Tips for Optimizing Your Load When Shipping
Updated: Jun 29, 2018
When shipping cargo, safety, efficiency, and optimization are key. Follow the tips in this quick guide to save time, money, and probably a few headaches.
Optimize your load. This means packing as much into a provided space as possible. Be sure to place heavier items on the bottom of stacks, and lighter items towards the top. Place items that will be delivered first in the back of the container close to the door, and items that will be unpacked at the end of the delivery in the front, towards the cab. Also, make sure weight is distributed throughout the container evenly- don't put all the heavy items on one side!
Allow software to do the planning for you. There are a variety of programs to choose from that can calculate optimal payloads using an algorithm. You simply input the weight and dimensions for each item, and the program does the rest. Most have multiple formats to display and edit your shipment, i.e. a 3D drag-and-drop interface. Maxload Pro, EasyCargo, and packVol are a few examples.
Ensure that everything is secured and strapped down. There are a few different types of tie-downs to consider. Nylon ropes are strong, stretchable and durable. An affordable option, but to be safe, don't use anything less than 1/4 inch thick. Ratchet straps tighten around your cargo by cranking a ratchet handle. These straps can be purchased with hooks on the end or e-track tie downs that fit into tracks that many trailers are equipped with. Cam straps have spring-loaded locks. You pull on the loose end to tighten the strap, and press in on the cam to release it. Always double check that your straps are tight.
Check that the contents within your crate are secure. Jostling or scratching against the sides of your container can damage your product. Engineered Shipping Containers' custom designed crates have interior partitions that are specifically designed to fit your cargo. Contents fit snugly within, which prevents jostling and potential damage. Check out our gallery to see how it works.