How to wrap a pallet

Shrink-wrapping, sometimes known as stretch-wrapping or cling-filming, is a method used in the pallet delivery industry to secure items to a pallet. It involves using layers of cling film to hold items in place.

Here’s’s guide to packaging items for pallet delivery:

  • Place the items onto a sturdy pallet. Find one that is the right size for the amount of material you need to move. This will prevent the cling film from tearing on the corners of the pallet.
  • Place the items on the pallet as close to each other as possible. The unit will be ineffective if the items have room to move around during transport.
  • Place the pallet to be wrapped on top of several empty pallets. This will make it more accessible and you won’t have to bend down too much.
  • Peel off roughly a metre of cling film, then squeeze 10cm of it into a loose rope shape. Thread it through, then around a corner of the pallet. You don’t need to tie a knot – just hold the end in place as you fold the rest of the cling film over it.
  • Wrap the cling film around the base of the pallet in the same direction as the fold. Wrap it enough times to prevent the cling film from sliding off. It is important to make the foundation strong, as pallet delivery can only be carried out effectively if the goods are firmly secured.
  • Work your way up from the base to attach the bottom layer of items to the pallet. Continue wrapping to secure the second layer to the first, and so on. Take as much stretch out of the cling film as possible as you wrap to prevent the goods from shifting in transit. The entire pallet should form a single unit.
  • When you reach the top of the pallet, you should wrap back down it again to make the unit as solid as possible. There shouldn’t be any wobbling during the pallet delivery process. If the plastic ripples when you push the top of the pallet, it needs more layers of cling film.
  • When you are satisfied that the stack is firm, tear the film off the roll and fold the end under one of the wraps on the side of the pallet.

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