A unit load consultation reviews your pallet inventory for performance and cost-efficiency. These are 4 simple and clear advantages of the service.
Unit load consulting is a review on your pallets and their overall efficiency. Although every facility and its pallets are different, many operations would see the same clear benefits from a pallet review. For more information on how a unit load consultation would work within your facility, start a conversation with one of our pallet experts. The simple ways you’d benefit from a unit load consultation are:
Pallet Cost Reduction
Reduced Product Damage
Lower Shipping Costs
Increased Storage Efficiency
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Most unit load consultations result in a consolidation of pallet sizes. Many facilities either use too many different kinds of pallets, or change their pallet sizes or types too infrequently. This reduces palletization efficiency and increases pallet purchasing costs. By reducing the number and types of pallets used, a facility can increase their bargaining power and get a better deal on bulk pallet purchases. Since the overall number of pallets an operation needs is not likely to change significantly, the same amount of pallets in a smaller variety gives better pricing.
2. Reduced Product Damage
A focus of any unit load review is pallet performance and how it can be improved. Pallets will sometimes fail because they’re overloaded, or a pallet can also break due to poor quality control. No matter the reason pallets break, even a relatively low failure rate can still result in significant losses over time. Any damaged product is worth not only the cost of its purchase but also the loss of the profit it would have generated. A unit load consultation would address both pallet failure possibilities by redesigning the pallets, switching to a different pallet entirely or by recommending improved construction and quality control practices.
Pallets can become stressed and warp or break when they're of lower quality or used in non-optimal applications.
3. Lower Shipping Costs
Palletization efficiency is another factor inspected during unit load consultation. Your current pallets are reviewed against your range of products and their packaging to find the ideal palletization process and corresponding pallet size. This is crucial in pallet size consolidation, but also maximizes shipping efficiency. Better palletization processes will increase the total number of products per pallet, which results in more products per shipment. Transportation is one of the largest costs in supply chains, and over time the savings from more efficient shipping will be significant.
4. Increased Storage Efficiency
As unit loads are optimized and pallet sizes are consolidated, more products can fit onto fewer pallets. This allows pallet racks and other storage to be made more efficient with a more uniform pallet inventory and more products per palletized load. Whether on pallet racks or in another storage system, more inventory can be kept in the same amount of space. This allows for an increase in stock, a larger variety of products kept on hand or the new additional space can be devoted to a different revenue-generating activity.
Storage racks like these become much more efficient when the amount of product on each pallet is optimized.
There are additional benefits to unit load consulting, but these four are the clearest examples of common facility optimizations. Unit load consultations frequently reveal cost savings opportunities with pallets, logistics and storage. If you would like more information on how unit load consultations are performed, start a conversation with us.