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.