Why and How to Palletize a Shipment

Every order leaving our warehouse is precious cargo. A customer has chosen a tub, vanity, or faucet after hours of comparison shopping and they decided on this one. It is important for the item to be carefully prepared for shipping so the customers shopping experience is excellent from beginning to end.

Precious Cargo

Below you will discover a common process of preparing large products for shipment which is used to increase the safe arrival from warehouse to customer.

Pallets are portable rigid platforms used to consolidate shipments and allow for ease of freight movement. Quality pallets are commonly made of wood and can weigh between 20 and 70 lbs. Pallets should be large enough to accommodate the shipment without overhang. Anything overhanging the pallet edges may be subjected to impacts which can result in punctures, abrasions, and compression damage.

The following are basic step-by-step instructions used for palletizing freight shipments,

Secure Shipment to Pallet
Use strapping or banding to secure your shipment to the pallet, and stretch wrap to prevent pieces from getting lost or separated from the load.

Label Shipment
Label each pallet with telephone numbers and complete address information including the postal code of the shipper and the consignee.

Use Stretch Wrapping
Stretch wrapping is an effective way to keep all pieces of a shipment together. The plastic stretch wrap should first be applied around the pallet and continued upward around the load. Stretch wrap is designed to stabilize the load, not to secure it to the pallet.

Strapping and/or Banding
Strapping prevents pieces from getting lost or separated from the load. It should be drawn tightly to the load which may require running it underneath the top deck boards of the pallet.

Note that bathtubs will also be bolted to the pallet to further ensure their safety during travel.

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