Step by Step Guide to Pallet Shipping

September 30, 2022

Pallet shipping can easily seem overwhelming for both new and established businesses to dip their toes into, but the reality of pallet shipping offers many benefits including cheaper shipping fees, less time organising shipping and peace of mind. The team at Jetbox Melbourne are here to help break down the benefits, specifics, details and definitions of pallet shipping and how to make the most of this shipping process.

Read on for our step by step guide on pallet shipping, which aims to help all business owners sort through the confusion and come out the other side feeling educated and empowered to tackle pallet shipping themselves.

What is a Pallet?

Most of us can picture a pallet. We’ve seen them in warehouses and outside businesses, as well as decor in homes and restaurants. However, pallets are often more than the simple wall hanging or structure we see.

A pallet is often defined as a transport structure businesses use to secure their freight for shipping. This flat structure has a top and bottom deck with space between, which allows for forklifts and pallet jacks to easily lift and move the pallets around without becoming unbalanced.

There are many different types of pallets, many of which you may not have heard of. There are single or double winged pallets, solid deck or slat pallets, alongside many others. However, the most common type of pallets, and the ones you’ll see the most, are the two-way Stringer pallets and the four-way block pallets. The two-way and four-way refers to how these pallets can be picked up – from all sides, or only two sides.

The Different Types of Pallets

Pallets are most commonly made of wood. This is because wooden pallets have many benefits, including being durable, strong and they are easy to repair and reuse.

Pallets can be made in other materials such as plastic, cardboard or metal. Each material offers a number of unique advantages and disadvantages such as weight and recyclability. Cardboard pallets are a fantastic lightweight option that is reusable, recyclable and can handle approximately 100KG of weight.

Step by Step Guide to Pallet Shipping - Jetbox Melbourne

Why Do So Many Businesses Use Pallets?

Pallets are an extremely useful tool for storing and handling goods for transport. They increase efficiency and are ubiquitous in the international freight shipping world.

Pallets make moving boxes much easier, as a forklift can transport your goods much quicker and more safely than anyone could by hand or with manual tools. Pallets come in uniform shape, allowing them to be easily organised, stacked and counted.

When packing your goods onto a pallet, you not only increase the safety of those transporting your goods, you also protect your products from being dropped or mishandled.

To further protect your pallets, you need a high quality shrink wrap. Jetbox Melbourne also offers super strong shrink wrap to stretch over your pallets and protect them from dirt and damage. If you are looking for an extra long roll that just keeps on going, be sure to purchase your hand stretch wrap from Jetbox Melbourne today!

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How to Best Pack Your Pallet

When it comes to packing your pallet, it’s good to remember that the best pallets are ones that are well packed. The last thing you need is for your pallet to break or for your products inside to become loose or damaged.

We recommend that you use new boxes, such as our Australian made boxes, to provide the highest level of durability and strength.

Be sure to securely seal your cartons with high quality packaging tape and stretch wrap. Stack your boxes with the heaviest on the bottom for stability.

Reduce the amount of air pockets in your boxes as these can become areas of weakness where your boxes can cave in. Remember to align your boxes corner to corner for greatest packing strength.

When finalising your pallet for shipping, try to keep the top layer as flat and even as possible to make stacking other pallets on top easier and to prevent damage from the pallets above.

Pallet Packing Materials for Australian Businesses

Jetbox Melbourne is your one stop packaging shop. We offer cardboard pallets and boxes, as well as packaging materials such as tape and stretch wrap to help you successfully pack your pallets time and time again.

Visit our website today to see our full range of quality and affordable business supplies, and make shipping easier than ever! If you have any questions regarding pallet packing or shipping feel free to contact our team.

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How To Pack Your TV Box

We understand that packing TV’s without the original packaging can be a stressful task.

Every Jetbox TV will be supplied with more than enough bubble wrap to wrap any size TV!

To put your TV box together, follow these instructions:

  1. Please start by taping the bottom of the box – pre-fold the flaps to make it easier to close.

  2. Use a blanket to cover your TV before applying bubble wrap.

  3. Lay it down (if the manufacturer recommendations specify that you can) and wrap it in bubble horizontally.

  4. Then wrap again vertically ensuring the corners, front and back are covered well. Tape up the bubble so that it doesn’t come undone.

  5. You can then slide the TV into the box, make sure it fits snugly and close the box with some strong tape.

Bulky Item Delivery Terms & Conditions

Some of our products are large, heavy and bulky and require extra care or special shipping. If your order requires a forklift we will advise before delivery, and if no forklift is available upon delivery a surcharge will apply.

Bulky deliveries that require hand delivery (but no forklift) to the first floor or above and require stair or lift access will also be subject to a delivery surcharge. If you advise at checkout that your delivery is above the ground floor, we will be in touch regarding the surcharge. This surcharge is from $50 per pallet.

Over & Under Runs

Manufacturing processes require machinery to work at quite high speeds. During production, some sheets may be damaged and need to be replaced. In some instances, we cannot replace the sheets at that time and you will be met with a slightly lower Quantity than ordered. This amount will be credited to you.

In most cases though, there will be overruns, as the machinery cannot come to a complete stop in an instant – we require a gradual slow down, which will give us more cartons produced, than what are ordered. These overruns are payable by the client. And taking them also helps save on recycling, which is more sustainable and better for the Environment in the long term.

If you require EXACT Quantities, we may have to make some boxes in a different grade than ordered, to make up your order in the Exact Qty required. These requests will also Incur higher unit costs. This cannot be avoided, as we must consider the recycling processes and costs involved, in helping to reduce our carbon footprint.

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5C or B – Light single flute cardboard used for light packaging requirements or for products that support themselves.

4C or B – Slightly stronger single flute cardboard used for packing paper/notes/pads, etc. Usually for products that self support.

3C or B – Most common board grade usually used for virtually any standard light weight packing.

3C or B Super – Medium strength board that is slightly stronger than the above 3C/B board and can also be used for frozen goods.

1C or B – Strong single flute carboard used mainly for products that need extra support when stacking.

1C or B Super – Super Strength Cardboard that is mainly used for frozen food products that are transported long distance.

3 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard used for Removal Boxes and products that need that little extra care when packaged or for bulky items that may need thicker board when transported.

1 BC – Twin Cushion cardboard with some of the highest grade board for Superior support and stack-ability. Primarily for items over 30KG.