Transport of pallets: the importance in logistics

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One of the things that The Lord of the Rings tells is that humble people can also achieve great deeds. As distant as this world may seem to us regarding transport, the truth is that the same idea can be applied to the transport of pallets. Something as seemingly insignificant as the pallet, just a few planks of wood, has an enormous influence on transport companies, logistics operators and companies that need to ship.

Four things to keep in mind about transporting pallets
Influence of measures

The two most common sizes of pallets are: 80×120 cm (known as a European pallet) and 100×120 cm (known as an American pallet). And these measures are not accidental. This optimizes the space in trucks, for example. In the warehouse, for example, racking installations are usually done by default with these two types of pallets in mind.

And manufacturers also take this into account so that their merchandise takes advantage of all the space on the pallet and optimizes transport costs. That is why it is so common to see perfectly assembled pallets in large distribution centers, in food chains, etc.

At present, pallets may seem like a very obvious tool. But our humble hero brought about a radical change when it came to loading and unloading merchandise. Where before there was a lot of manual work, now a machine lifted and moved pallets that can exceed 1,000 kilos. This means that a job that required a lot of manpower, time and cost was done faster, safer for the goods and workers and in a more competitive way.
When there is no pallet

The opposite happens with merchandise that, due to its particular characteristics, cannot be palletized. For the majority of clients who can use pallets, it can be difficult to be aware of how much difference there is from one way of working to another.

To summarize: everything gets more complex. Loads take longer, are more expensive, may require machinery and/or specialized vehicles, etc. But the thing does not end here. Rates and cost control become more complex, due to the wide variety of cases. While a standard-size pallet is much easier to rate and you will always know what to expect, non-palletizable goods are much more difficult to deal with.
Preparation for the transport of pallets

Another underestimated aspect in the transport of pallets is their preparation. Since important factors such as cost and security will depend on it. A good preparation of our pallets will instantly reduce the number of accidents or damages during transport. Logistics operators are very accustomed to seeing merchandise that protrudes from the pallets, that is not marked as delicate, that is not well strapped or provided with corner protectors in the corners, that have heavy merchandise placed on top and light merchandise on the bottom, and endless more than variables.

We have already dedicated a specific entry on this topic on our blog, so we take the opportunity to recommend it to you below.

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