Tips on how to use stretch film for Shipping

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Typically used to secure items by binding them to each other and the pallet they are on, stretch film is used in storage and transport of products and reduces loss or damage. Importantly, stretch film lowers the chances of injury to a worker in a loading bay as items are kept secure on a pallet.

Different types of stretch film                  

Stretch film comes in both clear and opaque varieties. Obviously, it is best to invest in top of the range stretch film as this equals better product protection.

Clear stretch film has the advantage of making product visibility easier which can be convenient if staff are searching for particular items. However, opaque stretch film has a lot of advantages through its obscuring characteristic. It is great for colour coding stacks of items so product identification is easy – it also tends to last longer than clear stretch film. Finally, it discourages any pilfering as items are covered up.

Stretch film comes in rolls. Depending on the quantity, they can be very heavy so be careful if you have to lift one.

How to wrap a pallet

Take about one yard of plastic from the roll of stretch film and squeeze ten inches of the end into a rope-like shape. Using one corner of the pallet, thread the piece of ‘plastic rope’ though the slats and begin wrapping its base with the sheets of film.

Do this a minimum of five times while making sure that the film is kept as tight as possible. Carefully work your way up the stack of items ensuring that everything you are wrapping stays together as one unit.

When you get to the top, give the top items a little push to see if they move or not. If they do, go through the same procedure again but working your way down to add stability.

Choosing your stretch film

When you decide which type of film to buy, you need to consider how much you will be wrapping. The higher quality the wrap the better as poor standard film will mean you need more to compensate.

This is especially important if you are wrapping items of different shapes and sizes which need the best support to be wrapped tightly as one unit.

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