Transporting freight is an integral part of any shipping business. Freight damage can cause significant costs to your business and hamper your relationship with customers. Additionally, if you incur damages on a regular basis your insurance rates tend to go up. You must ensure that you protect your freight to maintain your profits and have good business relationships with your clients. In this blog post, we will discuss the best ways to avoid damage to freight.
- Packaging: Packaging, though the smallest part of your supply chain, is the most important step of shipping. The size of the package should neither be too big nor too small. Ideally, it should be able to hold the entire volume of contents that you are shipping. Avoid using packaging that has holes, dents, tears and is not immune to water damage. Additionally. you must also ensure that you do not exceed the maximum weight per package. Pair the package with a pallet that matches its dimensions to ensure it is secured during stacking or movement.
- Impact Protection: Sometimes the packaging is not enough to secure contents from getting damaged. Even the slightest bump can lead to damages. Impact protection is a prerequisite especially when you are working with fragile goods, glass objects or liquids. You can add an extra layer of cushioning for these items to ensure that they safe during transitA hard outer covering must be complemented with an impact resistant package on the inside. For example, an inner bubble wrap will prevent these delicate commodities from getting damaged.
- Quality Adhesives: Sealing packages in an improper way can cause major harm to your goods. It is recommended that you seal your package with a durable, two-inch wide tape. There are many kinds of tape available for this purpose such as water-activated paper tape, paper-sensitive tape and water-activated reinforced tape. Avoid using easily broken adhesive tape like cellophane tape, strings or masking tape.
- Trailer Loading: It is important that you master the art of loading a trailer. Goods must be stacked uniformly with equal weight distribution on each pallet. The packages and pallets must be placed close to each other because if there are any gaps between the cartons then it might lead to either disintegration or breakage. Heavy cargo should be placed at the bottom while lighter items can be stacked on top. Subsequently, dry goods must be placed on top of liquid items to prevent leakage-related damage.
- Labelling: To ensure that you have loaded the trailer properly you must label every package. The trick here is to use very few labels to avoid confusion. Make sure your labels are big, bright and easily distinguishable. The label you put on any package should list the nature of the goods that are inside it (flammable, heavy, liquid or fragile). Be consistent and precise to enable proper stacking and loading.
- Freight Plan: Having a constructive freight plan will ensure that you ship products to their destination without much trouble or inconvenience. Analyze your current shipping regime to make sure that they are efficient in regard to packaging practices and impact protection. Loading pallets and trailers must be given proper attention as well. Once you have taken all these factors into consideration you will be able to build a solid freight plan that will help you maximize productivity.
Freight damage can easily eat into the profit margin of your company. It is necessary that you give attention to every little detail and select the ideal packaging for every shipment. This way you can help grow your business and keep your clients happy.