Packaging Innovation
February 11, 2016

How to get the most out of palletization

Why move one box at a time when you can move hundreds or even thousands at once? Palletization is the backbone of the material handling industry, though many business still take it for granted and fail to put an airtight palletization strategy in place. Are you sure you are getting the most out of palletization? Read on and find out!

Packaging designed for pallet loading

Overpackaging your product for transportation is bad for both the environment and your budget. It goes without saying that underestimating the strength of your packaging doesn’t lead to much good, either. In other words, keep the logistical process in mind when you’re designing packaging that is destined for pallet loading.

Use extra strong cling films

Cling films are often used to stabilize pallet loads, but tend to lose their strength in hot environments.

Stacking loaded pallets

If your pallets are going to be stacked, you should provide extra strengthening under the lower pallets.

International transport

If you’re transporting your products to another country, your packaging must be at least twice as strong. If you’re transporting overseas, your packaging should be seven times stronger.

Optimal pallet configuration

To ensure pallet stability and stackability, it is crucial that products or boxes containing products never extend past the edges of the pallet. Additionally, boxes should be placed in a brick pattern if possible, and minimum room – preferably none at all – should be left between them. Last but not least, the margins between the products and the edges of the pallet should be reduced to an absolute minimum. Use a pallet configuration calculator to achieve optimal results.

pallet configuration softwarePalletization software

Many businesses use palletization software such as Cape Pack to figure out how pallets can be optimally loaded. Cape pack helps them determine the best product size, case count, case size and pallet patterns for their products, maximizing their pallet loading efficiency and minimizing their transportation costs as well as their carbon footprint.