The world is moving on industries. Nearly all the market and every business are being run by the industries. Be it food, cloth, or any other items of the daily use. What comes next to the manufacturing process? The need to deliver them across the entire country. Or at times even out of the country. Distribution is the basic need for every industry. And an industry is of no use if it doesn’t have a well-established distribution system. Because after all, what good are the manufactured goods if they are not distributed and sent off to places where they are needed. All of the markets is based on the distribution phase.
Change is constant – even in transportation:
With the changing techniques and strategies of manufacturing goods and running industries, wide changes are also seen in the distribution phase of the industry. In older times, goods were used to be packed up and loaded into big trucks and containers and sent off on different routes across the entire country. This method was simple but not efficient enough. One container taking the industrial goods to far off areas not only consumed much fuel but it also took a great deal of time to deliver its freight off to the targeted area. Some improvement had to be made. It was the need of the hour. This is the way how palletised shipping started.
The first idea to divide the load off, distributors:
Slowly the idea began to revolve around that there need to be some local distributors to help the industries distribute their goods to areas that may not be effectively reached through the larger freight distributors.
The idea was broadly accepted and vaguely followed by many of the small/cottage industry users. They knew that in order to effectively promote and maintain their distribution jobs, it must be acknowledged that the freight distributors alone are not enough to handle all of the burdens of the distribution phase and transportation. So, they started working in a system, that particularly involved the use of local drivers and other smaller shipment vehicles.
Making use of the Local and smaller shipment:
The benefit of using local shipment was that the drivers knew their area better than anyone coming from outside. They had the better understanding of the geography which made it easier for them to make the deliveries. Also, it proved to be time-saving as well as fuel saving.
Slowly and gradually changes started to develop in the haulage of UK and everybody started to accept the fact that local distributors are the only solution for the problems that distribution department was facing. With the emergence of this new idea, industries started to believe more in more in local distributors and basically formed the basis of the idea how palletised shipping started.
What is palletised shipping:
Let’s answer the basic questions first. A pallet is a small square and flat wooden board. On which the industries and companies place their goods to move them to places. The pallets are placed on a ship or container trucks and this is how the palletised shipping started working.
The benefits of transporting goods using pallets:
Pallets are easier to work with because a large number of boxes or cartons can be placed on top of one another, stacked together and then moved around simply using a fork lifter. The use of pallets is of wideset importance in the freight distribution department because pallets help to move a large number of boxes, with maximum efficiency and minimum workload.
The goods transported using pallets remain safe and secure when being moved around the country in lorries and trucks. This is majorly why the pallet system has become so popular and now there is absolutely no concept of industrial level good transportation without the use of pallets.
Development of Hub Networking:
With the emergence of pallet systems, occurred the hub networking. The process is quite simple. Every distribution company has a known hub or a central point. Every night the goods will be packed, ready to set off and the loaded trucks and lorries will leave off to their destination. Each truck will reach its own designated reach point where it will unload its freight.
After unloading has been done, the lorry will be reloaded with the goods coming from another truck from another destination. It means that the goods carried by three different distribution units, to three different destinations, will be inter-exchanged with each other. So, all of the goods reach all of the destinations, without the truck having to actually go to that location.
The concept is very interesting and efficient. The distribution lorries start from the hub and take the goods to different set locations. They then exchange their goods among each other, get reloaded and then drive back to their original locations.
The goods that have already reached their destinations will be then set off in local smaller vehicles to be distributed around the city.
Palletised freight distribution:
One of the major advantages is that the freight distribution trucks only travel at night and they do not enter the main city traffic. This not only helps to reduce the traffic congestion but also works to minimize the fuel consumption. Saving the time, energy and money on an industrial level. It also means fewer trucks driving on the road and less atmospheric pollution.
This is how palletised shipping started. Slowly and gradually, process by process changes started to develop. With the advent of new ideas and plans, the UK haulage scheme was changed for good with the emergence of palletised shipping and hub networking distribution.