stacking onto pallets

Order-picking onto pallets aka packaging of manufacturer’s multipacks into commercial units

Order-picking indicates the process of opening the transport packaging and sorting and preparing each item separately in accordance with the order of the customer and then handing them over to the supplier by placing them on a pallet. It’s not always as simple as it sounds. It requires a lengthy, non-mechanisable/automated, live work and a concrete, well-established strategy. It may amount to between 55% and 60% of the warehouse’s operating costs. How a company is coping with the task is a major factor in the quality of the relationship and cooperation with the partners.

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pallet types

Pallet types: plastic, metal, paper or wood? Which one’s the best?

Most people know and prefer wooden pallets (usually poplar or pine)… However, this is not the only material to make pallets. There are some with extremely high load-bearing capacity and some weaker ones with a more favourable price in return. To choose the best possible solution, consider the benefits and disadvantages of each type. Paper is cheap, but it’s fragile and it’s hard to tolerate moisture. Metal is fireproof and extremely hygienic, but due to its heavy weight, it is practically unsuitable for the transport of goods. The plastic version has a great resistance to moisture and humidity, but it’s a costly alternative.

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EUR pallet

EUR pallet is the most wanted type of pallet – let’s see why

The EUR is the most common industrial pallet standard in the European Union (and around the world). The pallets are uniform in size, in all cases 1200 mm x 800 mm x 145 mm. It is an open pallet type, which can be lifted with a forklift from all four sides. There are strict rules for its production, which also a guarantee of quality. It is repairable and replaceable and therefore has a high value. It can be used in many industries from freight to food, vegetables and fruit storage. Learn more about it in our article.

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Top 5+1 packaging mistakes to avoid

In order to avoid transport damage and unnecessary costs, it is very important to be careful in the design and selection of industrial packaging. For example, it is also necessary to define the ideal size, weight and design of the packaging material according to the nature of the product and the distribution cycle. It is a common mistake for companies to adhere to certain outdated methods, materials, or to ignore the importance of testing. Consumer, collective and transport packaging should always be treated as a complex system as they complement each other.

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Guidelines for load securing during transport

Almost all types of goods can be transported in containers from clothing to high-value technical articles to machinery and hazardous waste. If the cargo inside the container is shaking, moving back and forth, it may pose a risk to both the handling staff and the safety of the cargo. The most common methods of securing are increasing friction, using support and lashing. In order to find the right technique, a number of factors must be taken into account. For example, the nature of the goods, the packaging used and the transport vehicle.

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How to choose the right protective packaging? 4 Simple tips for making the best decision

The full preservation of the integrity of the goods supplied, both in domestic and international transport, is a cardinal issue. The space-filling polystyrene foam is a popular and cost-effective substance, , which prevents the movement of goods within the packaging. Bubble foam is made of polyethylene, so, although it guarantees excellent protection, it does not really qualify as an environmentally friendly option. It is also advisable to consider aspects such as the physical characteristics of the goods and the rules and regulations relating to transport when selecting the perfect packaging.

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