Pallet delivery, in its most simple terms, is using pallets to move and distribute goods. As a sturdy base, pallets are used to securely hold loads of goods making for efficient transport; pallets can hold around 1000kg.
Where a package is one or more items placed together for shipment, pallet shipping is stacking multiple packages with the same destination together on a pallet. It is far more cost-effective for businesses to ship/deliver goods together as one bigger shipment than as multiple smaller ones.
Pallets are also used within warehouses to effectively move large loads of stock around. Logistics companies often offer pallet delivery services as well as storage, conveniently using pallets as storage bases for easy movement.
Pallets are usually made from wood, used for its durability, density and sustainability. Alternative materials are available, such as plastic or recycled wood, however these are less mainstream and more costly options.
A ‘stringer pallet’ is the most common type of pallet, made up of the characteristic planks and lifted by a forklift or specialised pallet truck. A ‘block pallet’ has a stronger design and additional spacers so it is easier to lift from any angle.
Pallet Delivery Types
There are various types of pallet delivery beyond domestic or international delivery:
- Pallet courier – transport for one or two pallets.
- Full load service – shipment of pallets takes up whole lorry.
- Partial load service – a few pallets transported.
- Dedicated service – dedicated delivery for just one customer whereby driver collects pallets and delivers straight to recipient.