Forklift moving food and drink on a pallet for distributionPallet Distribution for the Food & Drink Sector

There is very little difference in the way you prepare a food and drink pallet for delivery or distribution compared to a standard no-food pallet, however as goods can be fragile is best to ensure you have taken measures to prevent piercing, spillage and damage of goods.

 

At C&D South West we can transport almost all food and drink goods except chilled and being in the heart of the South West we are well placed for all exports as well.

 

Additionally due to the traceability of food and it’s important to keep all food and drink pallets labelled ad stored in the correct way.

 

Why Should I Prepare My Pallet Correctly?

Depending on the type of journey your pallet needs to take to reach its destination, your pallet may be trans-shipped (placed off one truck and on to another, etc.) a few times. Of course at C&D we pride ourselves on reducing trans-shipment.

 

Packaged food in boxes on a pallet ready for distribution to a supermarket

Make sue your boxes or goods do not overlap the base of the pallet

During the trans-shipment process damage may occur, and though incredibly rare, when it does occur it is often due to inadequate packaging and preparation. So preparing your goods for pickup and delivery can keep your customer happy.

 

Pallet Selection

> Always use a pallet that is strong in construction and suitable for the type of goods you wish to carry on it.

 

> If need a tail-lift truck at either pickup or delivery points ensure you use a pallet that is accessible on all 4 sides so any trolley trucks can be used.

 

> Do not use pallets that missing boards or chocks

 

Pallet Packaging

The objective of pallet packaging is to secure the goods to the pallet base and safeguard any goods.

 

Forklift truck moving a pallet of packaged food> Firstly ensure that boxes or goods are not overhanging the pallet base.

 

> Make sure that heavier boxes are packed at the bottom then use cardboard sheets between each layer to avoid movement during transit.

 

> Shrink wrap the pallet and goods together using either basic film wrap, heat shrink wrap or banded with strapping.

 

> You may wish to put a cardboard or bubble wrap layer around the whole pallet before wrapping if you believe extra protection is needed. Alternatively is you are transporting bagged goods place something on the base of the pallet to prevent any piercing.

 

> If your pallet needs to stand out at delivery point stick a large A4 branded stickers on to further promote your brand quality packaging services.

 

> If you are using liquid pallets for transportation ensure you check each one for breakages or joint fractures every six months.

 

Truck leaving warehouse loaded with food and drink> Label the pallet (speak to our team for advice on what you should provide) and check the consignment description.

 

What We Can Take For Food & Drink Pallet Distribution

Though the list is almost endless we can carry almost all forms of goods relating to retail including raw goods, part and fully manufactured goods, ambient food and drink, plants, clothing, liquid pallets, posts and polls and much, much more.


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