December 21, 2018
Palletisation has become somewhat of a necessity for many manufacturers and shippers of commercial goods. On top of being used as a unit of measure, there are many advantages of palletisation in logistics.
What is Palletisation?
Palletisation covers three disciplines in the pallet distribution world and is often referred to in a few different areas in day-to-day life at Cross Country Carriers.
The first discipline seems the most obvious; palletisation refers to the act of placing objects, products or materials on pallets. In turn, they are used for handling or moving. The next area it covers is the performance of material handling with the aid of pallets. Lastly, the slightly more vague definition is where palletisation refers to providing a user with the ability to handle pallets.
With an increase in palletisation made possible by our pallet network, we have been able to find many advantages that this process has in the pallet distribution industry.
Inreasingly Strong Pallets
Pallets are made of wood, plastic or metal and are a much stronger alternative to material containers like cardboard boxes or plastic wrappers. The structure of a pallet is far more sturdy, allowing a larger number of heavier objects to be transported without the risk of breakage.
Furthermore, as a result of the pallet’s strength, there is an option to reuse them multiple times. It’s important to make sure that you keep a check on your pallets though, as overuse often leads to pallets being broken. Repairs and replacements aren’t too costly, but the potential damage it could cause to your business might be!
Pallets Prevent Product Damage
Thankfully, a well maintained pallet will allow you to rest easy knowing that cargo will not be damaged at all. By storing and transporting your products on pallets, they are able to be kept off the ground which reduces the risk of damage from water, dirt and debris.
If done correctly, Palletisation also provides drainage and circulation for your products. If you are carrying perishable items, they will stay safe and fresh. Speak to us if you feel you need some advice with palletising your goods, we have a wealth of experience in the pallet distribution industry.
Faster Pallet Distribution
Palletisation allows pallets to be moved a lot quicker compared to manual handling; this in itself presents a number of benefits. There are reduced labour requirements, faster turnaround times and an opportunity for optimum temperatures for perishable products.
Pallets are Cost Effective
Outside of the speed and strength benefits, pallets are also very cost effective.
The pallets themselves are lightweight and take up a small amount of space. They are easily moved and efficiently stored in warehouses and consistency in size, weight and shape allows us to stack pallets high. Furthermore, less floor space is required and workers are able to carry them when necessary.
Palletisation in material handling is easier as pallet transportation does not require specialist equipment. A forklift or pallet jack is ideal for lifting and stacking pallets. Using this equipment will help prevent products being damaged at any stage.
From the above evidence, it is clear that businesses turning to palletisation have been gaining benefits right from the start and continually since. Contact us today for your palletisation and haulage needs.