One of the key factors in reducing transport costs is to make the most of your pallet space.

Get this right and you’ll reduce your logistics costs, whether you’re shipping a single pallet or a truck-load. Here’s a simple check-list to help you ship more products per pallet:

  • Check your existing cases, bearing in mind the physical dimensions, weight and pack quantity
  • Pinch a few millimetres wherever possible to make best use of the pallet deck area.
  • Check the available height within the delivery truck or shipping container. Are you paying for unused space?
  • Savings from double pallet loads, or even an extra layer per pallet will more than offset the cost of a stronger case which can be stacked higher.
  • Don’t forget that sometimes the pack contents can help take the weight.
  • Check that height restrictions allow for higher or double pallet loads.

Here’s an actual example of better pallet utilisation in action:

Existing case size

320 x 195 x 290mm

‘pinched’ to:

318 x 183 x 284mm

This increased the number of cases per layer from 18 to 19 and the number of products from 1,080 to 1,140 per pallet, reducing the number of pallets used by over 7%.

With some 10,000 pallets shipped each year at an average cost of £45 per pallet-load, this equates to savings of over £31,000!

At Macfarlane Packaging, we we can supply timber, plastic and corrugate pallets to suit your business requirements. Contact us today for more information.

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