Pallet delivery is a fantastic option for those who need to deliver heavy, fragile or large quantities of goods. However, if you are new to the world of transport and distribution, it can be very difficult to understand the rules and regulations associated with this type of service. This is why it is usually a good idea to seek the help of a specialist pallet delivery company – such as Graylaw Freight Group.
In the following blog, we outline everything you need to know about pallet delivery and discuss how our palletised freight services could be the ideal solution for you and your business.
3 things you need to know about pallet delivery services
Pallets come in different shapes and sizes
Most people understand that pallets are flat wooden structures, designed to support and stabilise goods during transportation. However, did you know that pallets come in different shapes, sizes and configurations? There are currently two main types of pallet style to choose from, including:
- Stringer pallets – pallets that are supported by narrow planks of wood (strings) that can be found sandwiched between the top and bottom deck-board. These are commonly referred to as stringer ‘two-way’ pallets, as they can only be accessed on two sides with a forklift or pallet jack.
- Block pallets – pallets that use 9 blocks of solid wood or plywood to support the pallet’s load. As they can be accessed from all four angles, they are commonly known as ‘four-way’ block pallets.
Each style is associated with certain advantages and disadvantages and, in both cases, they should adhere to strict regulations regarding the standard and quality of the wood. Generally speaking, block pallets are believed to be the stronger and more durable option and they have become the go-to choice for most pallet delivery companies.
A number of pallet delivery services are available
Pallet delivery is suitable for a diverse range of goods, including everything from business materials and machinery to boxed merchandise and fresh food produce. Dependent on the size and nature of your consignment, there are a number of services to choose from. These include:
- Pallet courier – this is the ideal option if you have a one-off or regular consignment, that involves the transportation of just one or two individual pallets.
- Partial load pallet delivery – this should be selected if you have a small number of pallets to be delivered or if you wish to break your large consignment into smaller, individual chunks. Your pallets will be combined with someone else’s to create a full load and the cost is usually split.
- Full load pallet delivery – this is designed specifically for large consignments, which are capable of filling an entire distribution lorry on their own.
- Temperature-controlled pallet delivery – this is the perfect option for goods that need to be kept at a specific temperature. Specialist vehicles are typically used, and the temperature is monitored throughout the journey, ensuring that your goods remain in optimum condition.
Palletised freight is delivered as part of a network
Whilst some pallet delivery companies offer an express service, in which pallets are collected and taken directly to their destination, most take advantage of an established distribution network.
For example, here at Graylaw Freight Group, we are a founding member of the UPN network. Having collected your pallets, we first take them to a warehouse and safely store them until the next scheduled delivery date. This allows us to keep costs to a minimum, whilst offering a gold-standard palletised freight service – to every corner of the UK and 26 countries across Europe.
Contact Graylaw Freight Group for pallet delivery services
If you would like to find out more about pallet distribution in the UK and further afield, please feel free to get in touch with our team of experts here at Graylaw Freight Group. We have significant experience in this area and we currently offer a comprehensive range of pallet delivery services in Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Preston, Chester and more.