For anyone who uses pallet delivery on a regular basis or regularly sends items to an Amazon Fulfilment centre, a small to medium-sized reseller for instance, getting the most cargo on every truckload is an important money saver. There are a number of ways to make the most of available truck space, but you’ll also want to make sure you’re packing your pallet to the fullest. Here are a few tips that will save you time and money on pallet deliveries from now on.
A lorry load of space
A truckload of pallets can carry a huge number of goods, but not unless you load up strategically. So for instance, don’t simply slide your pallets to the back, but place them as tightly together as possible, avoiding gaps. Taking the extra time to stock the pallets carefully means that you’re really utilising the available space; this has the added benefit that pallets, and therefore goods, don’t have the opportunity to slide around if you run into bumpier roads.
Pallets to spare
If you have more pallets on hand than you need, those can be stacked. Standard wooden pallets can be stacked up to 17 high, but if you use plastic pallets with nestable legs, they can be placed on top of one another to form a pallet stack, or skid, 53 pallets high.
Don’t go bottoms up
All those childhood years building Lego sets finally pay off once you start playing around with the boxes you load onto your pallet. The key to shipping success is to place items heavy-first, so as not to have the biggest weights up top – and so cause an avalanche of boxes sliding down on you later on. Just as on the lorry, if you want to get as much on a pallet as possible, so don’t leave any gaps.