How to present your freight for network distribution

October 18th, 2019

Did you know that freight is handled by a forklift an average of seven times during its journey through the Palletline network?

Here at Edge Transport we’re proud to deliver the highest possible service levels every step of the way, but there are some simple steps you can take in order to ensure that your freight arrives in tiptop condition, whatever network you use. Read on to discover our top tips …

Packing your freight

Our professional drivers deliver hundreds of pallets every working day. They know the best routes to take, the safest way of loading and unloading, and always go the extra mile to make sure that each delivery is completed on time.

The first step towards making sure your freight arrives in the perfect condition that you expect is to make sure that it’s perfectly packaged.

  • Ensure your product is adequately packaged before you place it on the pallet and wrap it. Bagged freight should be protected with cardboard tray, caps and edge protectors.
  • Fragile items, such as glass and high value items, are not normally suited for pallet distribution unless packed and transported in suitable wooden crates. If you are dispatching any items that are particularly fragile then please contact us for further advice and we’ll be happy to help.
  • Products must be on a wood, plastic or metal base with sufficient gap of 10-15cm to allow for forklift truck access to move the pallet. Tail lift and Lift Assist consignments must be on sturdy four-way pallets – these are pallets that are accessible from 4 sides with a pump truck.
  • Ensure the pallets you use are in good condition, have no broken slats or blocks, and are suitable for the weight of the consignment.
  • Think about how you’re going to arrange your product on the pallet. Freight needs to be stable with a low centre of gravity, especially for tall pallets, so there’s no risk of leaning or toppling so stack the goods, and interlocking where possible. Barrels and kegs should be banded to the pallet and should not be double stacked without using trays or stocks to prevent sliding.
  • It’s important that your product is secured to the base of the pallet and suitably packaged to minimise shifting in transit. Use banding or wrap, ensuring that the product does not overhang the base. Take care to protect all four sides of your pallet – making sure there’s nothing sharp protruding.
  • Finally, make sure your packaging protects the product from any inclement weather at the collection and delivery points – all other movements are completed under cover but the weather, sadly, is something we have no control over.

Labelling your freight

Labels are a vital part of making sure that your product reaches its destination promptly, and are a valuable opportunity to communicate your requirements with our delivery team.

  • Ensure each pallet is clearly labelled and identifiable, and take off any old labels – particularly if they indicate hazardous contents.
  • Labels must be in the lower middle on the short side of the pallet to ensure that the labels are easily scanned from the ground.
  • The delivery address should be clearly visible on each pallet. This helps the driver ensure that the correct, unique label is affixed to each pallet, and is especially important if our tracking label is damaged or falls off during transit. If you’re using our Online Job Entry system, the Edge label should be generated and fixed to each pallet.
  • If your freight is non-stackable then make sure you let us know by marking it clearly as such, ideally using a non-stack cone.
  • And finally, add fragile and this way up stickers as appropriate.

That’s it! You’re all done and your freight is ready for the first of those seven forklift trips!