If you know that you need to transport a lot of goods (such as stock for your shop) and have decided that you might need pallet delivery, then it stands to reason that you’ll want to research some different pallet transporters.

Types of pallet transport by road:

Full Load: Like any type of haulage, if your load is going to take up the entirety of a lorry then you must commission a transporter especially for your goods. Depending on what you’re moving, your pallets may be able to be stacked 2-3 high, increasing potential capacity. Make sure to check with transporters to see if your load is suitable for stacking.

Partial Load: If you only need to move a few pallets, or wish to break up a large delivery, then you may opt for part load pallet delivery. The advantage of using this method is that you can fill up space on part-empty lorry journeys, potentially saving costs.

Pallet Courier: Any small scale deliveries may be handled by couriers, if you’re only moving a couple of pallet loads then this is an option open to you.

Dedicated: One driver will pick up and deliver your pallets, meaning they don’t spend any time in warehousing. This type of delivery is best for express and next-day pallet courier service.

Distribution Network: By using a pallet distribution network, your goods will be picked up and hauled to a transport hub from which they will be taken on towards their destination. This mode of delivery can mean you save money, but also takes longer to complete.

Considerations when choosing a transporter:

Loading: When choosing a transporter you will need to know what loading mechanism they will be using. If they have a rear loading lorry then you can use a pallet jack to pack your goods, otherwise you would need a forklift.

Service: Some services will help with unloading and unwrapping your pallet loads, this is entirely dependent on the transporter, so it’s worth checking beforehand.

Pallet Provision: If you’re short of pallets then the transporter may be able to bring some when they come to pick up the delivery.

Insurance: As you will be moving a large number of goods it’s important to know that the transporter has appropriate cover for moving your load. Make sure that you check what level of insurance the pallet transport company has.

Association: A driver may be independent, or a member of a pallet network.Membership of an organisation will usually indicate professional standards and full insurance. An independent driver may be cheaper – but make sure to check what sort of experience they have had with moving loads similar to yours.

If you need to transport a large volume of goods that can be stacked and packed, then palletised delivery may be what you need.

If you’re unfamiliar with pallets, they are a type of platform onto which a large number of products can be stacked, making transport easier. These efficiency increasing platforms are vital to the logistics and shipping industry. Since most large volume loads are moved either in shipping containers orlorries the flat base and strength of pallets makes packing a large amount of similar goods easier and more efficient.

Pallets also ease the movement of heavy loads around warehouses and loading yards; employing a forklift, or more cheaply a “pallet jack”, can make moving several tons of products far simpler.

There are a number of standardised pallet sizes designed to make packing more efficient, these can vary from country to country. European sizes, for example, differ in dimensions from most US pallets.The variety of uses for pallets makes having a universal standard almost impossible.

Broadly there are two distinct types of pallet:

Stringer: These types of pallet are the most common, and what you might have seen being loaded onto many supermarket lorries. Stringer pallets are made most commonly from wood with the top deck boards laid perpendicular to the “stringer” base boards. These pallets are mass produced and often disposable, and may be lifted from either end by a pallet jack or from all four sides by a forklift.

Block Pallet: Owing to both perpendicular and parallel base boards, blocks are typically a stronger pallet design.Extra spacers make this pallet accessible on all sides by a pallet jack. Block pallets may be crafted from a number of materials including paper, plastic or metals. Varying materials are used to ship different loads depending on their weight (some of the strongest pallets can handle loads of 9 tonnes each).

Once you know the details of your haulage requirements you can begin finding the cheapest pallet transport quotes. There are a number of dedicated pallet transport companies that will be able to handle your request, but asking for quotes from all of them can be a pain.

This is where Shiply can help. By listing your pallet courier requirements with us, the right transport providers can come to you.

Firstly, list the details of your delivery on Shiply – including the weight, dimensions, number of pallets and type of goods being moved will all help you get the best quotes. Once listed, your pallet shipment will be accessible to all of our registered transporters.

Drivers who are able to complete your consignment will quotes competitively to try and win your custom. With a number of firms vying for your delivery you will likely save money on your move.

You’ll be able to consider any quotes you receive, but bear in mind that part load delivery drivers might only be able to pick up your delivery within a short timeframe. You can compare delivery companies based on their Shiply feedback score based on other pallet jobs they’ve completed.

When you’re happy with a quote, you can accept it and get your pallets delivered.

Completing the Process

When the pallets arrive at their destination make sure that you (or the recipient) check over the load’s condition. The driver should be happy to go over any checks with you, to make sure that nothing has been damaged in transit.

When it comes to unloading and unpacking, the driver may help depending on the level of service you paid for. Make sure that you have adequate tools for unloading; you may want to transport a pallet jack with the shipment if you don’t have one at the receiving end (alternatively this might be supplied by the driver).

Once your precious cargo has been stored away and the delivery completed we’d appreciate your feedback on your transport provider. You can quickly and easily review your pallet delivery service on Shiply, making choosing a driver easier for future users.