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pallet configuration tips
July 7, 2017

Pallet configuration: how to achieve that perfect fit

Thank our lucky stars for pallets! Without them, entire supply chains – not to mention the material handling industry – would fall to pieces. Surprisingly enough, though, many manufacturers fail to see the point of pallet optimization (or ‘palletization’, if you will). Who cares whether that box is 5 centimeters wider? What does it matter if we stack the product in columns or a brick pattern? Well, it matters a lot. By getting the most out of their pallet configuration, manufacturers can tremendously reduce their ecological footprint as well as their shipping costs. So what are you still waiting for? Let’s do this!

Palletization starts with packaging optimization

Some food for thought: company X once decided to redesign their boxes to be able to fit more units on a pallet. They managed to shave off 4 centimeters in one dimension. The result? The number of units they could fit on their pallets increased by a whopping 150 percent. Instead of 120 boxes, they could now fit 300 boxes on one pallet. Are you sure your boxes are as small as can be?

Pallet configuration? There’s a calculator for that!

While figuring out the perfect palletization pattern for your product all on your own can be great fun – if you’re a fan of puzzles –, it won’t get you far. Pallet optimization requires taking into account much more than stacking patterns. There are multiple factors to consider, including product size, unit count, unit size, unit weight, cargo stability, stacking limits, … That’s why most businesses in the packaging and logistics industry opt for palletization software such as Cape Pack. A palletizing calculator like Cape Pack tells you within seconds how to fit more units onto a pallet without compromising on cargo stability and other safety factors. Discover more tips on pallet configuration!