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The Advantage of Using Colour Pallets

If you do any large amount of shipping, then you are probably familiar with pallets. Pallets are a great way to group your packages together to simplify shipping and avoid losses, but what you might not know is that pallets come in a wide variety for you to choose from. For example, plastic pallets are a great way to get value and reusability. Another benefit to plastic pallets is the option of choosing between multiple colours. The colours you find on pallets act as much more than just decoration, often serving as a marker for what type of shipments go where.

Blue is FDA Approved

The most common type of coloured pallets you will come across are blue pallets, whose colour has a specific meaning. Typically, blue pallets are specially designed for direct contact with food. If you are planning to ship to the United States, blue pallets have been approved by the U.S. FDA for the safe storage and transport of everyday foodstuffs. Because blue pallets are designed for this specialized purpose, they are more expensive than other pallet types you could choose from. Unless you are planning on taking advantage of their ability for direct food contact, you may not need to have the added expense.

Black is the Most Popular Colour

There is one main reason why black and grey pallets are the most popular pallet colour choice: they are the least expensive of the plastic pallets. Usually, black and grey pallets are made from a blend of industrial and recycled plastics called HDPE or PP. This means that they are manufactured from very low cost materials and are very durable, possessing the ability to take a serious beating and still keep going.

If you are looking to save some money while getting a pallet that will be able to withstand the stress of an intense shipping job, black or grey pallets are a great option.

Custom Colours

Although, blue and black are the two most common colours for pallets, you can get pallets customized in almost any colour that you would like. However, there are some things to remember about using custom colour pallets:

  • Custom colours are going to cost extra because they need to be made of clear plastics and then have the colours added.
  • Custom colours can be more difficult to find, which means having to make special orders. If you are going to special order custom pallets, the manufacturer may require you to buy a specific amount. This is because there is a startup cost involved with the colour, and with lower demand, they need to guarantee a certain number made.

Custom colours can help to add to your business’ efficiency by allowing you to:

  • Assign specific colours to certain customers so you know where packages are going at all times
  • Assign colours to particular warehouses or plants to keep them separated
  • Identify them as yours so that you can prevent them from being lost

Vancouver Transloading Can Help Save on Your Freight Costs

Once you have your shipment loaded onto your custom plastic colour pallets, contact Cratex Group to handle all of your Vancouver Transloading needs. Call us to learn more about the advantages and uses of colour pallets.

 

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The Basics of Industrial Packing

Although you may not realize it, shipping with a freight provider or industrial shipper is not the same as using a per package service. Industrial service often come with different levels of service, costs and methods of shipping that you might not be used to, which makes it important to learn a little bit more about industrial shipping before you make any decisions. If you use the same packing methods for industrial shipping as you did with a per package service, you could be in for a world of trouble, including lost or broken packages.

Here are the basics of industrial packing to help with your next big shipment so that you and your customers have the total peace of mind you deserve.

Start with the Right Boxes

Unlike traditional shipping, industrial shipping is a very involved process, the first step of which is using the right boxes and packing materials.

A good rule of thumb is to start small. Anything that can’t fill a crate-sized box should be packed into smaller boxes first. Next, pack similar items into the same small box, and then fit all of those small boxes into a bigger box, or, better yet, a custom crate built by the Cratex Group. Grouping similar items together will reduce shipping confusion and will make sure all of your important items reach their intended destination. Finally, make sure to select boxes that can handle the weight of your shipment.

Mark Items Fragile

With all of your items packed securely into their boxes, it’s time to think about fragility. Fragile items must be treated with special care throughout the shipping process to avoid damage. If you feel like the items you are packing are too fragile for normal packaging, you should make sure to add additional padding to help protect them from the bumps and jostling that are common to the shipping process. Also, for a final layer protection, make sure to prominently label any sensitive packages as fragile. This will let your shipper know that they need to be treated with extra care.

Select the Right Packing Materials

Remember, your biggest enemy during shipping is allowing enough space for your items to move around. Make sure that any box you pack is completely free from empty space. Filling empty spaces with padding or support will keep your items firmly in place and limit movement during the shipping process. Before you seal up your boxes, double check to make sure that your items are snug and have a good level of support. If you think you may need some extra padding, packing foam, peanuts and bubble wrap can come in handy.

Secure your boxes properly with high-grade packing tape. You don’t want them popping open during shipping.

Use Pallets to Consolidate

One of the biggest fears when shipping multiple boxes is having your packages become separated, which increases the risk that some of them may be lost. To make sure that your packages stay together throughout the shipping process, you should consolidate them by placing your shipment is on pallets and is held securely with bands, shrink-wrap or stretch wrap. Not only does this add additional protection, it helps keep things orderly for unpacking.

Trust Cratex Group for Your Vancouver Transloading and Industrial Packing Needs

Vancouver transloading is a great way to save money on your freight. Custom crates are a great way to add protection to your shipment. Contact Cratex Group today for more information on your custom crating needs or for industrial packing for your shipments.

 

 

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Do You Understand Your Freight Charges?

As with industry there are plenty of inside terms and tricks to understanding freight charges.

Even businesses who have lots of experience with shipping can find themselves overwhelmed when looking over a bill from a freight carrier. That is why it is so important to understand everything about your freight charges and why they are appearing.

Here are some key things you should understand about freight charges and when they apply (or don’t apply) to what you are shipping.

 

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What to Look for In a Carrier

There are so many freight carriers out there nowadays, how do you choose the right one for your cargo? Choosing the wrong carrier could mean unhappy customers, damaged goods, late deliveries or overly high costs. The good news is that most quality carries have many of the same qualities in common – the same qualities that you should be looking for when searching for a carrier for yourself.

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Should You Use Stringer or Block Pallets?

The shipping and freight industry is full of decisions that have to be made to get goods from point A to point B. Not only do you have to consider what you are shipping, you need to think about what it is being shipped on. That is why choosing the right pallet for your application can be very important.

There are two main types of pallets, stringer or block. Each have their respective uses, the question is which one is the right one for you?

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Understanding the Charges on Your Delivery Receipt

Once your shipment arrives you should be checking it over. First give your shipment a once over to ensure that there are no visible signs of damage on the outside of the packing. After you have signed off on the delivery slip, the next thing to do is to take a look at the proof of delivery for any charges that might be on there.

Yes, when a shipment arrives it can be very hectic and things can get overlooked and missed. Unfortunately an errant signature on a PoD sheet can end up costing you lots of money in shipping charges.

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