At Iron Horse Transport, we understand that ensuring the safe shipment of your materials is a priority. To accomplish this, we have a variety of trucks, and each serves a different purpose in transporting your freight. Dry van freight trucks may be best suited for tasks like final mile delivery, and for keeping freight safe from the elements. However, flatbed trucking is ideal for transporting large quantities of palletized freight that must be quickly unloaded.
What Does “Palletized” Mean?
Palletizing is simply the act of placing freight on a pallet (wooden platform) to streamline the shipping process. Pallets are a useful shipping tool for flatbed trucking companies, especially in delivering to union job sites in New York City. As a flatbed trucking company, we know how to accommodate union worker when shipping pallets.
Union workers often palletize materials to avoid the inconvenience of individually transporting each box. During the initial construction phases, union workers often receive cement boards and insulation from flatbed trucking companies in a palletized format. Otherwise, they would be inconvenient to transport. Similarly, during the finishing phase, union workers utilize flatbed trucking companies to transport tiles, as well as large quantities of mulch or other garden supplies.
How Do I Palletize Freight?
- Pallet Inspection- Before stacking the freight on top of the pallet, it’s important to ensure that the pallet is safe. Thoroughly inspect it for any broken slats, loose nails, or other flaws that may affect the security/stability of the freight.
- Label All Boxes- Be sure to indicate the contents of each box. If you are shipping these boxes to a different party, then use an easily understandable notation system.
- Stack Boxes- After you are organized and sure that the pallet is safe, stack all of the freight on the pallet. Do so carefully, and keep the weight evenly distributed throughout the pallet, without any pieces hanging over the edge. An unevenly distributed pallet or one with significant overhang could cause the pallet to flip during the transportation or removal process, and the freight to be damaged.
- Wrap- Attach the end of your shrink wrap roll to the pallet, and begin to wrap. Start below the four corners of the pallet, and work your way upwards from there. Then, wrap the entire height of the pallet with shrink wrap several times. Pull the wrap as tight as possible. You will need to wrap the freight several times over– use your own judgement to determine how many times.
- Adapt to the Situation- While wrapping alone will be a suitable way to secure nearly all pallets, some may require additional accommodations. Some packages benefit from being banded or strapped together before the wrapping process begins to provide additional stability. As an alternative or a supplement, some people opt to bind the pallet contents to the pallet itself.
- Provide Shipping Access- When wrapping your freight, be sure to keep the pallet forklift-accessible by not overloading the bottom with shrink wrap.
What Are the Advantages for Flatbed Trucking Companies?
Unloading large amounts of freight is difficult to coordinate, time consuming, and a logistical nightmare. That’s why pallets provide so much value in shipping large quantities. The pallet and shrink wrap provide the fragile freight with an additional layer of security, creating even more freight protection.
Upon delivering the pallet, our union teamster drivers will simply use the attached forklift to remove the pallet and place it in the proper location. This streamlined process will eliminate hours of unnecessarily strenuous labor, and prevent your team from distraction. Our New York trucking company understands the advantages this method of shipping provides you, and is dedicated to delivering your freight safely.
Iron Horse Transportation has a history of assisting our clients by meeting their individual needs. Our union teamsters take pride in their New York trucking company, seeking to provide an efficient method of transportation for all freight.
Contact us for more information about our trucking services, or for other shipping-related inquiries.