Pallet Delivery Services FAQ
December 14, 2017 by Susan Brooks
Utilising your pallets is going to save your company time and money – fact! However, there is much more to the logistics of pallet delivery than may initially meet the eye, especially for smaller business who may not have the luxury of a staff member dedicated solely to logistics.
This short guide therefore will set out to answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the different types of services that are available for transporting pallets. By selecting the correct one, you can stand to make significant financial savings, as well as ensuring your outward shipping operates as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
My logistics company has offered a full load service – what is this and is it worth it?
The “load” in the name of this service refers, basically, to the goods or products that you want to transport. Therefore, a full load refers to a truck or lorry that will be loaded with just your product. On the one hand, it means you get a dedicated truck so if you have a lot of pallets to transport this may be of benefit to you.
On the other hand, you will need to cover costs of the entire truck – therefore if you don’t have enough packed pallets to maximise every square inch of that vehicle, you may be best looking for something else.
I don’t think I have product for an entire truck – is there an alternative?
Yes there is, and it is called a Partial Load Service. As the name implies, you will be booking to use a certain portion of the truck instead of the entire cargo space – perfect for smaller deliveries or for breaking up a large shipment over several trucks.
The downside is that without a dedicated vehicle, the collection window may well be dictated by the other collections the vehicle may have to complete. A degree of flexibility on your part is therefore required.
What about a single pallet?
In this instance, you may be better placed looking for a pallet courier, rather than a full-blown logistics company. A courier operates more like a parcel delivery service does, and is better set up to handle transport of just the odd one or two pallets.
What is a Distribution Network?
If you are looking to keep your delivery costs to the bare minimum, it could be a good idea to look into a logistics company that utilises a distribution network. As opposed to a direct delivery, with this option your pallets will be taken to, and unloaded at a central location. They will be held there until they can be loaded onto a vehicle passing close to the ultimate delivery address.
This means that pallets from different consignors are pooled together to ultimately share the cost of transport, keeping the price down for everyone. This does mean however that more time will pass between collection and delivery than with a dedicated transport. Therefore, if your customer has requested a quick delivery, or if your product is perishable or otherwise time sensitive, then this may not be the best option for you.