Moving goods on a pallet is arguably the safest way you can possibly transport your products. Whether you are an individual or a business, pallets allow you to pack everything together tight whether you are sending them to the next town or another country.
Because of the fact that there are very few limitations on what can be sent by pallet, ground shipping in bulk has a big advantage. Your stock can easily be sent and received. How you cover it is always important for both safety and circulation. There are four big reasons why you should consider shrink-wrapping, let’s take a look.
Keeps everything fresh
If you are moving produce or fresh goods then shrink-wrap is the perfect solution. Because it is air tight, using it will keep in the refrigeration as well as stop the arrival of any critters. This can have the added bonus of stopping any bruising or ruining of food because, if packed correctly, it won’t be moving about in the pallets.
Prevent box tears
Whatever you are sending, keeping them well sealed and in good condition has to be the number one priority. Whether they are small items or large, you can’t risk losing anything to a bumpy road or poor packing. Using a tough and durable material like shrink-wrap keeps your boxes protected and reduces the risk of losing items due to contaminants.
No more sliding packages
Due to how pallets are, they are loaded horizontally – usually with a forklift. Accidents are rare but they can happen. One example is that the prongs of the forklift are incorrectly placed and this can be a risk. Thanks to the strength of shrink-wrap, your items will be tight together and weight is distributed evenly so there is no sliding.
Pallet deliverycan be used for a multitude of things but if your items are being sent to the Amazon Fulfilment distribution centre or a warehouse, you have to ensure that they arrive in top condition. Whether you think your facilities are well maintained or not, wetter seasons can cause issues and while in transit you need to ensure that no water seeps in. Using shrink-wrap is an great way of keeping all liquids out.
How do you shrink-wrap a pallet?
Once you’ve decided to use shrink-wrapping to protect your pallet, you have two main options when it comes to how to do it.
- Heat shrink bag – Make sure it’s snug over the items and pallet and tuck any excess around the corners and edges of the pallet. Then you just use a heat or shrink gun, using a slow back-and-forth motion and then inspect to check it’s properly worked.
- Manually applied film – PVC is usually the choice here as it is more common and cheaper than polyolefin. You begin at the bottom, starting slow until the base is strong before building up to the top – potentially heating at the end to finish the job.