Packaging and preparing your freight properly is the best way to ensure that it arrives at its destination safe and unharmed. Ultimately, this saves you, as the shipper, future costs of damaged or lost goods and keep your customers happy and satisfied as well. Everyone wins. However, knowing exactly how to prepare when you’re a small, new business can be slightly overwhelming and scary, especially when shipping with a new carrier.
At FreightorGator, we’re passionate about making the shipping experience as positive as possible for our customers, and we believe that includes helping you with every aspect of the production. In our post today, we want to give you our best information on how to ship and package your pallets, as part of a series of shipping tips and tricks. If you’re already prepared for an LTL shipment, head over to our free quote calculator now, otherwise read on to learn more about proper and secure shipping techniques.
Packaging and LTL Shipping Bags and Cartons
When shipping your LTL freight, it’s important to keep in mind that your product twill be one if many others on the truckload. In order to save money and time, carriers will pack trucks according to size and shape (think Tetris). If you’re shipment has odd dimensions or sizes, you may end up paying more to cover space they can’t fill otherwise. For this reason, we highly recommend packing most of your shipments onto standard crates or pallets to keep within square and rectangular dimensions. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the steps you’ll want to take in order to make your shipments as cost-effective as possible.
- The first step in packing your supplies lies in choosing the right pallet for your needs. You’ll need it to be large enough that your supplies won’t hang over the edge and sturdy enough that heavier supplies won’t compromise its integrity. While it probably goes without saying, you’ll also want to choose boards and pallets without protruding nails or broken pieces that could damage your products.
- Next, you want to consider the best way to stack your products or supplies on the pallet itself. The best way to do this is by purchasing angular cartons which can be stacked in an interlocking or column method. However, in the case of less standard dimensions, such as with bags, you’ll want to stack them as best you can with a cardboard protector on top and bottom.
- The next step before sending your shipment is securing the stacked cartons or bags to the pallet; either by strapping, stretch-wrapping, or both. This will prevent pieces from getting lost or separated from the load.
- Lastly, you’ll want to label each pallet with your contact information including your telephone and complete address. You’ll also want to include the address of the company or person your shipment is going to. The more visible and clear your labeling is, the better chance you have at a smooth delivery.
Finding an LTL Carrier for your Shipment
Once you’ve securely packaged your shipment, the next step will be to find the best carrier for your shipment. With our easy-to-use comparison exchange, you’ll get quotes from multiple carriers to help you choose the best rates and options for your company needs. Click here to start your free quote or head over to our website, www.freightorgator.com, to speak with one of our online chat representatives.