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Flipping the Script on Load Stability


A practice has developed in stretch wrapping where products are stacked inside the pallet so they’re not flush with the edge.  The intention with this inboard pattern is to protect the product by using the pallet as a barrier while it’s handled on forklifts and moves in and out of racking. 

However, this practice has made it harder to apply the stretch film, specifically around the bottom of the load.  And the stretch film – when it’s applied properly – is ultimately what will protect the products from damage.

So this is where we’re flipping the script.  We want to stress the importance of creating an environment where you can successfully apply stretch film at appropriate tensions to protect the load.  The practice of inboarding, while intended to protect the product, is actually leading to load failure and load instability.

Let’s start the conversation early.  We’re here to help you protect your product and protect your brand. To do that, we have to eliminate load damage and load failure.  And that process begins long before stretch film is ever applied.  We need to consider primary package design, stack patterns, product variety, sustainability goals and other factors in determining the best way to protect your product.

Come visit us at the Packaging Solution Center to learn more about the strategies we use to make sure you have successfully wrapped loads time after time.