Freight Damage Prevention - From the Pallet to the Trailer

In today’s post, we’re going to review important steps for damage prevention. We’ve written a number of articles on this topic, so we’ve gathered them up and put them in one post, along with previews on what you can expect to learn from each one.

Choose the Right Pallet

Start by choosing the right pallet. Wood isn’t the only option – plastic and corrugate pallets are also available. Learn the pros and cons of each pallet type in terms of cost, weight, durability, reusability, and international compliance. (Read more)

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Stack & Stabilize

Next, ensure that you properly stack and stabilize the pallet. Are the carton contents rigid or soft? Learn the proper method for stacking based on the carton contents. And remember, more freight will likely be stacked on top of your stack – so don’t forget these key steps to protect the top of your stack from damage. (Read more)

Choosing Stretch Wrap

After stacking, stabilize the pallet with stretch wrap. There are two types to choose from: blown stretch wrap, or cast stretch wrap, and each has different qualities. Are you using RFID? Does your load have sharp edges? Learn which stretch wrap is best for your needs. (Read more)

Securing Your Freight Part 1 and Part 2

Next, ensure that your shipment is properly secured. In part 1, learn how to decide how many straps to use, and how to prevent crushed carton edges. In Part 2, learn how to properly use a dunnage bag and why you should never place a dunnage bag between the pallet and door.