Preventing damage and maximizing load efficiency are two very simply tricks to cut shipping costs without cutting corners. Looking for cheap alternatives to quality puts lives, products, and the bottom line at risk. We believe selecting quality pallets will also help your bottom line in the long run. In this article, we discuss three simple tricks that may help you save money in shipping goods.
Purchase High Quality Pallets
Our first recommendation hits very close to home, because we build custom wood pallets. Picking quality pallets designed specifically to handle your load is going to be more expensive than purchasing second hand pallets or some cheap alternative, but cutting corners will eventually come back to bite you. Damage to products is a waste of money, time and resources, but more importantly broken pallets can put lives in danger. A broken pallet can set off a chain reaction that can cause problems on the forklift, problems in shipping, or even problems while items are being stored or stacked on warehouse shelves.
Pick quality when it comes to shipping pallets if you want to help protect your company from unwanted damage and dangers.
Preventing Damage to Freight
High quality pallets aren’t the only way to protect goods from shipping damage. A company called Polywoven Distributers creates heavy-duty airbags designed to fill up empty freight space. These innovative bags help keep things in place during the shipping process and prevent damage. Watch this brief video to learn more about how companies are using these airbags to prevent shipping damage:
Maximizing Load Efficiency
Wasted space means wasted fuel, which significantly impacts the bottom line. While this cost might not be as blatant as other costs, empty shipping space adds up over time. There are a few strategies to maximize freight space and load capacity, but we recommend starting with a good sturdy pallet that can hold the necessary capacity. Are you shipping goods in such a way to reach the recommended target freight weight of about 43,500 lbs per load? If not, you might want to consider making some changes to how items are being shipped or how items are being arranged in the container to maximize efficiency. Richmond, Virginia and the Mid-Atlantic Region are great places to ship goods anywhere in the U.S., just be sure to utilize best shipping practices to get the best the best results.
There are lots of methods to cut costs in the area of shipping, but it isn’t worth making cuts to quality, especially when it comes to pallets. Contact us to learn more about how quality pallets can help your company’s shipping process or for an estimate on custom pallet building.