you struggle to differentiate between the options!
Carefully Stack Your Boxes
You should always aim to get your pallet looking neat and tidy, stacking your boxes carefully and one on top of another. It also pays to make sure you always place the heaviest of your goods at the bottom of the pallet, so ideally load them before the other boxes.
Doing this will ensure that no damage is caused to your lightweight boxes, as they will sit comfortably at the top of the pallet for their entire journey.
Pay Attention To Detail
A common mistake that people make when they prepare pallets for delivery is stacking in the shape of a pyramid, possibly as they have an uneven number of pallets. However, this simply increases the risk of damaging the boxes at the top of the pallet and makes the load much less secure during transit.
For a pallet to be delivered with a low risk of damage, or without being damaged at all, you should always try to stack in an aligned column wherever possible. If you have an odd number of boxes to ship, perhaps even booking an additional pallet space would significantly reduce your risk of damaging anything that’s secured to your pallet.
Wrap Your Goods Properly
Wrapping your goods properly is the key to a safe pallet delivery. If your goods are poorly wrapped and you continue to ship them through a courier, then you run the risk of seriously damaging everything on your pallet.
Of course, there are certain pallet couriers who offer their own pallet packing and wrapping services and in which case, these would benefit you if you are unsure as to how to shrink wrap a pallet yourself.
While if you often ship pallets, then the chances are that you already know to shrink wrap them properly when sending through a pallet courier. Though it is unlikely that a pallet courier will accept your pallet if you don’t shrink wrap it before shipping.
Secure Your Pallet With Straps
Lastly, you should secure your pallet with straps if you want to reduce the risk of damaging your goods - you can use ratchet straps to do this.
You can also ask the courier for other recommendations as to what you should strap your pallet with as they will typically have their own suggestions. Of course, it just depends on which courier you ship with.
Strapping your pallet means that your goods are less likely to move around and cause damage during transit, therefore, every pallet courier will always recommend using this method of securing goods.