How to Pack Pallets for Optimum Warehouse Efficiency

Worker with packing pallets in the backgroundPallet packing seems like a simple and straightforward process, and it is, if you know how to do it right. What some fail to realise is that there are a couple of common wrapping errors that could result in a higher chance of products being damaged. Done right, on the other hand, you ensure that your products are secure and that they reach your clients in tip-top shape. Packline Solutions shares some simple guidelines for wrapping perfect:

Stability

  • Wrap film around the pallet’s base at least twice to ensure that the base is perfectly secure.
  • As you go up the pallet, make sure to use at least a film overlap of 50% on the succeeding wrap and so on, for extra load stability and strength.

Pressure

  • To wrap up the entire process, place additional pressure when wrapping around the corner, and then push it down over the last corner.
  • As you circle the pallet, the film should be approximately 250 to 300 millimetres away from the pallet to help ensure that you will not stretch it against the pallet, and instead stretch it by itself and then wound it around the pallet once it is sufficiently stretched.

Tension

  • For corners, pull the film towards you for some needed tension and stretch. Try to maintain ample tension when rounding corners and then release slightly it as you continue wrapping the other parts of the pallet.
  • If your warehouse is wrapping more than 15 pallets daily and using manual techniques, consider investing in proper equipment such as pallet stretch wrapping machine. This will ensure that all your pallets are wrapped with appropriate tension. For the majority of organisations that have invested in pallet wrapping equipment, their investment paid itself off in just six months, and the efficiency of their warehousing operations increased in the long haul.

If you are still on the fence about how proper pallet packing could take your warehouse operations to the next level, consider the following benefits:

  • Reduced wrapping time and costs;
  • Reduced in-transit loss and damage; and
  • Reduced chance of tarnishing your brand just because of improperly wrapped pallets, hence, the products.

Who wouldn’t want to experience these benefits? Proper pallet packing would positively impact the overall efficiency of your warehouse.