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6 Must Knows About Pallet Delivery

24 Oct 2018

Pallet delivery can be daunting if you are new to the business, so it may be a good idea to make a decision to locate a pallet delivery company. This short guide will help you to understand what you need to know when it comes to pallet delivery.

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1. Terms For Pallet Transport

There are particular terms that are associated with pallet delivery types that may come up when you are discussing your delivery requirements with couriers or freight forwarders. Therefore it is a good idea to become aware of what they mean to ensure a smoother conversation.

Pallet Courier: This is for those who wish to transport just a couple of pallets.

Full Load Service: This is for shipments that take up an entire lorry, which will mean you need a full load requirement.

Partial Load Service: This type of service is if you require to deliver only a few pallets or you are looking to break up a large delivery. These types of services are useful for couriers, to fill up a nearly full lorry which they prefer due to cost saving benefits for them.

Dedicated Service: This service involves a dedicated delivery for you, where a driver will come to you to pick up your pallets and deliver them himself. This is a faster service than a full or partial load service, due to missing out the warehouse stage in between. This is classed a more express delivery service.

Distribution Network: This type of transport allows costs to be kept to a minimum, however this method of transport could mean you are waiting longer for your delivery to arrive.

2. What You Need To Know If You’re Choosing A Transporter

There are a few key things you should know if you are deciding to choose a transporter to help with your delivery.

1. Check what method of loading and unloading your chosen transporter is using as this can determine whether or not you will require a forklift to load your goods or not.

2. Is your chosen transporter able to supply pallets if you are short on numbers?

3. When moving your produce around, although you have to accept that the safety of your goods are with someone else, insuring your stock can help to put your mind at ease. Insurance can give you sufficient cover if anything was to go wrong in transit.

4. Sometimes transporters use independent workers from a pallet network or outsourced company which can put some people off. So rather than disregarding this company, find the information you want about the person who will be delivering and dealing with your goods.

5. Some pallet courier companies offer you help with loading or unloading, this is a benefit only some providers offer. Even if you don’t require assistance, it is always worth asking if this is something they can offer you for free.

3. What You Need To Know About Pallet Delivery Preparation

When transporting a large amount of goods that require a system for packing and stacking, then a palatalised delivery will be a good option for you. So this means that if you have a number of items required for shipping, stacking them onto a pallet is easier for transportation and is preferred by shipping containers and lorries.

Ensuring that your products are securely fixed onto the pallet creates an easier and more manageable system for the people loading them onto the lorries or shipping containers.

4. Common Pallet Types

There are two common types of pallets that are most commonly used throughout the UK and Europe, including Stringer and Block pallets.

A stringer pallet is the more common type of the two and is more likely to be used. Stringer pallets are primarily wooden although plastic alternatives are increasing. The wooden version is usually produced in bulk and can be lifted by either a forklift or a pallet truck.

The block pallet is a stronger designer to the stringer pallet, and has additional spacers which makes the pallet easier to access from any angle.

5. Finding The Right Pallet Courier

First, you must ensure that you have worked out the weight and dimension of your load, the number of pallets you are shipping and the type of goods you are delivering. Once you know this, you can begin to research into couriers to find the best, most accurate quote.

6. When Your Pallets Are Delivered

Once your pallets have arrived at their destination it is important to check them all over thoroughly to ensure that nothing has been damaged in transit.

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Please note the pallet haulage network is experiencing high volumes of traffic currently. Although unlikely we have noted a small number of delays with delivery's by a day or two