Transportation logistics companies understand that it is critical to secure the pallets on their shipments. Properly packing and palletizing your freight protects loads from damage or spoilage before, during, and after the loading, transportation, and unloading processes.
Another benefit is that it ensures your drivers and team members can load and unload shipments quickly and safely. There are so many benefits associated with strategic packing and palletizing that it is best to invest the time in understanding how to maximize your efforts.
The team at Opus9 knows how vital this aspect of shipping is. Here are our best nine tips to guarantee that you get it right every time:
1. Select the Best Materials for the Job
There is no quicker path to disaster than by using the wrong packing and palletizing materials for the job at hand. Instead of ‘upcycling’ damaged, worn boxes, use new ones that are sturdy enough to contain the items being shipped. Supplement security further by using packing tape, peanuts, air pillows, and corrugated cardboard for the best result.
2. Stack Your Boxes Very Carefully
Properly stacking your boxes is the difference between a shipment arriving in good or bad condition. As a rule of thumb, place more massive boxes and packages on the bottom with lighter ones stacked on top. The other way around could result in crush damages.
3. Give Your Packing a Good Shake
While it may sound counterintuitive to shake your customers’ shipments, it is actually an effective way to determine proper packaging. For items that you are packing for the first time, give the first few orders a good shake to assess product security and reassess if it is not sufficient.
4. Business Shipping Require Different Palletizing
Business customers tend to order specialty and bulky items that are very expensive. These are clients that also tend to pay their bills on time and spend a lot of money. Take the time to ensure their shipments are secure by customizing your service offerings to align with their needs.
5. Properly Label Your Deliveries and Shipments
Every pallet and box should be labeled appropriately. This action results in fewer errors when delivering items and empowers your drivers. A label should be affixed to every shipment that shows the consignee’s name and contact information. It is especially helpful if labels are attached in multiple locations for ease of access.
6. Separate Items by Temperature Requirements
It is a best practice that you systemize how you group your orders. Obviously, refrigerated shipments should not be mixed in with non-refrigerated loads and vice versa.
7. Use Your Pallets for Your Customers’ Benefit
Pallets reduce unnecessary strain and effort during the loading and unloading process. They also reduce stress on products during shipment. Make sure you are stacking your boxes on pallets for the best result.
8. Crates Are Great for Large Items
Some items are so large and fragile that they require the use of a crate for proper shipping. Check with the Bill of Lading (BOL) to understand the packing needs of crated freight and ask your customer for clarification if you have questions.
9. Work with Partners in Your Network that Value Proper Packing and Palletizing
When it comes to the supply chain, your network is only as strong as your weakest link. It is for this reason that shipping and transportation companies stand to benefit from working with partners that are acutely aware of the ways to properly pack and palletize your and your customers’ freight.
Opus9 is a third-party logistics (3PL) provider that invests in understanding the unique needs of your shipping company by working with in-network partners to ensure your shipments arrive as anticipated. Contact our logistics team for more information, or get your free, no-obligation freight quote today!