Top tips for proper palletizing

When you're sending goods via pallet through a specialist carrier such as Palletways or Pallex, you want to make sure that your pallets are properly stacked. Whether you're shipping domestically or internationally, a properly stacked pallet is safer as well as more cost-efficient.

The good news is that properly stacking a pallet is easy. All you need to do is remember these 3 top tips.

Uniform sizes

This applies to both the pallets themselves and the goods you're transporting on them. Try and keep uniform sizes as much as possible. Stacking a smaller pallet on top of a larger one, or the other way around, is just going to make it more difficult to properly secure the load and will be a nightmare for the overall stability.

It can be a bit harder to keep the size of the goods uniform, but try and group together items of a similar size with the largest going at the bottom of the stack. This will allow the load to be as secure as possible, but it will also allow you to make the most efficient use of the space you have available.

Be mindful of height

It can be tempting to want to stack up as many pallets as you can get away with, but this is something you must never do. Height is not your friend when it comes to efficient palletization as it can cause the entire stack to become unsteady.

If the stack were to tumble either during loading, unloading, or transportation, then you not only risk damaging the goods but you could also risk ultimately being responsible for someone being injured. It's not a risk worth taking.

Think about weight

Overloading pallets can cause damage both to the pallets themselves as well as to any equipment you're using to load them. There's also the serious risk of crushing a worker should the pallet stack topple over, which is highly likely.

When stacking pallets and the goods within them, keep the weight as close to the ground as possible for maximum stability.