Saving both money and time has never been more important in life and in business than it is these days and using pallets to transport large items is an excellent way to save on both. This article is a helpful step-by-step guide to help you with how to package your next shipment, and will supply you with tips on the most appropriate methods for transporting your next pallet efficiently and safely.
Consider which items will be suitable for palletizing
The number of goods and items that can be shipped via a single pallet is rather surprising. Such large items as electrical appliances, furniture, motorcycles, building materials, and a combination of smaller boxes are all suitable items for transportation on a pallet. Carefully packaged items, which are fragile, are popular options on pallets to be transported. As a matter of fact, the only items which are deemed unsuitable for delivery by pallet are hazardous materials and chemicals.
Preparing your goods for shipment
It is a good idea to plan forthwith when making a pallet shipment. The first thing to do is to contact the prospective courier company and relate to them all of the details of your shipment; the nature of the goods being sent, and close estimates as to their size and weight. Make sure that you descibe the dimensions, measurements and characteristics as accurately as possible so that the transport company can determine whether it is classified as full, half or quarter sized. This will guarantee that you are charged the appropriate cost for that shipment.
Securing your items to the pallet
Before you begin packaging your goods carefully plan out the order and loading layout of your pallet. It is better if the items are aligned with the shape of the pallet, making it as square as possible. Start with the heaviest and largest items at the bottom and work upwards to the smallest. To avoid damaging your items, make sure that none of the items are spilling over the edges. If mechanised devices are being transported, then you must ensure that every drop of oil or fuel has been drained. Another vital point worth noting is to use the appropriate packaging materials; be sure to choose the correct materials for the individual goods. If transporting boxes, electrical appliances, furniture, and other related goods, the most common packaging material is transparent stretch-wrap, which is used to bind the goods together and to the pallet. If transporting highly valuable goods, you may also use opaque or dark stretch-wrap. Other useful materials are plastic or canvas wraps, sturdy cardboard or wooden boxes, and bubble wrap for any fragile items. One of the most important pointers is to make sure that your goods are not only tightly bound to each other, but also to the pallet itself.
Finalise the details of the pickup and delivery of your pallet
The final step to take with shipping your pallet is to complete the details of the pickup and delivery of your goods. It is a good idea to go with a company that has a solid reputation and has the best facilities, as well as decent equipment, for shipping your goods. Finally, once your goods have been picked up, relax and rest assured that you have chosen the best option for the transportation of your items.