Warehouse operations lacking a little? Optimise your pallet use with our east to follow guide.

Is your warehouse responsible on a day-to-day basis for sending out loaded pallets? If so, you are in the right place. There are many things you can do to optimise your pallets in order to guarantee cost-effective and secure operations. 

Pallet optimisation can lead to a reduction of costs… 

It’s definitely not cheap or free the process of transporting goods from and to various different locations. If you pay per individual pallet for shipping or the number of trucks used on a regular basis, reducing the number of pallets used would greatly help reduce costs. 

But how is it attainable? In order to ensure a tightly packed pallet, while preserving the strength of individual cartons, this includes finding the correct combination of minimal and protective packaging.

You need to consider the packaging material used to secure it apart from the stacking of the pallet itself, it is important to use the correct stretch wrap for your packaging operations when it comes to cost reduction. The machine-applied stretch wrap provides optimum effectiveness for medium to large operations.

Safety is a top priority, with pallet optimisation this is increased

When it comes to pallet optimisation, the wellbeing of workers must be the highest priority. An unstable load can result from stacking cartons in an uncoordinated way. This could lead to a reduction in the entire pallet load, a large increase in load times, or worse, an injury. There is a lot less risk of any damage happening by loading pallets in an orderly manner and ensuring the full stack height is not violated.

When optimising pallets, another way to reduce the chances of injury is by the use of machine stretch wrap, why? 

Stretch wrap applied by hand can cause a lot of strain, especially when reaching for the lower half of the pallet. When doing this manually on a daily basis, this can result in back problems. In short, the installation of a stretch wrap machine takes the burden away from the operators of your warehouse and decreases the risk of injury.

Time is money

Loading the pallet is the most time-consuming component of the operation. A common mistake that further slows down this operation is trying to load several different cartons onto a single pallet – especially when trying to achieve a consistent load that effectively fills the space of the pallet.

It is possible to achieve faster pallet load times simply by using cartons of the same size. This would ensure that time is not spent trying to figure out where the best use of pallets can go for an individual carton. It will make the job a lot simpler and provide continuity in each pallet by using the same size cartons.

Ultimately, working with a professional is the fastest and most reliable way to maximise your pallets for full warehouse performance. To help you get the most out of your packaging; we give free, no obligation packaging audits and that teamed with our experience makes for the perfect combination. If you’d like to find out more get in touch today:

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